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Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac G8, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#3279 of 6854 Re: 2008 TAURUS [newcarforme]
Sep 13, 2007 (1:48 pm)
what other brand new engines have been made available from the competitors
guess you really didn't do much research did you? The 3.5 in the Avalon and the 3.8 in the Azera were both truly new ground up engines 3 and 2 years ago respectively and since you also mentioned the Maxima - no, that engine is almost as old as what you are calling the 'new' Ford engine, only that it remains a standard (kinda like the SOHC HondaV6) by which all engines of this size and type should be judged. And BTW all three of those cars you mentioned will leave your Taurus (but not your abandoned SS)in the dust.
#3280 of 6854 Re: 2008 TAURUS [tjc78]
Sep 13, 2007 (2:37 pm)
Sounds like a wash to me.
#3281 of 6854 Re: 2008 TAURUS [joel0622]
Sep 13, 2007 (2:48 pm)
Spoken like a true Ford salesman! Of course it depends how long you keep it. Two or three years and the Avalon wins 5-6+ your right a wash.
#3282 of 6854 Re: 2008 TAURUS [tjc78]
Sep 13, 2007 (2:57 pm)
Unless you are in the market for a 2 year old pre owned then you are a big winner.
I honestly think that the trend of the Honda holding its value will continue. The Toyota as they continue to try to be #1 every month will see values slip, the laws of supply and demand will catch up. That and the fact that they have in a way ruined there mystic of being able to brag about not needing big incentives with the Tundra. They jumped in with both feet there with the big rebates and low rates. If the race for #1 continues and the Sedan market gets competitive again they may follow.
#3283 of 6854 Re: Taurus vs Avalon [jimmy2x]
Sep 13, 2007 (4:26 pm)
"at least the Taurus isn't saddled with that bloody awful blond-colored faux wood"
The Graphite (dark grey) interior of the 05-07 Avalons had darker wood. Not quite as nice as the '08s but not as bad as the blond wood (IMO). I actually went against my normal beige interior for this reason.
#3284 of 6854 Re: 2008 TAURUS [joel0622]
Sep 13, 2007 (4:28 pm)
"Unless you are in the market for a 2 year old pre owned then you are a big winner"
I have a family member who always preaches: "a 2 year old car is the best value on the road" The guy is pushing 80 and never bought a brand new car.
#3285 of 6854 Happy With Purchase
Sep 13, 2007 (5:35 pm)
Frankly, I am glad the new Taurus owners on this forum are pleased with their purchase. It's when a car you buy doesn't meet your expectations, that it's a problem. Avalon and Azera owners by and large seem very happy with the decisions they have made and speak well for the cars they purchased. I don't see what the problem is with an American manufacturer building a car that can sell and make its owners happy.
While I am thrilled with my Azzy, I know newer models are coming out every year (in fact, I wish I had the Azzy that now has XM). So much of the Taurus (even besides the engine) is new from the 500, why would we expect it not to be a big improvement over the 500. I love to see the info in this forum about what the new owners are saying about their cars and why they love them. I get to think about what will be available in a few years when I get to consider a new model.
I hope they are all well built, powerful, luxurious, sporty, economical and whatever other positive adjective there is. Now if they only could drop in price......
#3286 of 6854 Re: Happy With Purchase [jaymagic]
Sep 13, 2007 (6:48 pm)
For what it's worth, I'll be getting my new Taurus soon. I can't figure out the argument that because Honda and Toyota resale are better you should buy them despite the fact they cost thousands more. Doesn't make sense to me. Besides I drive all my vehicles to 150,000 or more and resale has little relevance at that point. By the way I did buy a Honda minivan last fall, but the main reason for me doing that was I thought it was the best product out there.
The Taurus has really impressed me with it's space and quiet ride. Power is good and the transmission pretty seamless. The engine runs smooth and again not sure why people are taking pot shots at it. It's a darn good car and that's the reason I'm buying it.
#3287 of 6854 Re: Happy With Purchase [bobber1]
Sep 13, 2007 (8:15 pm)
Besides I drive all my vehicles to 150,000 or more and resale has little relevance at that point.
Before you judge what I'm about to say, I like the Taurus - I've looked at it with my grandmother and think it serves its purpose very well. That being said, resale is impressive on a Honda. One of my best guy friends has a 1994 Accord (that's 14 years old) with 201k miles on the odo. Three weekends ago, he had his dad's truck to use for the weekend, so he set his Accord out on a busy road with a for sale sign. It's in good but not great shape; has been wrecked, etc... He asked $4,000 for it and got 5 calls in three days. He didn't sell the car; he had no intention to do so, but he wanted to have an idea of what he could get for it. He told me he felt confident that he could get $4k for it by asking $4,700 (his plan).
Pretty darn good for a 14 year old car 4-cyl Auto if you ask me. The car is an EX (15" alloys, sunroof, Alpine CD added).
#3288 of 6854 Re: 2008 TAURUS [tjc78]
Sep 14, 2007 (5:55 am)
Smart Family Member
As long as he only wants a "Very Good Driver" He will after come out :
...... say 30 cars at $10,000+- saving of $300,000 AFTER TAXES
or some $500,000 of annual earning's
Kind of hard to argue with him ........... particularly if we need to borrow some $$$$$$$
When I was selling cars and quite likely now too............I truly thought the Tarus was 1 of the best used buys period: comfortable, decent shop record , somewhat roomy (people wanting a larger/smaller car could split the difference and come out way ahead) Safe, decent gas mileage, etc.
I have not checked recently........... but you could buy a current year
(07) !0,000/20,000 mile rental for about %50/60% of what it cost new......for 10.000/$15000 for a current year car doesn't get much better
The Tarus has always been a Strong car I really liked them used
But I never bought 1..........Go Figure