Great car; I don't plan to go back to gasoline, and hope to find one of the last (2004) ones
Although I have had some recent expensive repairs (alternator and radiator both replaced this year, and a new starter last year), which is probably not surprising for a 15 year-old car with almost 200,000 miles, my flex-fuel Taurus (apparently one of only 5,500 of them manufactured that year) has been extremely reliable. Earlier repairs were less significant, spaced farther apart in time, and were more in the category of routine maintenance of things that can be expected to wear out eventually.
Even when E85 was not as readily available as it is now, I rarely had a problem being able to stick to E85, and in more than eight years of owning the car, I have had to resort to using gasoline fewer than ten times. We used to have only one E-85 station in town -- fewer than were available other places I travelled -- and it was the opposite side of the city, but I always managed to have some other business in that direction sometime within a 350+ mile fuel range to have an opportunity to re-fuel locally if I hadn't while out of town. Today, of course, I have about a half-dozen choices, so it's never a problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th April, 2011