I have owned my car for three years now and for each year I have not had any heat, I have done work on the car to fix and it still won't work without changing the heater core. I have also had to change the battery twice and the alternator once. I changed my brakes and rotors twice and I am not a speed demon either, the upholstery falls apart and the car just is overall not a good buy! Don't Buy!
The size of the trunk and the storage room, fold down backseats.
I think the newer Tauruses have been improved - I don't recommend a 98-99 though!