1990 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L from North America
Diamond in the rough
Transmission has a slow 1-2 shift, been that way since I bought the car.
Both front ball joints needed replacing.
All four wheel bearings as well.
Brakes on all sides.
Looks like crap thanks to your friendly neighborhood deer.
Most of the problems with the car are general wear and tear.
I've taken this car on 3 hour trips, and it's never let me down.
Handles great, I've taken corners (not curves) at speeds over 50mph. Drove awesome in the winter even on almost bald tires.
Very roomy and has a HUGE trunk.
These cars do not age gracefully, the clearcoat is coming of and wearing down to the primer, since the car is black, white primer and rust are VERY visible.
I bought the car for $500 bucks and I got over 10,000 miles out of it. Overall I'm satisfied with it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th July, 2009
14th Jul 2009, 13:52
I really liked the older, pre-96 Tauruses (Taurii?). As long as the transmissions didn't fail then the car would have a long lifespan. Roomy, decent fuel mileage, handled better than any comparable Chevy or Dodge car and a motor that would not die (unless it's a 3.8). Even though the newest, non-oval Taurus is almost 15 years old, I'd still buy one in good shape.
14th Jul 2009, 21:19
Can't expect those things to age gracefully, it's a early 90's Ford, they were churning out junk. I've had 3 Ford Taurus sedans all three had the transmission fail completely. The 3.0 is a good motor, they'll take a couple hundred thousand miles easy if you maintain em but the tranny was the achilles heel. I'm my '89 it went completely, suddenly, without warning. Luckily I was just a few blocks from my house so I just threw it in reverse and backed it all the way home. Luckily. Oh yeah and my buddy had a '90 Taurus wagon once, another bad tranny. I buy and sell cars and know not to buy a Taurus now. At least not for over $200 because all your buying is the motor basically.