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#1152 of 3012 Opinions needed on buying a used Taurus
Feb 01, 2004 (1:33 pm)
My 97 protege was totaled from an accident several days ago. The other (probably drunk) driver ran away from the site. Fortunately I was not injured, well, now I am in the market for a used Taurus.
I will need you guys' opinion on this buy:
99 Taurus SE
cruise, ABS, alloy wheels
power window, power door lock, power sear ,power mirrors
It's a company car driven by an employee, started driving in May 1999
when the mileage hit 55K
the company sold this car to that employee in Oct 2001
then he has been driven this car as his private car till now
One of the backseat power window doesn't work
some blet squeeze noise which is normal for taurus/sable according to a
One BIG problem is the transmission got rebuilt at mileage 52K
as a whole, this car has been maintained well
all records kepts for oil change every 3K-5K miles
tranny flush and coolant flush done in 2003 at 80K miles
SELLER asked for $4000
I had thought maybe I could knock it down to $3000
now he is firm at $3500
what is your guys opinion? Does it worth that price?
Is 100K miles TOO high for a taurus?
Does the transmission rebuilt matter much?
(The rebuilt was done at FORD dealer, FORD dealer changed the non-working
parts in the transmission which costed labor+part around $2000)
really need your guys' opinion here on buying this Taurus
Feb 01, 2004 (2:55 pm)
I would stay away from Gen-3 Taurus. You can find Gen-4 (2000 and above) within that range, milage wise. If I were you, I would spend little more and get Gen-4.
Transmission and other built quality related materials are greatly improved by 2000 and above.
#1154 of 3012 Opinions needed on buying a used Taurus
Feb 01, 2004 (3:59 pm)
It's difficult to give advice not knowing how much you are able to spend at this time after your car was totaled.
I'd however stay away from a car that has 100K miles, any car. If I was looking for a second car for short trips then I'd consider it. Try to find a newer Taurus/Sable with fewer miles on the odometer. Watch out for odometer scams.
#1155 of 3012 Badgerfan
Feb 02, 2004 (7:14 am)
Thanks for spark plug comments (and all others, too). Do we have the platinum plugs as originals or did you replace yours early on?
Feb 03, 2004 (6:11 am)
Both my 1990 Taurus Vulcan and 2000 Taurus Duratech have had platinum plugs as original equipment. With current stringent emissions requirements, I doubt if many if any new cars these days have conventional plugs, but I could be wrong.
Feb 03, 2004 (6:46 am)
Soon the conventional plug lobby will be up in arms! I can see quotas and anti-discrimination lawsuits coming already. "Down with elitist platinum plugs!"
#1158 of 3012 Good deal or not?
Feb 03, 2004 (7:03 am)
I just recently bought a certified 2002 Ford Taurus SES for $9200 at my local Ford dealership. They threw in aftermarket leather (made the sale of the car dependant on it..) and free oil changes until I am out of the original manufacturer's warranty (23K miles on it when I gotit). I have been very pleased with the vehicle overall, but colleagues and friends think it was too much money for a Taurus! I was unable to produce a similarily equipped, full-size sedan that fit me (6'7", 300lbs) as well as the Taurus did - physically as well as budget-wise. What do you guys think? Did I overpay on it, or did I get a smoking-hot deal? Thanks for any insights you folks may have...
Feb 03, 2004 (7:10 am)
As I have been shopping for a similar deal to purchase when my tax refund relieves the budget a bit, it looks like a pretty reasonable deal to me.
Feb 03, 2004 (2:03 pm)
Tell your friends it was your money not thiers...in the future stay away from Monday morning quarterbacks!
A number of years ago we bought a house for what a lot of people thought was way too much. They hadn't been shopping and didn't know the market at all. 5 years later we sold the house for $100,000 more than we paid.
Since then, I listen to no one but my own inner voice and once I make a deal walk away mentally. Suggest you do the same as you have already purchased the vehicle and really can do nothing about the price.
#1161 of 3012 Good deal or not?
Feb 03, 2004 (5:08 pm)
It sounds like those that told you you paid too much money for a Taurus were either putting you down or the car.
I believe you made a very good deal. Enjoy the car and best of luck!