I bought this car to deliver mail on a 90mi./day rural route. I've been using it for 3 1/2 years and have had no problems. With only the cost of maintenance to worry about, I can afford the gas no problem! (14.5 mi/gal delivering | 22 mi/gal driving around town) With only 145k miles on it, I I'll keep it going until she dies on me - and then I will buy the new generation Taurus.
I think that this is a great little car for getting around in, but not necessarly for long trips. I got good gas mileage, and it always starts every time. The ignition does stay on sometimes even after I take the key out, but then it dings like I left the keys in so I just turn it off. This was my Mom's car and she only drove it about 3000 a year, and in the year that I've had it it's held up to two kids, a teen and a toddler and all my running around. At first when she bought it I was mad, but now I'm glad, its a great little family car, but I still need my bigger SUV or Mini Van for bigger outings.
Dash controls,stereo controls by steering wheel, cargo cover and third row "rumble" seat, and gas mileage.
Better cup holders and more of them, larger glove box, automatic daytime running lights
I bought my 1995 Taurus GL wagon in
late 2000. The car was a fleet car and
had 80K miles on it. Looking at having
a vehicle that can hold all my mail and
packages, I took one look at the Taurus
wagon and knew it would haul anything.
This car has been through it all. The
car now has 137K miles on it and is
coming to it's end. The 3.0 engine is
still fairly strong, but the
transmission is slipping and the front
end (axle, bearings) is having alot of
problems. But I paid $4,000 for it and
put tons of mail route miles on it. If
this car was never used on a mail
route, I would suspect it lasting well
into 200K miles.
LOTS of cargo space. Fairly comfrtable
ride. 3.0 engine is a gem.
Better electrical. Better front-ends.
Too small gas tank.
Car belonged to my grandmother until
the headgasket failed (as many Ford
3.8Ls do) at ~68000 miles. Coolant
leaked into the crankcase... spun a
bearing and threw a rod. I got the
opportunity to replace the engine...
Its a nice car when it is running.
Seafoam Green is probably the ugliest
color in the world though.
Poorly Designed headgaskets that fail
to account for the different expansion
rates of cast iron and aluminum.
Buy the 3.8L from GM. The Buick
designed 90 degree 3.8L V6 is
infinitely better than the Ford...