What's the best pre 2004 year to buy? Are there any bad years between 1999-2004 and what should I expect to pay for a Taurus with 80,000 miles on it with a good clean title? Also, what trim level do we all prefer? I don't expect leather or sunroof, but I want good airbags and anti-lock breaks. Are there any things to watch for--for example we sold our Focus and I know that front suspension and thermostat housings are natorious to go bad on these. Thanks and hope to trade my 500 for a cheaper car.
I bought a 2003 Sable LS Premium with additional extras like power passenger sear and such, quite clean, on a lot, consigned by private owner, likely an estate, cash only, as is, 80K miles for $5800. It needed a wheel, battery, and second key. Tree fell on it a few weeks later and the insurance co
paid fair value of $7600. Bought it back from insurance for $406, no new title needed.
Hope that puts the prices in context. Depends on warrenty compared to "as is".
I have had 8 Taurus/Sables from '87 to this 03. Only my 95 was a bit of a pain and Ford replaced the head gaskets under recall. It did not run quite right, seemed sluggish and not too good mileage compared to my two 92's with the same 3.8L. Finally decided to check timing, even though one should never have to. Need a mirror and place it just right and aim the timing gun at the mirror and have it reflect on the marks, then look into the same mirror and try to see it. It was way slow. The hold down bolt had original paint on it so it had not been adjusted. Set it and it ran much better.
My 01 DOHC
has 107K and runs great. No issues except for broken front springs.