I was very proud after I wrote this on another board, thought I would share.There was an argument about GM vs Ford engines and they were all talking about LS1's & LS6's, etc. vs. 4.6 & 5.4 V8's. The Ford guys were doing a very nice job and making good points sticking up for the Fords. Of course the age old - "Ford had to Supercharge" arguments came up, but GM has a HUGE displacement advantage. Then they started talking about the Impala police car... Blah blah... I won't get into it any more, lol, but here's what I posted:
The City of Cleveland is now using Tauruses again as police cars (as a matter of fact I just saw one on the news while typing this) - and there is no longer a police package offered for the Taurus as there was in the early to mid 90's! Now that's saying a lot - to put a car in production as a fully badged, painted and light bar equipped police car when there isn't a police package. I have to say, my Taurus does excellent in the city. Lots of low end torque and Taurses are amazingly reliable and take a beating (especially the 4th generation). Tauruses are VERY widely used as fleet and rental cars for this very reason. Government agencies such as the FBI and state and local governments use Tauruses for a TON of white collar and undercover work. They are just solid, reliable, tough and long lasting cars. All you guys are arguing about engines and are only talking about higher powered V8's and trying to compare them to an Impala, which makes no sense. Ford has been using the 3.0L 2V Vulcan engine since the late 80's. It's been in the Taurus since it's second year of production as well as in the Ford Aerostar, Windstar and Ranger. The Ford Ranger has the highest rating for longevity with this engine. You can absolutely beat the piss out of this engine and it does not break. Obviously it isn't the fastest thing in the world - but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s important in city patrols/pursuits - it's more than adequate for average city and highway emergency maneuvers. All modern Taurus police cars that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen in use either had the Vulcan or the Flex Fuel Vulcan engine. If you want to argue that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not powerful enough, the upgraded 24V Duratec engine offers a very nice alternative. This engine has been proven to be just as reliable as the Vulcan and puts out 200HP/200 torque (which can dramatically increase just with exhaust & intake) and is known for running a high 15s Ã‚Â¼ mile time @ about 93 MPH (IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve personally witnessed such Ã¢â‚¬â€œ STOCK). That speed is more than sufficient to keep up with a suspect in city conditions. The Duratec engine has a powerband that spreads very evenly over a wide range of RPMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. Another thing about the Taurus is you would not believe how well it handles especially being equipped with a fully independent suspension with MacPherson struts and 16Ã¢â‚¬Â� aluminum rims stock with 6Ã¢â‚¬Â� wide tires. This puts the Taurus on a very good footprint for anything (weather, dry handling, etc.). It is equipped with OEM Continental ContiContact AS Touring tires which are excellent. Plus it has higher safety ratings than every car in its class and is equipped with FordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s patented Personal Safety System which includes a whole slew of features to keep people safe. The Taurus also has a shorter stopping distance than every car in its class (even with itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rear drums compared to othersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 4 wheel discs), therefore making it ideal for in city police work. The FWD handles well and the Traction Control is absolutely amazing in snow. On a final note, I have a web hosting/design company that does work for police stations. Every police station weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been to that had Impalas hated them. As a matter of fact, 2 of them had Impalas and phased them out and replaced them with Crown Vics in a period of 6 months!
To sum up my pointsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ The vulcan can deliver low end torque like no other and do it reliably (and is cheap, very cheap), the Duratec is a very nice alternative if that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t satisfy you. The Taurus can outhandle the cars in its class (Intrepid & Impala) stock for stock. It is the safest vehicle in its class and has excellent proven reliability, durability and longevity as proven by its extensive fleet/rental usage. The absolutely amazing thing is they are using it as a police car in its STOCK PUBLICLY AVAILABLE FORM. Mad props to the Taurus. :headbang:[/b]