I got one, although i'm biased as I manged 20 cabs for a crust
IMO you are getting a better car than one that has done 200k privately
They are reliable as taxis have an income.. They make nothing when they are broken so most owners keep them in good working order..In Qld anyhow every taxi must pass a 6 monthly inspection at a Main Roads station.. These inspections are more involved than your standard RWC..
You will usually find that the suspension has been rebushed (usually with neoprene units), large trans coolers fitted and LPG, new shockies and ball joints, tie rods etc, steeering rack, the diff and transmission have usually be reco'd
The real trick is to buy one from an owner driver as most have pride in their cars or one that has recently passed its machinery inspection..
Most cheaper cars over 150k need panel repairs or a respray anyhow so that doesn't come into it as far as im concerned.. The interiors on the Fords are VERY VERY durable, nothing a good clean can't fix.. The motors are tired but being on LPG nearly all their lives does minimal damage to the bottom end
750 000 klms on LPG = 250 000 on PULP as far as engine wear goes
It depends on what you want to do to it when you get your car.. If you want to trick the motor, respray it and mod the suspension why not pay less for the car in the first place
Here's a piccie of mine
and the link to my thread about it
Mine goes like a winner, not a rocket but all up on the road for less than $2k (i painted it myself) i couldn't get a clapped out XF for that