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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Not Your Everyday Taurus


The Ford Taurus has long been taunted. After all, it's a reasonably boring family sedan. But there's an impressive version that's more Yamaha than Ford, and deserves kudos instead of insults. The SHO.

For anyone who doesn't know, SHO in an acronym for Super High Output. The V6 engine was developed by Yamaha. Back in the early 1990s, 220 horsepower and 200 ft.-lbs. of torque was pretty awesome for anything but a sports car. What's even more impressive is that the car, looking a little different, debuted in 1989.

This SHO is my dad's. But he bought a new car about 2 years ago, and the Taurus, with 325,600 kms, was restricted to pick-up truck duties such as hauling lumber and ladders and whatnot.

325,000 kms is impressive enough. But what's more, is this SHO still has its original timing belt, which was supposed to be changed every 60,000 kms.

Even with a new car, my dad loved his luxurious SHO so much that he decided to keep it as a winter beater. The problem was, he didn't use it. With pressure from my mom, he put it up for sale. But there was a problem with that too. The only people interested in it didn't know what it was and were utterly confused when they came to look at it.

Ultimately, my dad decided to let me borrow the car as he'd rather see it put to use than keep trying to sell it. With my foot problem, it's getting nearly impossible to push in my clutch, so the Taurus (an automatic) will really help me get through the winter.

Who would've thought, back in '89 when the Taurus SHO debuted, that it - with its sweet JBL sound system, wicked factory sub-woofer and eighteen-billion way power leather seats - would someday serve as a winter beater?


Blogger Monogram Queen said...

My nephew has this very same car, he calls it the pimp-mobile!

12:45:00 PM

Blogger mmat said...

i always thought the SHO was pretty badass, but was a bigger fan of the late-90s Chevy Impala SS that was released towards the end of the Caprice's life.

1:22:00 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I've got myself an '05 Focus. Modern day equivelant of the Taurus if I'm not mistaken.

2:24:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Oh, you guys are the best! Suz has a nickname for the Taurus. She calls it the Snore-us, because she thinks it's boring.

The Impala SS! I agree. It is really cool looking, with the wheels tucked so far underneath. I wish the SS stood for super-sweet.

The Focus is awesome. I'd go for the all-wheel-drive version they have in Europe. I'd kill for the rally car!

3:41:00 PM

Blogger Louisiana said...

my only experience with the taurus was the station wagon i got when i got my license (i was 25) and it ran amazing and kept up with me (even though i don't-sorry-know how to-take care of my cars-oops)..it was pretty good..the only reason i don't have it, is because it was completely totalled in my car accident..after that we needed a van (wheelchair space)..

but i certainly have a good respect for the taurus..

3:54:00 PM

Blogger Ellie Creek Ellis said...


9:17:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Ms. Creek..... this one's still got some life left in it, thanks to its healthy Yamaha heart

11:40:00 AM


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