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Ford Taurus, Car Leasing, Car Buying, Sedan
#8 of 123 Re: bought one yesterday [thegraduate]
Nov 25, 2007 (3:30 pm)
That price did not include the usual sales tax, license fees, and title. Those items may vary by state. I don't have the paperwork in front of me but I think the license tabs were $299 and the title fee was $50. Sales tax in MN is 6.5%. I did not purchase the extended warranty or any other add-ons that they try to sell.
The price of the car was on the dealer's website. It included a discount of a bit over $2,500 plus a $1,500 rebate. I was able to get them to furnish, paint, and install factory body side moldings for protection against door dings.
Superior Ford in Minneapolis has been a good dealership for me so I didn't even shop around. We bought our 2001 Taurus from them and any service work for my Lincoln, Ranger, or Taurus that I can't do myself (transmission flushes, alignments, etc.) goes to them. I even buy oil and filters from their parts department.
#9 of 123 Re: bought one yesterday [brucelinc]
Nov 25, 2007 (8:14 pm)
Thanks for all your info bruce.
#10 of 123 1998 Taurus LX
Nov 30, 2007 (5:43 am)
I bought a 1998 Taurus from a friend of mine. It was his company's car. I definitely think he gave me a great deal for $2000.
It had ~145,000 miles on it (over a year ago).
It has nearly 190,000 miles now. It's an OK. The dashboard lights don't work all that well. The interior light won't turn on when I open the door. The tape player wants to flip over and spit out occasionally. The passenger side electric door lock works independently of the other doors. I get 18-20 MPG most of the time although I drove it from Nashville to Chicago last month and got 38 MPG!
The transmission is doing something strange... it is slow to engage and slow to disengage. I can feel the transmission disengage, not when I let me foot off the gas but when I'm pressing down on the brake. The transmission will sometimes bark the tires when first starting off. Supposedly there's a sensor in the transmission that has gone bad and the only way to fix it is to replace the transmission.
Of the things I wished the designers did differently,
better front cup holders, made the "ashtray" able to open when the center armrest was up/open, a splash guard to allow the drive belt to not get wet when driving thru a puddle, an "idiot light" to show whether the alternator OR the battery was going bad, and less wind noise around the tops of the doors at interstate speeds.
Dec 12, 2007 (11:42 am)
Please share your info with us if you've recently purchased a new Taurus (2008) Sedan. I'd really LOVE to hear it!
Dec 30, 2007 (11:48 am)
I got an Internet price from Westlie Ford - Mercury, Inc. in Camas, WA on 12/29 for a 2008 SEL. All he did was give me the same figures I got off the Ford “Build and Price page” and telling me what a good deal it was. $27090 MSRP and he could give it to me for $25590. What a deal, all he did was take off the Ford offered incentives.
I told him we were not in a big hurry to buy, maybe late winter or spring.
#13 of 123 Re: No Deal [jkinzel]
Dec 30, 2007 (9:42 pm)
That quote is pitiful. You should get an additional $2k off beyond the rebates (which are currently at $2000 in my area).
#14 of 123 Re: No Deal [jkinzel]
Jan 05, 2008 (9:17 pm)
JKinzel - I'm in the Vancouver, WA area too. That offer from Westlie is insulting.
You might want to try one of the many other Ford dealers in the Portland area. Since they likely have much higher sales volume than Westlie, they may be more likely to be willing to sell for a smaller margin.
I had good luck in the past with the internet sales department at Landmark Ford in Tigard.
#15 of 123 Re: No Deal [richardmayo]
Jan 05, 2008 (10:29 pm)
Thanks. It looks like a few more months before I buy, but I will take your advice and give them a try if no local dealers in the Tacoma area have what Im looking for.
#16 of 123 Re: No Deal [jkinzel]
Jan 06, 2008 (10:57 am)
Just as a "for instance" in todays Sunday paper, I'm seeing an 08 Taurus AWD with an MSRP of $28,570 advertised for $23,977 (MSRP minus $1500 factory rebate minus $3093 dealer discount)
#17 of 123 Re: No Deal [richardmayo]
Jan 06, 2008 (11:47 am)
Dale Jarrett Ford near Charlotte, NC advertises $8000 off MSRP on the new 2008 Ford Taurus including all rebates. One example is listed at $16988! Fine print points out that not all will qualify for all rebates.