Ford Taurus X 2008-2009 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for the year 2008-2009 Ford Taurus X.
ADD KEY (Must have two working original keys):
1. Insert the first previously programmed coded keys into the ignition.
2. Turn the ignition from the 1 (LOCK) position to the 3 (RUN) position. Keep the ignition in the 3 (RUN) position for at least 3 seconds, but no more than 10 seconds.
3. Turn the ignition to the 1 (LOCK) position and remove the first coded key from the ignition.
4. Within 10 seconds of turning the ignition to the 1 (LOCK) position, insert the second previously coded key into the ignition.
5. Turn the ignition from the 1 (LOCK) position to the 3 (RUN) position. Keep the ignition in the 3 (RUN) position for at least 3 seconds, but no more than 10 seconds.
6. Turn the ignition to the 1 (LOCK) position and remove the second coded key from the ignition.
7. Within 20 seconds of turning the ignition to the 1 (LOCK) position and removing the previously programmed coded key, insert the new un-programmed key (new key/valet key) into the ignition.
8. Turn the ignition from the 1 (LOCK) position to the 3 (RUN) position. Keep the ignition in the 3(RUN) position for at least 6 seconds.
9. Remove the newly programmed coded key from the ignition.
If the key has been successfully programmed, it will start the vehicle’s engine and will operate the remote entry system (if the new key is an Integrated Keyhead Transmitter). The theft indicator light will illuminate for 3 seconds and then go out to indicate successful programming.
If the key was not successfully programmed, it will not start your vehicle’s engine and/or will not operate the remote entry features. The theft indicator light may flash on and off. Wait 20 seconds and you may repeat Steps 1 through 8. If the failure repeats, bring your vehicle to your authorized dealer to have the new key(s) programmed.
To program additional new un-programmed key(s), wait 20 seconds and then repeat this procedure from Step 1.
About Ford Taurus X
In 2007, shortly after being named CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally asked for a rebranding of the Ford and Mercury model lines, claiming that the transition to Ford nameplates beginning with the letter “F” had been forgotten by consumers. A critical component of the decision was the reintroduction of the Ford Taurus moniker, which would take the place of the Ford Five Hundred in the 2008 model year as a mid-cycle update. Due to the Ford Taurus’s exclusivity as a sedan, the Ford Taurus X moniker was launched to replace the Freestyle. The moniker change was revealed shortly after the vehicle was unveiled as a 2008 production model at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show.
To harmonize the Taurus X’s appearance with that of other Ford light-truck lines, a flush-mounted three-bar horizontal chrome grille was added (similar to the Ford Edge, as are the headlights). As with the Freestyle, the lower body and wheel well trim were painted in a contrasting color on non-Limited trims (as with all Ford SUVs). To compete with the Ford Explorer, the Taurus X introduced an Eddie Bauer trim level with an outdoor motif.
As with the sedan, the Taurus X received significant powertrain upgrades over its predecessor. The 3.0L V6 engine with 203hp was replaced by a brand-new 3.5L Duratec 35 V6 engine with 263hp. The ZF-Batavia CVT was phased out in favor of a brand-new Ford/GM 6-speed automatic transmission, with all-wheel drive remaining an option. The Taurus X gained new power options to enhance its functionality, including a power-operated rear liftgate and power-folding second-row seats.
While changing the Taurus sedan to the Taurus X would increase sales over the Five Hundred, renaming the Freestyle to the Taurus X would have the reverse impact, resulting in a significant decline in sales. The Taurus X was impacted in part by the automotive industry crisis of 2008–10. Although more fuel-efficient than SUVs like the Ford Expedition and Explorer with V8 engines, full-size crossovers like the Taurus X were eschewed in favor of smaller crossovers and sedans.
The Ford Flex was released in 2009 to replace the Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey. For the 2009 model year, the Taurus X was retired, with the Flex serving as an unofficial replacement.