The car is not that bad. I purchased it new. Occassionally the Check engine light flares , due to ethanol fuel. Ethanol is corn,which attracts water. Disconnect the battery, remove the fuel filter, blow out the gas and water,add a bottle of Rubbing alcohol to only 5 gals of gas, reconnect the battery after 5 minutes to reset the ECM.and it's good for the next few weeks. If I can retrofit a glass bowl purge type system ,that might eliminate the water. Also, I just replaced that dual speed fan control switch for $38..and saved plenty. Ford said it'll cost about $800 . That little fan switch controls the A/C vacum doors, power brake boosters, speed control and other do dads. Running good now.
Plenty of room, removable seat to help save up to 25% in fuel costs, or use it as a cargo van . Plush seats that fold into a bed. Easy dashboard controls. You can now buy a snap on tent for the rear hatch door, with a flex pipe for the exhaust so you can run the engine for heat. Still get 22mpg
Change the front seats to allow for height control. Eliminate power windows and add a roll down window for the side cargo door.