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Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac G8, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#6224 of 6854 Re: Good reliability isn't Jaguar's problem. [captain2]
Apr 17, 2008 (11:23 am)
I think it's pretty impressive that in the 2008 Taurus, the new 3.5L Duratec hooked up to the same 6-speed automatic gets 2 MPG better on the Highway, and 1 MPG better combined compared to the 2007 Five Hundred with the old 3.0L Duratec. I'd say Ford definitely refined the Duratec V6: 60 more HP *and* better fuel economy. This new engine pulls the Taurus to 60 MPH in 6.8 seconds, which is faster than most people even need.
I think the Taurus is the best value in the class. Clean looks, roomy and comfortable, 28 MPG Highway (where most people do the majority of their driving), and you can get one nicely equipped for around $21,000. The only comparable car that comes close is the Azera GLS, which you can get for around $22,000. All others cost thousands more. Anyone who's in the market definitely needs to check out all the brands. Back in 1998 or 2000, I'd say stick with the Japanese brands. Today, in 2008, Hyundai and the 2 of the Big 3 have stepped it up to the point where they are definitely worth a look.
#6225 of 6854 Re: Horrors, I agree with captain. [tonycd]
Apr 17, 2008 (12:47 pm)
call Ripley's - a rare occurrence, for sure - I know somebody real well that would tell you I'm never right - think you can guess who that is...
#6226 of 6854 Re: Horrors, I agree with captain. [captain2]
Apr 17, 2008 (12:52 pm)
I know somebody real well that would tell you I'm never right
Never right about what, Captain?
#6227 of 6854 Re: Horrors, I agree with captain. [allmet33]
Apr 17, 2008 (1:23 pm)
pretty much anything, of course - you must not be married?
#6228 of 6854 Re: Horrors, I agree with captain. [captain2]
Apr 17, 2008 (1:28 pm)
Oh...I'm married, actually going to be celebrating our 7th anniversary this Sunday!!! I can be right, however...I get blamed for everything that goes on...even when I'm not around.
#6229 of 6854 Re: Horrors, I agree with captain. [allmet33]
Apr 17, 2008 (1:36 pm)
suggestion to you after ONLY 7 years (I've got 25 under my belt) - it is sometimes easier just to admit to whatever you did wrong BEFORE you know what it is she is complaining about.
#6230 of 6854 Re: Horrors, I agree with captain. [captain2]
Apr 17, 2008 (1:53 pm)
Rule #1: The wife is always right!
Rule #2: When wife is wrong, refer to Rule #1.
#6232 of 6854 Re: Horrors, I agree with captain. [tenpin288]
Apr 17, 2008 (4:54 pm)
I've driven plenty of GM push rod engines and they are darn durable and get relatively good mileage. True not quite as smooth running as the Japanese OHC engines, but still pretty sweet power plants.
I currently have an 08 Taurus with the 3.5 engine. The engine reminds me of the old 3.1 GM I had in an early 90's Lumina. It's got a loud growl when you start it and take off. Once you get the Taurus on the open road however, it's very quiet. The new Taurus's are very nice cars. The styling is too conservative, but you can't beat the safety, options, drive and price.
#6233 of 6854 How stupid must you be to buy a Ford !!??
Apr 17, 2008 (9:19 pm)
How can these people keep a straight face and say that buying a Ford Taurus (ie 500) is good decision??!!? Are you kidding me!?! Ford tried stealing the good stuff out of Volvos and tried to make Ford 500, but it still ended up being a piece of junk Ford!! And what kind of idiot would change name of #1 selling car (Taurus) to a numeric name like 500?? Answer . . . Ford, same idiots that made Explorers with junk front ends, E series vans that rollover and kill church groups and baseball teams, Expositions that catch on fire, Crown Vics that catch on fire when rear-ended (even cop cars!!!), etc. Ford is on their last dying leg . . . let the WHOLE COMPANY RIP . . . and good riddance!!