Good design, poor construction and reliability
The speedometer was replaced under warranty at 30000 miles.
I had to wiggle a wire on the starter every now and then to get it to start. This was particularly true in hot weather. I found a Technical Service Bulletin on a federal government web site and when I told the dealer about it they fixed it.
The head gaskets were replaced at about 49000 miles due to recall. The engine started leaking oil soon after. The dealer replaced a seal and did not charge me. When it still leaked oil, Ford agreed to replace the engine, in the form of a short block. The dealer told me the head gaskets had leaked and the bearings were ruined. Again, I did not pay. I am happy about the financial part of this but nonetheless concerned about the long term health of this engine.
I have also paid to replace an anti lock brake sensor.
The replacement speedometer is failing at 72000 miles and I suppose I will pay for a new one this time.
The right front power window sticks in the up position. I unstick it by removing the trim panel and hitting it with a hammer in a place I have marked for this purpose.
The engine has now started to ping on regular fuel.
At 72000 it is still comfortable. I note that it is not worth as much money as a comparable Chrysler product from the same year with similar miles on it. I will try to drive it past 100000 if I can.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th June, 2001