1988 Ford Taurus LX 3.8 liter V6 from North America


Its OK if you haul a lot of kids or take a lot of trips


The starter went out right after we bought it. We've had to replace it twice since then.

The thermostat stuck closed and blew the upper radiator hose and the radiator itself.

The heater core went out and took all day to replace because you have to tear the whole dashboard apart to get to it. While fixing that I blew up the A/C so now I have to fix that.

Got the key stuck in the ignition on the side of the road with my pregnant girlfriend in the car.

The interior of the car is falling apart (great pleather upholstery).

I spent 4 months trying to fix the heater controls (I have finally given up on the awful buzzing sound) tore the dash out numerous times.

General Comments:

It's a great road trip car, but around town it gets awful gas mileage (it averages about 14 mpg).

Although the interior is falling apart the seats are still very comfortable.

It also makes a very good car if you have to transport a lot of kids.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2003

1988 Ford Taurus GL 3.8 from North America


A non-reliable waste of money, and the trash of Ford


Head Gasket has leak, and needs to be fixed.

Transmission shutters, and is slow shifting from 1st to 2nd.

Steering has a lot of play in it.

Car runs very hot all of the time.

A/C system has large leak in it.

Speakers have been replaced.

Electronic solenoid for the heat/ac only works in the high position.

General Comments:

I refuse to fix anything wrong with this car. It had low miles when I bought it. I did not now that it had the recalls for the transmission, and the head gasket, till it was to late. I would not recommend this car to anyone, especially with the 3.8 liter engine. The car does have a lot of power yet the reliability of the car is not worth the troubles. This car runs at very high temps. If you go buy a thermostat for it, its even a high-temp thermostat. That is not good for the transmission which is one of the hottest components on the car, nor the engine being that hot either. All in all, this car is not worth anyones time or money in my opinion, and I would not recommend it to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th February, 2003

18th Apr 2005, 18:38

Why the heck did you refuse to fix it? That's one of the things about having a car, you HAVE to check things to make sure everything is in working order. If you think something is wrong or if your car starts acting funny, you'll need to get it looked at right away before bigger problems start to arise. You'll be thankful you did...

1988 Ford Taurus L 3.0L from North America


Avoid it


Transmission replaced at 55000 miles.

CV joints replaced multiple times.

Fuel pump replaced twice.

Heads rebuilt at 120000.

Motor mounts replaced four times.

Water pump failed twice.

Ignition failure.

Power steering hoses replaced twice.

Many oil leaks.

Front end very poor, always something going wrong.

Converter needed replacement.

Dashboard cracking.

Head liner falling apart.

Major failure of air conditioning system.

General Comments:

The car was a pleasure to drive when new. I had noticed early on that the front end was a major problem. This car has cost thousands to keep running.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

1988 Ford Taurus L 3.0L V6 from Saudi Arabia


The fix or repair daily car!


The engine head gasket blew at 100,000km.

Transmission got fixed once and still got problems.

The engine overheats.

Rear brakes leaked oil and then failed.

Many electrical parts needed replacing including (cooling fan, voltage regulator and relays).

Power steering leaks oil.

The air-conditioner leaks.

Repaired radiator twice.

New starter and fuel pump.

Engine mounts.

Water pump leaked coolant.

General Comments:

The seats are comfortable and made of good quality materials.

The dashboard has many cracks in it.

This car is not appropriate for long distance driving because it is unreliable.

The check-engine gauge lights up all the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th July, 2002