1992 Ford Taurus L 3.0 from North America
Safety blessing, reliability nightmare...
The car is on it's sixth transmission since I bought it; the transmission went out the first time a month after I bought it. I took it to the dealership and had it replaced with a new one and (thank goodess) got an extended warranty on the replacement. It went out once a month for the next four months, and each time I took it back and had it replaced again for free, as per my warranty. After the fifth time, I was fed up with the dealership, and I sucked up the payment and had it replaced by another company with a custom rebuilt transmission, and it still has problems.
In addition, the car developed a problem of totally dying while making left-hand turns, which I found out was linked to a recall only after I was in an accident after the car died while I was turning.
Also, the window motors have all been replaced, the liftgate (I have a wagon) was rewired when it refused to open, the cassette player died, and the air conditioning system has been replaced twice.
It's the least reliable car my family has ever owned, and we were lucky to have a functional Nissan to drive when this one was in the shop.
The one positive thing we have to say for the car is that despite the fact that there was a safety hazard built into the car that caused us to have an accident in it, when we were hit by a stretch limousine going 45 while we were making a left hand turn, we all walked away without a scratch. This is the safest car I've ever seen.
Its best safety feature, however, still remains that it is a poorly built car, as I have found it is difficult to have a serious accident while sitting in your driveway cursing the car because it won't start.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th December, 2000