Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: near Gallipolis, OH
Rep Power: 10
Proud new owner of a 1999 Sable/Taurus Wagon
After 12 years of driving small Mopars (3 years in a Shadow, 9 (!) in a '97 Neon) and finally outgrowing my "Fast & Furious" days, I knew I needed to find something bigger, roomier, less pocket rocket and more comfortable cruiser. The problem was, I'm just a year out of my SECOND trip to college (6.5 years total!) and my debt-to-income ratio was, well, a bit lop-sided for someone looking for a car loan, even a used one.
Well, some stars aligned, prayers were answered, and low and behold I was able to buy (albeit with interest) something in the $3-5K range. I should be able to find something, right? Right. The rule of the used car market today is, if it runs and rolls, it's worth five grand. All I was finding were questionable cars on the very edge of what I was willing to pay and beater pickups and trashed Cavaliers.
At a little clean used car lot in the backwoods of Southern Ohio I saw a 1999 Mercury Sable Wagon LS, Torreador (sp?) Red with gray interior, with a Taurus front clip (guy said when it came in, it needed a bumper, and since he had one the right color already, why try to find a Sable bumper?). It was loaded, it was clean, and it had LOW miles - only 69K. Your stereotypical old-lady grocery-getter, and I passed over it to check out small SUVs and hatchbacks at other lots.
A week later I came back (when I'd visited the lot they were closed), I asked if they had anything at all under $4K. Just one car - the Sable wagon. How much? $2800?! That price changed everything. Had to be a catch, so I took it for a test drive. It drove great. The only issues that I could find (and I tested everything) were the cruise wouldn't stay on and there's an ever-so-slight shimmy at 45mph. Compared to my 270K-miles Neon, it was a luxury car.
After checking out pretty much every lot in a 50-mile radius, I could find nothing that matched that combination of low miles and low price with the room and comfort I was looking for. Ok, not sold on the 3rd-gen Taurus styling (for all intents and purposes, it's a Taurus wagon with Mercury badges, esp. with that front end lol), but otherwise, exactly what I was looking for. I left work early today and picked up the girlfriend so we could do one more check over the car. Couldn't find a single problem other than the ones I mentioned earlier. Sold.
Now that I'm done rambling, I just wanna say that I'm looking forward to getting to know my new Taur--Sable...Taurble? Sablus? Hooray cargo space and power seats!