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I just took delivery on an '04 Taurus SE with the 3.0L Vulcan powerplant, and I can't believe how slow it is! My previous car was an '01 Malibu, also a 6 cyl, and the difference in pickup is depressing. With the A/C on, the Taurus is hesitant and sluggish from a dead stop; reminds me of an older car with a dirty carburetor. The 'get up and go' improves slightly with the A/C load off; still much stodgier than the Malibu (which was no prize performer, either).

I'm new to the TCCA and am looking for suggested 'tweaks' to improve performance, but I can't get too carried away with mods, as this is a company car.
Any other '04 Taurus owners out there with similar performance issues? :blink:

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welcome to the TCCA. we just got a 2004 taurus se also. it is the slower one out of the line, ive driven a malibu b4, but that was in drivers ed, so i didnt get to test it. ive basically been driving all vulcans, and they dont seem too bad from 0-50. i mean its no performance engine, but when it wants to, it will go. if its a company car i wouldnt do anything thats not reverseable. maybe a chip or something like that will give u a higher shift point and make it feel faster.
 

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Originally posted by bloozcatz@May 15 2004, 10:41 AM
I just took delivery on an '04 Taurus SE with the 3.0L Vulcan powerplant, and I can't believe how slow it is! My previous car was an '01 Malibu, also a 6 cyl, and the difference in pickup is depressing. With the A/C on, the Taurus is hesitant and sluggish from a dead stop; reminds me of an older car with a dirty carburetor. The 'get up and go' improves slightly with the A/C load off; still much stodgier than the Malibu (which was no prize performer, either).

I'm new to the TCCA and am looking for suggested 'tweaks' to improve performance, but I can't get too carried away with mods, as this is a company car.
Any other '04 Taurus owners out there with similar performance issues? :blink:

-Depressed in Detroit
Since its a company car, maybe they might have done something to it to inhibit performance.
 

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Originally posted by SilverKnight@May 15 2004, 11:43 AM
welcome to the TCCA. we just got a 2004 taurus se also. it is the slower one out of the line, ive driven a malibu b4, but that was in drivers ed, so i didnt get to test it. ive basically been driving all vulcans, and they dont seem too bad from 0-50. i mean its no performance engine, but when it wants to, it will go. if its a company car i wouldnt do anything thats not reverseable. maybe a chip or something like that will give u a higher shift point and make it feel faster.
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I did :p

not much out for the vulcan right now, especially nothing I'd put on a company car... and the taurus probably weighs a bit more than the malibu
 

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an announcement to all.....the shifty is being demo-ed. Tauruses suck anyway, and you guys are a bunch of loosers for believing that tore-a**' are worth f***king around with. Ford sux, long live G.M, long live the Cutlass International. :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: Ford 3.8 v6-150hp G.M 3.8 high output 180hp, and you don't have to Fix Or Repair the G.M Daily. I'll see you loosers around in my rear view mirror.
 

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Originally posted by shifty@May 16 2004, 08:56 PM
an announcement to all.....the shifty is being demo-ed. Tauruses suck anyway, and you guys are a bunch of loosers for believing that tore-a**' are worth f***king around with. Ford sux, long live G.M, long live the Cutlass International. :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: Ford 3.8 v6-150hp G.M 3.8 high output 180hp, and you don't have to Fix Or Repair the G.M Daily. I'll see you loosers around in my rear view mirror.
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Originally posted by shifty@May 16 2004, 08:56 PM
an announcement to all.....the shifty is being demo-ed. Tauruses suck anyway, and you guys are a bunch of loosers for believing that tore-a**' are worth f***king around with. Ford sux, long live G.M, long live the Cutlass International. :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: Ford 3.8 v6-150hp G.M 3.8 high output 180hp, and you don't have to Fix Or Repair the G.M Daily. I'll see you loosers around in my rear view mirror.
Ummm... okay :blink:

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Originally posted by shifty@May 16 2004, 05:56 PM
an announcement to all.....the shifty is being demo-ed. Tauruses suck anyway, and you guys are a bunch of loosers for believing that tore-a**' are worth f***king around with. Ford sux, long live G.M, long live the Cutlass International. :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: Ford 3.8 v6-150hp G.M 3.8 high output 180hp, and you don't have to Fix Or Repair the G.M Daily. I'll see you loosers around in my rear view mirror.
HAHAHAH, you are comparing a GM to a Ford?!?!??!? Pass some of that over here! ;)
 

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Ford 3.8 v6-150hp G.M 3.8 high output 180hp, and you don't have to Fix Or Repair the G.M Daily. I'll see you loosers around in my rear view mirror.
A word of advice - if you're going to brag about being more powerful and seeing everyone in your rear view mirror, you MIGHT want to have more than just a mere 180 HP.

Your G.M 3.8 so-called "High output" V6 - 180HP. My Ford 3.2 V6 - 220HP. 'Nuff said. ;)
 
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Go bash Ford and Tauruses somewhere else. The fact that we have nearly 3,000 enthusiasts for a family car speaks for itself. You don't like it, then you don't have to be here.

Oh Yeah, and long live the discontinued Cutlass. :rolleyes:

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