1989 Ford Taurus Station Wagon Forgot from North America
I never bought another Ford again
I got rid of it in '92, but I am still mad at it til this day so please forgive me.
Way too much to list here.
I spent more money fixing it than I did when I paid for it at the dealer.
I bought it with 1.5 miles on it brand new. I bought a 25,000 mile warranty, & literally the day after it hit 25,000, things started breaking left & right. I spent more money fixing it than I did when I paid for it at the dealer.
The biggest thing that broke were the mounts holding the drivetrain in place.
I was on my way to work one day, & it started shaking & rattling, then something big from the engine bay fell out & I could see it in my rear view mirror sparking on the pavement; other cars swerving to avoid it. No less than 5 seconds later, I heard an extremely loud bang, lost all power & steering. I can hear a loud grinding noise and I can see sparks and all little parts flying out from underneath as the car slows down extremely fast. The whole drivetrain fell out of the car & left a nice 50 yard trail of destruction down the highway.
After I got out, I realized the oil on the road caught fire & so did the hulk of engine.
When it was all said & done, the firewall had been punched back 5 inches, $250,000 in damage to the asphalt, ONLY 30,000 TOTAL MILES ON THE CAR & a lousy $500 from my insurance company.
The day after this happened, I received an express letter from Ford telling me that the drivetrain mounts have been recalled.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th August, 2004
10th Jan 2006, 22:51
Yup - that would be funny!
17th Feb 2007, 09:10
I know that Ford's quality is horrible (quality is job 1??? yeah right.) but this is just ridiculous although it is true as I have heard this happen to someone else I know although they didn't do road damage like your car did. And Ford wants to know why no one is buying their vehicles.
18th Nov 2011, 14:01
I absolutely love this review, and re-read it often when I need a laugh. I have it marked in my favorites. Our family car of 9 years was an 89 Taurus GL that my parents purchased new. We had some issues with it, but nothing like you mentioned. I actually like the cars, and have owned a 93 Taurus SHO, and now actually own both a 95 and an 89 Taurus SHO as secondary "fun" cars. There was a recall on those subframe bushings apparently. Luckily those in my 89 (now 22 years old) appear to have been replaced!!! I can't read this review without cracking up laughing. I would have loved to have been there to see your face and all of this take place.