I bought a 1992 Ford Taurus wagon with low miles in 2013. I can't recall if it had 60k, 70k, or 80k miles at the time, but it's been 5 years and I think I drive 10k miles/year, so likely 80k. There was always a little bit of a transmission gear hunt at 30 mph but there was nothing ever wrong with the transmission. I replaced the alternator, battery, starter, master brake cylinder, and tires. The A/C compressor died in 2016 but it was too costly to replace. Nevertheless, it served me well for traveling up and down the East Coast, traveling, moving, and working for the U.S. Navy, National Park Service, and retail jobs. At 136k miles, it was destroyed by a fuel truck that backed into it trying to deliver fuel. Who knows how long it would have lasted?
Car was overall a decient car for $100.00, however the subframe rusted out at the rear passenger side mount and the subframe dropped out luckly just after exiting the interstate. No I'm not embelishing this story, it's all true!! After finding out there was a safety recall on this car from ford and the National Highway Safety Association. I contacted Ford and was told they would NOTY do anything to help me because of the age of the vehicle. I was also told not to contact them again. i know i only paid $100.00 for the car but I put plenty more into it which I was not able to recover via driving it. The car went to salvage with all the new parts i installed which i got $50.00 after towing.
How Ford follows up on all recalls and campaigns that are in efect for their vehicles!!
I got this car 3 yrs ago. It has over 300k on it. Needs shocks, tires, radiator and the air doesn't work. I haven't done oil change, trans fluid change, I fixed the power steering. This car is die hard. And if I ever get the money I will fix the these things.
I bought the car with 106000 miles. It now has 196500. I bought it form an elderly lady that had bought it brand new. Seems all I have been doing is puting new or used parts in it this summer. The suspension in these cars stink. It is too stiff. The roof liner is falling down. had to replace the radiator, hoses and goose neck which still leaks under pressure. All new brake part in the rear. (Disc) used hood and rear passenger door. Easier then replacing the window motor. replaced all other window switches. The rod in the stearing colum broke so I do not need a key to start it. New battery. But the realy scary thing is is she keeps going. Ford did ok with this car. I would buy another one.
Cruise control. remote radio control on dash. though mine dosent work anymore it was nice.
alot more leg room. 3/4 split seat in back that folds down. better suspension.