1995 Mercury Sable GS 3.0 Liter V6 from North America
Bullet proof 3.0 litre motor, fairly good repair costs
My parents gave me the car in August 2008 after they bought it in November 2002, and I've driven it ever since 2008 as my first car (right now it's December 12, 2009).
Since I've been the primary driver, I think I've had to replace a couple of brake lines, two brake pads (regular maintenance), plug wires (40 bucks, no big deal), bi-passed the transmission cooling lines with a bolt-up cooler, a tie-rod end (again, no big deal), fixed a section of exhaust, replaced the steering rack (biggest ouch-ie so far), bought a set of alloy rims with summer tires on them for 100 bucks off kijiji as a summer set, and I think after all that, I've spent about two grand.
However the car is almost 15 years old. I've also done my own body work to the rocker panels over the past couple years, just grinding away rust and spraying cans of primer and paint over it. I'm getting pretty good at it =P But again, 14 year old Mercury Sable/Ford Taurus, no surprise there.
Right now the car has 251,100 kilometers on the odometer. However I know there's a discrepancy in the odometer, and I've calculated that it's short by about 3.4% so it has closer to 260,000 kilometers if the discrepancy was there since it first got on the road.
Anyway, I think the majority of the repairs the car has needed has come since I owned it, but at least Ford/Mercury parts aren't all that expensive. But that's just what owning an old car is like. I've spent about 2,000 dollars fixing stuff over the last 16 months. Mind you, about 1,700 of that is stuff I know I'm not going to have to fix again, going from experience of two previous Ford Taurus (1990 and 1993) that my parents have also owned.
Really the biggest asterisk on that repair list is the steering rack. It cost me about 630 dollars with labor. The previous two Taurus' that my parents drove had a leak in the steering rack somewhere after 230,000 kilometers. But a 5 dollar bottle of power steering fluid sealer fixed it. I just got unlucky I guess, and after a few months of driving around topping up the fluid once in a while, it finally started leaking like a faucet, and I had to give in and replace it.
But I'll hand it to Ford. That 3.0 liter V6 Vulcan motor (unlike it's 3.8 liter counterpart) is bullet proof. It doesn't seem to matter how cold it gets, that motor starts up every time. I also keep my fuel receipts and track my gas mileage. Normally my fuel mileage is around 32-34 miles per gallon in Canada (American miles per gallon is different because gallons in America are 3.8 litres where it's 4.5 in Canada) which for a car it's size is very respectable.
And of all the cars I've been behind the wheel of, I doubt I'll ever get behind the wheel of something as easy to drive as a Taurus/Sable. There has never been any stick in the throttle or brake pedals, and the power steering is set up quite comfortably so it doesn't over/understeer. Very smooth and easy car to drive.
The car has been undercoated I think 7 times, and the floor and body is in quite good shape. I've gotten a few compliments from my mechanics about the good condition the body is in xD.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th December, 2009
Yeah the 3.0 liter is a very durable motor, but the weak point with these Tauruses is the transmission, no?
I'm currently driving a 95 Sable with the 3.0 liter... you do not get 32 miles per gallon with that thing. Double check your math. That figure should be closer to 22 mpg. Strong engine, sure. But thirsty.