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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#3350 of 3389 Re: 2007 Taurus [jaxs1]
Jun 10, 2007 (2:36 pm)
What are the black plastic interior door release handles? Well some of these ex rentals are Ford Certified which I can only get by purchasing from a Ford dealership, I think i would rather take my chances and buy directly from a Ford dealer instead of a Hertz or Budget lot.
#3351 of 3389 Re: 2007 Taurus [geffen]
Jun 10, 2007 (2:49 pm)
The release lever you use to open the doors from the inside used to be shiny chrome and are now cheaper-looking black plastic. I doubt if this change saved $5 per car, but makes it look much cheaper.
Hertz has their own program with money back guarantee, fixed prices and reasonably priced extended warranties that have better coverage than the the "Certified" program coverage you get from Ford. The Hertz fixed price plus extended warranty is still cheaper than the Ford Certified car with the standard Certified program coverage. All of the Hertz cars will have some of the original Ford factory warranty coverage remaining. Almost all have under 30K miles and a few might have under 20K miles.
Budget probably has similar program.
You will pay a price premium for the dealer certified car that the rental company dumped because it didn't meet some minimum standard of cars they wanted to sell on their own.
#3352 of 3389 Re: 2007 Taurus [jaxs1]
Jun 10, 2007 (3:09 pm)
Would the Hertz extended warranty be honored at a Ford Dealership if repairs would need to be completed?
I'm debating on buying an ex rental i've heard horror stories about how some rental companies do not complete oil changes on time and other maint.
#3353 of 3389 Re: 2007 Taurus [geffen]
Jun 10, 2007 (3:19 pm)
Yes, the Hertz warranty works at Ford dealerships with no problem. You just call Hertz before you take the car to the dealer and then show the dealer the Hertz warranty paperwork. They bill directly to Hertz. I have used it. The program I had gave you 5 additional years and 75,000 additional miles on top of whatever mileage the car has at on your purchase date. For instance if you buy one with 25,000 miles, you have coverage until 100,000 miles.
Plus, since the car is still under factory warranty, you still have the option to buy a Ford warranty from a Ford dealer if you really feel more comfortable with the Ford extended warranty.
Hertz also had a 30 day return policy on the car.
The cars at the dealer likely came from a rental company anyway since there are no private party new car sales of the 2006-2007 Taurus.
The cars from Hertz and Budget with problems such as missing service, higher mileage or other problems are auctioned off to dealers and they keeps the rest to sell themself.
The additional costs you should factor in is that the car will likely be due for 30K service within months of purchase at $400-500 if you have it done a Ford dealer and you will probably also need to replace the original tires and front brake pads in less than a year at that mileage.
After that, you should be home free for a long time.
#3354 of 3389 Re: 2007 Taurus [jaxs1]
Jun 10, 2007 (3:31 pm)
Oh ok, So are all or most of the rental fleet cars purchased from Ford or leased from Ford? Then once they hit a certain mileage they get sent out to auction or sold on Hertz or Budgets lots?
#3355 of 3389 Re: 2007 Taurus [geffen]
Jun 10, 2007 (3:34 pm)
Other rental companies besides Hertz and Budget also buy Tauruses plus some private companies and government agencies. They were sold as "fleet-only" the last few years (like the Chevy Malibu "Classic" and some other cars).
The dealer has to disclose it as "Prior Rental" or "Previous Daily Rental" when they sell if it came from a rent-a-car company. It is usually stamped on their window sticker.
If this is the car you want, I don't see any reason to buy a used Taurus at a used car lot at a Ford dealer rather than from Hertz car sales directly.
You will also save the aggravation of dealing with typical used car salespeople since buying from Hertz is more of a no-hassle CarMax/Saturn sales experience.
#3356 of 3389 Re: 2007 Taurus [jaxs1]
Jun 10, 2007 (4:03 pm)
So theres really nothing different from a Fleet only car than a regular car other than being leased out to someone.
The Taurus SEL was very nice, The new 08 Taurus will look just like the Ford Five Hundred and I don't care for that boxy style look.
#3357 of 3389 Re: 2007 Taurus [geffen]
Jun 10, 2007 (4:16 pm)
There is likely some minimum number of cars you have buy for fleet-only. Maybe if you wanted to buy 5 or 10 at a time, they would sell them to a private party. I don't know if they have any other requirements.
They are usually dated cars overdue for redesign and with more limited choice of options than the average car.
They sell to fleets rather than stopping production.
You should probably verify that the car you want has ABS if ABS wasn't a standard feature. They tend to skimp on options they think people won't notice right away.
#3358 of 3389 Re: 2007 Taurus [jaxs1]
Jun 10, 2007 (4:22 pm)
I still think its to bad they killed off the old design of the Taurus.
I did notice some with ABS and some had the flex fuel engine which can use the E85 Ethanol which would be a savings.
#3359 of 3389 1997 Taurus GL (A little off topic, I know)
Jun 29, 2007 (8:21 am)
Good afternoon everyone,
I just wanted to say that although the current topic is the new Tauruses, I bit the bullet and bought a '97 - With the 3 liter V6 (VIN starts as 1FAL - Not sure of the engine is the Vulcan or the Duratech, but it's got some oomph), because of a rear end collision that totaled my car (1991 Caprice, with the 305). I must say, I love this car - Although I miss having a CD Player (I know I can get one from Crutchfield, with an adapter) - Is it better than Ebay, really? I hate having to use my tape adapter with my MP3 player, and it also eats batteries. I don't have any of the old service records, but almost everything looks factory - Meaning some surface rust on the block, etc - But there's one little problem that I've noticed over the last week.....I noticed the trans slipping (Well, slamming like it was in neutral then dropped into drive) whenever I tried to accelerate from a full stop, and when I opened the hood, I apparently had blown out a transmission line, which leads me to my main question - Is this an easy fix, or is it better to let a mechanic fix it? I'm not too worried, I only paid $1000 for the car (Well, the insurance company paid the $900, I covered tax and title) - And would it hurt the trans too much if I added more fluid to it to drive it to the mechanic I bought it from if I need to? I really love this car, and I don't want it to take a worse dive!
It should be noted that this GL has 191k on the odometer, and NO lights are on - But I'm not Ford savvy, so any help would be great!
Lastly, are there any recalls for this year, and would I even qualify if there were?
Sorry for dragging, I tend to ramble.
Thanks for your time!