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2008 Ford Taurus New Owner Reports

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
edited April 2014 in Ford
This is the place where 2008 Taurus owners can dish about their car.


  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    C'mon people, isn't ANYONE buying this car? I'd love to hear your thoughts!!!
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    where i work...

  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Looks like prices ought to be dropping on them soon then!
  • I am looking forward to an opportunity to drive one. The Ford dealer in Colorado Springs apparently did not order many (based on the experience with the "500") and consequently I have been unable to be at the dealer the same time that a Taurus is available to drive. The last visit the one I was to drive was sold before I got there.
  • Why not, Mark? What seems to be the reluctance? While the Limited can get a bit spendy, the base model is a screaming value, IMHO. Local dealers are advertising them for a bit over $21,000. Anyone looking at a V6 Camry, Accord, or even a Fusion should consider how much more car they can get for the money.

    I personally find the Taurus Limited a much more compelling automobile than a Lincoln MKZ - not that those things are flying off dealer lots either. My point is that the new Taurus strikes me as the best and most competitive Ford sedan in years. Anyone looking for a safe, great driving, high quality family sedan should have the Taurus on their list. Don't you agree?
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    If they did the interior in charcoal with brushed aluminum on the dash like the Milan i might like it better. My Mustang has ruined me for sedans. *shrug*

  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    We have had 7 Taurus's and 2 Taurus X's come in and all have sold, throw in the 3 order units and that puts our number at 12. The only thing stopping us from selling more is inventory.
    Once we get through Job 1 and get into to Job 2 the inventory will increase and the car will begin to turn good numbers.

    Adding this car to go along with the Fusion and Edge is nothing but fantastic for Ford.
  • Just bought one. Limited AWD in light sage metallic. We wanted an AWD sedan just in case we have another winter like last so we set out to find one that met our price point. Not a lot to chose from so we quickly narrowed the candidates down to the Subaru Legacy and the Taurus; the Taurus ultimately won because of its roominess and overall convenience. And it really fits my wife who will be the primary driver. She is vertically challenged so the adjustable pedals really helped her attain a good driving position without sitting on top of the steering wheel airbag.

    Too early to tell if the long term reliability will be a problem - the 500 has been average according to what I can read while the Subie has been much better than average.

    A couple of things that I have learned already - Ford says the car runs on regular and the owners manual defines regular as 87 octane. In Colorado Springs regular is 85 octane and mid-grade is 87. We will have to see if 85 will run without detonation. The other item that kept me on the edge was transmission control. Two fwd positions are available - D and L. There is also an OD kill button on the LH side of the shifter. According to the book when you turn OD off you turn on a hill mode in which the computer senses the need for downshifting for engine braking. That's not really what I would like but the wife is okay with it. If one selects L, the computer downshifts as far as it is safe for the engine. I tried it once on a test drive and the tach really winds up in a hurry.

    Overall, Ford has done a good job.
  • bobber1bobber1 Posts: 217
    I doubt you'll have any problems. The reason you have that octane is your elevation. I believe 87 is considered standard for most cars and you really don't hear problems coming from your area.

    Report back in a month or two and let us know what you think. Mine will be in soon.
  • I would like to order a Taurus X, but want the SYNC. Does anyone know SYNC will be available? My salesman said that the dealer can install at a later date, but my husband wasn't sure if that was true, and, if true, that would be the best way to go. Please advise.
  • Can't find anything in the owners manual about speed etc for breaking in my Taurus AWD. What gives?
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    I am the Sync Specialist at my dealer and completed the tier 2 training.

    Sync is wired into every electrical system in the car. IT could never, ever, ever be installed after the car was built.

    There are a lot of future features that are not going to be launched right away. Those features will be available to previous owners through software updates. Remember Sync uses your cell phone. Therefore, it is capable of doing anything OnStar does--OnStar has built in cell phone--if there is software for that feature.

    You should drop that lying idiot sales person who should have at least asked. (Stupid salespeople give the rest of us a bad name).

