Is a 2010 a costly disaster?
I have decided this year to upgrade to a newer Taurus, I currently own a 2002 SE which I have owned for the past 6 years or so. I have never shied away from admitting I think it has become quite a sexy beast and have my heart set on buying one.
But hereís the thing, I have a friend, who knows about cars and works on them and has replaced some parts on mine, who says itís a bad idea and I shouldnít buy one and has even gone as far to say that I should buy a Dodge and stop buying Fords.
On a side note he owns two Dodges, his Ram has been in the shop twice so far in the last three years for bent rods and a myriad of engine problems and his Jeep has intermittent problems since he bought it two years ago where as my 14 year old Taurus, in the six years I have owned it, I have only had to replace a fuel pump (the original one at that), a starter (original), the alternator and the battery. I know it was original as the original owner, a company who used it as a fleet car, provided all receipts and service records they had on it.
Needless to say Iím sticking with Ford. But I figured I would take it to the source, people who actually own one. Iím not buying a brand new off the lot Taurus, I never buy new cars, Iím going to buy a 2010-2011 model and thought I would ask just how ďbadĒ they are and how ďridiculously expensiveĒ they are to repair.
We all know newer cars come with a price tag as far as repairs are concerned as there are more electronics and gadgets crowding up already limited space where a carburetor once was and .99 cent keys you get cut at Wal-Mart now cost $200+ dollar as they are outfitted with microchips.
But just so I have facts leading my decision rather than bloated opinions from someone who just doesnít like Ford, what am I in for? Another reliable Taurus which I wouldnít hesitate driving cross country, or a car that will result in bankruptcy?