The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable. In my opinion, at least through the 90s and 2000s, two of the most bland, boring cars in existence. Never wanted one, never liked them, and rarely heard good things about them. But they sold by the bucketloads and you can see people driving them just about everywhere. My mechanic lovingly refers to them as the "dime a dozen" cars.
My aunt bought a Sable just a few years ago. I remember asking myself how someone would want a car so boring to look at from the front, and downright ugly from the back. But she seemed happy with it so, good for her, I guessed.
Then, three weeks ago, I bought one myself.
I'd been used car shopping for a long time. Having learned a lesson after buying a 93 Lumina that turned out to be the biggest lemon of my lifetime, I made sure I did my research. I learned a lot about cars and annoyed many a salesperson when I found flaws with vehicles before they could even make their sales pitch. Avoided many would-be lemons that way. As it turned out, the best car I found out of them all ended up being this boring, homely, 98 Sable sitting in the lot of a small car dealership. Regularly maintained every 5,000 miles as a former company vehicle, it was in great shape inside and out. Its only problems were an oil leak and a solenoid in the transmission which sometimes slips between 1st and 2nd gear.
So I took the plunge, bought the car, and added a warranty just in case that transmission goes out. At 100K and 13 years old...I didn't expect much.
Three weeks in....I love this car. It has the 3.0 Duratec engine in it, and that thing has serious power compared to the 93 Lumina I had been driving. This thing growls as I accelerate, rides smoothly and solidly, and I'll be damned if this car doesn't handle corners just as well as my old Bonneville, which I was in love with as well.
Who knew that a boring old Sable might end up being a fun car to drive? Who would have thought it'd become one of my favorites?
It's boring as always to look at. But I love my 98 Sable, and I plan to keep her until the transmission goes.
What about you guys? You ever driven or owned a Taurus or a Sable? What was your experience?
[Edited 2011-09-05 08:34:10]