I bought a 1992 Ford Taurus wagon with low miles in 2013. I can't recall if it had 60k, 70k, or 80k miles at the time, but it's been 5 years and I think I drive 10k miles/year, so likely 80k. There was always a little bit of a transmission gear hunt at 30 mph but there was nothing ever wrong with the transmission. I replaced the alternator, battery, starter, master brake cylinder, and tires. The A/C compressor died in 2016 but it was too costly to replace. Nevertheless, it served me well for traveling up and down the East Coast, traveling, moving, and working for the U.S. Navy, National Park Service, and retail jobs. At 136k miles, it was destroyed by a fuel truck that backed into it trying to deliver fuel. Who knows how long it would have lasted?
I got a great deal on mine since my brother is a car salesman. I paid $1000 for it with only 63,000 miles on it! Although the a/c never worked I love this car. Built like a tank. The only problems I experienced were an radiator leak, electrical issues and a hole in the exhaust (regular wear). I had mechanic friends so repairs were cheap for me. I recently fell victim to 2 accidents in 2 months. Both times I was hit by senior men who shouldn't be driving. My car now has significant cosmetic damage and will cost more than it's worth to fix so I'm trading it in for a '94 Taurus GL sedan ::tear tear:: I would buy it again if given the opportunity!
Radio controls on the dash, storage compartment in trunk, incredibly roomy and comfortable!
Bought this car brand new in Jan 1992
and ran it for over 188,000. Just sold
it (Dec 2003) to someone at work and
car is still in great condition body
and mechanically. Has the 3.0 liter v-
6 that is virtually indestructible as
long as you maintain it. Original
transmission finally went out at
160,000. Only minor rust on bottom of
car's tailgate and it was used in the
Chicago area the entire time. Only
sold it because of great deal on new
SUV. I will miss it, but it will give
good use to new owners.
3.0 liter V6 still peppy at 188,000
miles, rides good, great for hauling
kids, groceries and large items as rear
seats fold down.
Hub cabs attached with screws and over
the time I had it, probably replaced 5
hub caps because mechanics would not
put screws back in or fasteners in
wheel rim that held screws would break.
Car starts flawlessly every time, the
heater warms up fast. The 3.0 liter,
automatic accelerates and shifts swift
and smooth and the ride is quiet and
smooth as well. There is some roll
when cornering hard and fast, what
you'd expect from a wagon. Otherwise
handling is very good, especially in
panic moves/stops. Braking is very
Interior is roomy (ligitimately can
fit 8 passengers), egronomics are
excellent, seats are comfortable,
original sound system is very good.
Reliability is excellent. Have
serviced regularly, as suggested, with
no problems. Replaced tires/wheel
alignment at 57000 mi., front pads at
62000 mi. I am extremely satisfied.
*Sleek, sporty appearance, very good
*Back seat and 3rd seat fold down
flush for moving packages, boxes,
furniture, equipment, etc.
*3rd seat is fun for the kids, great
for drive-in movies, "tailgating" and
Car would be more sporty w/ console
and bucket seats.Otherwise, car is
a great family and work vehicle w/
plenty of room!
I have two of these SW from 1992. Both
have leaking steering. One has a dead
air conditioner. One has a failing
transmission. The inadequate air
conditioning will freeze you on a cool
morning and leave you sweating by 11:00
am. The rear defroster connection wires
on both cars failed. Both have barely
adequate cooling systems. AC fogs
windows exactly where you need to look
to see the side mirrors.