^ your funny.
From going to Duratec to Vulcan I lost 50 hp and probably 10 mpg....
I get about 15-19 depending on driving maybe 23 highway with the Vulcan. It's slow gets ****ty mpg and sounds like garbage.
My Vulcan with no cat magnaflow resonator and straight pipe sounds like a ****ty broken ford ranger until it's warm and then its stil sounds like crap till 3k. My Tec with the same setup sounded like a g35 and got an average of 8 mpg more.
OK ,cool that it's bullet proof but there are plenty of other engine that make more power and have much better mpg that are way more reliable. If you guys never had a Vulcan you know that you wouldn't even know what it is or care about it
I have had 5 Taurus. all 3.0L 2V. all engines outlived the cars
(97 was bought with bad head gasket engine and swapped out).
You mileage mirrors my gen3 97/98's. On my old 93 wagon, i got 29MPG
once on the highway on a flat road. otherwise on a hilly interstate around
23 seems to be the magic figure.
Yea, its no head snapper. but most people with Taurus use them as commuter
vehicles. It does the job. there relatively cheap to fix and find parts for.
The vulcans are accessible to work on. Ford did try to upgrade the engine with
the dual plane, but i guess they never saw the need to upgrade the heads or put
or such. I guess there strategy is why make the base engine too good if
you have a upgrade option?
My only major beef with the Vulcan is WHY in the gen3's +, did they all of a sudden
have this brown coolant issue? was it a casting change issues, change of metals
used, or the addition of the degass bottle and system? I NEVER had this issue with
any of my gen1 or gen2's. My 97 which had searing heat after i initially got it, changed
the engine and flushed the heater core now has medium heat. So its time for my squirt
the heater core with the hose nossle tricks again. This should NOT have to be done.
The Gen3+ definitely suffer from hardening of the arteries. What i wonder
is if the heater core is plugging, whats accumulating inside the engine and
where? Anybody every tore down a brown sludged up Vulcan and see
whats plugged up or blocked internally?