I bought this car in October of 2006 after literally years of research. Every time I weighed the choices, the TL always came out on top! The sportshift works great, no transmission issues (knock on wood) and no complaints. Bought it in flawless, mint condition from a local, reliable used car dealer. It's fun to drive, looks sweet (silver), and performs like a champ. I bought it to replace my aging but reliable, 94 Ford Thunderbird LX (V8). It had a lot of overdue maintenance needs and a dying transmission which would have cost more than it was worth. I still miss that 4.6L V8 roar though.
Performance, styling, even though some say it's bland, I really like it. The Bose stereo sounds great. The fact that it comes loaded made it easy to shop for one.
It could use some more horsepower but I don't think I'm ever satisfied. Factory foglights would've been nice. Maybe rear heated seats? CD-changer.