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A note about taking care of your car

I just picked up a 2017 Limited after driving my 2008 SEL to 283K miles. It was time for something newer but I wanted to say all you need to do to these cars for high mileage is keep up with basic maintenance. I myself liked the Motorcraft partial synthetic oil . I never missed an oil change (Every 6K) and never let a problem sit around for too long. I really loved my 2008 Sel and I'm happy to say I never had to add a quart of oil in between oil changes. I also did the drain and fill tranny fluid changes every 4th oil change starting at 30K.


Don't mean to sound preachy but take care of it and it will take care of you. Good luck!!
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Very important , I might add, to change the engine coolant regularly on V6 3.5L Cyclone equipped vehicles. I did mine at 4 years & 24K miles. That coolant pump is in the oil sump area, so if it fails, it can destroy an engine quickly. There are many on YouTube who say old coolant will accumulate acid & contribute to the early failure of the water pump.
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Basic maintenance can only do so much. Some issues are completely unrelated. I change my oil, coolant, trans fluid religiously and yet i've had to replace:

2 rear wheel bearings
1 lateral link
fuel pump module
inner tire rod ends
outer tie rod ends
heated/cooled seat module burned up/melted
On my 3rd Motorcraft battery
Just found out my steering rack is bad (has play/clunk)

I haven't even hit 100K miles yet. I'm getting frustrated with this car for all the little things not related to routine maintanance that have gone wrong.
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I have to agree with Mustang5L5...my 2013 Taurus Limited has been relatively good to me, but recently, it's starting to feel like death by 1000 cuts. I've changed my oil every 5k w/Mobil 1 synthetic, changed trans/coolant every 30k, and I've had to replace:

2 outer tie rods (60k/110k)
Front struts/rear shocks due to leaking/clunking (100k)
Bushings on right rear control arm (100k)
Replace wipe/wash fluid pump that seized (40k)
Replace EPAS rack (35k - under warranty!)

and now I'm looking at TPMS sensors that failed early (that's gonna be $150-200 when the tires get changed), a cracked windshield ($500!), and a fuel filler neck flap that won't seal anymore (tried FordTechMakuloco solution and it worked for like 15k miles but isn't doing the trick anymore...) which is going to set me back a pretty penny because changing fuel filler necks is not easy. Either that, or live with the christmas tree of lights and pop-up messages on my cluster.

The transmission shudders and acts funny despite clean fluid and a gentle touch on the throttle, the suspension still clunks (lord only knows why), and I'm mentally preparing myself for if/when the coolant pump goes. But other than that, we've made it 126k and 6 years together, so here's hoping to at least a few more years. I've invested too much money to walk away now.
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Latest cut....

The clunk/play in my front suspension is a bad steering rack. It's got some play/rattle in it. Fun times


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... a cracked windshield ($500!) ...
Where are you getting your windshield replaced!? Cost me 200 out of pocket for mine.
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Better question, where did you get a $200 windshield?
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Better question, where did you get a $200 windshield?
After insurance detectable co-pay , I'm guessing?
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What is considered the "norm" for tranny fluid changes? My 17 calls for 100k, that will not happen. My 06 500 called for 150k and I had to do it early at 100k. I just could not fathom going another 50k (almost 3 more years). The Ford dealership said they would not do it due to high mileage, then I explained about the 150k recommended. I appreciate input from people that have been thru this.
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On YT, there is a Ford Dealer mechanic who posts a lot on maintenance for newer Ford products ,on his channel there. He calls himself "MaKuLoCo" . Also there is a guy called "MacTFord" who has similar videos there. MaKuLoCo, says no more than 60K mi for spark plugs on the 6th gen Taurus.He gives a video in great detail how to do spark plugs changes correctly, too, on the 3.5 or 3.7 L Cyclones. I think he stated the 150 K mi./ 5 year intervals, for the coolant & trans fluid , that Ford recommends is an absolute joke. More like 3/36 for both. I changed both fluids @ 24K miles/ 4 years, on my Taurus. He posted a good vid on how to do coolant changes too, on the 3.5/3.7L V6 Cyclone engines too .
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