You should really stick to things you know, and not stuff you read on the internet.
I'm on my 6th Ford since 1982. Before that my dad had a 1969 Galaxy 500 that we put 110K miles on, and a 1976 LTD that put over 100K on before getting a 1990 Crown Victoria, 2000 Lincoln Town Car (which he still has), and a 2007 Escape. In the mid-90s, he picked up a couple project Bronco IIs that had engine issues (owner abuse), but he rebuilt the engines in the garage himself and both still run to this day. My dad still drives one, and my sister has the other.
Here are my Fords.
1977 Ford Thunderbird (102K miles before it was totaled by a drunk driver)
1988 Mustang GT (10K miles before I traded for the convertible)
1989 Mustang GT Convertible (62K miles)
1994 Ford Bronco 65K miles
1999 Lincoln Navigator 92K miles
2007 Lincoln Navigator 36K miles
Other than regular maintenance, only the 77 T-Bird gave me one problem. The water-pump went bad at 60K miles, and it was a bitch to replace. I think I still have scars on my fingers from that event. But at least I could work on the car myself. I average about $200 per year on regular maintenance items. In comparison, my wife's Mercedes runs about $2000 per year in service repairs over the 8 years.
In the time between the T-Bird and the Mustang, I drove a 76 Chevy Nova that I picked it up for $400 at the police auction. It had been tricked out by drug dealer before it had been seized by the New Mexico State Police. She was a fun ride. Air suspension, nitrous system, chrome wheels, a chocolate brown metallic paint that was something you could only appreciate in person (pictures or describing it just couldn't do it justice).
I'll continue to buy Fords. If Ford brought the New Ka over from Europe today, I'd be right down to buy one. Given that their sales were down less than GM, Chrysler, and Toyota seems to be a testament to their appeal and quality. That they are looking only for bridge financing ($9B in loans) and not a bailout, they seem to be in a much stronger position. They've already made the first step to getting concessions of the UAW with $1 salary for the CEO and pay cuts and no bonuses for executives and white collar workers. Ford has been more aggressive in their consolidation efforts and re-tooling for smaller cars has them in a much better place to weather the downturn.
Since I do a lot of traveling for my job, I drive all sorts of cars as rentals. I wouldn't touch a GM car, but I like their SUVs and Trucks. You couldn't pay me to own a Toyota Avalon, but then again, you couldn't pay me to drive a Ford Taurus either. I just don't like the 4 door mid-size sedans at all. The Buick Lucerne is the only GM car that seemed to be solid in that mid-size sedan class. The Hyundai cars have been quite impressive, certainly giving Honda and Toyota a run for their money. Who would have thought a little company from South Korea would catchup and pass the Japanese in only 5 or 6 years?
If you're looking for the freeway behemoth, the Crown Victoria can't be beat. That's why the cops use it. I prefer the mid-size to full-size SUVs from all the manufacturers. The Honda Pilot is interesting, but ugly. I think they were trying to make a SUV feel like a car. The got it right on the inside, but really screwed up on the outside.
Chrysler. Ugh. Maybe we should just let that one die. Save the Charger and Challenger, but let the rest go.
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