Re: 2006 ford taurus 3.0 V6
Yep. The manufacturers will get you any way they can.
I prefer to do a lot of homework first on a vehicle. If I had to remove an engine mount to change a belt, I'd sell the thing! Not worth my time or the hassle for the DIYer.
For Hyundai to still be using timing belts even in a 2005 model, I had figured the industry was chains across the line by then. Warranties are only a sales pitch. High probability that you'll have any major problems during the duration of the warranty, even up to 160K unless you purposefully abuse the car, in which case the tech at the dealer can generally tell abuse from normal wear, and they won't honour the warranty anyway.
It's like buying a house you know. People are too interested in what the paint colors are, and what kind of blinds are on the windows rather than if the house is structurally sound to survive the term of a mortgage. Gotta watch that vehicle marketing and make sure you don't fall for it. Buy what you want and what's in your price range, even taking into account regular maintenance items and take care of it for the long term, and you'll find yourself a happy relationship even if it is one sided.
'11 Ram Quad Cab 4x4 SXT 5.7L HEMI (stock); 48,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 64,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 28,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!