1st Generation (1987—1991) Taurus Problems

Taurus owners with a 1987—1991 model year have the most problems with the transmission (29%), electrical (17%), and the hvac (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 4 complaints at an average of 125,639 miles in the 1991 Ford Taurus.
  2. Plug Wire to the Distributer Loses Conection 1 complaints at an average of 30,000 miles in the 1990 Ford Taurus.
  3. No Heat 1 complaints at an average of 80,000 miles in the 1990 Ford Taurus.

What Taurus Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1990 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 2 5 71 0.82
1990 8 8 67 2.28
1989 3 7 54 0.79
1988 2 6 54 0.47
1987 2 9 45 0.59

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