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Old 11-26-2012, 08:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Congratulations and welcome. Don't feel bad...get glad. Although perceptions do have a way of becoming stereotypical. It seemed when I had my first Bull it seemed that old people with money had The newer Taurus's. living in chicago I have seen more 2010+ SHO's than as my dad would say "that I can shake a stick at". Now what I would do is if you can't shampoo everything yourself and steam out the vents I would find a "delta-sonic" or its closest competitor. Hopefully it won't take more than one shampoo. The WEB provides millions of bad car smell solutions. Like BOMBING your car with Dakoka Odor Bomb or 1s cleaner or Auto Vaccine treatment [Read Directions]. Also as a mechanically inclined guy before you install the "rain hat extention" I am sure your going to vaccum out the cabin filter that has lots of leaves and crap preventing fresh air from entering the car before you change the CABIN filter. I would then recommend swapping out the OEM FORD factory Slyvania headlights for either the Slyvania Silverstar Ultra's or there Slyvania Silverstar ZXE headlights for being able to see that extra 40% down the road. Then from now on only put the best synthetic motor oil and filter you can afford [90% of the time I use Mobil 1 ET and the other 10% Castrols Syntec and if the M1ET Filter isn't available a FRAMS extendedguard filter will do]and drive sensibly and in 12 years you can hand off the keys to your son :-). If you want to go all out and get the 3 piece woodgrain interior from the Jyard and some weathertech digital fit floormats, K & N air filter and a install the Mach sound system that are in all the junkyards begging to be recycled with Mach "tweeter mounts and all". I'm sure you'll feel a lot better. I would look at it as your not keeping up with the jones but if your going to spend the sum total of a year or two in it you should make it as pleasant, as safe, as comfortable and reliable as humanly possible and nevermind the jones. My 2 dollars of advice.....and don't for get the sheep skin! You may just forget all about the Subaru until you have to pass a mustang.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow I thought this was a friendly place but I am overwhelmed with all the helpful tips pictures and advice!!

I really appreciate the water leak issue fix - have a big rainstorm coming into the bay area tonight so maybe I can cover the cowling with some duct tape temporarily?

When my wife and I were checking under the carpet for leaks we found a diamond ring (so obviously the last owner knew about this ) I am going to do the right thing and contact him about the missing ring (valuable or not probably his mom's and he would want it back) but for fun we took it to a jewler - wasn't worth anything its all fake but it was fun to discover something about the car.

Thanks for all the morale support, I'm in an area thats very pro imports so they stick to that stuff. I was tempted on an $8000 honda civic but one of my coworkers had his transmission go out on that at 60k..

I must admit these grow on you, I am already getting attached. It corners better than the subaru and the pure power is amazing. Drivers here are aggressive and they cut you off and aren't always friendly. You just put your foot down on this one and you fly by them - it's awesome!

They really are a wolf in sheeps clothing these cars. It's like driving an undercover mustang Of course I have driven four cylinders my whole life so this is new.

I did post some pictures, low res but check them out - car is really clean. There really isn't much of a smell, but it makes for a cool name Thanks for the advice on fixing it up - am a big fan of junkyards and it is crazy what we through away so upgrading the stereo and wood trim are things is a great idea!

Headlights are terrible, almost out of alignment - so upgrading the bulbs to the silverstars may help. Car may have had a collision in front as there is no stickers at all under the hood so maybe the lights are out of alignment??
Also one headlight fills up with water - I dryed it out once but the moisture is back..

I did smell a bit of burning oil at the stoplight on my way home. Checked the heads look clean - a tiny bit of oil on the rear valve cover. Enough to cause that or are there other problem areas?

Got a bit of a vibration when braking - can't tell if it is the driver rear drum or driver front. First guess is the front rotor is warped but any tips there are appreciated too.

Also have a strange rattling in the steering wheel when I turn it???

Sorry for all the issues - just kind of thinking about everything to do; still not sure if I replace the headvgaskets on the subaru or sell it either - with kids not much time for fun these days

Thanks again everyone, will keep you posted!
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Taurus transmission reliability aside, the 4th Gen Tauruses (Sables) have been a really great used car to buy. Good value for your $. Esp if you don't mind doing the work/repairs yourself.

