I had three 94 taurus wagons altogether. Everyone of them were comfortable and reliable. They do have some consistent weaknesses. The first seems to be the ignition module. I had to replace everyone on each car at least once. The second is the body control computer. When this goes, you will think that the fuel pump has gone bad. Find out where it is and tap it for a temporary fix. The ignition module problem will manefest as unsteady speeds. Other than that, nothing but expected maintenance.
I or my wife drove these cars well over 150k each. A couple of these cars now have over 250k. I wasn't that big on maintenance. I wish I could find another with low mileage.
Fairly decent gas mileage.
Comfortable and rock solid reliability with the 3.0 engine.
The 3.8 had head gasket issues.
I had the wagons and I hauled things you shouldn't haul in a car.
Some of the best cars I have ever owned.
Make the newer Taurus as reliable as this generation.
I've had to put $1400 into this car since buying it 7 months ago. That's almost more than it's worth, but I kept putting more into it thinking each time that it would be the last repair necessary and that I didn't want to "lose" the money I'd already invested to repair it previously. The suspension system broke and the spring attached to the front tire snapped in half as I was driving down the highway. I had to replace the whole suspension system. The transmission jerks, the electrical system is buggy, and I've had more problems with this car than any other I've ever owned.
Needs a better transmission and suspension system, along with a better electrical system.
I do love my 94 Taurus, sure it had its
problems, but being handy under the
hood, I could fix it all. That's about
the best thing about the car, easy to
fix. Every sensor is easy to get to,
the radiator went on it a few weeks ago
and I changed it out easily, as well.
As fo looks, the older, original Taurus
is stately and a very attractive car.
12 gallons of fuel and 20 mpg to make
this the poorest range of any vehicle I
have owned. These won't go over 50,000
mils on a transmission. While it is
roomy and rides well, it is noisy and
the poor fit of interior components
makes for lots of squeaks and rattles.
Buy it cheap, drive it hard, and sell
it before it needs a transmission.
Easy to reach radio controls. Roll up
cargo cover. Handling is surprisingly
agile for a station wagon (I use
Michelin X-1 in 60 series).
Bigger fuel tank. Better
transmission. Tighten all parts
fully. Get wiring harness to rear most
door working and lasting. Get a better
remote fuel door release system. Get
more reliable remote mirrors.