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This 2004 Ford Taurus SEL With Under 20k Miles Is A Modern Time Capsule

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From the mid 1980s to the early 2000s, the Taurus was one of FoMoCo’s bread and butter models. Because of their practicality and comfort, most were driven, and then driven some more, so finding one now with under 100k miles can be difficult. But there are outliers every once in a while, like this two-owner 2004 Ford Taurus SEL that just popped up for sale with less than 20k miles on the clock. Speaking in rough averages, that’s only a couple years’ worth of miles on a car that is now well into its teens.

According to the included window sticker, this 2004 Ford Taurus was produced at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant. With Order Code 400A indicating an SEL sedan, it carried a Standard Vehicle Price of $23,625. Adding in several luxury and safety options brought the MSRP to $26,795. After being built, the Taurus was shipped east and delivered to Interstate Ford in Miamisburg, Ohio.

The Vibrant White paintwork appears to be in fine shape, with only a few chips, scuffs, and scratches reported by the seller. Per the Carfax report, this 2004 Ford Taurus has been registered in Tennessee since 2012, which is fortunate and partially explains the near-pristine condition that the sedan is in today. With such infrequent use over the years, this Taurus is still wearing the original tires mounted on the factory 16-inch wheels, per the seller. While that is undeniably impressive, we’d recommend that the buyer replace the rubber ASAP for obvious safety reasons.

In contrast to the innocuous looks, there’s a bit of verve under the hood on this Taurus. Being a top-spec SEL, it was blessed with the Ford 3.0L Duratec 30 engine. Engineered initially by Porsche, and then refined by motorsports wizards at Cosworth, the free-revving aluminum DOHC V6 produced 201 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.

Inside, this Taurus features Parchment leather seats that look remarkably clean, and includes optional niceties like the Luxury/Convenience package, power moonroof, and Mach audio system. This well-optioned 2004 Ford Taurus is available for purchase at Cars & Bids, with a current high bid of $4,000 with five days remaining in the auction.

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