Every car has its quirks... for mine, it's been the front end.
I've replaced so many driveaxles, front brake components, etc that it's become an annual chore.
That said, my Taurus has taken me through EVERY kind of situation with no complaint.
It's been scraped over desert flatrock, towed a U-haul weighing twice as much as itself 1500 miles, crossed country several times, and attacked by wildlife (bears, deer), idiots (Satan, the semi driver) and shopping carts.
We're at 168k, and easily looking at another 100-150k - if i don't replace it with something more roomy for long trips.
So far, though, i haven't found another vehicle that feels so cozy/sturdy/willing.
I bought my ford taurus in 2007 at 108,000 miles on it,it was a rental car,in the virginia,pennsylvania area,before i got it so it was taken very good care of,and i further take good care of it,it now has 151,000 miles on it and the things that needed replaced was:2 starters, new battery(once),front ball joint/sway bar link,rear struts/springs,(but have recently heard clunking sounds from front springs) both valve cover gaskets replaced(once) front brakes twice(as a rental and when i had it),its a great car! its been to ohio and back, muncie many times,fortwayne,other parts of indiana,gas milage for long distance is 24-27 mpg,city,18-20,keep the oil changed every 3,000 miles. all in all,i can see another 100,000 miles in the future,i love my car!