Originally Posted by hootie_john
There are some items on the early S197 - ball joints come to mind - that wear prematurely, but outside of that, very few issues. You should expect a long life from your new ride. 150-200K isn't uncommon.
Luckily for me I bought it at a ford dealership and got a premium warranty that covers "500+ items" so if non maintenance items go it'll be replaced on the house. This comes from my past experience with cars giving me migraines.
You know, for what it is, it rides really well, and it takes corners like it's on rails compared to my last car (a 1964 impala, or the Lincoln town car I drive frequently)