18th Jun 2015, 06:38
To tell people not to buy a Taurus is just plain wrong. This is the 2nd best selling vehicle in the country behind the Ford F150. There must be a reason they are so popular. I have owned two; they are both great cars. Reliable, good MPG, plus lots of elbow room. The last one I sold had 245k and it still ran great.
18th Jun 2015, 21:59
"To tell people not to buy a Taurus is just plain wrong. This is the 2nd best selling vehicle in the country behind the Ford F150."
Maybe it was in 1989. The latest check of the top sellers doesn't show the current Taurus even in the top 20. The early 2000s era Taurus was the worst era of that model. Now it's much better, but as a whole Americans have moved away from large family sedans and onto big SUVs and mid-sized sedans.
19th Jun 2015, 16:15
"The early 2000s era Taurus was the worst era of that model."
Got any proof to back that blanket statement? Or is that just your opinion?
22nd Jun 2015, 16:16
Sure. The Taurus from the early 2000s had a poor reliability rating across the board in terms of the various quality ratings services. That's reason enough to quantify the previous statement.
But going into this a step further, by that point the Taurus had strayed far from its original premise and had become simply a bland passenger car. When the original Taurus came out in 1985, it was a revolutionary design and used features we take for granted - like the fact that all of the reservoirs for fluids were all placed at the top of the engine compartment with very clearly marked symbols.
The late 90s-early 2000s Taurus designs were the era that more or less ruined that model's previous best-seller status. The design was simply ugly, and people don't exactly like buying ugly cars.
The current Taurus is maybe one of the best looking large cars on the road, but as previously mentioned, Americans aren't really buying full sized cars as much these days. Had a design such as the latest Taurus come about in the late 90s, perhaps it could have held on to that best-seller status instead of giving it up to the Camry.