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Midsize Sedans 2.0

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  • tundradweller1tundradweller1 Posts: 74
    edited April 2013
    It was actually a state vehicle and reliable as a hammer for 190,000+ miles.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,447
    A 2004 Taurus is like a Model T compared to any modern sedan.
    At least you didn't buy one retail.
  • Its a vehicle from the past. The point was it was getting the same mileage as the "modern sedan" MPG that I replied to.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,627
    Huh, I achieved that mileage from a 2004 Taurus with a V6.

    My wife had a couple of '03 Taurus company cars. She never averaged much more than 22mpg with her mostly rural/highway driving. Her current '11 Taurus with a lot more weight and an extra 100 hp has averaged 25mpg over the 45k miles she's put on it.
  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,052
    edited April 2013
    The Taurus has been around since 1986. Back then, the 86' Taurus was a radical new design. Ford took a big risk, and it paid off big time. I just looked at the chronology of it's models, and saw that the 86 -91 model was offered with a 2.5 liter 4 with a whopping 90 hp! We have come a LONG WAY PEOPLE!!

    I owned a 94 SHO, (3.2 24v Yamaha V6) and a 96 24v 3.0 Duratech. They were good cars back then, and the Yamaha SHO engine was just awesome.

    I still see a lot of 00-07 models on the road. Before the current model, they were very much mid size sedans and Ford sold a huge amount of them.
    Then, In 2005, Taurus production tapered off, as the Fusion was poised to take it's place. Finally, in 2007 production ceased. The 08 to 09 models did not sell well as a 500 or under the Taurus label. Ok, moving on.....

    There are a LOT of mid size sedans used as rental cars, including the Taurus, Camry, Accord, Optima, Fusion, etc.

    I found the Hertz sales site that was loaded with 2012 Accord LX's starting at $16 and ending at about $18!! That is a pretty good deal on a 1 year old car!

    Look, I am not saying the Taurus was a great car, but it looked good and was priced right for the times. I don't think we would be driving todays mid-size marvels w/o the Taurus-susses and Intrepid's of their day.
    That's enough outta me!!! :P
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,653
    I remember riding one when I was 12...it was great.
  • Now THAT is funny, good one Ivan!
  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,052
    edited April 2013
    Mine didn't have 10 speeds, but I did have 20" rims, alloy frame..... Lol
  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 297
    Yeah but it's still an early 2000's Taurus. There's no glory in driving one of those 190,000 miles.
  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,052
    edited April 2013
    Dude, I totally understand. I just had a really good time with my SHO. Do you know how modern engines have plastic covers so we can't see all the vacuum lines and other such ugly-ness?

    Well, that Yamaha V6 was just gorgeous. Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sho.jpg

    It was a work of art, and a damn quick car. It revved to 7,000 RPM. Awesome for 1994. Also, the 225 HP was a conservative figure. More like 250. Also, it had a great JBL stereo, and handled pretty good. It was no Integra R....but I'm just sayin'!
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,627
    edited April 2013
    I'm with you on the SHO Yammy v6. That was a gem and did look awesome too. IIRC, the engine was capable of far more than 7k rpm, but the belt driven accessories were not.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,447
    While we are on this SHO topic, I had a Gen I(89), a Gen II(92) and my wife had a Gen III(96).
    I wanted a Gen IV, but it I don't need 350+ horsepower and the Fusion is a better choice for me.
  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,052
    Did your wife's GEN3 have major engine problems? I heard it was about cam failures and that even the "fix" didn't hold up well. Damn shame.... Cuz that engine is a looker too.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,447
    It was a very reliable car. The only thing that really went on it in about 80k miles was the fuel pump and that was replaced under warranty. Until a few years ago, I still used to see it around. I didn't want her to trade it, but I guess she had enough of the dirty looks from other PTO members for driving a black snarly car with chrome rims. :D
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  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,052
    Kia just posted this about a week ago. The front and rear fascia's have been updated with new LED lighting options, body colored fog light surrounds, different rear diffuser, side vent styling, and on the SXL there is a different front clip with quad-LED fog lights.

    Inside there is a new blind spot warning system that I personally would like to have, and a rear sensor so you don't run down your kids bike backing out of the driveway, especially when there is a kid still attached to said bike.
    Here's the pics:

    http://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/models/optima/2014/photos
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,447
    They missed one current styling trend, integrated exhaust outlets.
    I remember everyone being up in arms when the IS-F reintroduced them.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,346
    Saw a new Regal yesterday in a parking lot. Dual exhaust. Couldn't believe how rich it must have been running. Both pipes really black and sooty..even leaving the SS finish bezel trim all sputter-stained with blobs of soot. Wasn't impressed.
    But what caught my eye originally was the cars lines. Knew it was a Buick from the front but had to go to the back to see it was a Regal..that's when I saw the poor state of tune..
    Owner is likely clueless unless they must be questioning the FE.
    Not everything...so-called..new and improved is good.
  • The Regal's front grill just screams geriatric. It almost makes the car look like it has under bite. :P
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