1990 Ford Taurus GL Wagon 3.0L from North America
Leisure Ultra Cruise Mobile
Besides minor maintenance issues, which are common on, umm say, ALL cars...
-Tranny filter every 2 yrs
-Air filters annually
-Alternator once, huge thing, 100amp $$
-Power Steering pump once, weekend jobber, special tool req'd.
-Air Conditioning: Blew up on the highway in Arizona. I guess it was too much for the poor car. Never got it fixed, I can take the heat ;)
Shocks/Struts gave away shortly after I acquired the car, but that was not due to 'normal' driving conditions. this caused:
-CV Boots to be replaced about a 3-4 years ago.
-CV Axles to fail about 6 mo ago. very messy. $120 for both axles, x4 for the labor.
-Rear brake piston leaked and was replaced.
-Transmission blew and now does not go into any gear higher than '1.'
-Only TRUE gripe is with Ford Dealer Service. Expensive. Amused that I still drove the thing. (They don't think highly of this car.)
This has been a very good car to me. My dad bought it for comfort and driving us kids around, then it was passed onto me. I promptly jumped the car down a hill with some friends coming home from a graduation party. Its been driven cross-country many, many times since then.
Only bad thing was having the tranny go THE NEXT DAY after I had the CV axles replaced. I think that was the repair shops fault, and if it could go faster than 15 mph, I'd drive the thing through their front door.
It's a nice, comfortable car, just get one with a new/rebuilt tranny if its over 130~140k miles or plan for it. someone may have got it airborne at some point who knows...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th May, 2004