Bought the car after last car was hit. Liked the mid-size Mitsubishi, but high $$. I knew the Taurus and a few were avail. 81K when bought, 100K 1 year later. $1800. Comfortable, easy to get in and out and park. Decent power and for a car of this size and type it's fun to drive. These cars don't hold value and I'm not sure why - they seem reliable but are just plain. Perfect for NOT getting noticed by cops or stereo thieves. Decent for commuting or road trips. This car is roomy enough and easy enough to drive to be able to get in and drive all day.
Good visibility and MPG. Roomy inside and trunk. Easy maintenance. Ergo controls, VERY deep center console well. Fit big stuff in it to keep hidden. Low costs to maintain or repair.
Transmission. Shouldn't need to remove headlights to replace bulbs. Poor light output from lights even after replacing with high output bulbs. Too noisy inside - needs quieter interior. Add a light over rear view mirror and one that points backwards also. Center isn't good enough.