1994 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L EFI from North America

Summary:

Dependable reliable vehicle

Faults:

Very lttle problems during ownership other than normal wear and tear. Standard brakes and tires replaced during 170,00 km of driving. Original exhaust system was still intact when the vehicle was sold after six years of ownership. Later models had transmission problems (1995 etc.) whereas this car had no such problems.

General Comments:

Very well-built, dependable, economical car assembled in Atlanta. No body rust during 215,00 km of driving. comfortable vehicle to drive on long hauls. Would purchase another Ford no problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2006

1994 Ford Taurus SHO 3.2 DOHC from North America

Summary:

Nice performer, but costly repairs

Faults:

Replaced alternator at 145,000

Replaced starter at 145,000, this is the 5th starter my car has had. Whoever installed the previous starters didn't use the right kind.

Leaks power steering fluid

Needs new rack and pinion

Auto trans is starting to lurch.

General Comments:

I bought this car with 138,000 miles on it. I drove it for about 7 months, and then things started going wrong. Repairs on a SHO aren't easy to do on your own, and the cost of parts is not cheap either.

All that aside, the car is roomy and comfortable. All of the electronics are in working order, the power driver seat has many options. The car looks like it means business, and it really does. The engine runs like a champion, and 220hp makes it really move.

If you are considering buying a older SHO, try to look for one with lower miles.

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

Review Date: 5th February, 2006

1994 Ford Taurus GL 4DR SEDAN 3.0 from North America

Summary:

Very poorly assembled vehicles

Faults:

Within first year of ownership, these repairs hit the pocketbook: Transmission failed at 120,000 km (75,000 miles), resulting in $2,300 repair.

Cooling system replaced ($800 repair)

ABS sensor failed & replace ($350 repair)

Alternator failed & replaced. ($350 repair)

Disk Brakes (Front and Back) $800 repair.

Front and Rear Shocks and Struts required replacement. Estimated $800 repair. Air Conditioner no longer works. Car sags to driver side due to broken springs. Front Stabilizer bar is broken. Major Oil Leaks. I have not, and will not be repairing any of these items as I have run out of money!

General Comments:

I bought this car because it looked roomy and affordable. Dead wrong!

During my first year, I invested over $5000 in repairs (about as much as I paid for the car!)

Obviously with this investment, you will expect some reasonable longevity, but the next repair seems to be lurking around the corner.

I am now saving some pennies to replace this heap with something from another manufacturer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th January, 2006

14th Jan 2006, 23:25

Don't blame Ford for your problems, you bought a car that had high mileage on it, and when you get a high mileage car, you must take care of it.

18th Mar 2006, 17:36

75K should not be considered high mileage. I have an Acura that has 180,000 miles on it, and has not had near the repairs listed above. Sorry, Ford, but you can still learn a lot from the Japanese.

25th Jun 2006, 23:28

HI, 75,000 miles is not a lot of miles. It's actually considered low miles! The Ford Taurus is notorious for its transmission failures. I was almost going to purchase one, because I thought they were reliable! Goodness! I bought a 1987 Nissan Maxima with 165,000 miles on it for $500, put 30,000 miles on it, and no problems at all! Never left me stranded. I won't ever buy a Ford Taurus.

1994 Ford Taurus SHO 3.2L from North America

Summary:

Repairs doubled my monthly car payment over 3 years of ownership

Faults:

Rear strut mounts went bad along with struts, $450.00 USD 90000 miles.

System component for vacuum system, $90.00 part (installed on my own)

Water pump went out at 105,000 miles, special tools to replace, $420.00 USD.

Strange electrical problem: First dash-lights went out, then the horn stopped working, then power lock on drivers door; stopped at door. Modded lights in dash to work full dim. 120,000 miles.

Rust started rear fender by gas cap. Never allowed gas to dribble on car. Crease in fender caused rust, probably. 115,000.

Premium audio amp for rear speakers took speakers in rear out. 110,000 miles.

Control switch for electronic heat/ac control stopped working and the car heater poorly for most of winter 130,000 miles. Estimated price to fix: $600.00 USD.

Requires 90 octane gas to run well.

Poor winter mileage~16 mpg.

Oxygen sensors out at 105,000 miles. 250.00 USD.

FINALLY before I traded car off, Transmission seal on torque converter blew in the middle of nowhere, $900.00 USD later, fixed.

Auto tranny shifted funny for about 40,000 miles of ownership up to when I traded off.

General Comments:

Car was a bullet on straight aways.

Leather seats very comfortable.

Sharp looks.

Nice highway ride.

Great car until 100,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2005