1997 Ford Taurus Consumer Review: SHO - The only Taurus I'd own

1997 Ford Taurus - Consumer Review

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SHO Sedan (3.4L V8 4-speed Automatic)

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SHO - The only Taurus I'd own
By RedGeminiPA on


1997 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan


I bought my '97 SHO with 105,996 miles.
Since then I've driven about 3,000
miles with no major problems. I did
have the driver's side tierod end
replaced because it was getting dry (no
grease fittings) and very noisy. It
will soon need ball joints for the same
reason (drying out). My average mileage
is between 20 - 22 mpg. Car looks
great - black metalic w/ chrome
wheels... real head-turner! Mach Audio,
moonroof, tan leather, factory cell
phone - tons of features for this
class! 4-wheel air ride is great on
highways, but rough on bumps. Yamaha
32V V8 has good power and nice exhaust
note. Will need suspension work -
noisy. I paid $5995.00. Nice for the $.

Best Features

Overall style is great. Mach Audio has good sound. 32 valve Yamaha V-8 - 235 hp. Comfortable leather interior. Moonroof. 16" Chrome wheels. Handles nice. Decent gas mileage for a V-8. Low insurance cost - $18 / year less than my 2001 Saturn L200 (4 cyl). Auto climate control is nice.

Worst Features

Put grease fitting on the joints! Cup holders are worthless. Interior rattles over every bump. CD changer skips over most bumps. Wiper speeds don't work correctly. Interior door panels are working loose. All minor problems expected with age and mileage.
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