Since, I was mature and using the roads on a daily basis when the Gen 1's appeared and became the American all around best car I would have to say the best Taurus/Sable's would be in the order produced. Gen 1, Gen 2, Gen 3 and Gen 4 in that order. But, since I have previously owned a Gen 3 and now a Gen 4, looking back my favorites are in the reverse order of Gen 4, Gen 3, Gen 2 and Gen 1 as the best to the least liked. Oh, what am I kidding myself for, I like them all the same.
I remember when the Taurus was first introduced, and I recall thinking it looked like a spaceship. I was fairly young then and quite used to the majority of cars on the roads being 70's and earlier, with chrome and real headlights. The headlights, grill... it all looked like a UFO to me, and I thought that was cool. (I also recall being similarly taken aback by the look of the Ram when they came out with the 'mack truck' snout in like 1994 I think, but that's off topic.)
All in all, I think I would like a gen 4 wagon if I had the choice. I've always liked wagons for some reason.
After considerable thought, gotta say the Gen V will be winner for me. Best chassis of the bunch, command seating, SOLID feel, better gearbox, and the Duratec 35 has an available factory turbo in the form of the new SHO. Available all wheel drive - To me that means potential for a RWD conversion if you're in to such things; and once you go that route, a v8 might shoe-horn in there nicely.
For right now I'm picking Gen1 as my favorite. I haven't driven other generations, but I am thinking of buying a newer gen (to save my dear poor gen1 from the hell of Ohio winters). But it's like everyone tells me: You can't beat a classic (and it's hell getting old, but that's off topic).
I'm partial to Gen.1's...even though I have driven 1-5. We had a '90 in the family for 13 years, my folks bought it new in '90. (I was 6 then) My dad put me up on his lap and let me steer while he worked the pedals on our way home with it. I drove it in high school...I pretty much grew up in that car. My dad made me change the plugs by the firewall during tuneups when I was little cause "I had skinny arms". We had a bunch of Gen.4's...good cars, but not as "caveman simple" as the Gen.1's.
I parked my new Silverado and I commute every day with my bare bones '89 Taurus L. It's so easy to work on, similar to playing with Legos...lol. The thing has close to 200k miles, but is happy to make the 80 mile round trip every dayB)
I went with Gen 3. I loved my red taurus station wagon to bits, until the accident happened. I cared for that car, and she took care of me when the time came to it. Rita had 320,000 k on her at the time of the crash, and the only thing broken on her was the front, while the crappy little rusty S10 that was the other vehicle looked bad. They are tanks, I recommend them for anyone who has a son or daughter learning to drive. They are awesome. Can't say enough about them.
G3, with Duratec engine. With AX4N transmission. 1996 model. Why? Maybe because this is what I own
I think is one of the best engines Ford produced. Don't know ended up so, maybe because what wiki says about it:
"The Mondeo V6 is a modern aluminum DOHC V6 with a 60° bank angle. The primary engineering input came from Porsche, who were developing a similar V6 before selling the engineering to Ford, and Cosworth, who helped with cylinder head manufacturing."
I voted Gen 3...really unique styling...sporty feel when driving...nice low profile.
I had a Gen 2 that my niece in Ohio is still driving....I need to find out how many miles are on that puppy! It looked real good, a metallic green, until it got attacked by a bear while camping...had it repaired but the door rusted years later due to poor work on the repair.
I loved a '99 Gen 3 that my sister is now driving ...and now has over 200K miles on with no major problems....it is a dark blue...I used to call it my batmobile when I was driving it
I have an '04 Gen 4 Sable, 90K ...and helped my sister-in-law find a sweet '05 metallic gray Gen 4 Taurus...both doing very well...hers has the spoiler that makes it look a little more sporty.
While serving my monthly sentence in OKC, I've been trolling Craigslist, etc searching for a decent used Gen4 Taurus/Sable. I've seen quite a few with 150K-250K miles on them. Probably 3 or 4 in the 200K-250K range.
I don't get to see that much up in the Great White North, as the cancer eats...
All mods have been put on hold for now. I'm just maintaining my car until May, when I finish school... but will probably have a little time in between papers and tests to drop in and see what mods folks are up to.
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As the title suggests I’m wondering what is a fair price for 100,000 or more mileage of a GEN4, 2000 to 2007, wagon. I do know that the wagon didnt go to the full generation. But I’m just trying to get an idea or possibility of finding one & cost.
I originally owned a 2010 Taurus that i bought back in 2013. While parked on the street back in September of 2019, it was involved in a hit and run and i ended up selling it because i couldnt afford the repairs. I went out and bought a 2015 in its place. Sadly, this past weekend i was involved...