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Posted: 5/1/2011 5:20:43 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:21:31 PM EDT
It's going to be hard to Judge a car of that age range...
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:23:34 PM EDT
a sho would be great commuter. only thing you need to worry about is adjusting the valves every 10k
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:34:36 PM EDT
Good cars get one 2002 or newer. Do not get a sho way to much to fix. Labor is going to be very high on a sho. The 3.0 is a very good motor.



The only thing that is a constant problem on those cars is Rusted heater hose's going to the heater core they are metal just look at them it's easy to see. A/C compressor shaft seal is leaking on which ever one you buy, Unless it was just replaced.



But overall  I like them and would own one.





I have been a ford tech for 10 years.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:35:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:35:52 PM EDT
I got an ex-rental in 2007

Runs 20 mpg in city commute, takes $60 to fill it now.

I had a new 2002 also.

All I ever did was have brakes replaced.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:36:11 PM EDT
Transmission problems are common on older ones. Other than that, they are pretty nice cars.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:37:03 PM EDT
Don't expect a Taurus to be a mileage champion. You can expect maybe 20-22 MPG.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:37:40 PM EDT
I have an '05 Taurus with the 3.0L, got 118K on the odometer now.  So far no major issues.  I get about 24 mpg mixed driving, about 28/29 mpg highway (70 mph).  Says it has a 17 gal tank, but I've twice put in close to 15 gal and it was on fumes.  I do all the preventative maintenance myself pretty regularly.  For the most part the 3.0 does fine, its a good solid 6 cylinder, and sadly, its been the quickest car I've ever owned.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:38:54 PM EDT
90's Escorts get much better mileage. Almost 30 in my 96.

ETA: I think 96 was the last year of the shitty body style before they went "round".
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:39:21 PM EDT
You think a taurus looks good?



I would get something with better mileage, like a corolla or a civic.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:42:19 PM EDT
3.0 is a good engine.
Around here the big thing is the suspension, springs are always breaking on them.  And front swaybar links rattling.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:46:49 PM EDT
At $4 a gallon:

Jeep - 140 miles a day - 15 mpg - $37.33 daily
Taurus - 140 miles a day - 25 mpg (2002 EPA, which I assume is high like they always are) - $22.40 daily

So 334 days to recoup your $5000 investment.  A short 1.28 years (assuming 5 days a week of driving like that).  That is also assuming no other maintenance costs (like the money you would have spent on the Jeep you instead spend on the Ford, like oil changes, etc, so it's a wash).


Personally, I would find a car that is cheaper and/or gets better mileage.  Your payback with a Focus getting 32 mpg would be much quicker.  If you can find an adult owned Civic you could be saving money by the end of the year.   Think of the savings if you bought a $1000 car!

I drove a $500 Ford Aspire that got 42 mpg for 7 years.  Saved a ton, but I sure do appreciate having A/C now.

If I drove 140 miles daily, I would just buy $500 cars, drive them till something breaks, and then throw it away and buy another $500 car.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:49:13 PM EDT



Quoted:


90's Escorts get much better mileage. Almost 30 in my 96.



ETA: I think 96 was the last year of the shitty body style before they went "round".


You must have been dogging the shit out of that poor thing, unless it was a GT.  I got 36 average in mine, but I drive like a stoned old woman.  

 
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:50:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:51:11 PM EDT
Quoted:

Quoted:
90's Escorts get much better mileage. Almost 30 in my 96.

ETA: I think 96 was the last year of the shitty body style before they went "round".

You must have been dogging the shit out of that poor thing, unless it was a GT.  I got 36 average in mine, but I drive like a stoned old woman.    


I never actually calculated. I just figured since I filled up once a month it must be 30.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 5:53:15 PM EDT
Quoted:
You think a taurus looks good?

