1992 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 liter V6 from North America
A large, but unreliable family sedan
Leaks coolant and oil. Oil was dripping onto a hot piece of metal and making an incredibly acrid smell. Check engine light came on for coolant tank, which was replaced.
2 broken CV joints. First was my fault, but the second one broke after I shifted from reverse into drive.
Starter motor and alternator have both died.
Fuel pump died.
Oxygen sensors went bad and were replaced.
Brakes squeal anytime I came to a stop. Rotors have warped very quickly, even under relatively light braking.
This car has had quite some problems with it.
Some of them are no doubt my fault as I abused the car pretty heavily, but some of the problems I attribute to shoddy electrical parts and craftsmanship.
For all its mechanical problems, the car was reasonably comfortable. Interior had very few problems. Very good trunk and interior space.
Performance is sub-par, despite a V6. The inline-4 cylinder in my friend's Accord puts out more horsepower and torque than this thing, despite being a smaller displacement. Handling is less than stellar. This thing has a tendency to fishtail at high speeds. From the perspective of someone that enjoys to drive their car, this thing just doesn't deliver.
Overall, I have been less than pleased with my Ford Taurus. Its low performance, coupled with its numerous mechanical problems has left a sour taste in my mouth regarding domestic cars nowadays. I much prefer my Toyota Camry, thank you.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th May, 2004