1993 Ford Taurus GL 3.8 Liter from North America

Summary:

I very much like my Taurus as a reliable car

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1993 Ford Taurus LX 3.8 liter from North America

Summary:

A bicycle is still a better option

Faults:

4 transmissions.

4 torque converters.

Frame connectors.

Brakes.

Fuel lines.

Power steering pump.

Master cylinder.

Radiator.

Heater core.

2 power windows motors.

Climate control module.

General Comments:

If you have a chance to buy this car, or buy a 10 speed, I would go with the 10 speed.

The car died at 81K miles, not that it died, but it needed yet another transmission, yep, that would have been number 5.

The heat only worked in the rain, the AC didn't work after about 30K miles, the power window motors died after 2 years of owning it, the radiator developed a leak and needed to be replaced.

The fuel lines started to leak, the power steering pump squealed. It was a complete mess... When it was new on the lot, it was very nice, comfy, quiet, and after driving an 85hp Toyota, it seemed like a rocket.

Unfortunately the 85hp Toyota from 1985 out lived this by well over 200K miles. (334K miles on the Toyota, sold it for 2 grand, and it is still on the road with over 500K miles).

I would never buy another automatic Ford car again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 2010

1993 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 from North America

Summary:

This car will treat you well if you treat it well

Faults:

I've had to have the motor mounts replaced due to my teenage driving. Receiving the car when it was 14 years old, it was driven "too hard", thus the motor mounts needed to be replaced.

Wear on the distributor caused a gear to loose a tooth and needed to be replaced. The only time the car has died on me.

The suspension on the car needed work, along with the ball bearings, due to making quick turns. (I need to stop doing that, the car is now 16.)

When it gets very cold, the turn signals have problems and do not blink when stopped.

Inside passenger door handle wear causes the door to not close unless the handle is pushed in. In other words, when you open the door to get out, the handle's spring does not pull it back in. Therefore, when you close the door it bounces back open. The door closes regularly when it is pushed in.

General Comments:

Many people report problems with this car, but it seems to me that people don't take care of their cars. My parents bought this car new when I was 2 years old in 1992, and it has got us safely to where we need to be for my entire life.

This is my first car and I am still driving it. I probably abuse it too much because I'm a teenager, but it has only broke down once and has never stalled on me. My parents say from riding with me and from mechanics reports, I turn too fast and accelerate too fast, causing the suspension problems and the motor mount problems.

This car also had to deal with me deciding to accidentally jump it, going 70mph, on a road with a little drop off. Saw sparks fly from the back of the car in the mirror, but no damage done to the car.

On top of that, I occasionally get bored and decide to bury the needle, being that the speedometer only shows up to 85mph. The needle just continues past 85mph until it hits the bottom of the dash. I have a video up of it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5__ZIULQr8

This car is a great winter car if you are looking for reliability. The heater works great and warms up quick. I know how to drive in the winter, and have no trouble getting up steep slippery slopes.

As most people do, the stereo has been replaced along with the speakers and added SUB WOOFERS in the back. It hasn't rattled apart yet. That's good.

One thing I love about the older cars is the 6 seat belts. 3 in back and 3 in front, allowing for more passengers when needed. I am in college, and this come in handy a lot as I am one of the few with a car.

I make long trips quite a bit, and have had no problems with this car whatsoever. It's been getting me places my whole life, and it will continue to until I get into an accident or something. I don't plan on getting rid of this car.

I don't know what the heck other people are doing to their Taurus's, but if you stay on top of the maintenance and don't drive it like a sports car, then it should be fine. Even if you do, it won't give out on you, you'll just need some repairs to keep it from completely going out, and probably for safety reasons.

All I can say is make sure you have a good mechanic. After reading all these different reviews, I can only assume some people don't maintain the car too well or have a good mechanic. The car will only run as good as you take car of it. If your mechanic sucks, then so will the car. You can't blame the car for what someone else does to it. My last/current mechanic didn't hook up a hose all the way, and when I started it to drive it home, it started smoking. He came back out and hooked it up the rest of the way in a second, and it was as good as new!

Treat the car well and it will treat you well. If you don't take care of the car, don't expect it to take care of you. It's 16 years old you know, and cars are considered to be antiques when they are 20. That is not far off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2008

19th Dec 2008, 23:47

Very similar to the reviewer, I had a 1993 Taurus that was a great car. Mine had the optional 3.8L V6 and it was really good for driving up mountain roads to go skiing. The anti-lock brakes saved my neck a couple of times when I was going too fast on the snow.

I put 75,000 miles on it in 7 years, with only one repair sometime in the middle of that time. Ford fixed it for free, even though the car was one year past its warranty. (Defective rubber engine mounts; my friend that had bought a new Saturn the same month as me also had defective rubber engine mounts, so probably it was a bad batch of material that made it into the supply chain for the Big Three automakers.)

I agree with the last comment about 3 in front, 3 in back being a great layout. I was so concerned about front bench seats disappearing that I bought the last generation Sable in its last year (2005) just to get a front bench seat. It was really hard to find one that did not have bucket seats instead. I needed to have 3 kids in the back with two dogs occasionally in front. (The weight sensors in the front seat disable the passenger side air bags when the dogs are in the car.) With dogs in the front, it is much better to have the shifter on the steering column where it is far away from inquisitive paws.

The Sable I've had almost 4 years now with 25,000 miles and no repairs of any kind.

I think there might still be some Buicks with the 3 in front, 3 in back layout.

27th Nov 2010, 06:39

I've had my 1993 Taurus for 14 years, and I bought my car when it was 4 years old. I have done a lot of maintenance on this car, but what can you expect at 18 years old? This car has never left me stranded, the 3.0 original engine still runs great and idles smooth. Heat and A/C are work great.

Wish I could find a brand new 1993 Taurus! Will hate to part with this car. Has been so reliable. No car will be reliable unless you maintain it and service it on a regular basis. You get out of the Taurus what you put into it.

I would rate this car 5 stars all the way.

6th Jul 2013, 13:13

We had one for over 10 years (since 2003); very good car I may add, rock solid, no transmission problems, quieter than our 1987 Chevy Celebrity wagon and lasted longer, and it was a wagon! Too bad the 3.0 died of a head gasket (my dad's fault).