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.

General Comments:

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

1992 Ford Taurus GL V6 3.8 from North America


I am amazed and thankful!

General Comments:

I would just like to say of all the things that can go wrong my husband and I were involved in a car accident on 11/7/2000. A semi truck hit us literally tearing the entire left side of our Ford Taurus apart and if it had not been for the way this car took the hit we would be dead. We were stopped in construction traffic and he hit us going about 65 miles an hour, the Taurus was a total loss but stood up great and was the only reason we were not hurt worse. I would most definitely buy another Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2000

1992 Ford Taurus GL 3.8 V6 from North America


Rebuilt transmission, replaced head gasket, cracked heater core, overheats constantly.

General Comments:

Repair cost will vary, I know that it would've been cheaper to repair in my home town but I moved and went with who I found. I bought this car used, and I have to say that the previous owners sold it at exactly the right time. It had great power in the engine - it should it's a V6. BUT, I can't even drive it to work anymore without worrying about having problems = very frustrating. Things have been going wrong with the car periodically, many small things in addition to the major problems listed above. I will avoid Fords like the plague from now on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd November, 1999

16th Jul 2001, 00:14

I have had at least 6 Fords since I began driving about 24 years ago. All of them were used, except in 1986 when my wife and I bought a brand new Escort wagon. All were very reliable to me, and my 1992 Taurus wagon is no exception, considering when we bought it in 1997, it "only" had 97,000 miles on it. Now it is almost ready to turn over 156,000 miles, and the only major problem we ever had was the mass airflow sensor give out at about 130,000 miles. (one day down and 300 dollars later) I am very pleased with Fords products. By the way, I have had less trouble with all my Fords combined than my Dad has had with 2 Toyotas.

22nd Jun 2003, 13:53

I purchased a used 1992 Taurus G L wagon two years ago at a very reasonable price. Outside of normal wear and tear maintenance I couldn't be more satisfied with the purchase of a used vehicle. This is the second Taurus for me, the first being a 1998 provided by my employer. I was just as satisfied with it as the 1992 I have now.

I'm experiencing a problem with the temperature control on the heating and air. It's as though no matter where you set the control, it's always putting out the same temperature. If anyone knows a simple solution to this problem, please e-mail me. I feel there must be something I'm overlooking.