"I got my license and my first car a little over 2 years ago, and lucky me: my first car just so happened to be a stunning silver 1995 Ford Taurus SE. I loved this car for what it was- a first car. It was reliable, completely safe, fairly comfortable, the handling was incredible, and mine had 6 cylinders, so if I wanted to, I could play a little. This car is comparable to a tank- it is a solid vehicle, and if you just need a car that will take you from point A to point B every single day in the exact same fashion? Then go right ahead and buy this car. There were nights when I left lights on all night, and I got in the car in the morning and it started right up.
Some points to improve upon, however- The gas mileage is not good, especially with prices being what they are. I think I averaged around 17-19 city and maybe 22 highway on a good day. I found myself spending 70+dollars on gas every week. Granted- I drive alot more than most people.
Also: The gasoline needle- don't trust it. The gas needle will hover anywhere within a quarter tank either way of the actual amount of gas that you have at that time. For example, if you have a half tank of gas, the needle will fluctuate between just under 3/4 and just over 1/4 of a tank.
In addition: Be careful with the knobs and dials. This is a very simple car, not really one made for luxury- the knobs are there just to be turned to put heat on, etc. If you pull on them, they will come off.
The sound system is decent, at best. Certainly not one for blasting metal music. But...then again...nobody really NEEDS that, do they?
All in all, I have gotten a very good run out of this car. I've put 40000 miles on it since I got it. It's at about 150000 miles right now, and it's not showing any signs of "old age". If you are looking for a simple, solid, reliable car, sans all of the "bells and whistles"? This car is most certainly for you.
Even if it is a bit expensive to run as far as gas goes, it was VERY rarely in the shop, VERY rarely had problems, and served its purpose valiantly!
Oh, and the fuel tank is on the passenger side ; )"
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