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Old 07-29-2012, 01:35 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Interesting that they would brag about 32 mpg on a 4 cylinder. I recently took my Taurus out to Conneticut (i live in chicago), I have a 3.0L DOHC Duratec (at the time it was completely stock) and I averaged 32 mpg with my v6... sure i kept the needle at 65 most of the way but still I never thought I would get that good of mpg in this old rig.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If Ford can give the Taurus a 200lb diet, the MPG achievable will be golden with the 2.0 liter ecoboost. There is no reason for it to be 4000+ car. Either that or they seriously need to consider making the interior larger to be more inline with the exterior size. I felt the new Taurus is in a full size car body with a midsize car interior. Will be hard to sell once the new Fusion comes out.
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Recently took my Taurus SHO wagon on a 260 miles drive. Averaged about 20mpg. I had 2 people, and my heavy ass speakers in the back and amps. I was also hauling ass between 75 and 120 and racing some people.

But on the same trip my Geo metro averages 38 mpg hauling as fast as it can go. Between 75 and 85.
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Exclamation Aluminium, you say?

Yikes! The very notion of an aluminum block engine in a domestic 4-banger is not such a comforting one...to folks who remember the sleeveless engine that almost KO-ed GM.

What metallurgical miracle does (a) Ford have now, that (a) Chevy did not have then? Iron sleeves? The compression/ring-clearance-tolerance thing? What?
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Yikes! The very notion of an aluminum block engine in a domestic 4-banger is not such a comforting one...to folks who remember the sleeveless engine that almost KO-ed GM.

What metallurgical miracle does (a) Ford have now, that (a) Chevy did not have then? Iron sleeves? The compression/ring-clearance-tolerance thing? What?

I'm not convinced on any turbochargers or superchargers.

All I see is more parts to go wrong. More parts that are tempermental. More parts with issues in real hot weather and more parts with issues in real cold weather. More parts to cost more when issues arrive.

Not up to snuff on aluminum engines.
All I remember is the Chevrolet Vega.
They never solved the problems.
All GM did was extend the warranty.
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If you ask me, the Taurus and new Explorer are just too big to have a 4 cylinder.
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Turbocharged 4 cylinder = more HP than our 6 cylinder motors...

Saves gas too. You can say more parts to go wrong, but 2 more cylinders is two more parts to go wrong... Another coil, two more pistons, more heat generated = larger cooling system.
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Keep in mind that premium gas is suggested for the ecoboost engines to get the advertised HP figures.
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Keep in mind that premium gas is suggested for the ecoboost engines to get the advertised HP figures.

Another good point.

Who wants to purchase an "economy" car that requires premium fuel?
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Another good point.

Who wants to purchase an "economy" car that requires premium fuel?
The engine might be in an "economy" car, but the engine itself is marketed as premium with a price to match. It'll be interesting to watch what happens with this one as it ages -- I'm curious how well they'll run with 150k miles on them after years' worth of high revving to get the same power they could get from a 6.
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