My Taurus has been a trooper for me. When I bought my Taurus it had 10,075 miles on it, on May 19, I rolled it over to 300,000. I use my 2004 Ford Taurus Wagon for everything, including work. I do a rural mail route, which is 75 miles long with about 15 miles of dirt roads. I have changed the starter twice (on my route) and the alternator once. Done routine maintenance on the brakes and such. The engine and transmission are original and have never been worked on. This is my only car, so I use it for personal use too. I have done most of the repairs on the car myself. I did have a car/deer accident that wiped out the radiator and a/c. The radiator was repaired, but I chose not to fix the a/c (too expensive).