My first couple of Company cars were Taurus V6's. There weren't SHO, but GD, they would run. Then they put us in 4 cy Malibu's and finally got back around to the Fusion. They aren't terrible cars, but they are pretty basic. Now when I totaled the last Fusion and they put me in a loaded Fusion rental, SOAB, that was a nice little car. 6 cy, all the bells & whistles. It reminded me of those Taurus' from years ago, just not as long. I'm retiring soon and I'll need a little sedan to compliment my F-250. I may see if I can buy one of those V6 Fusions from a rental place.
But yeah, the regular V6 Taurus ran like a stripped *** ape. I can't imagine what the SHO would do.
Well, since this thread is going down the tubes (highjack-wise) anyway...
The absolute worst vehicle we ever owned was a used '95 Taurus wagon with a V-6. I always liked the looks of 'em, and we really liked a station wagon.
It was cool weather when we got it, and the heater wouldn't even get warm on the way home. I replaced the thermostat with a factory temp-rated one. The heater would barely get warm, and that's the best it ever did.
The guy showed me a receipt where he'd just had the AC repaired. I found out why, after putting two more AC compressors on it myself. After the last one, I left it cooling good on the highway, but barely cooling at idle. And yes, I replaced the low pressure side cycle switch.
It drove pretty good until it rained. Every time we'd hit a puddle, it would dart one way or the other. A LOT. I ground off the factory welds holding the struts aligned, and re-aligned the camber (with a level) and set the toe-in. It drove great after that, but I was getting kinda tired of dealing with it by then.
And then the final straw... it blew a headgasket (after I'd replaced all the belts and hoses). So I sold it for $300 as it was.
Apparently we got a lemon, because I'd heard other folks say what great cars they were.