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2008 Ford Taurus

2008 Ford Taurus

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Terrific Value

by from Chicago on October 4, 2009

2008 Taurus SEL 2WD purchased new in June 2008, so I've had it 16 months and have 24,000 miles on it now. First of all, I'm a very discerning buyer and grade harshly. I'm one of those guys who researc...
2008 Taurus SEL 2WD purchased new in June 2008, so I've had it 16 months and have 24,000 miles on it now. First of all, I'm a very discerning buyer and grade harshly. I'm one of those guys who researches for weeks before going to a showroom. By that time I have 98% of the decision made, down to the color and options, and I already know what inventory the dealers have on their lots. My initial preference was leaning towards a Camry, Altima, Avalon or something in that genre. Taurus kept popping up in the car sites as a candidate so I finally read up on it. The specs were most impressive! 3.5L V-6 with respectable power, yet 24-28 MPG. Extremely high safety ratings. Extremely low emission ratings. Impressive technical specs. Good reviews from experts and owners. Simply put, the Taurus lives up to everything you read about it. My personal highlights: 1. LOTS of room! I'm over 6 feet tall. This thing is very roomy. This is the first car I have ever owned where I can sit in the back seat and have 4 inches of room between my knees and the front seat. The trunk is huge. Everyone who rides in this car comments on how roomy it is. 2. Nice power but still gets very good gas mileage. Plenty of power when passing, etc. I get in the 24's commuting, and pushing 30 on road trips cruising at 75 MPH on the highway. 20-gallon tank means 500 miles between fillups. This is a GREAT road car. 3. Very comfortable. We take a couple of 1,000 mile plus road trips each year and ride in comfort. 3. Plenty of amenities on the SEL. Decent stereo with iPOD jack, dual climate controls, cruise, power locks, windows and seats, etc. I have just passed 24,000 miles and have had no repairs; just periodic oil changes and checkups. For those looking for a mid/large sedan, the Taurus is a must-see during your search for a new car.
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Fifth review of car.

by from Michigan on May 14, 2012

The car has 98,100 miles on the odometer. Fuel economy from January 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012 was 25.7 mpg (10,755 miles and 419 gallons gasoline). Driving mode was 70% highway and 30% city. The ...
The car has 98,100 miles on the odometer. Fuel economy from January 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012 was 25.7 mpg (10,755 miles and 419 gallons gasoline). Driving mode was 70% highway and 30% city. The car continues to provide a comfortable ride, good handling and good reliability. Major maintenance items: tires replaced at 43,000 miles, rear brakes replaced at 45,000 miles, fuel injectors cleaned at 72,000 miles and spark plugs replaced at 90,000 miles. The front brakes have not needed replacement. Major repairs were: engine water pump replaced twice, at 25,000 miles and 61,000 miles.
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Taurus SEL FWD, September 30, 2009

by from on September 30, 2009

The car now has 23,675 miles on the odometer. Fuel economy for the summer months June through September was 26.2 mpg (8,803 miles and 335.6 gallons gasoline). Fuel economy ranged from 29.5 mpg to 31.0...
The car now has 23,675 miles on the odometer. Fuel economy for the summer months June through September was 26.2 mpg (8,803 miles and 335.6 gallons gasoline). Fuel economy ranged from 29.5 mpg to 31.0 mpg for road trips consisting of 95% highway, 5% city driving. Tire wear has been excellent, with 60% of usable tread remaining. I can drive the car for hours without feeling fatigued. The steering response and handling continue to be excellent on both dry and wet paved road surfaces. The car has not developed any squeaks or rattles. One light bulb, license plate illumination, required replacement. And I had a four wheel alignment made at 21,000 miles.
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Great Car For The Road

by from Albany, NY on April 14, 2009

I just bought this car three weeks ago with 13000 miles on it, it now has 17800. Myself and four others took this car from Albany Ny to Fort Lauderdale Fl(22 hours)and it was the most comfortable ride...
I just bought this car three weeks ago with 13000 miles on it, it now has 17800. Myself and four others took this car from Albany Ny to Fort Lauderdale Fl(22 hours)and it was the most comfortable ride i have ever been in. Even with five adults and all our luggage we both comfortable and we still averaged 29 mpg for the trip. I plan on keeping this car for a very long time, its a great car and i would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice affordable full side sedan.
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MOST UNDERATED VEHICLE IN THE WORLD

by from Plainfield, IL on July 4, 2009

I'm in sales so not only do I drive alot but also rent many vehicles. The totally overated Camry and Accord don't even compare to the Taurus. Simply put there isn'tanother car with as much room, power...
I'm in sales so not only do I drive alot but also rent many vehicles. The totally overated Camry and Accord don't even compare to the Taurus. Simply put there isn'tanother car with as much room, power & handling, quiet, comfortable ride with all standard options (including the top rating for safety) unless you pay triple the amount for a large BMW, Lexus or Mercedes. I'm not saying the Taurus is equivalent to those BUT . . . if you want a combinatin of all the aforementioned attributes, this is THE only car out there . . . period I'm totally impressed with this vehicle and everyone who rides in it can't believe they're in a Ford. If you're in the market for a family sedan, I dare you to test drive one. You probably will find yourself buying it a short time later. Get one!
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One of Ford's Best Cars on the Road