]I would get something with better mileage, like a corolla or a civic.
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Sounds about right
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 6:09:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 6:39:35 PM EDT
Good catch, I was thinking he was driving 140 miles a day when I did my math.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 6:45:50 PM EDT
My wife and I both had 2005 Ford Tauruses when we met when.  Not sure when she got her's but I bought mine in June of 2005 with 29k miles, all maintenance performed per OEM by myself or Ford Dealer.

Let me start by saying we both had the 3.0L OHV (Yamaha/Vulcan) engine which I found to be a great motor.  Only a battery and alternator on mine in 5 1/2 years (just sold it as transmission was on its 2nd failure) and no engine maintenance on her's before it was sold, although the wiper motor had just started acting up.

History
80k miles, her transmission dies - $2k+ to replace at Ford Dealer, sold (~100k mi)
90k miles, my transmission dies - $1500 to rebuild, including a new torque converter and internals
150k miles, my transmission dies again

Talking with my Father-in-law led to discussions about their previous Taurus (and also an exploder) which both had repetitive transmission failures, he had also had an employee with the same repeat problems.  Discussions with my grand father-in-law led to more stories about friends with the same problem.

After my 2nd transmission failure I decided to do a little research on another forum http://www.taurusclub.com which identified Transmission issues are ongoing and suggested installing a transmission cooler as a corrective action.

Just my free internet advice but after commuting From Indianapolis to Columbus, IN for work (~100 miles per day) in my 2005 for the last 3 years and the experience and knowledge I have gained, I would NOT buy a Taurus for a daily commuter unless you are prepared for possible increased maintenance/repair costs due to transmissions.

ETA: I was lucky to get 20-21 mpg highway on my Taurus and only got about 18-19 city, however, the motor was solid with regular maintenance and I will say it was obviously older and higher mileage when I last drove it and the transmission died before selling recently.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 6:49:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 6:50:54 PM EDT


Look for one with the 24V engine, much more powerful than the 3.0 vulcan.

My 2003 transmission killed itself @ 50K miles, has a jasper replacement now.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 7:00:11 PM EDT
I would like to interupt this thread and state that OBL is dead

There may be a thread about it somewhere
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 7:10:39 PM EDT
I was looking at them briefly awhile back but passed. It seemed like every other CL ad I saw mentioned replaced/rebuilt transmission or new/replaced suspension pieces. They are cheap for a reason but it is tempting to roll the dice isn't it
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 7:17:30 PM EDT
i drive a '94 taurus with the 3.0, and i'm getting 26+ after 188K miles.  only problem has been the cooling system.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 7:18:54 PM EDT
There are better choices......... Camry or Accord?

vmax84
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 7:54:55 PM EDT
Driving a '98 with a 3.0.  Not bad.  Average 26 MPG highway, even with a bad O2 sensor.  

Only problem is the transmission slips from 1st to 2nd.  Replaced transaxle and it still does it.  But it hasn't gotten any worse over the 6 or so years it's been doing it. Apparently transaxle problems are common.

Otherwise, it's a damn fine car.
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 8:52:55 PM EDT
Had a sable and a taurus. Both needed transmissions replaced.

It was $2,000 in 2002......
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 11:39:16 PM EDT



Quoted:


You think a taurus looks good?



I would get something with better mileage, like a corolla or a civic.


Exactly this.



If you want good mileage, get a smaller car with a 4 cylinder engine.
 
Link Posted: 5/1/2011 11:46:37 PM EDT
Get a used Hyundai or something that an old lady hardly ever drove.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:58:25 AM EDT
I had one, it ate transmissions for lunch.  High gear clutch packs were never far from failure.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:00:26 AM EDT



Quoted:


Transmission problems are common on older ones. Other than that, they are pretty nice cars.


My wife's '97 had the tranny catastrophically fail.  Fixed and ditched ASAP.



 
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:08:26 AM EDT


This is what my Civic looks like, minus the gay taillights and fart can exhaust.  I have a 75 mi commute (one-way).  Fun to drive, economical, reliable.

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