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#2748 of 3389 Ford and Taurus/Sable safety features
Feb 21, 2004 (9:55 am)
It really seems like Ford is putting the Taurus/Sable in End of Life mode. They made some modest improvements to interior & exterior styling for 2004, but haven't seemed to have made any improvements in functional or safety features in several years. I don't know why, it has a good solid chassis, the Duratec is a very good engine, but four wheel disc brakes are only available on the wagon. Why? Still no side curtain airbag option. Why? Stability control isn't available, it my not be needed on such a car but it sure wouldn't hurt. Still no rear seat head restraints! There is no longer a performance version available even though it shouldn't be that difficult to put a performance tuned version of the Duratec, like those that power the Lincoln LS, and the Jaguar, in it, along with vented discs on all four wheels of course. If Ford really do plan to keep building these at Atlanta for two to four more years, why not bring them up to date functionally, and then market them? It shouldn't be that hard.
Feb 21, 2004 (11:00 am)
once the 500 and futura come out the taurus will be regulated exclusively (or almost) to rental fleets. isn't this so. so i don't blame ford for not making heavy investments in the taurus.
at least you recognize some of the taurus/sable's
#2750 of 3389 Re: nedc2 by venus537
Feb 21, 2004 (12:44 pm)
"once the 500 and futura come out the taurus will be regulated exclusively (or almost) to rental fleets. isn't this so. so i don't blame ford for not making heavy investments in the taurus.
at least you recognize some of the taurus/sable's
Hey, I'm a Dearbornite and a stockholder, Ford's fortunes are too closely tied to mine for my own comfort sometimes. The trouble is it will take months to ramp up production on the 500/Montego/Freestyle, cars with brand new CVTs standard, and the Futura won't debut 'til a year after that. Atlanta is one of the most productive plants Ford has. It really same a shame to just write the car off so easily and watch people buy all those Camrys, Accord, and Altimas.
Feb 21, 2004 (2:33 pm)
What exactly do you need side curtain air bags and stability control on a car for????
Ford has obviously given up on the idea of competing with the Japanese by using Taurus and Sable. To that end, Mazda6 will attempt to compete (Mazda partly owned by Ford), and Ford's new models.
How about looking at Taurus from the standpoint of standard features and safety and not the functionality imposed by Honda, Toyota and Nissan?
#2752 of 3389 Buying a Taurus
Feb 21, 2004 (4:45 pm)
I'm looking for an everyday driver, I'm in the hunt for a 2002 or 2003 Taurus SES...price with 15-25 miles $10-11,000 around here. Although this car is bland compared to my wife's Avalon, I can buy three Taurus for what we paid for the Avalon. I drive about 20,000 mile a year, the car's are reliable and as cheap as transportation as I can find. I'm 6'6" tall, the Taurus also is a roomy car for tall drivers...
Question: should I hold out for a 24 valve engine or is the standard engine OK for this vehicle??
Feb 21, 2004 (4:56 pm)
"What exactly do you need side curtain air bags and stability control on a car for????"
WOW! that's quite a statement. are you being serious? what, if a safety feature is not available on your sable it's not important.
i thought the accord should have side curtain airbags available on all of its models and not just the high end models. i guess i was wrong. why would you want to avoid head injuries from side impacts?
Feb 21, 2004 (5:36 pm)
I just bought an '01 SEL yesterday and it has 33,000 miles. We paid, including a premium care warranty and the 35k service and TTL, $12k. The car is immaculate inside and out with the exception of a scratch by the moonroof and a scuff on the bumper.
I drove a car with the standard V6 and one with the Duratec. There is almost no comparison between them and I highly recommend the Duratec. Considering the fact that the Taurus's have depreciated so much, I can't possibly imagine there is going to be a huge price difference between them, so it makes sense to get the 24V Duratec.
Just my $.02,
Feb 21, 2004 (9:07 pm)
Actually i thought that side curtain air bags were more suitable for SUV's which have a tendency to roll over. Side air bags (which I have) take care of protecting the occupants from side collisions in cars which rarely roll over.
If you bothered to read my earlier posts you'd have noticed that I'm quite critical of Sable/Taurus after owning mine for number of years and seeing its shortcomings.
I am not fanatical about the brand or the manufacturer as you wrongly perceived. I have no loyalties to any car manufacturer.
You, on the other hand venus, are a Taurus basher who got into arguments with several posters whom you sniped. By the way, how is your Jetta? Did it come out of the shop yet?? Did you finally buy an Accord????
Feb 22, 2004 (9:05 am)
and i thought you might of been kidding with the side curtain airbag comment. your side airbags won't protect your head in a side collision. if one cares about safety then you're going to want the side curtain airbags in your next car.
guilty as charged for being a taurus basher. i can't believe a major manufacturer like ford (trucks or no trucks) would let one of their cars go so long without any major revisions in such an important segment.
yes i did buy an accord last july. and my beloved jetta was only in the shop once outside of regular maintenance.
Feb 22, 2004 (5:15 pm)
Have you heard of the Futura, or the even sooner to be introduced but largish 500/Montego? These models will eclipse the Taurus in every measure. That said, the Taurus remains a decent car, and a good certified used value especially. Though far from class leading, its not at the bottom of the sedan class either, at least according to the likes of CR.