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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 04-09-2019, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Worth repairing / investing into?

Hi. I have a 2006 Taurus with a Vulcan, and the car is in a pretty shoddy condition as of late.


Mechanical Problems:


Seems to have a stuck throttle body, so the engine stays revving, even whilst in gear - FIXED
Alternator doesn't charge the battery as much as it should, problem persists with new batteries
Power steering sounds like a swarm of bees, and the fluid is brown
Car has 120k+ miles on it, and the original trans is beginning to show it's age
Car shudders at points, probably due to transmission
Radiator is filled with water due to a previous leak
Has no AC compressor anymore, only blows warm or hot air
Brakes are terrible, squeak, grind, and are probably so bad that driving this car isn't legal anymore
Burns oil, maybe bad piston rings, but I haven't tested
Car smells like gasoline and smoke after car is revved, probably a bad catalytic converter


Aesthetic or Minor Issues:


Headlights are super foggy and yellow
Weather Stripping is failing in a couple places
Back seat is torn
Front Ford badge is rusty
Hood and roof show bare metal, but haven't rusted





Even after all this the car stills runs, drives, and can do all the things a car should, so I guess the sayings about the Vulcan being hard to kill are true.


This car has been in my family for as long as it's been on the road, and I love it to death. I would be happy to make this my hobby car, and make it truly roadworthy, but it'll probably cost more than spare quarters and nickels to fix properly.

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It's easy to get sentimental over a car that's been in the family for this many years. But, you need to take a hard look at the cost of repairs vs replacing it. Then, you've also got the aesthetics to consider regarding whether you want to drive it looking like it does. These cars are cheap...and, from what you describe, I'd bet you could find another 2006 in much better condition for a whole lot less than what you'll have into it.
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It's easy to get sentimental over a car that's been in the family for this many years. But, you need to take a hard look at the cost of repairs vs replacing it. Then, you've also got the aesthetics to consider regarding whether you want to drive it looking like it does. These cars are cheap...and, from what you describe, I'd bet you could find another 2006 in much better condition for a whole lot less than what you'll have into it.

Thank you for your reply.
I was hoping that I could find some cheap parts at a junkyard somewhere, as people tend to discard their cars as soon as they need any major work done. The aesthetics don't matter much to me, as this wasn't much of a glamorous vehicle, even when it was in mint condition. All I care about on the paint side of things is preventing rust, and considering the paint has been like that for a while, there must be some coating between the bare metal and the paint, so I hope I won't have to get it repainted within the foreseeable future. I estimate the cost of fixing this car in the 1000$+ range, and I'd be willing to invest that much into it.
I'm not really in much of a place to buy a new car (not one in good condition, at least) so repairing this car seems like the best bet for me.
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A 2006 Taurus, Florida car with 120k miles on it sounds like a dream. My 2006 has 206k miles and runs fine. I would invest the time and parts into it. If you need to have someone else to work on it then things can get expensive. I would have the transmission fluid changed and try a new ignition coil to possibly solve the shudder, my 2006 shuddered at 45mph and was cured with the coil.


The stuck throttle body may be the cruise control cable popped off the peg and holding the throttle plate open. Also they get pretty gummed up and stick closed also.



Not sure why the bare metal n the hood but it must be the Florida weather.
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I forgot to clarify that I would be working on it myself (for the things that I am capable of, so alternator, power steering, throttle body, etc. Anything that doesn't need special tools)


The stuck throttle body isn't a constant thing, just occasionally.
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PS fluid change, and tranny fluid / filter change may fix the PS and tranny issues. Both easy and cheap to do at home.

Sure you dont have a sticking / dirty IAC?
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Sure you dont have a sticking / dirty IAC?

It happens when the car is in gear, and can move the car sometimes, and it's not just a high idle, it revs till it bounces off of the limiter until you stomp the pedal a couple times. I don't think the throttle body has been cleaned ever, so that's my number one guess.
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do you live near a Pull a Part junkyard? Half of these problems can probably be fixed in one day.
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do you live near a Pull a Part junkyard? Half of these problems can probably be fixed in one day.
Yes, I do. My one concern is how much are junkyard parts typically? I know a refurbished PS pump costs like 80 bucks from Autozone and one can assume that parts from a scrapyard would be cheaper. I've never sees a scrapyard's prices so I have no real idea of how much part(s) would actually cost.
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Lot depends on what you want to spend, and what you have after your labor.


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