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1997 Ford Taurus SHO (SHOtime)

Last updated Jun 19, 2010  

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I had a 1987 Ford Mustang GT convertible I was selling because we needed something bigger for our family. I ended up trading it for a 1997 Chevy Cavalier and this...a 1997 Ford Taurus SHO. Wasn't sure I'd like it at first, but it has turned out to be an impressive and fun car! It was disappointing to go from a 'Stang to a 4-door, but the V8 and custom exhaust make it slightly less embarrassing! Besides, it's got a V8 that's 1.6L smaller than the 'Stang (that's a whole Mini Cooper engine!), but makes 10 more horsepower, gets nearly twice the gas mileage, and will actually drive year round in Michigan! On top of that, the technology in this car makes it a better all-around driver than my 'Stang ever was, hands down!


MSRP: $37,450
Engine Type: 60-Deg V8
Block Type: Aluminum Alloy
Cylinder Bore: 82.40 mm
Cylinder Stroke: 79.50 mm
Head Type: Aluminum Alloy
Valvetrain: Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC)
Valves Per Cylinder: 4
Engine Size: 3.4L, 207cid
Transmission Type: 4-sp Elec. Controlled Auto. Transaxle
Transmission: AX4N
1st Gear Ratio: 2.771
2nd Gear Ratio: 1.543
3rd Gear Ratio: 1.000
4th Gear Ratio: 0.694
Reverse Ratio: 2.263
Horsepower: 235 @ 5100 rpm
Torque: 230 @ 4800 rpm
Wheelbase: 108.50 in
Length: 198.30 in
Width: 73.00 in
Height: 55.10 in
Curb Weight: 3327 lbs
Pounds/HP: 14.2
Fuel Capacity: 16.2 gal
Fuel Type: Premium Unleaded
Tires: P225/55VR16 Goodyear Eagle RS-A
Front Brakes: Ventilated Disc w/ Antilock
Rear Brakes: Solid Disc w/ Antilock
Front Suspension: Electronically-controlled Independent MacPhearson Strut
Rear Suspension: Electronically-controlled Independent Quadralink
Drivetrain Layout: Front-Engine, Front-Wheel Drive
Body Style: Four Door Sedan
Platform: Ford D186
Factory Warranty: 36,000 miles
Production: 10,133
City EPA: 17 mpg
Hwy EPA: 26 mpg
Avg EPA: 21 mpg
Don't know where the EPA got these numbers from. Mine beats all these with 160,000 miles and a lead foot!
0-60 mph: 7.5 sec
1/4 mile: 15.7 sec
Coeffecient of Drag: 0.3

Factory Options

Leather Sport Seats: $ 1,190
6-Disc CD Changer: $ 595
Semi-Active Suspension: $ ?

Preferred Equipment Package 211A: $ 1,740
Remote Keyless Entry
Perimeter Anti-theft
Automatic Air Conditioning
Power Heated Mirrors
Ford Mach Audio System
Power Moonroof


Vortex mufflers
3rd cat delete
Ceramic brake pads
Cross-drilled & slotted zinc-coated brake rotors.

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