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post #21 of 195 (permalink) Old 08-13-2010, 02:26 AM
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The MPG argument for the Vulcan engine doesn't hold water. A newer design w/ less friction and more efficient cyl. heads would do better and have more HP. Plus, its the mass of the car that determines most of the MPG. Ford was just a greedy, poorly run co. as were the other US marks. I've met some of the high execs. at F. and GM and I was totally underwhelmed. NWIH should these clowns be in the ranks of upper mgmnt. at a top-tier co.

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Got a 94 GL here with 282,000 kms, still going, but could use some power. It's a decent engine for what it was made for, which is a family car.
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I was satisfied with the power etc of the three Vulcan Taurus' I have owned (91 L wagon, 2000 and 2004 LX sedans). But the 2.3-liter four in my Fusion is more powerful and has more torque than a Vulcan. Gets better mileage too.

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Our family had one of the first 1986 Sables. Car was a TOTAL lemon except the Vulcan, it was the only thing that worked properly. Have a 2000 Taurus now and I find the Vulcan considerably quieter and smoother than the '86. As far as power goes, 90% of the time it is totally fine. The other 10% I keep saying to myself "at least its a durable motor" LOL
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I was satisfied with the power etc of the three Vulcan Taurus' I have owned (91 L wagon, 2000 and 2004 LX sedans). But the 2.3-liter four in my Fusion is more powerful and has more torque than a Vulcan. Gets better mileage too.
I just sold my 09 Fusion with a 2.3. It may produce slightly more horsepower (15 to be exact) but it is also at a higher RPM. I found the 2.3 to have almost no torque until it was revved to 3000 RPM. The Fusion is also 200 lbs lighter than the 3rd Gen Taurus. If you put the Vulcan in a Fusion the weight difference alone would provide a different experience. I find the Vulcan to be adequate for the Taurus considering the weight of the car. Not to mention the 2.3 Duratec was buzzy and unrefined when pushed hard.

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i just bought a 96 wagon with the 3.0 i did the cps and shaft. put over 600 miles on it since i got it. b4 i did the sensor i was getting 12 mpg. now its fixed im waiting to see what it does. besides that mine seems to be really good. it isnt fast but its a fmaily car. i dont know why ppl expect it to be a race car. all in all its decent. mine has 175k
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Wasn't this the very last car Ford made that still used a pushrod engine?
both the Vulcan and the Essex V6 saw their last year in 2008 model cars, the Vulcan in the Ranger and the Essex in the F-150

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There are some on this forum who claim to get 35mpg from their Vulcan. I can only laugh hysterically at them.
Laugh hysterically, then. I know it can be done. Babying it along on the highway it can pull 35mpg. It isn't easy and won't happen a lot. I did it by keeping a steady 70 on the freeway for 4 hours non stop. Had I actually passed a car or stopped it wouldn't be that.

Everything that's wrong with the car now, especially alignment I'm lucky to see 23.

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just got the car its a 2005 taurus se. went from an lt1 6 speed corvette to the vulcan so you can just imagine... I have to say though it works and performs fine for me....its a family car after all. By the way I was a police service aide for 5 years and I drove a 99 taurus so im pretty used to the engine.

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