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2004 Model Guide - Every Brand, Every Car


2004 Ford Model GuideThe car class from Ford for 2004 includes a varied assortment of sedans, hatchbacks and wagons, plus some slick coupes and convertibles.

Ford builds four-door sedans like the full-size Crown Victoria and midsize Taurus that rank as bestsellers in their class and contain advanced safety systems.

A subcompact series grouped under the Focus label - currently the best-selling small car in the world - subdivides into sedans, wagons and sporty hatchbacks including souped-up SVT performance models. Meaning Special Vehicle Team, SVT is the acronym for a group of automotive engineers at Ford who create high-performance versions of particular car models by applying special suspension hardware and engine tuning, racer-size brakes with big speed-rated tires and other accoutrement of lickety-split road romping. Two variations of the Focus SVT show up for 2004 as a three-door hatchback coupe or five-door hatchback sedan.

Coupe and convertible variations packing strong powertrains represent Ford's muscle car, legendary Mustang. The series includes a retro-styled Mach 1 special edition and the awesome SVT Mustang Cobra spewing supercharged strength. Another legendary name at Ford, Thunderbird, presents sleek two-seat roadster styling and strong power from a big V8.

Ford Crown Victoria
2004 Ford Crown Victoria

Ford's full-size Crown Victoria sedan carves out enough room in the cabin to haul a team of tall basketball players plus heaps of gear bags stuffed into the cavernous trunk. The rear-wheel driveline and a chassis with wheelbase extending nearly ten feet comes from a platform also used by Lincoln's elite Town Car.

There's ample power from a V8 rigged with high-tech hardware and tuned for low-torque output. The 4.6-liter Ford plant in standard application produces 224 hp. An optional performance package adds twin exhaust pipes to boost output to 239 hp. Three trim versions continue as the base Crown Victoria, LX series and LX Sport with equipment added for keen performance and a monochromatic body coated in shades like Dark Toreador Red or Midnight Gray.

Side air bags stand on the list of options, along with all-speed traction control system (TCS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and a six-disc CD changer.

Ford Taurus
2004 Ford Taurus

The popular family cars from Ford fit in the midsize class and come in configurations of a four-door sedan and five-door station wagon. All Taurus issues for 2004 wear a new egg-crate grille up front and restyled fascia with fresh aerodynamic styling.

Trim levels encompass designations of LX, SE, SES and SEL, with SES stocking more standard equipment like an anti-lock brake system (ABS) and CD deck but top-end SEL with aluminum wheels and a six-disc CD changer. Engines include Ford's 3.0-liter Vulcan V6, rated at 155 hp, and a dual-cam Duratec version good for 201 hp.

An exceptional four-speed automatic transaxle, reworked with an enhanced torque converter this year, mates with either engine.

Ford Mustang
2004 Ford Mustang

To commemorate forty years of production for Ford's classic pony car, special badges marking the anniversary dress the forward flanks of all 2004 Mustang models. Also, a 40th anniversary package brings special performance gear plus racing stripes in Arizona Beige Metallic streaking the long hood.

Current designs -- including coupe and convertible variations in base V6 and GT models plus powerful SVT Cobra -- trace to a revival for Mustang in 1994 built off Ford's Fox platform. Today's Mustang in base coupe trim or daring drop-top totes Ford's 3.8-liter Essex V6 that produces 193 hp. Mustang GT coupe and convertible carry more power from Ford's single-cam 4.6-liter V8 pegged at 260 hp.

The low-to-the-ground Mustang Mach 1 shows a ram-air scoop on the hood to shoot fresh air into the engine for more power and torque. In the cabin, Mach 1 has leather seats, instruments with retro-look dials and polished aluminum pedals. Mustang's power monster SVT Cobra adds a Roots-type Eaton supercharger and aluminum cylinder heads on the 4.6-liter V8 to run it up to 390 hp. Cobra uses SVT-tuned springs with Bilstein shocks and 17-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, with the cabin dressed in leather and suede. New shades for 2004 Cobra include Screaming Yellow and Competition Orange.

Ford Thunderbird
2004 Ford Thunderbird

In contemporary homage to Ford's brilliant two-seat sports car from 1955, Thunderbird was born again in 2002. With rolled edges over finely carved fenders and tailored components such as retro-round headlights and chrome-coated grilles in egg-crate scheme, the indented air scoop centered on the hood, chrome air ports on each flank and those round-round red lamps etched into a curvy-cute tail: All disparate forms merge together into a stunning two-seat convertible sculpture on wheels.

The 2004 'Bird has a big 3.9-liter aluminum V8 with electronic throttle control and variable cam timing. It delivers 280 hp with an automatic five-speed transmission and optional new SelectShift for shift-it-yourself action. A new appearance package emerges in Light Sand tint on the convertible top and into the cabin on seats, steering wheel and shifter stick knob.

Ford Focus
2004 Ford Focus

Formats for Ford's worldly small car include a four-door sedan, five-door station wagon, and hatchbacks in three-door and five-door formats.

Focus provides surprising room from a concise cabin with twin buckets in front of a fold-down bench and back bay for gear. Prime editions use two editions of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ford engine.

The economy mode with single-cam design for sedan and wagon earns 110 hp and high fuel economy figures. The sporty mode - Ford's Zetec engine - has dual cams for more spark to 130 hp. It's standard on Z-cars such as the ZX3 three-door and ZX5 five-door hatchbacks, or the five-door ZTW wagon. Focus ZTS sedan shows a new dual-cam 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 145 hp and it's a new power option for other Focus models.

A performance version - SVT Focus - continues as a three-door hatch off the ZX3 and a five-door model based on ZX5. Power for SVT comes from a pumped-up version of the Zetec engine that hits 170 hp and connects to a six-speed manual gearbox. New six-spoke wheels at 17 inches mark 2004 SVT Focus models, and a new option of Sonic Blue body paint includes blue inserts added to the sporty bucket seats. (...BACK)