Monday, December 15, 2014

5k: Not For Fun, For FUNDS: 2000 Ford Taurus SE Wagon for $3k

 We here at DT have a mission to get as many cars into our garages as possible for as many different types of driving; but there's one type of vehicle that is hard for many of us to escape.  Something to haul the wife and kids to work/school everyday that isn't prone to unexpected delays due to mechanical failure.  Hunsbloger keeps pounding us with his low cost of ownership and operation of no less than 4 Tauri/Sable as the cheapest way to get something safe, economical and most of all cheap enough to afford us the opportunity to spend our hard earned cash elsewhere.  Trust us when we tell you that is the only reason this 80,000 mile 2000 Ford Taurus Wagon, with Duratec V6 offered at $3,400 here on eBay  is gracing our pages this morning.  The low mileage ones are all but gone, which makes this 80,000 mile example worth your time to consider.


This car has everything wrong with it, its ugly, its an automatic it has no design charm but its also cheap to buy, cheap to insure and long enough on the basic creature comforts to keep the peace on the daily haul.  The only thing you need to know about this car that it has the bulletproof Duratec V6 which will give your wife 200+ hp and 26 mpg on the highway on the cheapest gas you can throw at it.  On those rare occasions that you need to haul your friends' kids (because their Daily Tursimo broke down) there's room for your three kids in car seats in the middle seat and room for two bigger kids in the rear facing third seat.


Even the owner doesn't have much to say about this car, so just check it to see if it has the airbag logos are on the seat bolsters indicating that it has the side curtain airbags and make sure that it has 4 wheel disc brakes instead of disc/drums.  If you get really lucky it will have a Mach 1 Audio system which sounds pretty good if you can get buy with just the radio, cause these pre-date CD players and USBs, but this one looks like it might have been upgraded.


We apologize for taking your time to post this schlepwagen, but go ahead and offer this guy less than $3,000 because the plates indicate that this isn't the first owner of this car and they probably didn't pay much for it anyway.  But it this doesn't work for you find us a better, more reliable $3,000 car that keeps your wife from complaining that you're spending all your hard earned cash on a car that doesn't run and is too unsafe to take your kids to school in and email us at tips@dailyturismo.com

PS..While you might buy what we have to say, and may even buy this car...for the sake of your marriage, remove the little red ball from the antenna before you take it home to the wife.  Its also a telltale that the automatic power antenna is probably stuck in the up position.


13 comments:

  1. Hey, not so fast Mr. Hunsbloger. That red ball on the antenna may be your only chance of locating this beige Anonymous-mobile in the parking at the Outlet Mega Mall. Would you want to be responsible for a large family roaming lost in the retail wilderness at this time of year? Please, think before you post.

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    2. Are you kidding? Among the seas of Honda Odysseys and Ford Explorers and masses of tedious Korean/Japanese sedans built somewhere outside the UAW Gyre with a full complement of rusty Mexican Takata airbags, this thing stands out like a lighthouse.

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    3. It seems like on the west coast they stand out like a sore thumb... I live and work in Los Angeles, I swear I haven't seen one of these things in years. However every time I visit family in New England and Northwest Arkansas I'm practically tripping over them. Must be a regional thing.

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  2. The '96-97 cars were, in terms of materials and assembly, probably some of the best cars Ford's built since the Lincoln Mark II. When it fell flat in the market Ford started thrifting the things like a bunch of Asian women going through the 25-cent corn bin at Safeway. Thinner carpets, cutting down on primer in some areas, I'm not sure if you could even get rear discs anymore by 2000. Ford fixed the ugly and put some rear headroom back in the sedans in 2000 but by then Ford had given up on the car and the Taurus name.

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    1. Rear discs were not standard but appear on most of the Duratec equipped cars. Same with the side curtain airbags. With leather seat (tops), this is probably the SEL model and likely to have both.

      Double check also for "latch" equipment for car seats. They all had them by '03 but an '00 may not have it. The '00-05 also got rid of the ridiculous radio and dash arrangement, but this keeps the funky armrest becomes where the lower part flips forward to become the cupholder.

      We've had them with traction control, seat heaters, sunroofs but they've all been reliable. Only issue I've experienced is the coolant sensor in the bottom of the reservoir can become corroded and trip the low coolant warning light.

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  3. We had these as fleet vehicles keep the tranny serviced or it will fail before 100k or less !

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    1. This is also key to a long happy life with the various '90s and '00s BMWs, Audis, Jaguars, etc. that use ZF slushdevices with the supposed 'lifetime fill' Esso LT71141 fluid.

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  4. "bunch of Asian women going through the 25-cent corn bin at Safeway."

    DT worthy!

    My late unsainted Mother had one of these.... though a pre '98.....thats all I need to know about these. Boat anchors

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    1. I have several relatives who regard shopping as preparation for some kind of Olympic sport.

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  5. I can't believe my luck.
    I found another one in my area.
    early christmas present to me

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  6. Plus it's a nice smooth ride on highway kind of like a cadillac I used to own.

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