    Sync is STANDARD on Job 2 Limiteds and Eddie Bauer T-Rexs and optional on SELs.

  • That blows. I got my 08 Taurus in July. I couldn't wait. :(
  • Thanks a lot, Mark. I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the you know when will "job 2" Limiteds be built & shipped?
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    If you order now, it will be Job 2. I believe it starts first week of October. Focus will be the first vehicle on the ground with Sync. If you order a Limited or EB, make sure the order code selected ends in B. (130B or 160B on Limited and 125B or 155B on EB.

    The best part about Sync is how EASY it is to use. Even if you hate technology, you will be able to use it. It will respond to your voice with no training required.

    When I say easy to use, I am comparing it to the Nissan Bluetooth feature.

    visit to see more.

    Just keep in mind that Sync uses YOUR phone and is only able to provide the features that your phone supports. Also if your phone gets bad reception in a certain area, you will get the same bad reception with Sync.

  • Great info. Thanks again.
  • We put 240 miles on the new Taurus Limited AWD this weekend in a loop up through the Rockies west of Colorado Springs. The overall average was 24 mpg according to the computer. The car ran fine and my first assessment is that Ford has achieved a nice balance between handling and comfort. The transmission hill speed control works as advertised. Just turn OD off and tap the brakes more or less at the speed you want to maintain and the transmission will continue to downshift until it is able to hold the speed. On one long downslope the tach was showing nearly 4000 rpm to hold the car at the required 55 mph. I found the transmission to be responsive to the throttle inputs by downshifting fairly quickly - perhaps not as quickly as some GM automatics I have had but still quick enough.

    In cruise way up near 10,000 feet the transmission downshifted all the way to 2nd or 3rd to maintain speed up a long hill (I am guessing as there is no indication which gear it is in).

    All in all a very positive drive in a new car.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    It sounds sort of like Honda's Grade-Logic Control. If you apply the brakes on a downhill slope while going at a decent rate of speed, the Honda will shift to third gear as long as you are below, say, 60 MPH (putting Revs deep into 3,000 territory). It will hold the gear until you reach level ground, and it will then go back into top gear (in my case, it's 5th gear).

    Glad to hear you are liking the new wheels!
  • Is it really true that Taurus cars have 4 mud-flaps as standard fare? That will surely secure its place with average age 60 and the [non-permissible content removed]/squirrel tail crowd dangling on the radio antennas. Frump and cubby and very non-descript, no matter the quality. The cover of the book does count in sales!!!
  • Good information, Mark. I noticed a typo on the link. The correct site is Thanks. :)
  • jkinzeljkinzel Posts: 735
    Yesterday, 10/25, the wife and I test drove a 2008 Taurus SEL. I can’t say enough, the car is wonderful. Keep in mind though, that our present car is a 1993 Explorer purchased new and now has 194,000 miles on it, so any thing would be a great ride.
    We only drove the car for about 20 minutes on mostly back roads and 10 minutes on the freeway. Very nice ride and tight, responsive steering are the two things that impressed me the most.
    When getting on the freeway I was surprised at how fast and smoothly the car reached 60 mph with out stomping on the accelerator.
    The wife was impressed and that is a good thing, but we didn’t buy.
    I made a promise (damn me) that no new car until we get new carpet and that should come late winter or early spring.
  • We bought an SEL yesterday to replace my wife's 2001 Taurus. I travel a lot and rent all kinds of vehicles and I had already concluded that the Taurus was the best value in it's class - bar none.

    This car drives much more "expensive" than it's price! It is very quiet and refined and has good fit and finish. The engine is very strong and sounds great when pushed and is silent when not. The Taurus is competitive against sedans costing thousands more, IMO.

    Two things are holding back sales in my opinion - it looks frumpy and Ford's marketing and advertising is miserable.
  • stephenstephen Posts: 131
    Leased it three weeks ago for 24 months on a paid in full up front lease. Traded-in was an 07 Pacifica. I've driven the Taurus 520 miles and so far, I'm impressed with it. I like the conservative looks. Whenever I want to drive something more showy, I take the wife's 07 Mustang. One of the things I like best about the Ford automatic transmissions is that on hilly roads, they don't downshift until they have to. My Pacifica had a transmission that was busier than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs on hilly roads.

