1993 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L V6 from North America


A superior value to anyone with a family or one who travels frequently!


At 200,000 miles, things are just starting to break due to sheer exhaustion.

Air conditioning has gone out for the second time in 5 years (75,000 miles between occurrences)

Transmission has been slipping for quite a while, but has not stranded me...ever.

I have had no major problems other than routine maintenence issues (spark plugs, brakes, etc.)

General Comments:

I am shocked at the number of complaints listed in the reviews of the Taurus as I find it a superior car.

This was my company car and I developed a strong bond to it while I racked up the 130,000 miles with that company.

When I was downsized, this car was part of my "severance package" and I feel that it was the most valuable part.

When others say that the interior shows wear early on, I feel that it is more of a conformation to your body type than a "wearing out"

I would purchase another Taurus in a heartbeat and would recommend one to anyone.

The fuel economy could be a little bit better, but the lack of fuel economy is more than compensated by the reliability.

Performance was great up until about 20,000 miles ago when the engine and transmission have started to show their age.

The body has not rusted, nor has the paint peeled despite having been an "outdoor stored" car since I bought it. When it is washed, it still looks like it came off of the showroom floor.

I cannot find a single fault that would dissuade me from recommending it to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2003

19th Apr 2003, 20:34

I sincerely agree. I have a soft spot for the original generation sable/Taurus. Power train very reliable and ride on the highway is great. My first Sable was retired with 400,000 K's. The only major problem (in Canada) is body rust.

28th Aug 2003, 16:44

I too am surprised at all the complaints over the Taurus. I recently purchased a Jeep Cherokee as a replacement family vehicle, but could not bring myself to parting with the Taurus. The Jeep is now for sale. I purchased the Taurus used in October 2001 with 83000 miles. It now has 11400 miles with few problems.

1993 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 from North America


A decent ride if you know what's to come


The temperature gauge broke right away. I replaced it under my 30-day warranty.

I noticed (to this day) my car has very bad idling problems. I drive to a place and shut off the car. When I turn it back on (only if under one hour later) the car revs, then the engine nearly stalls (but sometimes does) and all the power dims. This repeats itself until it eventually fixes itself.

The rear windshield wiper snapped off in the middle of the road (Not fixed yet).

The battery bolts wore out. Towed and replaced for $116.

The fuel pump electronic controller died in the middle of a busy intersection. I pushed it with the help of some news paper guy and it needed to be towed. The problem (controller and deformed rear-right tire) was fixed for $510.

When slowing down, the power dims and (if they are on) the headlights dim as well.

The drivers side door panel is coming loose.

One of the door locks snapped off.

Not a lot of body damage and other wise a smooth drive.

General Comments:

This car cost me around $3600 from a public dealer (talked down from $3900). Like I said, the temperature gauge broke a week after, so it was replaced for free.

Up until 100,000 miles the car ran decently. However, I am now riddled with strange problems. I am not complaining, because all are one-day do-it-yourself jobs (door locks, wipers, etc.) but I am lazy, so it is OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd April, 2003

30th Jan 2004, 19:01

I have had the same problem with the revving on my 1993 Taurus. It also acted like it lost power as the car came to a stop and sometimes it would stall on the road afterward. Turns out it was a clogged vacuum line. The car is reaching 200,000 miles and still going strong.