I very much like my Taurus as a reliable car
Replaced radiator three times years ago. Current radiator is problem free.
Replaced starter motor twice.
Replaced water pump once.
Experienced brake failure while turning onto a residential street, and had the brake lines replaced.
Alternator replaced in 2013 as it was failing.
Cruise control replaced once.
Replaced muffler twice over the years.
Have had no problems with blown engine gaskets or with transmission failure. I will have to replace the car within a year, because it is becoming badly rusted in the body. This is to be expected for a 19 year old car that is driven year round, and a lot of salt is used on the roads here.
I like my 1993 Taurus very much, and am reluctant to get a new car. It is running well, and I hope to reach 400,000 km before giving it up on or before June 2014. I don't think that it would pass the environmental emissions test at that time, as the exhaust recirculation pipe and manifold rusted out, and no replacement could be found. The garage then sealed that pipe off, causing the 'check engine light' to come on now after about 20 km.
The trunk is very roomy, which is nice for storing suitcases for long trips. The seats are comfortable for me, although I keep an opus form in the driver's seat because of occasional back pain.
The car has been quite reliable, except for when the starting motor had to be replaced twice and the car wouldn't start.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th March, 2013