I bought this from my grandpa with 108k and now have 168k. The only things I have replaced besides normal maintenance are the fuel pump and starter.140 hp will not win you any races, but the low end torque makes normal driving quite easy. City mileage is not good, but conservative highway driving gets me 27-28 mpg. Winter driving can be dangerous but having one or two sandbags makes a world of difference! I hear that the 3.8 had some head gaskets issues; luckily I haven't experienced them although I may still have a leak because my temp gauge can be fidgety sometimes, even after changing the thermostat. Regardless, wouldn't hesitate to drive it long distances
Low end power, highway mileage, decent turning radius for size. Looks really sharp after a nice waxing even 17 years later.
Cup holders, maybe manual seatbelts. I also wish I had an airbag and ABS but I think those were still options for this year.
General wear on this loaded xr7, car
now has over 150K but this this beefy
V8 still kicks it in, cruising at 90
feels like 50. 5.0L seems a bit too
powerful for the standard Ford AOD
transmission as this was the only
major repair, warranty would be voided
if dealer didnt set 2nd gear to be run
Big power, very underrated 5.0L V8,
great handling for car of it's weight,
tight turn radius, posi traction rear
Last series of the V8 cats, Mercury
should be ashamed they went away with
it. Ford AOD transmission seems weak
for the power. Biggest gripe with
this model and the t-birds of the same
year is NO DRINK HOLDER(s). Fog
lights are useless.
NOTE: Lousy in snow, even with snow