1997 Ford Taurus LX 3.0 Duratec from North America
Good performance, not reliable
Transmission replaced twice, once at 40,000 km, again at 60,000 km.
Suspension creaking now.
Intermittent wipers aren't.
Quick car, comfortable to drive. Reasonably quiet inside.
However, reliability is poor as is dealer service. When transmission went first time, they did a partial repair. When it went the second time (2 weeks past original warranty) the first mechanic told me the piston cracked and ruined the rest of the transmission. When the service manager realized that was the part they replaced 6 months earlier, suddenly their story changed and it had nothing to do with the piston. I called the next day and spoke to another mechanic and he confirmed it was the piston. Fortunately I recorded that phone call.
The service manager decided that he would pick up the cost of a new transmission.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th August, 2001