1993 Ford Taurus GL 3.8 gas from North America


The head gasket failed requiring a complete rebuild of the 3.8 engine at 79,000 miles.

The AC compressor failed.

An engine mount broke.

The automatic transmission case cracked and had to be replaced.

The radiator blew out and was replaced.

General Comments:

The most expensive car I have ever owned from a repair standpoint. I do not plan to buy another Ford product. I have had other makes: GM, Honda, VW, Toyota, and BMW. Never have I had so many expensive problems with one car. I could not get the zone manager to even call me to discuss several problems. This is AFTER I explained to the Ford dealer that this did not give me much incentive to buy another Ford product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st August, 2000

3rd Apr 2003, 10:01

I currently own a 1991 Ford Taurus. I have experienced some problems with my car, such as, heater core leak, radiator leak, and currently my steering gear needs to be replaced. Even with these problems I do not feel as thought it is a bad car, in fact I still have faith in American cars. One thing I would recommend is to be wary in buying a Jeep, but that is another story.

4th Mar 2007, 12:11

I have a 1993 Ford Taurus which I bought used. I put 2000 miles on it before it would just die on me while driving. I mean a complete shutdown. After 20 minutes. it would startup again and a few minutes. down the road shutdown again. I can hear the fuel-pump at the gas inlet when the ignition is placed in the on position, but haven't got a clue as to what the problem is. Never again will I buy a Ford. My other Taurus is dead in my driveway. Walking now.

1993 Ford Taurus GL 3.8 L V6 from North America


Well worth the hassle


The head gasket went at 53,000 miles.

Electrical problems kept draining the battery.

Otherwise only wear and tear related problems.

General Comments:

This car drove very smoothly and handled well in the snow. Acceleration is very good and it is comfortable for long trips. It proved itself to be a very safe car when it met its end in a deep ditch and I escaped scratch free.

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

Review Date: 3rd August, 2000

21st Aug 2001, 20:00

I just wanted to say that the 93 Ford Taurus kicks butt, it is the best car ever. Mine has 210 000 miles and still runs like a beast. If you get a chance, take it off road, it is a hardcore good time.

11th Nov 2001, 23:41

My 93 Ford Taurus and 3.8 6cyl engine. This car has had every problem imaginable plus some you can't. A coil spring broke right in the middle of traffic. This car only has 75,000 miles on it and now the head gasket is blown and it needs a new engine. You were sure lucky with yours. My transmission had to be replaced at 39,000 miles. I should have parted company with the car then.

27th Nov 2001, 13:54

I have a 93 Sable with the 3.8 engine. The car is very comfortable and smooth. I believe that Ford have one of the nicest suspensions. I'm surprised more people don't mention that.

Any problems? Sure, I've had problems, it's a car. Most have been wear and tear so far, except having to replace two water pumps over the past 14 months. However, that might be expected with rebuilt parts. I have 241 thousand km so about 150k miles. I bought then car three years ago with 151 thousand km for 5000 (Canadian). So, all in all it's been a bargain. I've yet to replace the transmission or engine/head gasket. I'm pretty sure this engine is the original.

To me, a Taurus is a good used buy. People worry about depreciation, but depreciation is great when you're buying used.