Last post on Aug 22, 2008 at 10:00 PM
You are in the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable
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Ford Five Hundred, Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Future Vehicle, Sedan, Wagon
#511 of 530 Re: Five Hundred vs new Taurus FE [gregg_vw]
Feb 02, 2008 (3:13 pm)
These cars are great deals when the come off lease with under 30k miles with remainder of factory miles,the previous owner got the bugs out and usally a leaser uses FMC Garages only as not to void the warranty
#512 of 530 Re: Taurus vs Sable [capella]
Feb 03, 2008 (7:21 am)
Sable comes with the analog clock. Base Taurus does not. Edge to Sable.
I have that awful analog clock on my Five Hundred (but not on my Freestyle). I hate the stupid thing, and I certainly don't need it since the radio has a clock. It's cheap-looking.
I say, Advantage Taurus!
#513 of 530 Re: Taurus vs Sable [capella]
Feb 03, 2008 (7:22 am)
Sable steering wheel spokes are silvery metal-like stuff. Taurus spokes are leather covered.
Another clear Taurus victory. Who the heck wnats silvery metal-like steering wheels?
#514 of 530 Re: Taurus vs Sable [gregg_vw]
Feb 09, 2008 (12:48 pm)
>>What you found is that they are the same vehicle. There's no more difference between the Taurus and Sable now than there is for example between an Explorer Eddie Bauer and an Explorer Limited. << You're right, of course, Gregg. The differences are very minor. The purpose of my post simply was to highlight those minor differences in case anyone was interested.
Feb 16, 2008 (2:00 pm)
They should have never "renamed" the 500 the Taurus. Yes the Taurus had more name recognition but it also had quite a bit of negative connotation. It was well known to be the rental car and fleet market whore. Of course even with the name change they maybe could have salvaged something. The biggest problem from beginning to end was lack of advertising. They sure advertised the Edge and Fusion enough. They only advertised the 500 early in the beginning like back in late 04 and early 05. Then nothing except the occasional magazine ad that I saw. Even with the rename there was no advertising to speak of. Someone just expected everyone to know Ford and know the Taurus and buy it. That didn't happen. Then in the process they just ticked off and irked many already 500/Montego owners.
I still love my 500. I like my local dealership. I don't much care for Ford corporate these days though. Their dumb decisions have affected me and all other owners. Pretty much resale is down the drain. Not because it's a bad car. But because of bad decisions made at a corporate level.
#516 of 530 Re: Ford Screwed Up [kinkyangel]
Feb 16, 2008 (6:30 pm)
Your right and its a damn shame. Even GM with all their screw-ups does better than this. Ford makes some pretty good cars that nobody wants to buy. I drive an '04 company Taurus and while at the dealership recently took a look at the new one. Reminded me of my wife's 80's Tempo. And Mercury is "Dead Man Walking".
#517 of 530 Taurus Vs. Accord
Feb 29, 2008 (12:27 pm)
I am looking for a new car and I am considering an Accord, or Taurus. One of my concerns is the long term reliability, and repair costs. How do you think the Taurus will compare to the Accord in the above criteria?
#518 of 530 Re: Taurus Vs. Accord [redvw]
Feb 29, 2008 (1:10 pm)
The April issue of Consumers Report rates the reliability of the
Accord as "very good" and that of the 2008 Taurus as "good". You should be able to get the Taurus now at a very good price, at least $4k off MSRP after rebates. I recently bought a Mercury Sable, a clone of the Taurus and got a very good deal. http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.f166af7/23
#519 of 530 Ford is getting what they deserve
Mar 02, 2008 (9:00 pm)
You know, it's sad. I have lived in Michigan all my life so I have first hand experience watching our once great auto industry slowly lose its competitive edge to the foreign companies. For years, Ford GM, and Chrylser have rested on their laurels assuming they would always be the kings of the automotive castle. While Chrysler Corp. has had some recent success with its 300/Charger/Magnum, SRT products, and likely with the upcoming Challenger, they continue to struggle to outshine their competitors. GM has been hard at work revamping all of their product lines and their hard work continues and is beginning to pay off....big time. Though GM struggles for overall profitability, their future looks bright as a result of fresh, innovative, and attractive product that is reaching new buyers and retaining current owners.
Now Ford. The name change thing. This is just an indication that Ford really has no idea what they are doing anymore. Ford thinks they still create markets and set standards for others to follow. They are lying to themselves and worse...believing it! Case in point, a few years ago I was talking with a Ford company official and we were talking about the 500. She was proud as a peacock about Ford's new sedan and its "revolutionary" CVT transmission. I politely said to her "I'm glad to hear Ford is exploring new ideas and designs, but the 500 is already outclassed before it even goes on sale." She replied "What do you mean?" I said "Well, since 2002 for example, Nissan has had a 250 hp sedan with some flashy styling that drives really well and gets good mileage and is available with an automatic or a manual transmission which allows them to cover the market more broadly. I'm not convinced a 200 hp sedan with a CVT transmission will be seen as a serious competitor" She said "What car is that?" At this point I was thinking to myself "Oh my God, what rock have you been hiding under?" The Nissan Altima, you know, the one that has been getting Car of the Year awards, etc. Apparently, Ford is not aware of their competitors because they believe they have none. At times I think they feel as though if they do have competitors, they are only Chrysler and GM. Therefore, as long as their garbage is at least as good as the other's garbage then all is well in Detroit. The really crazy part is Ford has dropped their horrible CVT and the competitors they didn't think they had are building CVT's that are everything Ford wished it's could have been. Nice job Ford. Henry would be proud.
Ford, you're getting what you deserve unfortunately. I hope you are reading this.
#520 of 530 Re: Ford is getting what they deserve [g_allen]
Mar 03, 2008 (5:39 am)
Ironic that the Altima offers a really good CVT across the board now.