by loves my ford on Jan 15, 2005 Vehicle: 1990 Ford Taurus L 4dr Sedan
Reliable if you take care of it. That car was awesome, bought used in '97. Nothing went wrong until few months ago. Great reliable car up until I left the lights on. Twice. Had to replace battery and alternator. Didn't fix problem, then I needed a map sensor, whatever that is. Still died on me. Then a completely different problem that same month; ignition module. Didnt help nor did a tune up. My fault, didn't change oil on time, drove on empty, never got transmission fluid flushed, etc. Great reliable car while it lasted. Only buy with low mileage.
by Adam0331 on Jul 7, 2003 Vehicle: 1990 Ford Taurus L 4dr Sedan
Back in 1990 the Taurus was perhaps
the best in the "family car" class. I
ran the car over 200,000 miles with
surprisingly few problems. Nothing
flashy but it was a runner. Only
recurring problem was a TFI module
Ford would not recall. Skipped to
Honda Accord in 1998. Sorry Ford,
while you were ahead in 1990, by '98
you were not.
by leepenfield on Feb 7, 2003 Vehicle: 1990 Ford Taurus L 4dr Sedan
I bought this car for well under what
the retail value is..and it was in
good shape. Well maintained, it has
not shown the slightest sign of
unreliability. It is my daily driver
and many times is forced to sit and
idle for long periods of time.
by Ford Guy on Jun 19, 2002 Vehicle: 1990 Ford Taurus L 4dr Sedan
The '86-'91 Ford Taurus starts life as
a great car. It has a good ride, seats
6, looks good inside and out, and is
relatively comfortable. It is also
really fun to drive for an affordable
family sedan. For the first 5 years
you will love it. However, after 5
years you will start to hate it. Things
start to make noise, alternators die
every 4 years, and other things go
wrong. My advise would be to buy a
Taurus with VERY low mileage. As long
as it isn't worn out, the '86-'91 Ford
Taurus is a great car. Just watch out
for the higher mileage vehicles.
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