I have owned this car for 8 years now.
Only major repair was heating core for
$500. Minor repair I performed myself
at no cost was putting pan gasket back
in place and retightening back up. Also
pressure cap on expansion tank needed
to be replaced. Other repair was a $20
or so idler pulley went bad - common
Lower cost than all other competing
vehicles, very reliable, decent
performance and very comfortable. Fold
down rear seats allow me to place
bicycle easily in back.
Place quality bearing in idler pulley,
better quality heater core (went on my
1988 Taurus as well).
I have been totally satisfied with the
Taurus wagon. There is ample room for
the entire family (4) to ride
comfortably even on long trips. We
have experienced very little down time
since purchasing the car seven years
ago. One thing to keep a check on is
the idler pulley.At around 110,000
miles ours broke and the bolt had to
be drilled out for repair. It's a
Lockable storage area in rear
compartment floor.Steering wheel
mounted cruise control.
425,000 kms on this car. overhauled
tranny at 250,000. OEM tires gave
150,000 km and still had tread.3L
Vulcan never been opened. change the
oil every month.replaced two wheel
bearings, speed shift sensor, lower tie
rod, 2 ball joints. Replaced column
control arm. replacement except tranny
due to wear and tear not defective
manuf. replace tranny oil every
50,000km,flush rad once a year.OEM
General tires only way to go. 110,000to
125,000kms on each set. All lights and
bulbs in car are original. with proper
care the Taurus is a terrific
performer. Gets 30mpg consistently.
Exhaustis orig and passed emissions
test as if new.
Power locks, fold down seats and the
Ford knows about the tranny probs and
has rectified it.
Bought this car used with 46,000 miles
on it. Have replaced all four rotors,
the radiator, the AC system. AC is
broken again. Thermostat has been
replaced 3 times. Freeze plugs blew
out on interstate highway at about
50,000 miles and had to have head
gasket job. Car was in the shop nearly
every six weeks from the time I bought
Doors lock on takeoff. Fold-down rear
Everything, including the quality of
Ford replacement parts. I found that I
was replacing the same parts over and
over. Dealer service guys joked about
cutting down a rain forest to print
out the repair records...
I really like the comfort, room, ride
and performance of this car. It has
enough room to easily seat 5, has good
acceleration, handling, braking and top
speed. Camshaft problem was a $700
pain to get welded, and the car is on
the third transmission.
Ford really should have admitted that
there is a problem with these camshafts
and brought them in for welding under
recall or TSB.