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.
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