Over 40,000 miles driven in 2 years and not a single complaint. From the ground up this car is built to impress. You can tell that the Boeing influence was implemented in the front seat "cockpit" design. I still get compliments from people in parking lots who cannot believe it is a Taurus. I traded in my 2007 BMW 3 series and am sooo happy I did. I feel that the Taurus is more luxurious than my BMW was and is better on gas as well. If the Taurus ever does need to be worked on, it will be a fraction of the cost my of the BMW. Bravo, Ford! Bravo!
This car should have the luxury brands worried. I've been a BMW owner since 2007 until this year when I made the switch back to Ford. One of my favorite cars I've ever owned was my 1988 5.0 and now Ford has me back in the saddle again with a smile on my face. Sorry Beamer aside from great performance you have a lot of work to do to meet American bang for the buck!
After reading the reviews here I have come to the conclusion I am the only one who has trouble with my transmission slipping. I have been having trouble since I had 11 miles on the car and almost a year later it still hasn't been fixed. I have been told it needs to have more miles on it or it needs to adjust to the driver. It is scary when you try to pull out into traffic and you give it the gas and you coast into the intersection. It doesn't do it often but you don't want to rely on it to work properly either.
Rapid Spec 302A Package ($2,000 - includes adjustable pedals, auto-dimming driver mirror, auto high-beams, blind-spot information system, keyless ignition, rain-sensing wipers and Sony premium sound); Adaptive Cruise Control ($1,195).
I = 4.484, II = 2.872, III = 1.842, IV = 1.414, V = 1.000, VI = 0.742, Final Drive = 2.77/3.16, R = 2.882
Virtually nothing to be gained with wheelspin. Steering wheel gets a little darty under WOT (i.e., torque steer). Without a distinct redline, the manual shift mode would be futile. Upshifts occurred between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm depending on gear (slow tach?), and were reasonably quick.
Aside from the readily obvious ABS pump and loud tires, all stops were straight, controlled and well grouped at an acceptable distance for a 2-ton sedan. Some forward pitch and medium-travel pedal.
Skid pad: Non-defeat stability control system chops throttle to limit speed around pad, so there's no under- or oversteer at all. Still, 0.79g indicates a decent amount of grip. Steering load is moderate and I could hear moaning as I turned the wheel. Slalom: Non-defeat stability control limits yaw with brake applications. The system is obviously set to conservative levels, but adequate grip provided a decent speed nonetheless. Some delay/gain between steering input and change in direction, but at 60 mph, it was easily predictable.