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The American BMW
By interplexor on
Vehicle1996 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan
ReviewIf BMW was based in the US, this would
be their posterchild. A supple and lush
small block 3.4 liter V8 powerplant
coaxes the car to light speed in
seconds. Freeway merges are simple.
Point for a hole, stab the gas- and
you're there. The car handles with
composure & poise, the tires barely
want to let loose. The gentle burble of
the engine at cruising speed (80+ MPH)
can put your children to sleep, and by
the same token, can wake the dead when
pushed hard. The glorious sound that
engine makes at it's 6,200 RPM redline
is what dreams are made of. A simple,
and comfortable interior finishes it
Best FeaturesWithout a doubt, the V8 engine is what makes this car what it is. The Taurus itself is a world-class vehicle. The V8 brought it to the big leagues.
Worst Featuresfuel economy. I never would have thought a 3.4 liter engine would return 13 miles to the gallon. I recall 7 liter V8s from the 70s doing better then that.
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