So i have now owned by Taurus for a solid 6 months and to be honest it has been a lot of work. i knew getting into this car that i would have to do a lot of basic maintenance but boy howdy did i underestimate just how much i was gonna need to do. here is a list of things i replaced since purchasing the car in August 2016.
fuel filter change
Transmission filter change
Transmission fluid flush/change
Spark plugs x 6
oiled my Camshaft position sensor due to it starting to chirp a little
Thermostat and Coolant flush
Replaced front rotors and brake-pads
replaced blower motor.
fixed exhaust leaks
all motor-craft parts were used except Rotors and brakes.
as well as many many other small little repairs. all in all some of these did not have to be done and some defiantly needed to be done! ( Transmission fluid/ Filter ) the starter was replaced due to the car leaving my stranded at a In n Out i replaced in in the parking lot and was on my way..
i bought the car with 155k miles and now i have 161,300 so in 6 thousand miles i have done quite a lot of work to the car. i believe i have worked the majority of the kinks out of it now and it seems to idle and run like a dream. i will continue to let you all know my story as i continue to own this car. i know it might not be everyone's favorite but honestly this car has taught me alot about maintaining a car. i really am planning on at least 200k out of this thing. i truly suspect that the car will need struts all the way around here shortly but i will keep running it as is for now.
i have still been running into a problem where my car seems to idle smoother with the headlights on ? i know this seems silly but when the motor is cold if i start the car up and not turn the headlights on the cars seems to run crappy for awhile. i tested the voltage and 13. ish volts to the battery with lights on engine running. lights off i get like 14v to the battery so i know my alternator is doing its job. i think its some dumb like PCM
problem or something. also i get a weird vibration when i brake hard going like 60 or 70 almost feels like brake rotors but i just replaced them. i suspect it could have to do with the transmission because it only seems to happen when i brake when the car is in overdrive. if anyone has any similar issues and was able to resolve them i would greatly appreciate any advice.
To all of those out there that was looking for a cheap reliable beater. i really do not know how you can not look into buying one of these. i have had to do alot of work to mine but in all reality i love this car so much and i really would have done what i did to this car to any other whip i bought so. i only have had 1 taurus and i want another already haha. Ford is my favorite. hope everyone's Bulls good-luck on this journey we call life !