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OK CAR by An MSN Autos Consumer on 12/04/2008. Trim: 1996 Ford Taurus SHO, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Very smooth 32 valve V8 engine. Nice styling. Distinctive small rear wing. Comfortable seating. Nice JBL stereo sound from factory. Good tracking down road. Good snow traction in winter. Cheap to buy used.
Cons: Ride slightly choppy, even for a sports sedan. Handling not very balanced, even for a front drive car--"feels very front heavy." Not as exciting and doesnt seem as quick as the two older style SHOs I had previous to this. Auto tranny slow to react on kickdown. Mechanics find SHOs difficult to work on. Kinda spendy to repair.
Overall review: This is a decent vehicle but not the vehicle Ford thought it's previous SHO costomers would "grow into." Although it serves to purpose of being a solid touring car, there are many alternatives with better suspension and chassis tuning to buy. It is a good solid interstate cruising car but make sure you have a mechanic that is familiar with SHOs
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