2008 Ford Taurus SEL AWD from North America - Comments

2nd Aug 2008, 10:49

I'm also interested in this class of car, and based on what I've read and test-driven, I tend to like the Ford Taurus above the Chevy Impala/Malibu, the Buick LaCrosse, the Chrysler Sebring, and the Mercury Milan. The Ford seems to get slightly better gas mileage than the others with a V-6, although under sudden acceleration the Fords seem to have a lag that the GM's do not. Tough choice, since they are all nice cars.

2nd Aug 2008, 11:39

I want to wish you all luck. I hope that Ford fixed all of the problems with the Five Hundred before they decided to call it a Taurus. My Five Hundred loves the dealership and get to spend a lot of time there. At least the dealership has comfortable seats.

3rd Aug 2008, 10:15

11:39, maybe that's a comment you could make more appropriately on a Ford 500 review, instead of here. I don't see the relevance between a 2005 Ford 500 and a 2008 Ford Taurus.

4th Aug 2008, 16:55

The 2005 Ford 500 and the new Taurus are basically the same car. They just brought back the Taurus name.

Based on test driving, I'd opt for the awesome new Malibu over the Taurus, though both are incredibly good and reliable cars. Our experience with both brands has been great, but we have MUCH better service from our GM dealer.

We currently drive 2 GM cars (2001 Pontiac and 2003 GMC) and one Ford (2007 Mustang). All are 100% flawless with zero problems, but the GM people appear much more helpful and knowledgeable about their products. That is why we went from being a 3 Ford family a few years back to being a 2 GM, 1 Ford family now.

When the Mustang wears out (in about 400,000 miles if it lasts like our other Fords) we'll probably then become a 3 GM family.

5th Aug 2008, 11:56

16:39.

The 2005 Ford 500 and the 2008 Ford Taurus are very different. For one thing there's a much stronger engine in the 08 Taurus, plus they made over 500 changes to the 08 Taurus. so you can't really compare them. Because they are different cars.

16th Sep 2008, 16:08

Hi to everyone, I own a 1998 Ford Taurus and I have a major problem. I live on a monthly social security check due to the need to do dialysis and no longer work. I need my car badly.

My problem is the transmission. I have 160,000 miles, which I am told is not a lot of miles for my Taurus. I have called several places and hear such enormous amounts to repair or replace this transmission. I have been to the Blue Book, but please help me to understand, is my car worth the amount to cover the cost to fix this transmission? I have no problem yet with the engine, and I am crossing my fingers that I don't.

Any comments to me with be helpful. Thanks.

11th Oct 2008, 14:08

To comment 16:08. Bless you. I wish I had seen your comment sooner. I know it is hard for you living on a fixed income and having a medical problem as well.

As for the Taurus, it is not unusual for these cars to go well over 200,000 miles. I am wondering if all you may have is a clogged transmission filter. I have encountered this on high-mileage cars and fixed the issue with a very simple and inexpensive filter change. Do you have an HONEST mechanic who can change your filter for you and see if this is the problem? I know of people who have sold very good cars because the transmissions were slipping when all that was needed was a filter. I had this happen on one of my cars at 140,000 miles and after a $15 filter and new fluid it was as good as new.

I wish you the best.

27th Feb 2009, 05:47

Well pleased with my 08 Taurus so far. The only thing I really don't like is the styling and no telescoping steering wheel. Pics of the new 2010 Taurus are now available on Ford's website. Much, much better styling, and they have even brought the SHO version back.

14th Mar 2009, 23:16

I had not, until a few days ago actually checked out the new Taurus. Like many, I assumed it was a renamed 500. I was VERY pleasantly surprised. There are MANY changes, and especially in driving feel and performance. Ford definitely has another winner in the new Taurus, and I am very excited to see the awesome new SHO coming out to do battle with the Dodge Charger and Pontiac G8. Unfortunately I hear it is a bit overpriced compared to either the Charger or G8, however. That may spell sales problems.

21st May 2009, 18:01

I have a Taurus 2008. 3.5L great engine.

28 miles/gal highway on cruise at 70. 18-19 in town, but not NY drive.

Works well with low grade gas / is designed for that.

Very satisfied except the steering that is completely imprecise. This the only compaint and major problem.

2nd Sep 2010, 19:14

I fully agree with the previous entry.

Great car. The 3.5 L engine and gearbox with six speeds are miles ahead from the old 3.0L Ford 500.

The steering in flimsy for me. I owned mostly European cars that had very precise steering. Maybe I'm biased.

It came with Continental tires, low quality, at 32,000 miles one is already gone.

18 in town, 26-27 highway.

Overall happy.

16th May 2011, 09:51

I hope that you are right about the 200,000 miles as I just bought a 2008 Taurus SLE in mint condition (inside and out) with 157,000 hwy miles on it. I bought it to last until I can get my new career underway as I am currently on a fixed income and need a reliable car.

It still drives like it is brand new and I am hoping that I can get some good use out of it without a bunch of repairs. So far it isn't leaking any fluids on the garage floor and all systems seem to be performing well. I had a good feeling when I test drove it and did experience some second thoughts about it but still have peace about the purchase. Most think I am nuts to buy a car with that much mileage but for my purposes, the mint condition of this particular car, the excellent ride and comfortablility, along with the price I purchased it for, I still think the 2008 Taurus will suit my purposes.

Thanks for the transmission filter tip. I will go ahead and get that done too to be pro-transmission problems.

23rd Aug 2011, 12:17

I see a lot of positive comments about the new Taurus. They are a good looking vehicle and comfortable. I have driven them a few times. The problem is that most of these reviews are owners that have very few miles on their Taurus. I can say that almost nearly all vehicles are reliable under 50k miles. Until you hit 130k miles, I don't think a review is as adequate. I will come back and review the 2010 reviews in 6 years.

25th Oct 2013, 04:44

I own a 2009 Taurus SEL AWD with 160,000 miles on it, and it too drives great. The only problem is the ASW; the transfer case can't be serviced. It's a throw away unit. Have had to replace it at 90,000 at a cost of $1800. Not looking forward to another $1800 bill, but it's a great car and has never given me any other problems.

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