1993 Ford Taurus LX 3.8 V6 from North America
The '93 Taurus was a good concept, poorly executed in design and manufacturing details
The car ran fine and was a pleasure to own for the first two years or so. It was good-looking and comfortable.
Then, 2000 km past the 60,000 warranty limit the air conditioning failed, and I split the repair with the dealer, (who told me I was silly not to have bought the extended warranty).
The following summer, at approximately 90,000 km the A/C failed again, and I opted not to get it repaired again at about $1000 CDN.
To go with the failed air conditioning, the power windows all quit. Quite a hot ride.
The transmission failed at 120,000km, a $3000 CDN repair.
On a positive note, I did not experience the head gasket failures many others did, and the engine was quite good.
I did get soaked for having to replace motor mounts much too early.
The car was built for people who lease and walk away at 60,000 km. It began to self-destruct just after. I have NEVER had a transmission fail on me before. I maintain my cars right by the book.
The air conditioning system and the transmission were obviously design and/or manufacturing disasters and Ford should have owned up to this issue.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 31st May, 2004