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12-20-2012 02:15 PM
unit731 Some here have much more knowledge than I do. Some good advice by others.

Three simple things that I do when purchasing any used car or truck.

1. Check the engine oil.

2. Check the transmission fluid.

3. Check under vehicle for leaks.

I'm usually purchase from private sales. But this applies to used dealers also.

I am amazed at how stupid some sellers can be.
I have viewed used cars/trucks and in checking the oil it is either dirty or down. If it is dirty - then how good did they take care of vehicle. If oil is down. Then only (mostly) two things occured. Either it leaks oil or it burns oil. If the vehicle is a beater and low cost maybe not a big deal. But if paying a few/many grand - then move onto another vehicle.

I am amazed at viewing cars/trucks that have burnt/brown/dark gray automatic transmission fluid. Mostly, it should be pink in color.

If one is selling a car whether a private person or used car dealer one would think that for a few dollars - that they would put fresh oil in car and fresh automatic transmission fluid in car.

And I love the ones that state something similiar to: Our cars go through a 41 point inspection before it goes on the lot.
Only to find what I have stated above.
08-21-2012 09:42 PM
NBtaurus in michigan like that in massachusetts, the license plate get s issued to the owner. michigan law cars get 1 license plate to the rear bumper of the car
01-03-2012 08:11 AM
chartmaker
One more?

Quote:
Originally Posted by chartmaker View Post
Example of prices.
Pic attached shows three in order of price from same location.

I was watching and bought '02 Lin cont in VA not in rust belt, pristine, 40K one owner, no wrecks, no smoking, proper maint. $8300 asking price.

Point is, good place to find what is out there is online.

I used autotrader.com and cars.com.

Prices are all over the map, and do not reflect the value of the car.

Happy shopping.

-chart-
Clue.

"buy here pay here"

-chart-
01-02-2012 04:19 PM
chartmaker
Chart's Prices

Example of prices.
Pic attached shows three in order of price from same location.

I was watching and bought '02 Lin cont in VA not in rust belt, pristine, 40K one owner, no wrecks, no smoking, proper maint. $8300 asking price.

Point is, good place to find what is out there is online.

I used autotrader.com and cars.com.

Prices are all over the map, and do not reflect the value of the car.

Happy shopping.

-chart-
12-14-2011 07:52 AM
monkeydad Any Gen4 can be found with low miles at a reasonable price now. I just picked up a 2004.

Just don't put any diesel fuel or additives into your Taurus.
12-13-2011 04:51 PM
DieselFuelAdditives Whats the best year of Taurus's to buy used?



Tyler,
Diesel Fuel Additives
06-27-2011 01:31 AM
haroldbrock Thanks for the advice!!
06-16-2011 11:11 PM
geraldbaker What I do whenever I try to look for second hand cars is that I always check every single detail that I can. Plus I test drive it.
05-12-2011 05:04 PM
chartmaker
Price '03

Quote:
Originally Posted by bhahlbeck View Post
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".

See pic.

Good Luck.

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.

-chart-
03-24-2011 08:58 PM
JenniferNikole I am asking for advice on whether I should get the new or used car. Please send any comments to [email protected] or post here.
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