2008 Ford Taurus X Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
People are shocked to see it is a Taurus. The next question they have is, is it a wagon, SUV, what? We bought our Taurus to replace a Durango we had totaled. Wanted something to still get all the kids and animals in but was lower to the ground. It had 203,000 miles on it when we bought it. Drives great! Handles great! Love it! 204,000 miles now in two weeks and still going strong!
Beware buying! Major transmission issues, water pump is $1200 repair, steering issues, and ours died at 177,000 miles. Had all maintenance done by a ford dealer and synthetic oil changes. The water pump will fail, and can cause engine failure. We thought we were lucky and got it repaired ($1200-$1500), only to have the engine fail 6 months later. Never used any oil, but the connecting rods are weak on the 3.5's. I will never ever buy a Ford product ever again.
2008 Ford Taurus X Limited 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Purchased used in 2011 with 32,000 miles, for road trips, which it excelled at.
Noticed that the driver's side of the second row bench seat did not want to fold. Found that spraying silicone lube in the mechanisim and then exercising it weekly kept it working.
The tach would go nuts from time to time, reading 500-1000rpm too high, or 500rpm too low. Ford seems to have expected this and built in a mechanism to rezero the tach and speedo. 25 seconds after the engine is shut off, both the tach and speedo needles swing counterclockwise for a moment, then return. When the tach went nuts, up to three start stop cycles, to provoke the rezero process, would correct it.
Smooth, quite and stable at highway speeds.
Roomy and airy feel to passenger compartment and room for a ton of cargo.
Exceptionally easy to use cruise control and auto climate control.
6 disc CD changer, which is now hard to find.
Solid construciton and excellent crash test scores.
Insurance premiums significantly lower than my previous car.
Backup sonar to warn of obstacles with sound alarm much better than watching a TV camera.
These cars seem to be designed to live through the original new car warranty, and not much longer.
Interior trim looks nice, but lots of flimsy, creaking, plastic.
While I could put up with the tach and seat mechanism issues, what sealed the car's fate was the power steering.
With 41,000 on the clock, I started feeling an occasional hitch in the steering.
Research indicated this is a symptom of an impending failure of valves in the steering rack, a $1,000 repair.
Add in the grief others have had with water pumps, power steering pumps and transmissions, often at only 70,000 miles, and this car is just not worth the bother.
I am the original owner. I got a powersteering failure when it reached 38000 miles, immediately after 3 year/36000 miles warranty.I had it fixed with $850 from Ford Dealer with OEM parts. Six months later, power steering failed again with the exact same problem. Not recommended.
2008 Ford Taurus X SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
We pruchased used in June 2011, in August 2012 had to replace the water pump which was costly ($2100) due to the location of the pump, making labor cost HIGH! Then in December 2012 the transmission was replaced, talk about expensive--plus needing to rent a car for the 2 weeks it took to get it back. Since then, the transmission still is not right, jumping all over--now they are thinking the computer is not working correctly. So, $6200 spent in 6 mos, now looking at more problems--would definitely NOT recommend!!!