My neighbor had a taurus wagon. He had heard that there were
transmission issues with the taurus. But he himself never had any.
Alas, he sold it after many miles on it (170K) but he was worried which
is why he sold it.
3 different 6 cyl engines and 2 different transmissions. Not sure if
the 3.8 carried on into 1987 or not, but there is the 3.0 liter Vulcan
push-rod engine and the 3.0 liter Duratech Twin cam (24 valve) engine
for sure. Different issues with each engine.
Overall they have a pretty good rep.
My family a a couple of different year taurii / sable / continentals
over the years.
All but the continental had the 3.0 engine.
Things that broke or wore out in a hurry.
tie rod ends.
ignition modules (bolted to the side of the distributor)
starter motor on the 3.8 in the continental
water leaks on the sable wagon (cracked rear brake light let tons of
water into the back end of the car.
multifunction / turn signal switch
high pressure power steering hoses were very long and very expensive.
The early models used type F tranny fluid in the power steering. Fluid
condition was usually ignored, it turns black, making the pump unhappy
and very noisy.
One of the best Taurus secrets was an 87 model, 4 cylinder with standard
transmission that could get around 40mpg. Don't think it was available
in other model years.
I agree with the '87 assessment- a friend of mine had one (bought new) up until
a few years ago when it finally(!)
started to die. He had at least 240K miles on it (the speedometer croaked at
that mileage), and he still drove it for 3
more years after that. I would definitely say he got his money's worth out of it
On 3/5/2012 8:51 PM, email@example.com wrote:
In 1987 there was only one V6, the 3.0L Vulcan, and only one
transmission could be had with the Vulcan, the AXOD. The DOHC 3.0L
didn't show up until some 9 years and two generations later. The 3.8L
didn't show up until 1988.
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