The car is what I wanted in a car for the longest time. I needed a cruise car, and this is what it is. The car would be comfortable for anyone. The performance is incredible. The car is what its worth but suffers from the Ford 90's transmission problems, camshaft lag, and transmission lag. Overall if you find one of these they are worth buying to have fun with or driving around. I daily this car and it doesn't have any problems. Another downfall is that the engine takes premium gasoline. but the car is nothing shy of being my favorite car, and soon to look into buying a new SHO.
I bought this car certified preowned in 2001 with 37k on it. At 42k it needed a camshaft sensor, 46k new struts, 55k cat converter and power windows. 67K the transmission needed replaced and replaced again at 99k. At 100k ac, radiator, crankshaft sensor, wheel bearings, windshield wiper motor and struts again, had to be replaced. We bought this for $14,000 and the resell value five years later was $2600. It still runs but we don't drive it much anymore. Piece of junk.
It (to me) was a very ugly car at first and I thought it was a piece of junk, but the style grew on me. I didn't realize how comfortable and nice it was until we lost her and got a ZX2 (talk about small, haha)
Easy reach radio
Power windows/door locks
Hidden cup holders/tape holders
"bench seat" type front seat
I got this car from my dad (who owned it since 2004 when it had 119,000 miles) when gave it to me in 2009 when it had 210,000 miles after he bought a another car in 2009. In the time that it has been in my family, we had spent very little in repairs for it even after the time my dad ran over a deer with it in 2006 going 60. I was inpress how well it took to being driven hard and during northern MI winters it drove through snow as well as my buddies AWD Subaru did. Sadly, I reacently had to give her up after the orgional tranny seized up after 238,956 miles. I would definitely be concerding another Taurus for my next car.
Extremely reliable, surprisingly roomy.
Ugly exterior design. Why would Ford make a car look like a jellybean?
I loved this car; got it new. Two years into it, it kept shorting out so I couldn't keep lights on auto. Needed a new ignition before 50K. At six years the transmission needed overhauling after it died. With all the technical updates it ran much better. A year later at 129K the engine died. Ford in its infinite wisdom had put a race car engine in it so I really couldn't replace the engine at a reasonable cost. I was incredibly disappointed as I had been very good at maintenance and upkeep. I walked away and bought a '96 Jeep Cherokee which was a lot more reliable.
Instrument panel very good; power seat great for short drivers. Loved the design.
Overhaul transmission design. Make a car that's truly built to last.