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Old 03-09-2013, 19:19   #1 (permalink)
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I'm moving on from my Taurus...

Well guys, I'll still hang around for a good while but my Taurus has been traded in as of this afternoon.

I'm sure it'll treat a DIY mechanic type very well for several more years. I bought it new at the dealer and the engine and transmission still work fantastic. It's sad that I've put thousands into it already and the trade in is next to nil. I'd sell privately but again, I don't have the time for that.

The A/C system needs new parts (and a charging). It needs tires, and the blend door has been giving me problems since last fall to which I just don't have the time to work on it. Heat output is minimal and on -20C days, heat is non existent. It could use new shocks/struts, brake pads and rotors as well. I just can't bear to throw $3K or so into it at this point - if I can manage to do half of the work myself, as I don't have the time. My Durango is my project vehicle and I don't have room to store two vehicles so sad to say but the Taurus is moving on, and out of my hands.

I'm picking up a 2012 Chrysler 200 on Thursday. I got an awesome deal on it as it was leftover inventory that the dealer wants gone. It's black with the Limited trim and all the options, including the 3.6L 283hp V6 at a touch over $20K (Canadian) all in with about 3K miles. I can only hope this car will be as reliable as my Taurus! Shockingly, I paid nearly $20K all in for my Taurus SE sedan 14 years ago!

Photos will follow!
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:51   #2 (permalink)
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Good luck with your new car , look forward to seeing pics .
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:03   #3 (permalink)
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Re: I'm moving on from my Taurus...

As soon as I pick it up (depending on weather) I'm swapping out the fluids for Amsoil.

I went to both local Ford dealers as I was set on a new Fusion, but I couldn't justify the $33-35K all in cost for a 176hp 1.6L ecoboost engine. The Fusion is selling strong so deals are few and far between. The packages for Canadian models, requires me to get $4K in options if I want to select the 2.0L EB engine, which is only 240hp. For Fusion Sport money (3.5L) I could get a mid level Taurus.

The Pentastar 3.6L also won engine of the year in 2011. There was a problem with the heads on the engine, which was rectified in early 2012 so I'm quite content. The only downside of the Chrysler 200 (at least to me) is the smallish back seat and some torque steer under hard launches.
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Good luck with the new car and will also look forward to the photos
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:50   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, I hope to have some photos online by Friday!
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Old 03-16-2013, 20:04   #6 (permalink)
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Re: I'm moving on from my Taurus...

I managed to get some photos (finally). I picked it up Thursday evening but it was dark by the time I got home.

I threw some misc shots online in a gallery here: 2012 CHRYSLER 200

The second photo is my maintenance file on my Taurus. Compressed, it is nearly 1" thick, which isn't bad as the vehicle hasn't had much service outside of regular maintenance and wear and tear parts. The trunk looks larger than it's 13.6cubic feet suggest. For the price I couldn't say no. As I had mentioned, the Ford dealer wouldn't budge on a 2013 Fusion so I opted for the 200 3.6L V6 with 283hp instead, and saved myself $10K with it being a leftover 2012, and not a newly minted 2013.

Pros:
Great ride quality
Mileage so far is decent, and I've been stepping on it.
Navigation and radio are easily configured.
Bluetooth was easy to setup.
Top mount oil filter (notice the spot for it on the engine cover)
Easy to use interior even while wearing gloves
Very quiet overall.
Fluids are easy to check and fill.

Cons:
With 283hp, this car could use a limited slip differential (too much one wheel peel).
Rear seat room is lacking, and this car, along with my Taurus that had more rear legroom are both considered "mid sized" cars. The photo of the rear seats shows the front seats all the way back. I had no trouble fitting my size 13 steel toed boots under the back of the front seat. Unless your family is Asian, the backseat is only meant for two people, even on short trips.
Just like my Pontiac sedan, the 200's trunk doesn't pop all the way open like my Taurus.
The OEM GoodYear Eagle LS tires are useless in anything but very dry roads. The rear end (in a FWD car) slides around on on ramps on wet roads. My previous experience with other goodyear tires has been less than stellar also. I'll be replacing these T rated (190km/h) traction-less things next spring with some V or W rated performance rubber. This fall I'll also get winter tires, as it's a given considering the lack of traction in light rain conditions I get now.

In the end if I didn't decide on the 200, I might have went to see what I could get a leftover V6 Honda Accord for. Paying $35K for a new Fusion with a meager 240hp I4 isn't overly appealing, although it does have a nicer interior than the 200.

One dealer item I had added on was a full lifetime rust corrosion package. You can see the oil swirls on the metal in the photos. It was $700 all in. As I take my vehicles twice a year to get oil sprayed at $70 each visit, that's $140 a year per vehicle. This car will last me at least a decade thus saving me 50% in undercoating costs in that time. It'll save even more if you take inflation into account over the next 10 years.

Now I own two Dodge products and a GM. I'm still a domesticated man.
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Looks nice .Your daughter seems to approve , though I thought you might have raised the seat for her before she took it for a test drive !! Hope you have happy , trouble free motoring .
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Thanks, I'm not worried until the warranty expires. Even then I have some faith. The 3.6L V6 was engine of the year in 2011. It's definitely a revver. Peak torque is at a lofty 4400rpm.

Oh, I am the raised seat when the daughter wants to do some driving in the auditorium parking lot up the street. The Ontario Provincial Police like to clean out their prisoner transfer vans in the corner of the lot. They were there one afternoon with 2 vans and my daughter 'drove' by them in my Durango at 10mph waving from my lap. It was rather comical.
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That would have been worth seeing !
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Looking good. It has a nice looking interior
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