Good ride... once the major problems are fixed
Transmission rebuild - at 44,000 miles???
Engine misfire - required major tune up. At 44,400 miles???
Beware of transmission problems with this generation of Taurus and Sable! We found our 2002 Sable LS Premium with only 44000 miles on the odometer. Really clean and fair price.
Five days after purchase, the transmission warning light flashed. Turns out it had a bad torque converter and pump shaft, which we since find out is a very common issue with these cars, and Ford refused to recall. $1600 to repair, and for an additional $400, might as well go for a complete rebuild. Fortunately the seller agreed to pitch in half of the cost (he claims to not have been previously aware of the problem).
A week later the engine began to misfire badly. Mechanic recommended a major tune up and replaced the coil. That took care of the problem.
Since the above two problems right out of the gate, the car has been great. On the good side, the 3.0 Duratec has ample power. The car is quiet, smooth and comfortable. Gas mileage not too bad for a full-size. And wow, what a stereo! (Mach Premium Sound system)
Here's hoping our initial bad experience was an isolated one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th August, 2012