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2010 Ford Taurus



  • c2c35c2c35 Posts: 37
    edited December 2010
    Well the new Taurus SEL even with the performance package is still governed @ 120mph. It was really embarrassing going head to head with a Pontiac G8 then the gov kicked in and bla! Well I was told that If you try to adjust the governor it will totally screw the computer and everything up. Well any computer hacks out there know how true that is? I had so much more rpms to go. BTW be careful anyone who does try to go for it when the gov kicks in it makes the front end kick to the right.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    120 in a Taurus on public streets racing a G8? Are you kidding me?
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    This may be a future candidate for the Darwinian awards website, Allen.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Unfortunately he'll probably take some innocent family with him.
  • c2c35c2c35 Posts: 37
    Just so you know it wasn't a public street. We do have open highways up North here. LOL!! Who would ever do anything like that on a public st? Do either of you guys have a new Taurus?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Street or highway doesn't really matter. Speeds like that on a public road are dangerous. What if an animal ran out in front of you? What if a car pulled out in front of you? What if you had a tire problem? If you want to drive that fast go find a racetrack where you can do it safely.

    And for the record neither of us owns a Taurus.
  • donl1donl1 Posts: 109
    I happen to have a 2011 Taurus but I'm not stupid enough to race it on any street but then again I'm not 16 years old either.
  • c2c35c2c35 Posts: 37
    edited December 2010
    Wow sorry I've been on here for a while and i didn't know my MOM was on here! BTW I'm not 16 if its any of your business anyway (or maybe you want me to be!!LOL) what ever. Hey guys lighten up for god sakes!!! I guess you guys are just that much better than me.

    Merry Christmas.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Not better, just smarter. Have a safe and wonderful holiday!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Nobody's telling you what to do (just how overwhelmingly stupid they/we think it is). Hey, you post it to the 'net, you're bound to get an opinion buddy. :)

    I've gone 105 once, on I-65, in south Alabama, but there's a story to accompany it which I probably shouldn't pollute the board with (but I will if asked).
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    It's not about being "better" than anyone else. However, when you post details about doing something that's very likely illegal, and most certainly a danger to yourself and others, I'm not sure why you would anticipate a positive response from our many responsible drivers.

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  • c2c35c2c35 Posts: 37
    So many of Fords competitors have i guess raised the bar on performance and actually took away or, even raised the governor on their vehicles cars. I do believe that the Taurus SEL is a Baby SHO. It should be equip with at least a 300 hp standard motor unlike the basic SE. I know that the standard engine in the Taurus now would be more than capable of that kind of power with a few tweaks
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    Test drove an SHO and WOW!! I cannot believe this is a V6 engine under the hood of this car. This car felt like a $40,000 + vehicle. The only thing holding this car back from besting some of the lower end Euro and Japanese luxo brands is Fords name. Or should I say past name. For those who have never driven a Taurus SHO, drive one! I was so impressed at the acceleration and handling, how quiet it was, how confident it felt. The interior was nice, tight fit/finish. I really have no need for a car like this. But I am telling you Audi, BMW, and whomever else making lower end "luxo vehicles" better beware. If it wasn't for the image thing, the Taurus SHO would be a front runner for anyone looking for a $35,000 dollar sedan.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    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.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    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.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    Sounds like a winner.
  • akirby - Where's your source on this information? Just curious...
  • Well, I bought a new SHO! :blush:
    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
    Xenon headlights
    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
    Power moonroof
    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
    Perimeter Alarm
    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
    Direct Injection
    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.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,666
    Ford insiders on various internet forums.
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