i bought my 3.8L with 100,000 miles and
with no ac - after going through half
of the winter i realized there is no
heat either. when i tried to get it
fixed they said there was a leak in the
head gasket that would cost me almost
what i paid for the car. now starting
the car is a problem because its
probably burning oil(tons of smoke
pouring out the exhaust and smells
awful). temp gauge keeps fluctuating
even after new thermostat was put in.
it does poor in the rain and even worse
in the snow.
Bought car from grandmother in '01 with 41k. Good riding car with good pickup. Have had transmission issues almost immediately, but have never had to replace. Engine still runs well at 122k, but burnt oil smell after 15 minutes of driving. I change the oil religiously every 3k. Annoying problem with driver's side door latch loosening and having to be re-tightened often. Had to replace radiator at 110k. Generally a good car.
Bought new in May of 95, noisy speedo,
but no other problems until 80k when
head gasket failed, but FORD REPLACED
IT. Only Ford backs their vehicles
like this as I have had GM and Mitsu
cars and when the warranty is over with
them, you are strictly out of luck. I
also had trans failure @95K, 8yrs old.
Had it rebuilt by reputable shop and I
will now drive the wheels off this very
satisfying, comfortable, powerful
After owning this car for just over 4 years, I can say that it really is a winner. My secret was to buy if from a friend who maintained it superbly. She even had the door chime fixed when it went out! It has been very reliable, comfortable, and safe.