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What Are Your Thoughts on the Return of the Taurus/Sable?



  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    The new Taurus is a better car. In addition to the new engine and transmission, it is quieter and stability control is available. However, it has the same body as the 500--which is not going to distinguish it much out there. And to my eye, the interpretation of the new Ford 3 bar grill is plain like the rest of the styling...nowhere near as distinctive as the Taurus X, Edge and Fusion. But it is an improvement over the 500 nonetheless. It will be promoted better. Hopefully, better sales will follow.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    IMHO, these are still cars for older peeps.

    Empty nesters wanting to get out of the "family hauler".

    Young execs and professionals will either get a Fusion to save a few or the Lincoln MKZ. Or an Acura TSX.

    Yes the Taurus is a premium large sedan, but who wants those anymore?

    I wish Ford would spend a few bucks to upgrade the Edge interior cause that is what will sell.

  • bruneau1bruneau1 Posts: 468
    Your remarks indicate you are not aware of the variety of people and tastes out there. So we all are suposed to be in SUVs?? Get real.
  • otis12otis12 Posts: 160
    I doubt if I fit the demographic....44, no kids, but I want a large sedan. A big comfy highway cruiser. I think the '08 Taurus is what i will test drive and perhaps buy.
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    Passed thru the dealer today and spotted a 2008 black Taurus! I went in and gave a quick glance, since I was in a rush. I compared it to a 500 which was standing nearby. Here is what I found, stuff that you can actually SEE with your eyes, besides other under-the-hood improvements, as engine/tranny upgrade, stability control and quieter interior.

    First, of course, comes the 3-bar chrome grill, but along with that, the newly designed headlamps matches beautifully to the grille, and is no doubt one of the better designed headlamps from Ford - much better than the Fusion and Edge, IMO. The same is true on the taillamps, which is also matching to the front lamps, giving an overall better appearance. The fog lamps is nicely done as well.

    Other exterior changes: A "porthole" (am I saying it right?) on the top/side of the hood, similar to recent Buick's; They eliminated the so-called side "divider-bar" below the side windows, so the entire side door, from window to bottom, looks as one big chunk. I think the 500 looked better in that aspect. Also, a big piece of chrome on the trunk was added. The outside mirrors is a little smaller, but nicer and have better fit. The dual tailpipes are much superior to the 500.

    On the interior, it looks almost identical to the boring and dated 500, but there is some improvements. They got rid of those sick signal/wiper stalks from the 500. There is now just one regular stalk on the left, for the wipers. No right stalk anymore, as the Japanese vehicles. I personally like it better that way (on the left). So it looks much cleaner than in the 500.

    The rest of the center stack, stays the same. The outdated stereo system, with old-tech LCD and un-intuitive controls carry over, and so are the temperature controls. Too bad, because Ford really needs to improve with that design. The 2008 Mariner/Escape seems to be a step in the right direction, and Ford should definitely be heading that way. The gauges also needs tweaking. And some controls sits too low.

    To sum it up, it looks much better, and will definitely be better than the Five Hundred it is replacing. But the interior still needs improvement. The Impala looks much better. Leave alone the Avalon.
  • jimmerzjimmerz Posts: 1
    Personally, I am very GLAD I have the Ford Five Hundred. (2006 SEL, new owner)

    I Can not STAND those 2 names, Taurus and Sable. It blows my mind that people would rather have a Taurus instead of Five Hundred? (I mean the name of course, same car!)

    I would have never bought my car if it was still called the Taurus. JMHO!
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Ihas a 1987 Taurus and it got very good fuel mileage, 28 to 32 from a 5 adult car wit a V-6 engine that had plenty of get and go. We had it for 175,000 miles and our son took it into the Air Force and he drove it until 250,000 miles and sold it for $2,000.

    Just as a note the transmission was rebuilt 3 times and we did change engines for a used one with less than 30,000 miles at 120,00 miles. We got the trans, and engine for $1,250. from a wrecked Taurus.
    So the name Taurus had some great value messages for me. I have owned 13 Chrysler made vehicles, but is Ford makes the Taurus with AWD I would look real close at considering making a change.
    At first I thought the name change was not a good idea, but I have changed.

  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    but is Ford makes the Taurus with AWD

    You can get the Five Hundred with AWD . . and that ensures you also get the awesome CVT, too!
  • I don't think Ford bothered to match their competition with cabin air filtration on the new Taurus. Once you have it, you don't want to do with out it. Otherwise, the car has lots of attributes.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    That may be true for many people, but not me. I had that on an old (1995) Mercury Mystique. Didn't make any difference to me. None. Just another filter to change. I mean, how much good does it do if you open a window or the sunroof? But to each his or her own. Just would never be a deal breaker for me.
  • barnstormer64barnstormer64 Posts: 1,106
    I'm the same way . . never noticed a difference with vehicles that had a HEPA filter vs. those that didn't.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    barnstomer64: I have a Jeep Compass with the CVT, and it has 7,500 miles on it. The proof that these CVT transmissions are really good is yet to be proved by me. I like it but will it out last the older 5 speed automatics? Now that's the question.

  • jrljrl Posts: 39
    Gotta say for what mho is worth. The new taurus looks real good in person. My local dealer had three for about two weeks..they are gone now. They just got a new limited black I don't expect it to last. Thats pretty quick..considering these things have not really been marketed well yet. I think the name may have something to do with"so I need a new family car..oh yeah..we have the new taurus cars in..really..Ford still makes a taurus..what do they look like?...get my point? Also..same 6 500s are sitting on the lot that were there about 2 months ago. They just look so bad next to a new taurus..its amazing. See to me..the name 500 was all wrong..because chrsyler had the 300. The 300 was a very sexy retro like vehicle..were as the 500 was very plain jane. If ford wanted to make a should have looked like a modern version of a fairlane or something a little more aggressive. jmho bad Ford can't match Toyota's interior or build quality...caz from were I'm looking..the Taurus looks a lot more interesting from the outside than a ho-hum avalon...
  • bruneau1bruneau1 Posts: 468
    2008 Taurus fans, if ride and road noise are important priorities, you will be happier in the SEL than the Limited. I have driven both.
  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 814
    Tires play a huge role in ride and road noise. The SEL has 17 inchers and the Limited has 18s with a lower profile. I am not sure what brand is used. If a buyer really liked the Limited but preferred the ride of the SEL, they could probably work out a tire/wheel swap with the dealer.

    I do not believe there are any suspension differences between the two models.
  • donl1donl1 Posts: 109
    I had a 05' AWD LTD Five Hundred with 18" Pirelli P6's and they were pretty noisy. Maybe it's the same deal.
  • I love the front of the new Taurus! But the back of it looks exactly like the back of the 500. Whats going on there?
  • The Avalon is no ho-hum, that car can move.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    Although there are significant engineering upgrades, it is the 500 body with a few mid-cycle updates. The 500 and Taurus not only look exactly the same from the back, but also when viewed from the side or from a balcony (top). Given the miniscule styling change, the new engine and better NVH characteristics, along with the Taurus name, will carry the water for this model.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    The camel interior on the Sable comes with absolutely the WORST looking fake wood I ever saw. Its almost yellow to match the seats and it hardly even attempts to look like anything other than colored plastic.

    What makes it worse is this band of yellow runs accross the charcoal gray dash!


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