This car which I bought with 112,000 miles on it, has about 119,000 in 5 months and since then I had to flush all fluids, change stereo, previous owner blew all speakers, new exhaust, master cyllinder and brake booster. Car now needs complete rear brake system overhaul, a radiator, door seals, plugs and wires, headlight covers (sun damaged plastic), a door lock motor, headlight and seatbelt dinger, a battery, tires, and soon will need rotors and pads in front as well as alternator, fuel, water and power steering pump acting up. Car has always started but does not ever function right. Gas mileage is horrible.
Cheap, runs, safety in a crash, somewhat comfortable even for a 6'6" guy, relatively good torque for a 3L, engine never dies although everything else will.
Well some quality would be nice, Ford can't even make my speedometer be correct; cops checked it for me, inconsistent under 40 MPH. Engine fans have 5 recalls for causing engine to catch on fire. Transmission that don't clunk and miss gears, decent gas milage for a small engine (about 17-19 mpg even on highway).
I bought my Ford Taurus very slightly
used in 1995, from a rental car agency.
I was 19, and this car was awesome.
Lots of power under the hood, all the
nice power features, roomy for friends,
and a nice size trunk. It's now 2004,
I'm 28, and ready for a change. This
car has been extremely reliable, until
this year. Before now, I never ran into
any problems, and I got my money's worth
at $10,000, 9 years ago. This year
I've put at least $1200 in brakes, new
radiator, and a battery. Not bad, since
it's only needed minor work a few times
in the past. I think it would be
a reliable used car for others, and
could last quite a bit longer.
Power everything, roominess, power under
the hood and pick-up. She's not as good
as it used to be, I can feel the age
catching up to her. But she has been an
bought used in 97 with 36k on it.
currently 144k. until recently I loved
it. the speedometer went out around
50k...works up to around 65mph. no
problems till 2002 fuel pump went out.
however just replaced radiator,
individual window switches went out
several months ago...and when it shifts
into second gear...sometimes I hear a
scraping sound. I had hoped with it's
performance initially it would last
longer....as Im startign to look for
another car now. Hoping to get it traded
in before transmission goes out. I would
still buy another if I could find low
mileagle. love the 3.0 engine though I
have a rear seal that is leaking
comfort, interior design
lots of space
a little to late....but
I bought one privately for my last year
of college (w/ 68k mi). Previous owner
left some mods on it that probably
helped out performance. Only had to
replace fan belt during the 2
semesters, then had to replace break
pads a year later. Other than that, no
Handles great, excellent mileage (used
to get like 30 mpg on long trips), lots
of space (passenger and trunk), lots of
power for only 145 ponies.
bottom line: Excellent first car, but
look elsewhere if you're settled and
can afford it....
Roomy interior, performance, mileage,
Didn't seem to be most reliable
vehicle, but that's been improved upon
Bought used in 1996 with 60k/mi., 8
yrs. later it has 196,500mi. & burns no
oil. Other than regular maintenance
this car NEVER failed me until the
summer of 2003. I then had to replace
the ORIGINAL battery, starter, muffler,
A/C unit, CCRM module and most recently
the oil pan. At this point the car
could use some new struts and the
odometer recently started to float, but
stays near the actual mph. Since the
car has been paid off for a few years
I'd say the cost of upkeep is still
cheaper than having a car payment.
Overall I would say that this is a
highly reliable and easy to maintain
vehicle that I would recommend to
reliable, smooth, comfortable, roomy,
easy to maintain
odometer, wind noise, better power
windows, sound system