As I read the reviews of a lot of people who have criticized the Ford Taurus, I felt it a duty to respond with my experiences with this car that have been generally been very positive.
I have no doubt that there are those who have had bad experiences with the Ford Taurus. However, in my case with three 1993 Ford Taurus station wagons, they have all been excellent cars. I did discover that the ignition module was a weakness and prone to premature failure. However, this is a cheap fix that can easily be done even by the mechanically challenged.
Especially coming under attack has been the transmission. I don't know, but perhaps due to the fact that I had the transmission fluid flushed on two occasions with each car might have contributed the longer life that I enjoyed. I have got 160,000, 190,000, and 174,000 miles on my cars respectively. On one, all I have is a small transmission leak. However, I must admit, many of these miles are highway miles. Still not bad.
In addition, the cosmetic components of the car have been durable despite rough treatment by my children.
The engine has been bullet proof. I have somewhat regularly changed the oil, but the cars nor the engines have in no way been pampered.
The cars also handle and drive well. It is not a BMW, but, it is not meant to be.
By way of comparison, I have had four GM cars consisting of, two 95 Auroras, one 89 Regency 98 with low miles and, a 96 Pontiac Grand Prix. All these cars, In total, I put on about 35,000 miles on these cars. I spent over 1,800 dollars on repair bills. I sold all of them except the Regency which now needs about $900.00 worth of transmission work.
On the Tauruses, I put on a total of around 240,000 miles. Total repair costs other than normal maintenance has been around $1200.00. A lot of that was diagnostic and incompetent repair services that led me to discover that all was wrong was the ignition module. If I had know what the problem was, you could halve this amount.
In conclusion, I would recommend the Taurus if it has low miles and you plan to regularly service the transmission.