We do this a lot here, and you guys always give good advice, or at least provide a variety of different perspectives, so I’d like to know what you think of these cars.
I’m not looking for a debate about the merits of these cars vs. every other car (and why and how there are better choices), I’m looking for opinions on the merits of these cars vs. these cars. You will notice that I like big American sedans. I do a lot of highway driving and I like to do my driving in a land yacht. I just do. I also always buy used. I can’t afford a new car, at least not a new full-size sedan. If I wanted a 5-speed base Nissan Versa I could get one, but I’m not interested in that. I have a couple thousand to put down and I’d like to be able to pay it off quickly.
So here they are:
2004 Ford Crown Victoria Sport LX 67,038 miles, $9783
2005 Ford Five Hundred SE 88,727 miles, $8479
2000 Lincoln LS V8 103,484 miles, $6972
2003 Ford Taurus SE 81,064 miles, $6440
In general they are all similarly equipped and get roughly the same gas mileage (≈19 city, ≈26 highway, give or take a few MPGs).
The Taurus is very cheap, and that mileage is not terrible for a 10-year-old car, but how much more am I going to get out of it before the cost of repairs and maintenance make up the difference between it and the other Fords?
The Lincoln is a very nice car, and the price is right, but that’s a hell of a lot of miles for a domestic sedan, so same deal as with the Taurus.
I like the Five Hundred, it’s a nice car, but that’s a bit more mileage than I’d want and it’s a base model. Still, a nice car.
The Crown Victoria is the most expensive one on my list, and it’s a top-of-the-line model with decently low mileage for a nine-year-old car, but is that worth another $1300 over the Five Hundred?