1994 Ford Taurus LX Station Wagon 3.0L V-6 from North America


Apply a little TLC and you'll love this car forever


I have owned this car for about 2 years, I have had very few problems with it. I took a road trip from NH to PA and upon return needed a new water pump. I did the work myself and the new pump was only 40$.

The wipers work good, but must be manually pushed down the last 3 inches or so after you're done with them.

General Comments:

The transmissions are poor in that too much heat will cook them rapidly, invest in a 40$ transmission cooler and not only will you save about 1000$+ in rebuild costs, but your ride will dramatically improve.

I believe stock tires are 205/65/15, replacing these with 215/65/15 give even better performance in ride and handling with little hit on the fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2001

1994 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L V6 from North America


A poor design and a real reliability headache


I have had to replace the shock absorbers on this car three times in 110,000 miles, and the current ones are close to needing replacement again. The suspension design in the Ford Taurus is downright awful.

The transmission started roughshifting around 102,000 miles and is now in dire need of replacement.

The power steering went out around 106,000 miles and according to my mechanic much of the steering assembly now needs replacement.

The power window assembly on the back-left door died around 60,000 miles, and the window no longer opens or closes.

The cap on the lock of the back-right door broke off. It was not handled roughly by any means, it just came off and had to be replaced.

General Comments:

My parents bought this 1994 Ford Taurus in 1995 when it had only 5,000 miles on it. They later gave it to me when I got my license in 2000. The car had its first problems around 35,000 miles. Since then, it has given us headache after headache. My family has owned many cars, including the Taurus's twin, the Mercury Sable. Both that car and the Taurus have proven to be the most unreliable cars we have ever owned. The other cars we owned were Japanese cars: a Toyota Corona, Nissan Stanza, Mazda 323, and most recently an Acura 3.2TL. Those cars have been real workhorses, with few or no problems.

Ford's dealer service is horrible, every time I took it to the dealer to get a problem fixed, it came back with a new problem. I think these guys must be milking Ford for money under the warranty plan by creating new problems so the car must be serviced again.

So enough about the mechanical failures of the car... what about the car itself? The engine is not a very high performing design. It is a 3.0L V6, but it only puts out 140hp, so the design must be very inefficient. The car is not even capable of peeling out when the accelerator is pushed all the way to the floor from a standstill in the lowest gear. Handling is secure and predictable, but nothing special.

However, on the inside the car is very comfortable. The seats are soft and not all that supportive, but they are a pleasure to sit in even on long drives. Even the back seats are pretty good. Controls are all easily accessible and easy to figure out. There is plenty of space for storing things, and the trunk has ample room. I must point out the terrible design of the cup holders though. They are positioned so that putting anything in them blocks the radio controls. Plus, the design is such that nothing bigger than a can of soda will fit in them. You'll have a hell of a time trying to shove a coffee cup or a Coke from Burger King in there.

I have driven this car's main two competitors, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry (of the same model year as well as the newest versions). Overall, the Ford Taurus is a couple of notches below those two cars. There are some good things about the Taurus, but all in all I see no reason to buy this car. The Camry and Accord are only slightly more expensive, have much better designs, and are renowned for their reliability. Trust me: whatever small amount of money you save by buying a Taurus instead of a Camry or Accord, you will more than make up for it in all the extra repairs it will cost you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd July, 2001

11th Aug 2001, 12:45

My name is Tabatha Ryan from Chipman, New Brunswick and I was reading your report. To my surprise my car, a 94 Ford Taurus GL, has the exact problems right down to a tee. So if you get any results please let me know. I am a single mother and can't afford all these repairs.

My e-mail address is Tabbyybabyy@hotmail.com