1988 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 from North America
Super high output for the young adult
Alternator fried due to aftermarket stereo power overload, cost $100 to replace.
Starter blew at 137,000 miles. Plus the front struts and disk brakes were replaced, cost about $250.
Water pump failed, cost $20 for a new one. Also the entire cooling pathway was rusted so new copper pipes and new hoses were installed. Along with new belts. Cost ranged about $150.
Headlamp assemblies are plastic and crack allowing water to set inside and when you hit a speed bump splash it on the bulb to shatter it. They also turn a nasty yellow color and fade. Ford dealership sells them for $250 each. I had luck finding them in new condition for $20 each.
Transmission shifts smooth when you accelerate very light or very fast, but stutters on a medium tap to the accelerator.
The cloth seats in this car make it feel like a couch on wheels. Interior is very nice almost brand new, power windows and power seats are nice too.
The V6 3.0 engine is a speeder, only tops at around 100mph when you floor the accelerator you end up going 0-60mph in almost 6 seconds.
Handles well and the cruise control saves gas consumption when going on highways etc.
I am the third owner of this car after my parents and I coulnd't ask for more as a college student.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th April, 2004