1994 Ford Taurus GL 3.8L V6 from North America

Summary:

I bought a lemon... time to use the 89 Jetta again

Faults:

My original article was "I hope I didn't buy a lemon.." but now I know this car is one.

Originally after 80,000 miles is when all these problems started happening.

Car was eating a quart and a half of oil every 1,500 miles. (the car didn't smoke either and no visible leaks)

Car idled high (1500 Rpms) when it was cold and the engine would whine when it was cold too.

My belt also squeaked on start up but I replaced that.

Car is also sluggish and can't maintain speed well going up an incline. Engine would have to be at 4,500 Rpms just to go 55 mph and very rarely 60 mph.

And now to top it off the car is losing coolant (no visible leaks). I think the heads or the head gasket is going bad (a common problem with this 3.8L engine).

My check engine light won't stop flashing (especially when I am taking off).

General Comments:

I liked the car until I started having major problems with it. I changed all my fluids, spark plugs and wires, air and fuel filter when I first bought it. I change my oil and oil filter at least between the 2,500 to 3,000 mile mark. Obviously the guy who sold me this car didn't maintain it well, because it is having problems at low miles.

I have a 1989 Jetta with over 400,000 miles on it that still runs and drives pretty well (that's just with regular oil changes and tune ups too). I am not sure if this car is even worth fixing.

But yeah it is comfortable and I will be driving around town only. I will now use my Jetta to commute the 100 miles to work every day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd November, 2008

3rd Nov 2008, 14:40

There must be some problem with the drivetrain (like you indicated) that is hurting performance, because the 3.8 Tauruses and Sables I drove were very good at maintaining speed up grades without having to downshift from overdrive or disengage lockup.

The 3.0, while being far superior reliability-wise, requires 4-3 downshifts at times to maintain speed up some highway grades.

1994 Ford Taurus 3.0 V6 from North America

Summary:

Lousy transmission

Faults:

All power windows quit working - motors seized up, never knew if the windows would roll up or not.

Brakes ALWAYS made noises, and faded pretty badly during harder stops.

Handled very poorly on icy roads, put it in the ditch like 4 times in the winter.

Headlights were always very dim - even with super blues.

Car blew a radiator bypass hose, then always overheated after I changed it - never was right again.

Eventually cruise and speedometer quit working and the car wouldn't shift when cold. Was a transmission gear, cost $400 to have dealer fix.

Then the transmission started skipping through gears when slowing down, so I traded it in for an 2004 Toyota Corolla S.

General Comments:

I got this car from my grandparents who kept it in their garage and didn't really drive it. So I thought it should be good for a long time.

The 3.0 does have a lot of power though, I smoked some punks trying to race me.

The A/C was really cold, and the seats were pretty comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2008

1994 Ford Taurus 3.0 from North America

Summary:

Great for a 14 year old car

Faults:

Since I've owned it the past year, nothing. Pleasantly surprised, considering the high mileage and the seemingly bad reputation the Taurus has.

General Comments:

I am pleased with this car. It has fairly good gas mileage and runs great! The transmission shifts smoothly and it handles well. Never has overheated or otherwise left me stranded. Does not use oil, no leaks.

The interior is like new and it has cold air. I see many other Ford Tauruses on the road of this model.

I plan to keep this one a while.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2008