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High Mileage Bulls !!

I am just curious who all out there is still driving there bulls with 200k, 300K maybe even 400K ? and if so can you post what you have done to keep it going that long and also just how much to you like your bull ?
i recently purchased a 2004 SES 3.0L Vulcan with 155k onit and i expect another 100k Given the tranny dont crap out on me . im curious to hear all your stories, also what motor oils and wights do you guys use ?!!? SHARE your stories !!!

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2004 Ford Taurus SES 3.0L Vulcan 156K Newest Car and so far has not let me down, tho it has needed some work non the less

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I had a 1990 and 1993 that made over 245k each. I donated the 90 while still running but the 93 had a bad trans. My 2006 has 197K and still running but my one 2001 has 167K and it will be lucky to make 175K. May have a leaky head gasket. Havoline oil and Fram filters got me most of the way and I switched to any oil and MC filters a few years ago. 10W-30 on the 90's and 5W-20 0n the 2000s.
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I've had 4 '98/'99 tecs just shy of 400k mi. when they were salvaged due to elec., suspension, rust, car-deer accidents and 3 sons drivers. All had original engs./trans. All could have been driven to the salvage yard if they had offered me more $ to do so, lol! 6qts. Supertech (Walmart) 5/30 conv. oil and a Motorcraft FL820S filter ea. 3-5k mi. 6-8qts. Supertech Mercon V atf with an Autozone filter ea. 30k mi. Pan drop only. Periodic ps fluid (mercon v atf), brake fluid, coolant, fuel filter, eng. air filter and cabin (pollen) filter changes. Normal preventive maintenance and wear items replaced along the way.
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There are many threads here on this subject, they make for interesting reading. We have driven literally millions of miles in assorted Bulls/SHO's/Conti's and another 500k+ in Vulcan powered Rangers, every one of them was running and shifting fine when they left with no internal engine repairs on any of them. Our son is still driving one of those Rangers, that Vulcan has over 400k on it. Coolant system service (30k/2 yr interval) is #1 with a bullet on a Vulcan, closely followed by trans pan drops every 30k, brake and ps fluid reservoir changes done with coolant service. 5W30 dino oil w/Motorcraft filters 3k/6 month interval for the Tecs & Vulcans. Other than family considerations and one wagon that was totaled with 294k on the odo it has been rust and teenagers, not drive train failures, that have done for our Bulls.
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Mine's a relatively low-mileage wagon at 192,000 or close to it. I do all the maintenance myself, or have a trusted mechanic or transmission guy do what I can't handle. I have shelled out to have the transmission rebuilt - why take chances on another tranny as old as mine is, when I can have mine rebuilt and KNOW it was done right? I've re-done the HVAC system, the front end and the rear end. Rust is no problem here in Florida. I can hop in and still drive the car 3000 miles without a worry. It's comfortable and I know every cubic inch of it after all this time.

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220,000 Right now, running strong after plugs, cops and new PCV Hose today..... Amazing what running on all 6 cylinders can do for a car!

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213,000 I do my own work. That said, I went kinda loony on mine. To wit: When I got mine, it needed a set of tires so I got a set of Falkens. In for a dime, in for a dollar. The engine promptly overheated on a hill on the freeway--so bad that the electrodes were burned off the spark plugs. Towed home, I couldn't just give this nice rust free wagon a proper burial, so I found a relatively lo mile engine--about 100,000 miles on it. While I had the engine/trans/subframe out, I replaced the aged motor and trans. mounts, & the dog bone. All the standard tune up stuff, including the lower mileage coil pack that came with the replacement motor. As I said, in for a dime, in for a dollar, so the car got new tie rod ends, one new half shaft, ball joints, KYB struts and shocks, strut bearings, sway bar endlinks, and subframe mounts. And of course the obligatory replacement vacuum hoses, pcv valve and hose, serpentine belt, and all new coolant hoses. Air and cab filters, too.

Ran really fine around sunny, hot Tucson. But when I took it out on I 10, it got pretty hot but didn't overheat. So I installed a new radiator, which did the trick.

I'm never going to get what I've got into it because of the high mileage. In retrospect, I should have eaten the cost of the car & tires and sent it to the Pick a Part. I have too many cars and not enough room, so I'm prepping it for sale--it's a great car and someone will get a wonderful deal.

2001 SES Wagon. 210k and strong running.

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Oh, btw, I use 5w-30 full synthetic oil. On about a 6000 mile change interval or once a year & a Wix filter.

2001 SES Wagon. 210k and strong running.
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Oh, btw, I use 5w-30 full synthetic oil. On about a 6000 mile change interval or once a year & a Wix filter.
Pic from the internet: It was a Bull. And I use Wallyworld conventional and change my Lin Cont and '03 wagon about 2X per year based on low use. Each about 5K per year. Sleeping outside in the North country, lots of short trips. I am on Bull #7 & #8 all bought used, all went to my daughters after I drove them in my work. (back when) No engine issues. Only one ('88) was prime used, others 'fixers' Lin Cont #5 and one new, others used. No engine issues. Except for '93 in which dealer replaced the engine ~20K due to strange engine knock. I bought it at 20K and knock appeared with the first cold overnight.

I switched to 10-30 due to DOHC leaks.

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Yeah, my 01 has a Vulcan. I think it's a pretty nice engine for a tractor motor--I used to drive Fieros, it's waaay nicer than either an Iron Duke or a 2.8 V6. All have a tendency to run quite warm and synthetic resists thermal breakdown enough better that it's worth the extra cost.

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