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#7380 of 7481 Re: Ford is Giving Away the Taurus X [coldcranker]
Jul 28, 2008 (4:06 pm)
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1 "$1,500 Customer Cash + $3,000 Owner Loyalty Cash + $500 Ford Credit Bonus Cash. Owner Loyalty Cash available to customers that currently own or lease a 1998 or newer Ford car, SUV, or truck through F-550 and purchase a new 2008 Taurus X. Offer not available on Red Carpet Lease or with Lease Renewal Cash. Proof of ownership required. Trade-in not required. Ford Credit Bonus Cash requires Ford Credit financing. Not all buyers will qualify. Residency restrictions apply. Take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 9/2/2008. See dealer for qualifications and complete details. *Based on both NHTSA five-star crash-test rating and, with optional electronic stability control, IIHS Top Safety Pick. Star ratings are part of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation's Safercar.gov Program (www.safercar.gov)."
*2 Offer available to current owners of '98 or newer Ford vehicles with valid proof of ownership. Trade-in not required. Not available on Red Carpet Lease. Take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 7/31/2008. See dealer for complete details.
Confirmed with the Ford dealer today $5K off! We were talking about at least $5.5K below the invoice price likey more, but a Ford Program Car maybe even a better deal.
Prices are very soft on Ford Products!
It was just extended to 9/2/08!
#7382 of 7481 Re: Ford is Giving Away the Taurus X [coldcranker]
Aug 06, 2008 (1:20 pm)
Has anyone had any problems with the Taurus X?
#7383 of 7481 Re: Ford is Giving Away the Taurus X [seloo]
Aug 06, 2008 (5:35 pm)
I received my Taurus X in May and drove it cross country ( Florida to California). It was great and such a comfortable drive especially with 3 kids. I haven't had any problems with it. The only thing I didn't like is that I was not able to purchase a box for the roof rack. Manufacturer does not recommend having one on the vehicle. Overall I really love my TX.
#7384 of 7481 Re: Ford is Giving Away the Taurus X [seloo]
Aug 06, 2008 (7:21 pm)
My Taurus X has been great for the six months I've had it now. Everything about it is wonderful. I've driven it 2500 miles across country on a mountain biking trip with camping gear and four bikes on the hitch. It had lots of room, we could even see out the rear window. The comfort was like riding first class for everyone. I've also taken the family of five on trips, and also had six bikers on a two hour carpool with six bikes on the car (four on the hitch, two on the roof) all six big bikers in full comfort.
The electronics are super, as well as the car engineering.
The Taurus really is a secret phenomena that's a super deal right now.
See more details on my very extensive review of the Taurus X here.
(PS. My Taurus X Limtied is Ice Metallic Blue, not red like in the pictures.)
#7385 of 7481 Re: Ford is Giving Away the Taurus X [raezmom3]
Aug 06, 2008 (7:27 pm)
Actually, you can get a roof rack and carry a cargo box. The roof rack is limited to 125 lbs. I got a 16 cubic foot cargo box (Yakima SkyBox Pro 16) which at 45 lbs allows me to carry about 80 lbs of light but bulky goods like clothes and sleeping bags. The cargo box has almost zero effect on mileage, less than 0.5 MPG from what I can tell. This is because I mount the box fairly far back, in the slip stream.
I also carry two big mountain bikes on the roof, along with four on the back hitch, to go with the six riders in the car.
The only issue is getting cross bars to go on the back part of the rails that aren't raised. Ford's cross bars won't be out until the end of the year, if then. The solution I and others have used for the cross bars is discussed in detail here.
#7386 of 7481 Re: Ford is Giving Away the Taurus X [seloo]
Aug 07, 2008 (4:47 am)
I have had no troubles at all in 9 months and 13,000 miles. Just got back from a 3,800 mile trip from Texas to California. It did great. Average mpg was 25.2 and that included a lot of miles thru Utah canyons, Death Valley and the Sierra Nevadas. I discovered that the 6 spd transmission has a great "hill holder" feature that automatically downshifts when going downhill to hold the speed. It works even better if you press the "O/D" button on the shifter. It surprised me how well it worked. Very similar to how the CVT did on the Freestyle.
#7387 of 7481 Re: Ford is Giving Away the Taurus X [seloo]
Aug 07, 2008 (6:00 am)
No problems after 14,000 miles. I've been very happy with the X.
#7388 of 7481 TaurusX fuel economy vs. Freestyle
Aug 07, 2008 (1:05 pm)
"... average mpg was 25.2 .." (TaurusX highway MPG)
Under those same conditions, the Freestyle probably gives 27 MPG in my own experience and what others report, in addition to EPA MPG comparisons. I'll take the 3.0L with the CVT, especially in hilly or mountain driving here in the Rockies. That CVT is unbeatable when varying ratios like butter up and down hills.
If Ford knew gas would be hovering near $4/gallon now, they would have reduced the bore in the new 3.5L V6 to make it around 3.0L, like the old V6, and made the TaurusX beat everything out there on fuel economy. Add direct injection and get another 1 MPG out of it (as Acadia/Outlook/Traverse are doing now) with more power. Then, the TaurusX could beat the old Freestyle on fuel economy.
Discussing our experiences with the Freestyle/TaurusX's V6s, remember Ford plans to put something like the Mazda CX7 4-cylinder turbo 2.3L (or so, maybe a 2.0L) into the future CUVs in the Freestyle/TaurusX/Explorer class. Currently, the CX7, a smaller CUV, running direct injection, a turbo, and VVT, gets horrible fuel economy. I don't know how Ford will change that with the Ecoboost theme of putting 4-cylinders in where smoothe V6s used to be, but stay tuned. We may be telling youngsters in a few years that the glory days of smoothe V6s were better than the followong period of thrashy 4-cylinders, so enjoy your V6 while it lasts.
#7389 of 7481 Re: Ford is Giving Away the Taurus X [seloo]
Aug 09, 2008 (7:17 am)
It looks like this car is mostly trouble-free.