And the number of other changes in the new Taurus is significant enough that, while it can't quite be considered a third generation, it should be considered to be at least version 2. Low-beam bulb life is increased 100 percent, and high-beam bulb life is increased 140 percent. The system helps to free children or adults locked in car trunks via a special handle attached to the inside deck lid. Taurus Car Club of America. While mechanically similar to its 1996-1999 predecessor, major revisions to the bodyshell of the sedan were done to alter its controversial styling as well as add interior room; it was available in four-door sedan and five-door station wagon models. Unlike previous Tauruses, this one offered rear cupholders that either slid or folded out of the front console, depending on which console the car was equipped with.
The tail panel is now chopped off instead of rounded, and is highlighted by large, triangular taillights. The Taurus, which had at one time been the best-selling midsize sedan, had already lost its position when it was surpassed in sales by the and , and in 2005 fell to 4 behind the. Steering is enhanced through a revised boost curve and steering gear valving, improving down-the-road feel and creating a more positive, precise on-center feel. Some product and company names mentioned on this site may be trademarks of their respective owners. My test car has a dark tan-over-light tan color scheme for an airy feeling, and the five-passenger interior with front bucket seats and a console-mounted shift lever.
The new decklid is four inches higher at the rear edge, and its opening width is increased two inches. Rear headroom is increased by 1. It's the only oval panel on the 2000 Taurus. Trunk space is increased by 1. We also took into account customer feedback and expectations in the mid-size family sedan segment and worked to improve Taurus' interior roominess, comfort, trunk space, powertrain performance, ride and handling, as well as quality and durability. Nearly one-fifth of this family sedan is made from recycled consumer materials, including plastics, steel, aluminum and rubber.
Nothing is more satisfying than smoking the old guy driving an automatic-equipped Corvette complete in the requisite Corvette jacket and embarrassing him in front of the blonde 30 years his junior in the passenger seat. Alan Mulally, 2006 The last Ford Taurus rolled off the assembly line around 7:00am, destined for delivery to , owner of. The front-seat side air bags deploy independently during side impacts and are designed to help reduce the risk of injuries to occupants' heads and necks. Ford's redesigned family sedan makes its 2000-model year debut with new styling and becomes the first vehicle to roll out Ford's most comprehensive package of safety technologies. The trunk lid is higher, for increased trunk capacity and better aerodynamics. There is plenty of body roll in hard cornering, but it is well-controlled.
This system, at the time of a collision, would detect the driver and passenger's positions as well as seatbelt usage, and would inflate the airbags to match, possibly preventing airbag-related injuries. Taurus also is among leading automotive users of recycled plastic. Archived from on September 27, 2007. In fact, numerous modifications have increased both horsepower and torque this year, while reducing weight, engine noise, and vibration. In fact, numerous modifications have increased both horsepower and torque this year, while reducing weight, engine noise, and vibration. The new Sable was also largely carried over from the , with changes limited a new front fascia, rear fascia, wheels, a taller roof and trunk, and a new interior, though the interior was the same design of the Taurus with added woodgrain trim.
A new pulse suppresser for the power steering hoses helps quiet steering moves off of full left or right lock. It's not as radically-styled as the smaller Focus, but does have better definition. A six-passenger interior, with front and rear bench seats, is standard, with a five-passenger setup optional. Road, wind, and tire noise have been reduced. Standard sedan brakes are front-disc, rear-drum design. Ford's work has turned out well.
Larger wheels and tires and subtle fender flares add substance, and the oval rear window has been replaced by a larger rectangular one for improved looks and visibility. Units Affected 899060 Sleepers are awesome. The brake and accelerator pedals can be horizontally adjusted up to three inches rearward from the standard location. It's the best selling car in America. Like with previous generations, the Sable offered the same powertrains and equipment as the Taurus.
Taurus Car Club of America. It's the only oval panel on the 2000 Taurus. The low beam lights have a sharper cutoff pattern and are 25 percent brighter than the headlamps they replace. Two choices of aluminum wheels are available. Production of the Taurus wagon was discontinued on December 8, 2004; sedan retail sales halted after a short 2006 model year, and the Taurus became sold exclusively to in the , while still being sold to retail customers in. The grille was made smaller, with the chrome bar removed, replaced by just a large Ford logo in the center. The front and rear clips were also redesigned on the Taurus and Sable sedans; all body panels were brand-new except the doors.
The five-passenger full-length floor console has a larger armrest and a larger storage area and an innovative, adjustable cup holder. The Taurus nameplate returned in 2008, as Ford renamed the Five Hundred to increase its sales. In 2004 and 2005, as part of its effort to increase the use of globally sourced platforms, Ford introduced the Volvo-developed and Mazda-developed to fill the slot of the Taurus in the Ford line for non-fleet buyers, the Five Hundred also served as a replacement for the Crown Victoria. Instead of sloping back, this car's trunk stood upright in a more traditional shape, which greatly increased trunk space. Like with previous generations, the Sable offered the same powertrains and equipment as the Taurus. On sedans, new, larger taillamps with integral backup lamps are positioned higher and farther apart, increasing trunk space.
Front and rear headroom is improved - and is segment-leading. For the 2000 model year, it has been extensively revised and restyled, and the lineup has been simplified. No, not the campers, but cars that look slow but are actually pretty quick, both on and off the track. This model was only offered in four colors. For the 2000 model year, it has been extensively revised and restyled, and the lineup has been simplified. This reduces wind noise and up-flow of water trapped beneath the blades.