I noticed on craigslist that these cars can easily go for $1000 cheaper on the west coast than they might out where I am.

Headlights are not a strongsuit. SUVLights.com makes a great 9007/HB5 plug and play harness that upgrades the light output through thicker gauge wire and relays. New bulbs are good. If no crack in the lense, you could drill a hole in the corner of it, get the moisture out, reseal with silicone. Then verify the headlight vent is working (rubber). If it's bad, I think I have a spare headlight in my garage in good shape.

If your car's rear suspension is sagging badly, new rear struts and upgrade progressive rate springs can fix the sag and stop the headlights pointing into the trees if the sag is bad enough.

Sounds like your car could use valve cover gaskets. Pick up the IMRC gasket and upper intake gaskets and knock the gasket job out at once.

The front rotors on the Taurus are prone to developing pad deposits. Good article here: -Warped- Brake Disc and Other Myths
So a set of cheapo rotors (if pads are good) should fix your issue.

The rattle, plastic sound you hear when turning, is the clock spring. It moves in rotation with the steering wheel, allowing you to input horn, cruise control functions, and it can power the airbag if need be. Some people have had success adding special grease (I think there's a thread on here about it).

For a Michigan car, that Taurus doesn't look bad at all. I like the blue. Enjoy the car!
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Ah, I like that blue. I used Silverstars for a bit. Overrated, and they died fairly often. Xtravisions work quite well. There is an upgraded headlight wiring kit but I haven't bought one.

Do you have a Duratec? I've never heard of the Vulcan described as "Pure Power" or "Amazing", but it does make it's grunt down low, which is really nice in town.

I couldn't find a "rain hat" in any junkyards around here, and the dealership wanted to sell me a new cowl piece. I ended up "handyman-ing" it; I got a roll of stick on weatherstrip tape

and put it underneath the cowl, on the windshield, to direct water away from the cabin filter area. Seems to work. Your mileage may vary.
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Your car looks great, love the color and it's super clean! I'm a bit biased, but I'd still like the color even if mine wasn't blue.

I find the headlights are decent on my car - by no means the best, but not bad, either. So yours, aimed properly, should be just as good. I haven't tried SilverStar bulbs, but when something says right on the package it only last half as long and it costs twice as much, I pass. I had some GE Nighthawk bulbs on a previous car and liked those, and lifespan didn't seem significantly shorter. But they're a bit tough to find. Make sure your lenses are clear, hard to tell from your photos. You can get headlight/plastic restoration/polishing kits at auto parts store. Worst case, you can just buy new headlight housings. They're ridiculously cheap, around $47 each at Rockauto, have seem them for $33 each including shipping on eBay.
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Wow, you're getting snobbed by ricers? Just smile at them, for they know not what they do. Your car's roomier, more powerful and more reliable overall and you paid less than you would have to join the import gang. Take them for a ride sometime.
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Wow, you're getting snobbed by ricers? Just smile at them, for they know not what they do. Your car's roomier, more powerful and more reliable overall and you paid less than you would have to join the import gang. Take them for a ride sometime.
Truth. I'd rather have a "grandma" car than a ricer anyday. You wouldn't catch me in a civic Si....EVER! Like someone else said, old people know how to pick cars (comfortable, reliable, powerful, cheap insurance)
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I agree with what Ben said. I like comfort as number one, then reliability, then power then insurance cost. In that order.
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A blue haired granny drives a 1998 SHO at the place I used to work. She bought it new. I always thought it was neat to hear that V8 rumble as she drove by, her bent over the wheel. She is not the drag race type at all. It just shows how special and inter-generational a Taurus is.

My kids drive the Taurus. They insisted on rear spoilers. With the Duratec theres plenty of power and safety and insurance are a heck of a lot better then with a Mustang. Ricers--buh humbug! Over rated and far to expensive with initial purchase and parts. With a little elbow grease and care a maintained Taurus will save a lot of money over many imports. Besides, in the rural area I would have to drive 40 miles to a ricer dealership and talk to unknown people who give no better service then my local Ford dealer just down the road.

Just smile and nod your head when they say 'old peoples' car. Its not but its so nice to save the money over buying a 'foreign' car thats not much better and is overpriced. Thats easy to live with.

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