-Kick panel under the dashboard had been kicked too many times and was barely hanging on when I got it.
-Chrome detail thing on the rear drivers side door started to peel off at some point.
-Turn signal flasher failed (around 220k miles.), bought a new one ($5), couldn't find where it goes, so I dropped it in the glove box. It started working again!
-Power steering pump burned out (problems started at 215k miles.), car sat for 6 months until I realized a new pump was only $30. Easy fix too.
-Transmission was starting to slip at around 225k miles, never actually died.
-Alternator died about 225k miles. also. ($60 or so dollars.)
-I didn't realize how important oil changes were (my first car.) Engine blew (threw a rod, I think, not positive.) at 238k. I could still drive it, but it was slow, loud and shaky. Lasted long enough to get me home from final exams!
I miss this car! It was my first, ran like a champ, would still be running if I treated it better.
Does not handle well on ice (what does?) It's not a sports car. Otherwise an awesome vehicle, cheap to drive and maintain. I'll get another eventually. I'm a huge fan of the 2.8l v-6, it was easier to work on than an average small-block v-8.
3rd Nov 2008, 11:10
My advice is to sell the 2004 Taurus for whatever you can get - the old Chevrolet will be far more reliable.