well, mine werent in taurus's, but they might set some high standards.
my 92 explorer had 260,000 miles when the tranny went poo-ey. never had any problems before then, original tranny, fluid was only changed once, my family was the only owner of the vehicle.
my dads 80's model(cant remember the year) bronco had 325,000+ miles whe nhe sold it. original everything, including tranny. the only big problem he had with that vehicle was the timing belt, which broke on the drive to trade the truck in
sa for my 2003 taurus, im only at a modest 10,000 miles, so ive got some ways to go
edit, didnt see the "post 96"
as for those years, my 97 explorer has 170,000, all original and runnin strong.