I'm looking at buying a new or newer used Taurus in the Chicago
area over the weekend, a low-miles off-lease car. Ideally I want a car
with leather interior, sunroof, and the 24-valve engine, but I'm
curious: what options would current Taurus owners have gotten if they
could re-do their purchase? What troublemaker would you drop from the
I have a 2002 Ford Taurus SEL 24V Leather + moon roof.
The best thing about this car is that it can seat 6. 3 in the front
and 3 in the back.
One quirk about the moon roof is that if you try closing it at 90 mph
it will not seal properly. Air will rush around it for a very long
time until you can open and reclose at a much slower speed.
That's another thing about the car is with it's long wheelbase, V6
200hp and biger than normal wheels (for a mid size sedan) it's easy to
go too fast in this car since there is almost zero road noise and the
car is just as happy at 100 mph on the straightaway country
interstates, as it is at 55 mph or a typical highway.
Leather interior is wonderful if you don't mind slipping around a
little bit at first until you get used to it. On extended trips it
can be a problem. All you need are seat covers to fix that. Plus
leather burns the skin if you live near the equator and it also feels
colder to the touch if you have freezing winters.
Before the car leaves the lot, make sure that they fill up the gas
tank for you. The dealers should do that upon your request.
The cars service manual says to rotate AND change the motor oil every
5,000 miles. I don't listen to this, I just change the oil every
3,000 miles. It's cheap insurance on your engine plus you will get
the best gas mileage. If you follow the 3,000 mile deadline
religiously your engine should last for a very long time.
What's wierd is that GMC puts "Oil lights" on all of their cars now.
You don't have to watch the mileage anymore between oil changes as
there is an oil sensor that turns on as soon as it senses how dirty
the motor oil is. There is some kind of sensor in the oil pan the
lets the cars computer know when it's time to be changed. It probably
gives you a decent 500 mile warning in advance in case it turns on
while you're on a cross country trip from NYC to Seattle. GM even won
many awards for that change-oil-light piece of technology. It's said
that they have saved more oil than what can ever be found in Alaska.
So how do you like them apples?
Ask a GM owner who has had to pay for a motor how they like this light.
Here is the problem. The light is fine, it is a novel idea. It is not a
sensor in the oil pan however it is an algorithm in the computer that senses
miles driven , engine load / speed / idle / temp etc to come up with an
avergae life for the oil. That is the GOOD news. The bad news is (and I have
seen this on severl cadillacs) NO ONE CHECKS THEIR OIL!!! Case in point ,
the driving conditions of a particular driver may stretch the "change"
interval to 8000 miles. Well contrary to many customers belief , modern
engines do use oil. They run high pressure at higher RPM's than ever before,
its a fact of life. It is not uncommon for a car to use 1 quart in 5000
miles, thats no big deal, but by the time the car gets to 7000 m iles its
burned more and the progression increases because as the 5 quart capacity is
drained to say 3 1/2 quarts there is less cooling etc. so now it uses oil
faster......so at 9000 miles it could be down 2-3 quarts. this is fine if we
read the owners manual and check oil and every fill up but this is unheard
of in todays world. We preach the check your oil at our dealership and still
have customers come in way low on oil . Jaguar dows not use a light in their
cars but has 10,000 mile intervals, we see the same problem , by 8-9000 they
are way low on oil. Just food for thought.
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