1992 Ford Taurus LX 3.8L V6 from North America
Since buying the car at about 102,000 miles, I've taken it on to almost 120,000. The car was badly out of alignment when I got it, which quickly wrote off a pair of front tyres.
There was also a problem with the windscreen wiper motor which caused the wipers to occasionally stop working (turning the windscreen wiper selector would make a relay "clicking" noise, but the wipers did nothing, and I'd have to get out of the car and push them to start them off). New wiper motor cured this.
Had a leaking CV boot on the right front wheel, had this replaced as a precaution.
The tensioning spring for the fanbelt failed when pulling out of a carpark onto a busy main road. This was scary, as the power steering went, and the car started overheating immediately... The fanbelt would occasionally catch, and the power steering would come back for a few seconds, then stop again. Limped to the nearest garage and replaced the tensioner, not too expensive but very difficult for the mechanics to reach this part down on the right hand side of the engine to replace it.
Only other failure is that the electrics to the rear right passenger door seem funny, probably just a loose cable. This door sometimes fails to lock/unlock, and can no longer have its window controlled by the driver's controls.
Overall, a very comfortable car, reasonably reliable, and somewhat of a gas-guzzler... Plenty of power, although I've noticed the car seems to have a lot more "pull" at the low end, so I can almost always pull away from a light quicker than anybody else, but don't have as much power when I'm overtaking somebody...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th September, 1999