The SEL was the cat's meow back then, leather seats, VCR/CD combo, seats 6, slider doors. Over the years we took the car everywhere and it was fairly reliable, 167K miles. It's doesn't handle like a truck and offered smoother and quieter ride, but sometimes stressed systems wore down. Replaced heat coil 2X, alternator 1X, battery 2X, frt. brakes and tires 3-4 times, & one slider failed. Just brought in for recall(s) on the back axle and it failed. It supposedly is a fairly low percentage of failures, but could be catastrophic if your axle fails.
Leather seats, back lumbar support in driver's seat, adjustable front seats, VCR combo/entertainment for kids, roof rack, easy console
Emergency break issues, slider reliability, Check engine light issues, and lately the Check Trans light and O/D warning light came, and now back axle failing. Got our miles out of it. Ford appears to be offering a buy out on car, may take them up on it.