2008 Ford Taurus X Consumer Review: Bad choice for gravel roads

2008 Ford Taurus X - Consumer Review

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SEL Wagon (3.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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Bad choice for gravel roads
By bertajean on


2008 Ford Taurus X SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


I own a 2008 Taurus X SEL & prior to that owned a 2006 Freestyle SEL.
If you are looking for a great value on a AWD crossover style vehicle, this is your best option.
The other vehicles in that category are VERY over priced.
The T-rex (as we call it) is an overall good value, but is not a good choice for gravel roads.
I drive 3 - 8 miles of gravel one-way to work.
The brakes & wheels hold gravel like you wouldn't believe.
The tires are always going out of balance because of that.
The body moldings also hold a lot of dust, so difficult to wash as it always leaves streaks of wet gravel running out.

Best Features

Best value in the crossover class. Easy to fold 3rd row seats. Sliding & reclining center row seats. Goes through snow no problem.

Worst Features

Wheel design is horrible for gravel roads with gravel getting stuck in the brake mechanisms & wheels, throwing off the balance whenever the gravel is wet. The body moldings hold a lot of water & dust, so the car always streaks when washed.
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