1991 Ford Taurus Reviews

1991 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36500 miles
Most recent distance36900 miles
Previous carChrysler PT Cruiser

Summary:

The jury is still out on this one!

Faults:

Took it to Firestone to have the A/C checked, and the compressor was going bad, so I'm having a new system put in.

Was told I need a new water pump, so having that done too. Total cost $700.

Mechanic said my tie rods have some play in them, and the CV joints are leaking grease, but that will have to wait, or I may attempt to replace the tie rods myself. Bought a repair manual that shows me how.

General Comments:

Bought this car for $1500 after totaling my PT Cruiser in an accident. Exterior (minus the back bumper) and interior are in excellent shape. The car has been very well maintained to be 23 years old.

Since I am laid off from my job right now, I'm hoping nothing else major happens to the car until I can get back to work, and maybe trade it in for something newer.

Love all the power features, and the seats are more comfortable than my PT Cruiser. I always drove Ford/Mercury cars (Comet, Lynx, Escort, Focus) before ending up with my PT Cruiser.

What time I have driven my Ford Taurus so far, it drives great, and the V6 has good power and rides smooth. Keeping my fingers crossed!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2013

30th Jun 2013, 12:00

Too bad you didn't buy a '91 Olds Delta 88 or Buick LeSabre... or really any early 90s GM. These Tauruses aren't really recommended for cheap transportation. We used to use one as a taxi-cab back in the late 1990s, and it was a nightmare of frequent repairs. We also had some old late-eighties/early nineties GMs (Buick Centuries, Chevy Celebrities), and they gave far less trouble.

1st Jul 2013, 15:36

I wouldn't worry about the tie rods. Not a big deal if they go out - they're an easy fix afterwards.

1991 Ford Taurus GL Wagon 3.0L Vulcan from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0L Vulcan Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles

Summary:

Reliable cheap beast

Faults:

Radiator went at about 160,000 miles. Still ran fine with a minor repair.

Needed ball joints at about 150,000.

Large rust hole about the size of 2 footballs was found when bringing the car to the donation lot.

Clear coat came off at about 110,000 miles.

General Comments:

My dad bought this car due to an expanding family. It had the third seat, and front bench seat so it could hold 7. He buys cars used from family friends that were maintained well. He maintained it until about 1999.

After that oil changes stopped, and so did all other normal maintenance. The radiator began leaking so we put in some additive that stopped the leak. The car still ran fine, but every time we went somewhere we'd top off the car with water from the hose. Also, because no oil changes were being done, we'd add a quart of oil every month (it burned about that).

Other than minor things that didn't stop us from making the car usable, it was great. It was one of the most comfortable cars we owned, and by far the most reliable. When he decided he was getting rid of it, we tried to kill it. We sat in the drive way for 5 minutes redlining it. After no success, we drove it away. We never had the typical tranny problems, or anything else.

I now own a 98 Taurus SHO with the 3.4L V8. I absolutely love it and also have had no problems, but once again knew where it was coming from.

So if you're thinking about buying a Taurus, I would recommend it, but only if you're buying from an honest friend, or reputable dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2009

1991 Ford Taurus L Sedan 3.0V6 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Celebrity

Summary:

Can't wait to get rid of this problematic thing!!

Faults:

When I got the car, the battery terminals that hold the battery had to be replaced.

At 89000 miles, the oxygen sensor went.

At 95000 miles, replaced the front brakes.

At 96000 miles, replaced the starter.

At 100000 miles, replaced the tailight bezels and also the alternator.

At 110000 miles, replaced all the brakes.

And there were many other things that needed to be replaced on this car.

General Comments:

I had bought this car off an elderly lady who really did not take such good care of it at all. The paint was fading from age (it's red). She never had the car in the garage. It sat under a tree a good percentage of the time. She never was a smoker, so the interior looked really good.

Speaking of the interior, it had an aftermarket Blaupunkt removal face stereo in it. The car has no power windows (rare for a Taurus), no power door locks, nor a power seat. It does have the tilt wheel. The interior is also red.

The trunk is big. It still has the original spare tire and jack parts. The trunk looks in great shape.

As far as the way it runs, that is another story. Over the almost 4 years that I have owned it, it has given me numerous problems. There have been times when I have wanted to get rid of it. But it has not fully died yet!!

Yes this is a very problematic car. There are tons of these still on the road. Parts for this car are getting pretty hard to find. I have known a few other people who have owned this version of the Taurus, and they hated theirs.

Do I like this car? Not really. It runs good for now. Would I buy another one? Definitely no!! Would I recommend anyone to buy one of these? Definitely no!! If you can tolerate it's problems, buy one. Otherwise, please stay away from these cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th July, 2009

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 40 reviews