11th Feb 2006, 20:40
First of all, if you buy any Ford product with the 3.8 engine, you are just asking for a headache. I own a 1993 Taurus GL with Fords' long time popular and RELIABLE 3.0
As of writing this, the car has just over 264,000kms on her. and aside from normal maintenance that is required on any vehicle, the car has been great and problem free. My brother in-law owned the Sable wagon with the 3.8 and had nothing, but problem after problem, expected with the crappy head gasket case that the 3.8 really is, and the tranny for that particular engine wasn't anything to brag about anymore than the engine was. He finally wrote the piece of s*** off and bought the Taurus wagon with the 3.0 (i might of had something to do with that) and has been happy ever since. He's owned the car for 3 years now, and aside from normal maintenance, has put only a ball joint into the car.
The Taurus really isn't that bad a car, although they are well known for the struts failing regularly, and are perhaps one of the worst vehicles prone to rusting out very quickly if not taken care of. So, as long as you stay away from the 3.8 engine when buying a Taurus, and take regular care of it, it makes a nice family vehicle.
12th Feb 2006, 22:22
I got a 1993 Taurus LX 3.8 V6.with 85,000 miles on it. I had it anti rustsprayed twice. There is vertually no rust or holes in the car. I bought it used in 1995. I would buy a 2006 if they still made them. Any problems I've had are small part of wear and tear.
17th Feb 2006, 12:22
I have a 2005 Ford Taurus SEL. Before this, I was an avid GM owner, previously I owned a 1994 Chevy Lumina, a 1994 Olds 88, and a 2001 Chevy Prizm. Of all of the above cars, the only one that I LOVE is the Taurus. The Lumina was repair after repair. I put THOUSANDS into the Lumina in just a few years, with tranny and engine problems. Then Olds was OK, but had electrical issues constantly. The Prizm was all right, but too small and the engine had no power with the A/C on. My Taurus, which goes into the shop today for the 25,000 mile service is running wonderfully. She gets 23.6 MPG city/hwy mixed. Power is superb, with plenty in excess even at 70 mph to pass. I would highly recommend the Taurus to anyone who wants a car that is big enough for all of your stuff, has the power to get you where you're going, and will do all of this stylishly, and without problems. Here's to 200,000 more miles!
17th Feb 2006, 20:26
"I would buy a 2006 if they still made them."
Actually, Ford makes 2006 Tauruses, just not for the public; they're only sold to rental fleets and such.
16th May 2006, 21:55
I don't know what you guys are talking about. I bought my ford taurus about 8 years ago used from a marine, and it has given me NO problems ever since. Other than the usual wear and tear nothing has gone bad at all. The ford taurus is and AWESOME car. If you had to replace the tranny once and it went bad again I wouldn't even bother.
23rd Aug 2006, 07:26
I have a 1993 Taurus 3.8l V6 and it has been one of the best cars I have owned. It has almost 275,000 on it now and has the original transmission. Head gaskets replaced at about 150,000 but the dealer paid half. AC quit, but other than that, no major concerns. It is fast and comfortable, but the body needs work.
7th Sep 2007, 23:16
I don't get it. I have had three Ford Tauruses. All have been outstanding cars. All have well over 200,000 miles on them. I have not pampered or babied them at all. I might have changed the oil every 10,000 miles. I did make sure I kept the oil up though. I also had the transmissions flushed at 90,000 miles just after I bought them. The only problems were wear related. I replaced the alternator on two of them and the water pump once on all three. The only weakness was the ignition module problem which is common to this car. I had the 3.0 engine by the way. I think I might have mistakenly posted somewhere else that I had the 3.8 liter. Anyway, I love these cars and would love to find a good pre 1996 SW with low miles.
31st Mar 2009, 16:06
I have a 1993 3.8L Ford Taurus GL, and it has been nothing but trouble.
The head gasket went out on me after driving it for a few months. I have also had numerous starter and alternator problems, having to get both parts replaced about three times each.
Currently I am having coolant leaks as the hose running to the radiator has split... again.
I HATE this car. When I get a new vehicle I'm driving the Ford piece of crap into a tree.
12th Oct 2009, 21:08
It's a good car for me I think because my boss gave me the car for free, and I just spent like $500.00 and now the car runs great... by the way, it's good in the winter time 100%...
28th May 2017, 15:26
We bought a 1993 Taurus in 1994 from a Ford dealer that had 22,000 miles on the clock. The car had a new set of Michelin tires, four wheel disk brakes, and the 3.8 liter engine.
I had it checked by my independent mechanic who suggested that I have the heads torqued every 20,000 miles to prevent head gasket failure, to change the transmission fluid and filter more frequently than indicated in the service manual, and to watch out for excessive coolant consumption (an indicator of a blown head gasket).
There was one recall for a hose on the backside of the engine. Yes, I spent more money on service, service intervals were more frequent, but consequently at 132,000 miles later when it was "given" to my niece, the only expensive issue we experienced was the dryer on the air conditioner.
My present car is a Mercedes C230. And, as reliable as it has been, I have spent far more on maintenance than I ever spent on the Taurus.