Well, you were asking for it; my family has owned a Chevrolet that went through 2 engines, because of a factory error with cooling, and we have had a Ford Taurus in the family purchased new that had so many problems, it ended up costing more for repairs than the car was originally purchased. On the other hand we have had some GM cars hit 260,000 miles (3.8, 5.0) but the materials to build the cars were so bad they had to be put to sleep. I now own a Honda that has 243,000 miles and I drive it hard. I am only 19 and have had the car since 200,000 miles and it never burns oil and has never broken down. Japanese cars are also built by hard working families in America. Every time you shun a vehicle that is Japanese, you may be hurting the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, and Mississippi economy.
The last commenter is towing the FORD company line, he's a FORD corporate cronie!
Older Fords were reliable, but after the 1980s-1990s they diminished their quality immensely. I had a 1993 Taurus that was so bad that made me NEVER consider Ford again. after that I had a Volkswagen and it wasn’t the best, but still way better than the Ford. Now I have a Toyota and it’s the finest by far. Welcome to the real world.
I agree with you. Hondas and Toyotas are very durable cars and I have seen many with well over 200K miles on them and still running. My point is that the Taurus is not a bad car as many people here are saying. I got mine first when I was sixteen and have been driving it for five years now. I even took it off road a couple of times, jumped railroad tracks, and about everything else that you could think off. It's all up to the owners and how you take care of your car. I'm planning a 600 mile trip this weekend and am certain that I will not have any problems with my Taurus. As beat up as it is from the outside, people wouldn't even dare to take it on the interstate, but my engine, transmission and drive-train all work perfectly so I'm not concerned at all. I'll let you know how the trip went.
Driving a 1998 Taurus SE (24V DOHC) and love it.
Pushing 135k miles with only minor repairs.
Repairs so far:
-Serpentine belt replaced @ 100k miles ($26)
-At about 120k miles replaced both front wheel bearings, they were humming pretty loudly on the highway. (About $75 each)
-About same time broke and replaced a rear sway bar linkage. It broke while driving down a very bad dirt road. ($10)
-Front brakes/rotors a couple of times, haven't touched the rears yet. ($50 each time for pads and new rotors)
Other than that it has always been reliable for me. That 200HP 24V DOHC V6 motor has been flawless thus far. Nice mix of power and fuel economy. Mine too has a faulty door switch that makes it think a door is always open. I just removed the dome light and deal with it.