Ford Taurus

2000 Ford Taurus Powertrain

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"Our objective for the 2000 Ford Taurus engine line-up was to increase horsepower and mid-range torque, improving the feeling of performance. Our customers see "power-on-demand" not only as a performance characteristic, but as a safety feature, which gives them confidence to accelerate safely while merging into traffic." - Kurt Achenbach, Taurus Vehicle Dynamics Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Among Taurus' powertrain enhancements for the 2000 model:

Vulcan 3.0-liter V-6

Duratec 3.0-liter V-6

Both the Vulcan and Duratec engines meet Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) standards in California and the 13 Northeast states.

A new, low back-pressure, single-exhaust system is used for both engines. This system is designed to create less back-pressure than the single and equal back-pressure to the previous models optional dual exhaust system.

Vulcan 3.0L 2V SEFI V6 Base Engine

Customers should easily notice the Taurus' added midrange torque and improved "part-throttle" acceleration. The car is designed to feel like it packs more power, with more pickup and reduced engine noise. Drivers also should appreciate improved throttle-response during initial acceleration, which is useful when merging quickly into traffic.

Improvements in mid-range torque were achieved by tuning the upper intake manifold. A revised camshaft profile reduces overlap and, along with lighter weight valves, improves idle stability.

The Vulcan engine is offered as a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV), allowing it to run on gasoline or ethanol (E85) or any mixture of the two. The Vulcan engine is modified with an electronic therm-air emission system, different spark plugs and larger fuel injectors to compensate for ethanol use.

The Vulcan V6 is standard on the LX and SE models.

Duratec 3.0L 4V SEFI V-6 Optional Engine

The driver should notice less NVH and increased performance feel with the improved Duratec engine. Peak horsepower and torque are increased to 200 thanks to a tuning and recalibrations.

The engine also is 30 pounds lighter thanks to use of composite camshaft covers and a composite intake manifold, as well as a new fabricated steel exhaust manifold and the single exhaust system.

Other improvements include:

The Duratec engine is available with the SE sedan and SE wagon.

Exhaust System

A new equal-length, low back-pressure single exhaust system is used for both engines. The system is designed to create less back pressure than the single and optional dual exhaust system it replaces and results in cost savings to the customer in initial purchase and future maintenance. With fewer bends, welds, mounts and other stress-points, the system is more durable and less expensive to replace.


One of the most notable powertrain improvements for 2000 is improved shift quality in both Taurus transaxles. The AX4S is a synchronous design with a double-wrap band clutch and gear synchronizers. The AX4N is a non-synchronous design that uses a one-way overrunning clutch to provide non-synchronous shifting.

Numerous transaxle enhancements -- including adaptive shift control programming and a new digital range selector switch -- combine to provide smoother shifts across a wide range of driving conditions. The digital range selector switch works by recognizing an individual signal output for each gear. The transmission, therefore, senses gears more accurately improving shift performance and shift quality over the life of the car. Other improvements include: