by johnstoys on Feb 8, 2010 Vehicle: 1999 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan
These are a lot worse then the 95 model that I had. Not only are they slower, if you do not have the cams welded, your motor will be shot. The trans is just about the same sloppy shift as a regular model Taurus. You think they would of built a tougher trans being the sho has 235 horses. Sharp looking car and it does handle Nice. Gas mileage is fair, but if you have power, who cares about gas. It's sad, but the 95 s. H. O automatic would of put this v-8 sho to shame, the manual version would of smoked this v8 sho in the first 2 gears.
by regfootball on Jul 4, 2003 Vehicle: 1999 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan
55,000 miles. Fast if you step on it.
In need of brakes tires struts.
Car feels beat up, but its a Ford over
50k miles I should expect that.
Radio stinks, no in dash CD. More
sound deadening would be nice. Front
seats are way comfy. Engine sounds
awesome. Slow off the line, above 3500
rpm it starts to kick it. Trunk could
be larger. Paint, body still good.
Harsh ride over bumps doesn't help.
Steering and handling very good when
tires were newer. Excellent touring
car passing power awesome. Tranny
kicks down slow. Be aware: design
defect with v8 SHO's and camshaft
design. Ford trying to hide it. Ford
should fix this for ticked off
owners. V8sho dot com.
by Gary H. on Nov 23, 2002 Vehicle: 1999 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan
Bought the car used in oct,2000 with
just over 17,000 miles from a ford
exec,and the rest of the story is
pretty much crap history! Car now has
46,600 miles and so far these are
repairs been maid,Tranmission(what an
failure,drivers side window failure,cd
player skips,crackel in stero,roof
strapps have been replaced three
times,sun roof whistles terrible at
high speeds,etc,etc,etc. In closing is
there anyone out there who's owned a
sho 96-99 who hasnt replaced the
transmiision yet? I sure wish i would
have took another 10,000 and bought an
camaro ss like i was going to!!!
by Dave Kucbel on Sep 15, 2002 Vehicle: 1999 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan
I've been quite satisfied with my
purchace,It's pretty funny to pull up
to a car and rev the Engine and they
give you a look like look at this kid
driving his mommys Taurus.Little do
they know there's a 235hp v8 under the
hood. Then when you beat them they
either turn at the next street or they
ask me about it at the next light. Most
of them ask if I got turbo,I just laugh
and say "no it's just ford"
by Sho Was nice on Aug 9, 2002 Vehicle: 1999 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan
Love The car handles well fun to
drive .Car has been in the shop 2 times
in the last month glad for the Extd
Warrity . Tranny bite the ghost at
55000 miles Control Modeul for
secondarys blew . Lets see for reapirs
to date would have been close to
5grand . Also Car is known for a
problem with the cam shafts going Bad
desigh Flaw . Love the Car would not
buy again . Ford needs to address the
cam prob and trany
The light group and speed control are now optional on LX level cars. Chrome wheels on the SE models have been replaced with five-spoke aluminum wheels.
Ford does nothing dramatic with the Taurus this year, shuffling a few packages and adding some colors. We were amazed to see the high-performance SHO model hang on for another year, but we would be surprised to see it squeak by into the new millennium.
In the last couple of years, we have been able to spend some extended driving time with the Taurus and have found ourselves won over by this odd-looking family sedan and wagon. If you can get past the strange curves and odd snout, the Taurus offers a lot of car for the money. The Taurus has comfortable seats, a long standard equipment list, a plethora of cupholders and ashtrays, nicely integrated armrests, and optional rear-passenger air conditioning controls. Unfortunately, the Taurus's Integrated Control Panel, which controls the stereo and climate controls, has not proved to be as user-friendly as we had initially thought. During recent tests, we've had complaints from drivers who found it to be too busy and overly complicated. One of our logbook gripes stated that the unit looked sneezed onto the dashboard.
Not many people buy mid-sized sedans for their outstanding handling characteristics, and for the most part the Taurus does not address these people's concerns. Nonetheless, the Taurus is not a bad driver, offering capable acceleration and decent handling. The standard engine on the Taurus is the Vulcan V6, an old-school overhead valve design that puts out a mere 145 horsepower and 175 foot-pounds of torque. The next step up is the Duratec V6, a 3.0-liter overhead cam engine that makes 185 horsepower and 200 foot-pounds of torque. Acceleration is noticeably improved with the Duratec engine, and its midrange performance far surpasses the Vulcan motor. The fastest Taurus, the redesigned SHO, is a bit of a disappointment. Sure it has a V8, the first one ever squeezed into a Taurus, but its lack of a manual transmission and slower acceleration times than the original are a poor substitute for the car that basically defined the American sports sedan segment in its original iteration.
The Taurus offers buyers plenty of car and is our choice over the less-than-sophisticated Chevrolet Lumina or plain-Jane Buick Century. However, a number of choices from Europe, Japan and the United States offer better looks, better handling, and better reliability than the Taurus. People that want to buy American may want to put this car on their list. People who are turned-off by its exterior styling may find comfort in the new Honda Accord or recently redesigned Toyota Camry being sold down the road.
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