    I do wish that Ford would install a telescoping steering wheel on the next update of the Taurus. Either that, or change the adjustible pedal range so that they could be adjusted further away for guys with long legs.
  • Stephen

    I agree with your assessment 100%. We have about 1900 miles on our AWD Limited and love it. The only thing I would like to see is a telescoping steering wheel. When my legs are comfortable my arms have to stretch to far for long term comfort. When my arms are comfortable my right leg is crammed against the hard side of the console.

    Other than that we love the car - solid, roomy, drives nicely, and the engine loves to go.

    We are averaging about 20 mgp in town. Best I have seen on the road is 23. I assume that my get a bit better with more miles. The engine was very tight when new.
  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 815
    We drove my wife's new Taurus from Minneapolis to Southern Iowa to visit family over the holidays. The trip included gridlock traffic getting out of Minneapolis, interstate crusing at 80 MPH, twisty two-lanes in southern Iowa, and a good old fashioned blizzard with snow packed roads on the way home. All in all, it was a good test for the Taurus.

    I continued to be impressed with the driving experience in this car. High speed driving into a stiff wind and the lack of wind noise is remarkable. This car is a very quiet, smooth and capable cruiser! With 2000 miles on the clock, the engine has freed up and performs very strongly. It is quicker than my Lincoln LS V8 in the low and mid range. The transmission is also exceptionally smooth. I appreciate the fact that it doesn't have to downshift for moderate hills when crusing. I drove an AWD Edge last summer and it couldn't seem to maintain 6th gear when cruising if there was much of any incline. The Taurus is much better in that regard.

    Now for some negatives: Yes, this car really needs a telescoping wheel. Also, as smooth as the transmission is, I would prefer more control of the lower and middle gears. While driving home, in a blizzard, the interstate traffic was moving between 10 - 30 MPH and there was lots of unnecessary shifting up and down. I would have preferred manual control. The same is true in heavy traffic situations around town. Most owners probably don't care about this but I am a control freak, I guess.

    I have always been able to get a bit better mileage on the highway than the EPA estimates but I did not with the Taurus. The best we got was from Minneapolis to Des Moines - 27.2. Granted there was wind out of the southeast, traffic was moving at 75-80 and the car only had 1000 miles on it so maybe that was a pretty tough test. Around town (50/50 freeway and traffic) the trip computer shows 21.

    In conclusion, I still maintain that this car is an awesome value and is competitive with cars costing thousands more.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Thanks for the thorough post - keep 'em comin'!
  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 815
    It would be nice to see more activity on this board. 27 posts since last summer does speak to highly of the interest in this car.

    Sales picked up nicely in December - over 10,000 units if you count both the sedan and the Taurus X. That is still a pittance compared with the Impala. It blows my mind that Ford does not advertise or market this car. They don't hesitate to throw rebates and dealer cash at it but they don't spend a dime informing potential buyers of it's attributes.

    Several members of my extended family have last generation Taurus's. While visiting them over the holidays, not one of them were aware that the new Taurus was an entirely different car. They couldn't believe the difference between the old and new. Not just my family but all of the old Taurus owners will eventually buy a new car. If Ford would make people aware of the new one with an innovative marketing campaign, sales would improve dramatically. IMO.

    In the meantime, there are good deals to be had on a heckuva good full-size sedan.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Fortunately for those that know about it, this car is an AMAZING steal.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    hmmm not at my dealership.

  • jkinzeljkinzel Posts: 735
    not at my dealership.

    Where is your dealership?
    Any thoughts as to why there is no interest?
    Any idea why Ford is not advertising the new Taurus?
    I test drove one in Tacoma, WA and thought I was in heaven, but I have been driving a Explorer for the past 14 years.

    My kid graduates from college this year so I hope to redirect funds from tuition to a car and at the moment the wife wants the Taurus
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