Junkyard Treasure: 2005 Ford Taurus Terminal Wagon

Ford had among its all-time biggest successes with the initial 1986-2007 Taurus (and also its Mercury Sable double), and also the roomy Taurus wagon might take credit report for a reputable piece of those sales. Still, the identical increase of the suv and also the minivan pressed wagon sales hard as the 1990 s proceeded. The full-sized, rear-wheel-drive LTD Crown Victoria Country Squire obtained the axe in 1991, however the sales energy of the Taurus wagon maintained it active well right into our present century. Today’s Junkyard Find in Colorado is just one of the last handful of Taurus/Sable wagons ever before developed, and also hence a fundamental part of our automobile heritage.

All Sable manufacturing finished in 2004, with a little dropping of model-year ’05 Sable wagons and also cars turning out of display rooms prior to completion. The last Taurus wagons rolled off the Georgia production line in late 2004 as 2005 designs, and also all put on the second-from-the-bottom SE trim degree. Manufacturing of the initial Taurus car proceeded via 2007, though each developed after very early 2006 mosted likely to fleet purchasers just. Afterwards, the Taurus name was put on a Volvo-based car and also its crossover relative, however it simply had not been the very same.

Yes, a numbers-matching, initial, final-year Taurus wagon. This is an additional superb junkyard instance of the “rare but not valuable” phenomenon.

The 1986 Taurus might be acquired with an optional 3.0-liter pushrod V6 called the Vulcan, and also this engine remained to be bolted right into the initial Tauruses and also Sables right to the actual end. The even more effective and also modern-day Duratec V6 entered into the top-shelf Taurus SEL for 2005, however all the ’06 s and also ’07 s obtained the primitive-but-sturdy Vulcan. All 2005 Taurus and also Sable wagons have actually Vulcans, ranked at 155 horse power.

The SE’s inside was developed to hold up against the roughness of rental-car usage, so it’s really grey and also really practical.

With the death of the Taurus wagon, Ford customers had simply the little Emphasis as their single real, non-crossover wagon alternative … and also the Emphasis wagon was stopped after the 2007 version year. An unlike the 1980 s, when you could get Ford and Mercury wagons in three different sizes and with faux-wood paneling.

While the Taurus wagon undertook renovations and also redesigns for 1992, 1996 and also 2000, the underlying framework continued to be similar as those under the initial autos that showed up on the road in late 1985.

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