I have never heard of the Taurus with a 4 banger in it. I have only
heard of it having a V8 (SHO) and a selection of different V6s (Vulcan)
and the 24 valve Duratec V6, both 3 liters.
Is this guy for real or what?
Actually it ran pretty well but it didn't sell well and was dropped after
the first year. The idea was to appeal to import intenders, who will
settle for 4cy in larger cars. Don't forget the Camry and Accord of those
days were still compact cars, not midsize like the Taurus. Even today, look
at the Camry now that it is a midsize car, eight our ten sold have only a
4cy engines Domestic intenders generally want at least a V6 in midsize car.
Yes, a 220 horsepower "Super-High Output" It was an iron block, aluminum
head 24-valve 3.0 L DOHC V6 engine From 1989-1994
With mid-6-second 0-to-60 mph (100 km/h) times, and a top speed around 145
mph (233 km/h), it could keep up with such performance cars as Ford's own
Mustang GT, Camaro Z28s, and Eagle Talon in turbocharged form. It was said
to be the most powerful and quickest front wheel drive car ever made when it
In 1996, Ford replaced this engine with a 3.4L V8 and automatic
Where you live might have some bearing. If you're in Quebec I'd say
rust (bondo) might be an issue, .If you are in Ontario or Mexico I'd
say that fuel system issues should be monitored.
If you're in Camden NJ I'd say you might want to check the VIN, etc,
What's the mileage?
what has been done (repairs maintenance etc.
How are you going to be driving it? City, Highway, church & back?
If it's a pensioners "all original" low low mileage vehicle you'll
want to change the tires regardless of how they look. The rubber
hardens and loses it's adhesion as it ages.
If you are sure it is a 4 cyl, check the production date on the door jamb
sticker, as the 4 cyl Taurus was only produced from 1986 to about 1989 or
so. What you might have is a Tempo, not a Taurus. At any rate, just keep
up on routine maintainance, and catch oil leaks or other fluid loss early
on, and you should get years of trouble free driving- good luck
It's not a 4 cylinder
Tell us what the tag under the hood says... or the engine code on the door
Other than Transmission problems, which all of that year may be subject to;
your window motors are going to fail. . actually they probably wouldnt fail
if you were really handy and pulled them to re-lube.. but they are weak and
will gum up and bind
Proof of the cause is that the back ones -least used- fail first.
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
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