Last post on Dec 09, 2013 at 7:13 PM
You are in the Sedans
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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#17952 of 20237 Re: - [tundradweller1]
Apr 15, 2013 (4:22 am)
The Taurus has been around since 1986. Back then, the 86' Taurus was a radical new design. Ford took a big risk, and it paid off big time. I just looked at the chronology of it's models, and saw that the 86 -91 model was offered with a 2.5 liter 4 with a whopping 90 hp! We have come a LONG WAY PEOPLE!!
I owned a 94 SHO, (3.2 24v Yamaha V6) and a 96 24v 3.0 Duratech. They were good cars back then, and the Yamaha SHO engine was just awesome.
I still see a lot of 00-07 models on the road. Before the current model, they were very much mid size sedans and Ford sold a huge amount of them.
Then, In 2005, Taurus production tapered off, as the Fusion was poised to take it's place. Finally, in 2007 production ceased. The 08 to 09 models did not sell well as a 500 or under the Taurus label. Ok, moving on.....
There are a LOT of mid size sedans used as rental cars, including the Taurus, Camry, Accord, Optima, Fusion, etc.
I found the Hertz sales site that was loaded with 2012 Accord LX's starting at $16 and ending at about $18!! That is a pretty good deal on a 1 year old car!
Look, I am not saying the Taurus was a great car, but it looked good and was priced right for the times. I don't think we would be driving todays mid-size marvels w/o the Taurus-susses and Intrepid's of their day.
That's enough outta me!!!
#17954 of 20237 Re: 10 Speed Transmission [tundradweller1]
Apr 15, 2013 (7:37 am)
I remember riding one when I was 12...it was great.
#17955 of 20237 Re: 10 Speed Transmission [ivan_99]
Apr 15, 2013 (8:12 am)
Now THAT is funny, good one Ivan!
#17956 of 20237 Re: 10 Speed Transmission [tundradweller1]
Apr 15, 2013 (9:37 am)
Mine didn't have 10 speeds, but I did have 20" rims, alloy frame..... Lol
#17957 of 20237 Re: - [tundradweller1]
Apr 15, 2013 (11:17 am)
Yeah but it's still an early 2000's Taurus. There's no glory in driving one of those 190,000 miles.
#17958 of 20237 Re: - [jpp5862]
Apr 15, 2013 (4:17 pm)
Dude, I totally understand. I just had a really good time with my SHO. Do you know how modern engines have plastic covers so we can't see all the vacuum lines and other such ugly-ness?
Well, that Yamaha V6 was just gorgeous. Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sho.jpg
It was a work of art, and a damn quick car. It revved to 7,000 RPM. Awesome for 1994. Also, the 225 HP was a conservative figure. More like 250. Also, it had a great JBL stereo, and handled pretty good. It was no Integra R....but I'm just sayin'!
Apr 15, 2013 (4:40 pm)
I'm with you on the SHO Yammy v6. That was a gem and did look awesome too. IIRC, the engine was capable of far more than 7k rpm, but the belt driven accessories were not.
Apr 15, 2013 (5:20 pm)
While we are on this SHO topic, I had a Gen I(89), a Gen II(92) and my wife had a Gen III(96).
I wanted a Gen IV, but it I don't need 350+ horsepower and the Fusion is a better choice for me.
#17961 of 20237 Re: - [explorerx4]
Apr 16, 2013 (7:15 am)
Did your wife's GEN3 have major engine problems? I heard it was about cam failures and that even the "fix" didn't hold up well. Damn shame.... Cuz that engine is a looker too.