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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#544 of 3389 amazing ford v6
Nov 25, 2000 (5:29 am)
My wife's car, a 1999 ford taurus se with 17,000 miles really impresses me. Something just doen't seem right, why does it feel blazingly fast? The standard vulcan engine that puts out a mere 145 horses is very responsise to the slightest touch of the throttle. Believe me I know, I own a 1994 seville sts putting out 300 hp, and sometimes I really believe the ford is faster. That darn thing just flies on the highway. The throttle and fuel delivery to the engine must be intergrated with the speed of the car. This car does one weird thing, while at any cruising speed if you throw it in to neutral, the idle will not drop to set idle speed of 1000 rpm,s it will rise to about 5000 rpm's. It will only decrease to normal idle when you slow down and come to complete stop. Overall this is one great car, at any speed the transmission quickly down shifts and power is instantaneous. This car feels like it has 300 hp and and my caddilac 145 hp. The Acceleration of my seville on a slight upgrade is so sllugish that the throttle is practically down to floor before it down shifts and picks up speed. This taurus v6 is amazing and should be given that honor like the v6 nissan brags about. Sometimes it is a little annoying in bumper to bumper traffic, because when hit the gas a little it lunges slightly on its own when your about to hit the breaks. Very evident on the highway, the gas pedal resistance is effortless. I have no problems to report unlike the oil leaking and jollopy bouncing suspensions of GM cars.
#545 of 3389 regfootball...re:speakers
Nov 25, 2000 (6:07 am)
I found it easy. I also bought the wire harness adapters from Best buy to adapt the ford speaker connector to the standard speaker connectors so I didn't have to splice the wires. Each pair was $4.95.
The grilles in the back deck pull up with some force. They are clipped around the deck lining. Pull from the top out. Take out the screws, that easy.
The front door panel comes off after you remove the screw in the arm rest finger hole. If you have the tweeters in the front corners remove the two screws to loosen. The panel is held in place with push fasteners. Pry away with a long screw driver or a prying tool. It just pops away. Remove the electrical plugs and set the panel to the side. Take out the speakers. If you purchase your speakers from crutchfield.com they will provide you with instructions and diagrams.
#546 of 3389 seanses/gas mileage and fuel
Nov 25, 2000 (7:44 am)
It's a common misconception that higher octane fuel will provide better gas mileage. The engine in your Taurus was designed to run regular unleaded fuel. If you are buying the higher octane stuff, I'm afraid you're just wasting your money. If you want higher mileage from your Taurus (or any other car for that matter)try keeping the tires inflated to their proper pressure and make linear starts and stops, i.e., no jackrabbit stuff.
Nov 25, 2000 (10:21 pm)
BTW, I have the mach audio, is that what you had also?
Nov 26, 2000 (6:25 am)
Remember, those MPG claims are EPA numbers, your mileage may vary. Living in So. Cal. I have NEVER achieved the MPG stated on the window. My '96 Sable with the 24V, DOHC, V6 gets, at best 22 in mixed driving. On our recent summer trip, 4500 mi round trip, the best freeway mpg I got was 27. That was climbing the mountains in Colorado, go figure. Other than that my average was about 25, well short of the EPA's 28.
Nov 26, 2000 (6:32 am)
Sorry, I don't catch the meaning..."mach audio"...
It must be too late at night .
Nov 26, 2000 (5:55 pm)
On a recent 500 mile trip I averaged 29.1 mpg 70 with a/c on. not to bad huh
Nov 26, 2000 (11:09 pm)
the mach audio system was the uplevel audio system that came with my taurus. I do not have the jbl system that was initially offered on the SHO in 96-97. The mach audio has additional speakers up high by the mirrors on the doors (in addition to to on the rear deck and two in the lower door panels), but does not have the sub woofer like the jbl setup did.
#552 of 3389 regfootball "Mach Audio"
Nov 27, 2000 (6:23 pm)
Yep, that's what I have. Do you happen to know how many watts per channel is stock from this setup?
Nov 28, 2000 (12:25 am)
sure doesn't sound like very many watts does it.
I'll see if I can find out.