I bought this car new in April of 2000. Ford had a problem with a few bad fuel pumps that year, and a few bad brake light switches, each of which were fixed under warranty during the first six months that I owned it.
Since then, this car has been bulletproof reliable, with no issues until the computer failed. I replaced that. Then, in 2011, vacuum lines rotted, required replacement. Now it runs perfect yet again. Struts are worn out now, and I will replace them myself. Front brake rotors also replaced. A/C is still ice cold after 13 years, and Trans works perfectly never been repaired. Car has 136,000 miles on it and runs perfectly with great mpg of about 28 on the hwy. A GREAT car!
Excellent rack and pinion steering, no wear, still very tight. Power is still good, with the 24 valve V-6. Driving position is very comfortable. Rides great, runs great, and trunk is huge, plenty of storage. Price was 21k when new, reasonable and has been paid for since 2004. Ford built a winner with the 2000 model.
Due to it's age of 13 years, I have no blue tooth, no mp3 port, no nav system, no back up camera, etc. Also there is a lot of road noise, and the car sits very low compared to newer cars. Otherwise how can anyone complain about a car that survives 13 years of driving with no major issues, and STILL runs and drives perfectly? Also the paint is still perfect, I don't know how Ford did it, but it's a truly great sedan.