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.
Power, reliable (at least it was), exterior body looks great, comfortable, great acceleration.
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.
Torque torque torque, great style,
rugged (could handle a hail storm)
Make a high HP engine that gets good
fuel economy for once!
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.
Good steering and responsive
acceleration. Could have come with
more features, my car is the extreme
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.
My favorite features of the '86-'91
Taurus are its quick throttle response
and good handling. It is by no means a
fast car, with 0 to 60 taking well over
10 seconds, although 30 to 60 comes in
no time. Another good feature is that
all of the controls of the Taurus are
easy to use.
The '86-'91 Ford Taurus seriously lacks
reliability. Although the engine will
go over 185,000 miles without a major
problem, the electrical system and
drivetrain always have something wrong