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1996 Ford Taurus SHO - Consumer Reviews

1996 Ford Taurus SHO

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SHO 3.4L V8 4-speed Automatic - (8 reviews )

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162,000 mile SHO and going strong!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Negative/cutter
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1996 Ford Taurus SHO SHO 4dr Sedan


Review

My SHO is amazing! It is still comfortable, fast and handles great! 12 years later! It is going to be hard to part with this car!


Best Features

Engine and suspension are fantastic! A rare and unusual treat. Open up the engine and it makes this car a head turner!


Worst Features

Transmission should have been a manual, but the auto is okay. Camshaft issue.


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Fo SHO
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By G, Labriola
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1996 Ford Taurus SHO SHO 4dr Sedan


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I know all Fords are not created equally but my SHO had 7500 miles on it when I bought it from the dealer and it currently has 74,000 on it. My only real problem was the cam shaft but nothing else other than normal maintenance. It is one of the best all round cars I've ever owned. Excellent comfort, outstanding performance, superb handling (NO oversteer!) and all the creature comfort features you could ask for. No tranny problems for me.


Best Features

The SHO has great handling especially when pushed hard in turns. The vehicle loves highway driving. You can feel the effect of the aerodynamics at 80 mph.


Worst Features

There should have been a recall on the overhead cam problems. Other than that if Ford could improve on consistent quality & gas mileage it could be the best car they ever produced.


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High-Maintenance Baby
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By wylieSteve
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1996 Ford Taurus SHO SHO 4dr Sedan


Review

I really like the comfort, room, ride
and performance of this car. It has
enough room to easily seat 5, has good
acceleration, handling, braking and top
speed. Camshaft problem was a $700
pain to get welded, and the car is on
the third transmission.


Best Features

Smooth Ride


Worst Features

Ford really should have admitted that there is a problem with these camshafts and brought them in for welding under recall or TSB.


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POS Car.....I got a pos car!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By JCU
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1996 Ford Taurus SHO SHO 4dr Sedan


Review

This vehicle was purchased with 22K
miles on the ticker. It wasn't long
before I knew the relability of Ford
products are poor. To make a long
story short, in 78K miles of driving,
it needed a new tranny ($2500) and a
replacement engine ($3500). By the
way, the engine failed due to a known
design flaw on the camshaft sprocket
which Ford wouldn't admit to. Now at
125K miles, only 50K since the last
tranny, it needs replacing yet again.

This car was never beat on or abused.
It is a Taurus for gods sake. This car
has never treated me good and quite
honestly, I will never purchase another
Ford product.


Best Features

I have tried long and hard to find a favorite feature but quite honestly, there is none.


Worst Features

Ford needs to take the time and efort to design a car that will last. They backed up this 3.4L DOHC 8cyl with a poor tranny. Heck, every auto tranny behind the SHO's were junk. It seems as if Ford always comes up short in their attempts for a good car.


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96 SHO
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By SHO
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1996 Ford Taurus SHO SHO 4dr Sedan


Review

I just LOVE this car! It is fun to
drive and is a big transition from the
standard 4 cylinder sedan. It also
handles the road very well.


Best Features

3.4L V8, Excellent stereo, spacey and nice interior.


Worst Features

Better Cam sprockets! No failure for me because of a quick, about 1 hour, spot welding job.


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