To pay $19k for a car that was over 60k and get over 5 yrs and 100k - with about $5k total in maintenence is a good deal. Still runs like a champ at 184,500 miles - you gotta take care of it.
My favorite characteristics are torque and HP, especially in the 45-85mph range, and climbing hills. Original wheels, but changed from 195/65 to 205/60 tires 50k ago and that improved handling.
The AM radio stinks, and the car runs hot, especially in city/summer conditions. The dirt shield and a 4.2LV8 take up lots of room and nowhere for heat to vacate, radiator issues and faulty wiring harness have been the key weaknesses.
WOW - What a completely thrilling
driver. This little car packs a most
excellent punch. I am absolutely
satisfied with the handling of the
vehicle, almost like a sports car.
With 140,000 on the clock the vehicle
is as tight as most new vehicles. All
round excellent vehicle, great for
road trips ... very comfy.
4.2L V8 PowerHouse Engine. Icy cold,
fast acting A/C ... even in 110'F
weather the car is comfortable early
in each small trip. Comfy seats.
I bought this car with 77K miles on it
after my 1986 300E was hit from behind
at 45 MPH by a Ford Explorer ( lady
picking up toy on passenger side floor
for child in car seat) The 300 folded
nicely and after a year of PT I bought
the 400. I have very much enjoyed the
car. The only issues that really was
bad is the wiring harness on the engine
was a little to "enviromentally
friendly" and literally started
breaking down in operation. It was a 1K
replacement with replacement and the
90K mile service. Make sure this was
already done if you buy one - or ask
for a discount because it NEEDS to be
Great power and good mileage. This car
gets up and flies! Mileage is about 23.
My 300 was 24 - but 1/2 the power.
Car looks like it is 5 years newer than
it really is in design.
Better seat ajustment for lower back
support. I'm 6'3 and head room is
tight - but acceptable. Would like to
not have to remove the wind pan below
engine to change the oil.