2005 Taurus Life expectancy
I have a 2005 vulcan Taurus with 50k miles on it. I hear all the horror stories about premature transmission failure. How many miles have you all run before major engine or transmission rebuild? Just interested.
If you ask around, you'll likely find that your Taurus is typical D3 from that time period. The same car varies dramatically between various owners. I suspect it just depends which parts you got in yours and what day of the week it was built on. If you've had good luck so far, and it isn't driven out of town by your wife or kids, I'd probably stick with it. But I personally wouldn't trust it as it ages if your wife or kids take it out on country roads. I wouldn't let mine take it out of town as it aged because based on its track record I didn't want them stranded by a breakdown and waiting somewhere strange for a tow truck. My experience was that when it crapped out there was never any warning before hand.
In 98,000 miles the only problems we have had are;
45,000 replace rack & pinion steering for $650 I think,
80,000 replace an electronic engine control module for $400.
The car had a tough life as it is my wife's start/stop/go in-town car and does many short trips.
Maintaining a car for an average of $80-$120per month on average is a LOT better than a $400+ monthly payment. Just remember, even YOU need a repair once in a while!
Transmission rebuilt 88k miles and no issues at 150k miles.
Current is 05 Sable LS Duratec.
05 tranny is much improved AX4N.
I service every 20k or whenever annual color test indicates.
Can't believe how long ago I posted this messge. Now March 2011 and I am about to break the 100k mark with no problems other than a bad alternator(still touching wood).
Hope you other T owners are doing as well
So far an alternator and compressor, not too bad. Dilemma time, new car or keepit until it falls apart.
I change the alternator battery so now the transmission is gone $ 2100 + tunup will cost me over $ 3.000 thousand and I am the only driver, I will never buy another