by from on June 24, 2011

It has been two years since I have own this vehicle. I would like to inform anybody whom may be reading this review is getting true information about this vehicle. This car is worth more for the money...
It has been two years since I have own this vehicle. I would like to inform anybody whom may be reading this review is getting true information about this vehicle. This car is worth more for the money. It is the idea car for the individual or family members. The new design of today's cars have very limited field of view driving in heavy traffic conditions. This particular Ford model car has a great view in all direction. From all the safety features to the value of this car. Believe all the good reviews you read from these owners because they are telling the truth. Hands down this is a very good car!
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Taurus SEL FWD

by from on March 1, 2009

The car now has 7,700 miles on the odometer. I drove 4,635 miles from December 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009. Fuel economy, actual, was 21.9 miles per gallon (211.4 gallons gasoline). Driving was ...
The car now has 7,700 miles on the odometer. I drove 4,635 miles from December 1, 2008 through February 28, 2009. Fuel economy, actual, was 21.9 miles per gallon (211.4 gallons gasoline). Driving was approximately 70% highway and 30% city. Vehicle handling and control was: (a) excellent on dry and wet pavement, (b) good on snow covered pavement and (c) poor on ice covered pavement. The deepest single snowfall encountered was 12 inches. The traction control and ABS systems worked perfectly at all times. The heater, windshield defroster, rear window defroster and windshield washers worked perfectly at all times. Ice accumulation occurred on the windshield wipers during a snow and sleet storm. The lowest temperature encountered was minus five degrees F. The car has not needed any repairs or adjustments. The car has not developed any squeaks or rattles.
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Great car

by from NC on January 26, 2012

I bought this car in the Limited trim with 55,000 miles on it. We now have 86,000 on it. She runs like a champ. Plenty of power and handles great. The interior room is awesome. The back seats have unb...
I bought this car in the Limited trim with 55,000 miles on it. We now have 86,000 on it. She runs like a champ. Plenty of power and handles great. The interior room is awesome. The back seats have unbelievable head and leg room. The trunk is large enough to pack a families worth of stuff for a week and half and still have room. The traction control is great. Almost no road noise. The interior is very quite. The Microsoft Sync and the sound system are great options that I really enjoy. I would like to see a bit better fuel mileage out of it. It should get better than a combined 23 mpg, but it is a big car. The only draw back is on the Limited model the 18 inch tires are more expensive than the 17 inch tires that are on the SEL. If you want to purchase one, make sure the car doesn't have the stock Pirelli P6 tires. A lot of dealers will put these tires back on because they are cheap and they are the tires that some of the Limited's came with from the factory.They make the car seem like an over priced boat. Once I replaced the Pirelli's with Hankook Optima's the car is a totaly different beast. The tires truly make the car something you want to keep.
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A closely guarded secret

by from Detroit, MI on September 10, 2007

Had driven a 500 for 6 months as a work vehicle so when the Taurus came out, I rented one to compare the two. This car is a major improvement over the 500. The power issue of the 500 is now resolved. ...
Had driven a 500 for 6 months as a work vehicle so when the Taurus came out, I rented one to compare the two. This car is a major improvement over the 500. The power issue of the 500 is now resolved. It had good pickup-and-go power and windnoise was virtually non existent. Handling was good especially on the highway. Ford needs to run a test drive clinic so people can drive this car and not judge it solely by its exterior. This is an excellent car for the money.
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Great on Highways

by from Bozeman, MT on April 27, 2011

With its upsized V-6 engine (the 3.5-liter Duratec gets 263 horsepower, up from last year's 203), the Taurus moves smartly from stoplights and pulls confidently onto the freeway. Passing others requir...
With its upsized V-6 engine (the 3.5-liter Duratec gets 263 horsepower, up from last year's 203), the Taurus moves smartly from stoplights and pulls confidently onto the freeway. Passing others requires just a modest step on the gas, and at 75 mph the car feels like it still has plenty of oomph left. The extra power doesn't turn the Taurus into a lean machine, mind you — my all-wheel-drive test car, which weighed in at nearly two tons, felt hefty at all times. It moves quickly when needed, though, something the Five Hundred never did. Stick with front-wheel drive, and you shave off 189 pounds (about 5 percent of the car's total weight), which is likely to create a payoff in sprightlier acceleration. Most of the time, the transmission minds its business without creating too much drama. Occasionally it goes beyond the call of duty, finding the right gear in a pinch and sticking with it for strong acceleration down a straightaway. Other times it comes up short — prod the gas pedal from a stoplight, and the gear changes are jerky and awfully late. Using the EPA's stricter 2008 standards, gas mileage is rated at 17/24 mpg with all-wheel drive.
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