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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#327 of 3389 Let's talk about....
Jul 22, 2000 (5:47 am)
my 1991 SHO.
Badly out of alignment when new. Took 3 tries for Ford to get a decent alignment.
The motor mount that failed.
The air conditioner that leaked.
The air conditioner clutch that failed.
The water pump that failed.
The windshield wiper that failed.
The paint that appeared to 'evaporate' off the car. Top and trunk were down to primer in 3 years.
The clutch that was really bad when new, and worsened to being a monster.
This was within 42,000 miles. This was the worse new car for things failing since my 1972 Corvette.
Ok, there were some good things...
The motor, the motor, the motor, the motor.
The cloth interior was very nice. The seats were very nice (after you dragged yourself over the tall side bolster and got into them).
It was quiet and very stable on the highway.
It was very fast. Very quick from a dead stop even with the horror of a clutch. I ran it to 135mph and it still had more left. And was very stable at this speed........
But the things that failed - still not sure if I would buy another Taurus because of it.
P.S. This was the V-6 motor. I drove the Automatic V-8 (1995 or so????) thinking this might be a better 'fit'. It was much slower than my V-6, so much that I wasn't interested in it.
#328 of 3389 malibu99 Man
Jul 22, 2000 (6:29 am)
Your co worker should of read those magazines more carefully. I have never driven the car, but those magazines give the Focus very high remarks. Its only fault being the four cylinder engine it uses. I actually think the four door looks very nice. The Civic on the other hand is a lame duck car. The 2001 Civics will be completely redesigned. I personaly think the Mazda Protege and Ford Focus are currently the top cars for the economy class. If I was in a market for an economy car, I would probably test drive those cars and more. Using the auto publications I trust as a starting guide only. And darn it, the Accord isn't boring. Most people who drive them don't take advantage of its handling characteristics or get it with a 5-speed.
Its definitely not items #1,#2, or #3 for me. Are there any Taurus owners on this topic who are friendly with outsiders?
Jul 22, 2000 (7:03 am)
I owned an '89 too.
Thankfully, I bought it from the original owner who had replaced a lot of that stuff for me.
Oh but what I'd do to get that car back. Fast! Effortless highway cruising. Unreal handling.
The motor was so good in that car. It made me forgive all the things that would periodically need fixing. The motor itself was bulletproof though.
#330 of 3389 1999 Taurus
Jul 22, 2000 (8:35 am)
My wife and I want to buy a used 1999 Ford Taurus. Which model is recommended in the 4 door sedan and why? What are the included options?
#331 of 3389 Best mid-size sedan with legroom
Jul 22, 2000 (8:40 am)
I have long legs. While I like the Honda, Camry and Mazda, they all have large consoles that knock against my lower right leg. The only foreign car I can find with a bench seat is the Toyota Avalon. Unfortunately, they are pricey. What is your recommendation for more leg-room? I am leaning toward the Ford Taurus. Thoughts?
#332 of 3389 Best mid-size sedan with legroom
Jul 22, 2000 (3:27 pm)
The Taurus has a bench seat standard. The center section of the front bench seat folds out to expose a console or folds back into a seat if you need the seating room. The higher end Tauri have bucket seats and a fixed center console with floor shifter. You would have to judge for yourself if it provides adequate leg room for you.
#333 of 3389 to 1999 Taurus
Jul 22, 2000 (5:07 pm)
#334 of 3389 To 1999 Taurus
Jul 22, 2000 (5:21 pm)
I can recommend the SE model. I have one and I love it. The sunroof and spoiler are very nice options. I would not do without the center counsel with A/C vents to the rear seat. I would also look around to find one with the 24 Valve engine. Very much worth the extra money! You only loose about a mile per gallon with many extra Horses to justify it.
#335 of 3389 More on gas mileage
Jul 23, 2000 (8:27 pm)
Has anyone with a 2000 Taurus been able to get the advertised mileage? I'm averaging about 15 city, 22-24 highway. I was on a trip yesterday and got 25 mpg on a 300 mile stretch of interstate, cruise control set on 75 (I hardly used the brakes or gas the entire 300 miles). I'm not really complaining, cause I love the car and it gets much better gas mileage than the 98 F-150 I traded for it. The F-150 didn't get the advertised mileage either. BTW, I have the Vulcan 3.0. I guess you have to drive 45 -50 mph to get the advertised mileage....
#336 of 3389 to FORDMAN33
Jul 23, 2000 (11:42 pm)
See my entries (268 & 345) on my 99's mileage...my friend bought an 00 Taurus...went back complaining of poor mileage....they said she had a FUEL INJECTOR problem!!!!!