Started out looking for a 2003 or 2004
Ford Taurus (to replace 99 Taurus as
family car). Had not had good
experience with Ford dealerships in my
area (lousy service, ever wonder where
the term "stealership" came from?).
Had Impala for company car - only
drive it because its free.
Test drove the Stratus - quieter then
the Taurus, more back seat room for
the 2 & 5 year old but just a little
narrower. Good power for passing on
the two lane roads in my area
(especially compared to the Vulcan
engine the Taurus).
The interior of SE seemed a little
plain but good enough to haul (and
clean up after) the curtain climbers.
Otherwise well equipped with keyless
entry, CD and power seat.
PRICE!!!! Purchased a 2004 with only
11K for $10,500, couldn't get an 04
Taurus that low. The 2.7L has
excellant power for this size of car.
Just learned of the 2.7L "sludge"
problem, am using synthetic oil which
seems to correct the problem. Also
having it changed at the dealer to
Did they really need to mount the
light switch on the blicker arm too?