1992 Ford Taurus LX 3.8 from North America
I'd recommend against it only because of the 3.8 liter engine
Starter went bad at 88,000 miles.
Head gasket blew at 89,000 miles.
Leather seats a little worn from lack of maintenance.
A nice car with one major fault. The head gaskets on the 3.8 liter engines have a tendency to blow, and once they do a new engine is only alternative. This I heard from two independent mechanics, and the local Ford dealership. The aluminum heads on these engines have a problem with sealing with new gaskets. Even the Ford dealership was unable to get a Ford engine, they would have used a Jasper re-manufactured engine.
Otherwise there were no major problems.
Comfortable to drive.
Good interior and cargo space, yet small enough to park easily.
If not for the engine, I would still have this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th August, 2003
28th Aug 2003, 16:35
I had a '92 Taurus and it was one of the best cars I ever had.. because it had the 3.0 engine. We ran that thing HARD, I mean we showed NO mercy, putting over 172,000 on it with no major problems. Get a Taurus with the 3.0 V6 if you want a reliable car.
2nd Jan 2005, 10:45
I've got a 92 Taurus LX 3.8 Litre, rolled over 200,000 miles, intake manifold gasket replaced once. Changing oil is key, on time helps. Runs like a top, It will pass 300,000 miles, Thanks.