Bought a low mileage, SES with duratec engine. Can't say enough about the car. Build quality is excellent. Duratec engine is strong & powerful. I had a Sable before this SES, with Vulcan engine and there's no comparison. Clean, bold lines with none of the nanny features that are present today's vehicle. Straight forward and reliable is this SES, you can find many bargains on used Taurus & Sables.
Duratec engine, clean lines of the interior and exterior, smooth stout ride. No nanny features.
I have a 2000 Taurus with 140,000 miles on it. Besides basic maintenace, there are things that I've had to get fixed. A lot of the sensors went bad an they had to be replaced. That cost about $200. The fans for the airconditioner went bad and had to be replaced. That was a about $600. Finally at 139,000 the transmission had to be rebuilt. That was $1600. This car is OK. I recommend not keeping it after 100,000 miles.
I really like the body style. Even though it's a 2000 it could really pass for newer. The paint holds up great!
I wish mechanically items would've lasted longer, such as the sensors and transmission.
We bought this car when it was a year old back in 2001, and I have to say it;'s been one of the best cars I've ever owned. I've only had two problems with the car. One was a starter, and the other a coil pack, both of wich i fixed myself. I plan on keeping this car until it dies.
Dependablity - safety, this car just feels safe - quality, the paint is in great condition for the environment its in (Wisconsin winters!) no rust.
The flex fuel on the car. I believe that this is one of the first years that they put the flex fuel in the Fords. I do have some problems with the engine shaking when using ethenol, and the fuel mileage goes down, so I just don't use it.
I've owned this car for almost 3 years and other than oil changes, a precautionary tune-up I gave it after I bought it and a tune up just recently, The only money I put into it (as far as repairs) were for a few faulty sensors none more that $100.00 that I easaly replaced myself. It's roomy, has a powerful DOHC. Great travel car if you have kids and they can bring their friends. My kids loved the rear facing third seat.
24v DOHC, third seat, roof rack, can range from family car to pick-up with the second and third seats folded down. Although it's not recommended I can leave some serious rubber on the road.