They weren't "Fords" over here... they were Mercurys. First Gen (1970-1977) were actually pretty nice. My wife's mother had a 2.6L V-6 version.
After '78 they started to get too heavy, and when the 5.0L was introduced they essentially turned to mush.
1991 and on..... m'eh. I'd rather have had the Miata it was based on.