Last post on Oct 05, 2011 at 8:37 PM
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#481 of 493 Re: SHO!!! [cannon3]
Jan 21, 2011 (7:55 pm)
Maybe. Maybe not. It certainly is a huge step forward for Ford. Terrific engine. It is far more attractive than the 500 based Taurus was. But it is still a FWD chassis with AWD, engineered to be a very tall and heavy sedan with a relatively short 112" wheelbase on a 203+" length. In other words, anything but tidy front and rear overhangs. Here's hoping that with the next iteration, Ford lengthens the wheelbase (or trims the overhangs...but lengthening the wheelbase a la 2009 Audi A4, another FWD-AWD that has moved up in the world, should address a lot of the remaining concerns about balance and packaging). Ford actually has a really good image right now. If the SHO can shed some bulk and achieve better weight distribution in the process, it will be a front runner.
#482 of 493 Re: SHO!!! [gregg_vw]
Jan 21, 2011 (8:38 pm)
Gregg - the next Taurus will be built on the new CD4 chassis. It will actually be a lengthened Fusion/Mondeo so it won't have the same high hip point that the current platform does.
Insiders who have seen it say it looks more like a Jag XF than a Ford. It will still be FWD/AWD but it sounds like a stunner.
#483 of 493 Re: SHO!!! [akirby]
Jan 22, 2011 (7:01 am)
Sounds like a winner.
#484 of 493 Re: SHO!!! [akirby]
Feb 01, 2011 (11:17 am)
akirby - Where's your source on this information? Just curious...
#485 of 493 Re: SHO [famof3kids]
Feb 01, 2011 (11:54 am)
Well, I bought a new SHO!
In this price range, $45k+, there are a lot of others to consider. On my list were the Infiniti M35, Acura TL, Hyundai Genesis, and Cadillac CTS. The Infiniti and Hyundai were very luxurious and were very nice. But, they seemed like something my dad would love to own/drive, i.e. not my style. The engine in the Hyundai, V8, reminded me a lot of the Northstar V8. The Acura TL was nice, but, seemed small. Also, during the test drive I noticed rear-end hop in a curve over a bump. Also the windshield was creaking. Both of these turned me off, quickly, to this car. The Infiniti was very nice, and had lots of technology, but, just seemed to 'fancy and old', I know, personal opinion. I also noticed that the dealer had a lot of used ones, and they either weren't taken care of, or, don't hold up well over time. I like the CTS, and couldn't find anything about it I didn't like, except it was too small.
So, 'my' rankings were in this order, SHO, CTS, M35, Genesis, TL.
I've owned my SHO for a month now. I continue to be surprised with the features on my SHO. Those are:
Drivers side exterior mirror auto-dimming
Interior mirror auto-dimming
Auto headlights with auto-high beam
Auto headlight off with several time options
Proximity door/trunk unlock with key fob nearby
Ford Keyless entry keypad, opens trunk too
Key lock protection - cannot lock key fob in car or in trunk
Ford MyKey - can program a key fob for teenage driver to limit speed, radio volume, etc
Collision alert system - flashes red on windshield, turns radio down if approaching another car too fast
Adaptive Cruise control with adjustable distance settings, also brakes the car if needed
Side blind spot monitoring - yellow dot on each side mirror if something is beside you
Headed exterior mirrors with approach lamps
Cross Traffic alert - will notify you, when backing out of a space, if something is coming and the direction that something is coming
LED light bars on front bumper
Power Rear sunshade in back window
10 way power driver/passenger front seats with power lumbar adjustments
Massaging front seats - lumbar or seat
Tilt/Telescope leather steering wheel
Fan forced heated & cooled front seats
Heated rear seats
Rear fold down armrest with cup holders
Ambient lighting that adjust to several colors and brightness - all foot wells, cup-holders, door handles
Sony 650watt Stereo with Dolby 5.1 - 12 speakers
Adjustable aluminum pedals
Two memory functions tied to key fob - adjust seat/pedals based on setting
Rain sensing wipers w/manual override settings
Rear view camera
Reverse sensing system
Ford Sync/Navigation with USB and aux inputs
10GB hard drive for storing music CD's
All music indexed and searchable by Sync voice commands
Sirius Travel-Link - displays gas prices, movies showing, radar, weather forecast, sports scores
Ford 911 assist - via Bluetooth phone
Bluetooth phone controls, phonebook, audio streaming (some phones support texting via Sync)
Push button start
Ford SR1 sport suspension
EcoBoost twin turbo V6 - 365HP - 350lb torque avail at 1500 rpm
Water cooled turbos
AWD, which goes great in snow
AdvanceTrac, traction control, Roll stability
Easy fuel capless fuel filler
Electric power assisted steering
6 speed automatic with manual control and paddle shifters
So, after all that...I couldn't find a competitor that offer the same equipment for the same price.
#486 of 493 Re: SHO!!! [famof3kids]
Feb 01, 2011 (12:16 pm)
Ford insiders on various internet forums.
May 18, 2011 (3:14 pm)
Both my wife and I have a 2010 Taurus. We both are having problems with a loud squeal when we lower the passenger side window on a hot day. I had mine to dealer for fix. It didn't work. Is anyone else having this problem?
#489 of 493 Re: window squeal [weathernut]
Aug 29, 2011 (12:58 pm)
I haven't had that problem on my 2011, but did have the problem on a 2000 Lincoln LS. They greased the tracks on that which fixed the squeal but left grease on the lower part of the glass. Seems I remember a TSB for that problem, so you may want to search for the problem on the LS to see if they are related.
#490 of 493 2010 Taurus SHO rear view mirror vibrates
Oct 05, 2011 (11:59 am)
I had to have my front windshield replaced in my 2010 Taurus SHO due to rail dust. Ever since, the rear view mirror has vibrated under normal driving conditions or even radio noise. Is there anyone out there with a solution. The dealership says they cannot get the mirror seated properly. Help!