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03-24-2019 11:09 PM
95TaurusinSK There are lots higher than me on this thread, but my '95 has 181,250 miles (approx) on it. I haven't done anything to it YET, but the PO says it needs a rad and a water pump (leaking), but stop leak seems to have plugged the leaks for the time being. It doesn't need a whole lot else (grease on the door latches and hinges, back tires, trunk keyhole, washer pump, and something n the front end (I'll post a thread about that in a minute). Oh, the body's not bad, either.
03-23-2019 10:35 PM
ChesPiece My 03 Tse is pushing 218,312 miles. I just bought her a few weeks ago so I can't claim all of the glory. Since I've owned it I've replaced 02 sensor, thermostat, and the radio lol. There's more to come I think I'm having some electrical problems but I'll rant about that another time.
11-08-2018 01:47 PM
SAAN I just hit 280K on my 2000 Duratec
12-08-2017 07:49 PM
chartmaker
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Originally Posted by billzie View Post
I have a 02 Merc Sable LS Premium Wagon with 256,000 miles on it. We've owned it for about 10 years and got it with 76,000 miles on it iirc. Knock on wood no major issues with it, I've done all the work on it since we bought it, tune ups, brakes, cooling system, drivers door wiring fix, front suspension, and front end deer damage. It's hanging on for dear life and getting rusty and still drive daily but just babying it along (gotta get my 08 T-X back on the road).
If I could find a rust free 4th gen with Duratec, low miles, and relatively cheap I'd get another as I've got a lot of newer parts in this one, but that short wish list is an impossible dream I think.
I also have a 08 Taurus X AWD with 145,000 that trans went out and now swapping in trans from my 08 Merc Sable AWD with 114,000 miles (insurance totaled it but I may rebuild it spring of '18), while trans swapping I'm also changing the water pump and timing sets as preventive maintenance in the T-X. I like the T-X, sucks the tranny went out before I could make the first payment on it.
Bill.
Why not start over.

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12-08-2017 07:39 PM
billzie I have a 02 Merc Sable LS Premium Wagon with 256,000 miles on it. We've owned it for about 10 years and got it with 76,000 miles on it iirc. Knock on wood no major issues with it, I've done all the work on it since we bought it, tune ups, brakes, cooling system, drivers door wiring fix, front suspension, and front end deer damage. It's hanging on for dear life and getting rusty and still drive daily but just babying it along (gotta get my 08 T-X back on the road).
If I could find a rust free 4th gen with Duratec, low miles, and relatively cheap I'd get another as I've got a lot of newer parts in this one, but that short wish list is an impossible dream I think.
I also have a 08 Taurus X AWD with 145,000 that trans went out and now swapping in trans from my 08 Merc Sable AWD with 114,000 miles (insurance totaled it but I may rebuild it spring of '18), while trans swapping I'm also changing the water pump and timing sets as preventive maintenance in the T-X. I like the T-X, sucks the tranny went out before I could make the first payment on it.
Bill.
12-06-2017 10:00 AM
Spock
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Originally Posted by nate69 View Post
My 2002 Bull just rolled over 300K engine still as strong as ever, does not use oil transmission doing just fine, over item that has been replaced the water pumping power steering pump, brakes, and struts everything else is original. I have run Amsoil 5w-20 with a NAPA gold filter ever since the factory warranty ran out.
I guess this is a kick in the pants for the 5W-20 engine wear conspiracy guys. Congratulations!

Spock
12-04-2017 10:35 AM
kansascloud My 2004 Duratec is at 288,000 today. I really like this car or wouldn't have driven it so long. Here were the rough spots in my ownership. Pretty great car until 224,000 when all 3 catalytic converters had to be replaced. $2,400. Then at 284,000 the transmission suddenly goes out. That was another $2,400 followed by the A/C going bad the following week for $1,600. This week I'll replace the lower ball joints. (they always last about 100,000 miles, this is the third set) Not expensive.

I've alway run Amsol 5-20 in the Taurus since I purchased the car 10 years ago for $3,800 with 104,000 miles on it. Doesn't use but 1 quart of oil in between 10,000 mile changes. Of course all the normal wear items have been replaced as needed throughout the years but that happens with anything you drive. One of the best parts of owning this car has been the car payment. I only made one. $3,800 and that was it. If I made payments of say $300 per month like most people, and traded for another car every 2 or 3 years I would probably spent over $50,000 alone in just payments and down down payments. Taxes and insurance on the old Taurus are just about noting now and I'm certainly not suffering depreciation with every month that passes. Overall, it is hard to calculate how much I have saved by maintaining the old bull, but I know it has been a very tidy sum! So I say it's perfectly alright to spend more on the car than it is worth from time to time, if you like the car.

So, yes I've spent several thousand dollars on my worthless old car in the past few months, but I've got a solid car car with a new 100,000 mile warranted transmission, new A/C, fresh cats, new brakes and fresh Goodyears. I still like diving this car more than any other I have ever owned, so not feeling too sorry for myself. Looking forward to driving toward 400,000!
08-14-2017 06:05 PM
james27613 Both my Vulcan '99 Sable AX4N 210K 2nd transmission and Taurus AX4S 295K installing 3rd transmission.
Purchased ten months new in July 1999 from Hertz car sales, $11,600 for the Sable and $12,400 for the Taurus Wagon.
I got two almost new cars for what some would pay for only one. My goal it to have 500K on the Taurus and have historic plates!
08-14-2017 08:12 AM
chartmaker Was for sale:

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08-14-2017 01:05 AM
Lgbpop Getting close to the 200K figure myself. (Just turned 195K.) Knock on wood, I haven't had any major problems with the car - hell, no problems at ALL - for years except for having the transmission rebuilt three years ago at around 185K miles. Treating the old Bull to some vanity care this week! Having the windows, liftgate glass and upper windshield cleaned and removed of all old worn-out tinting, then all-new tint applied this week...then a full fluid check/change, all-wheel alignment and front-end lube job (I bought and installed all replacement parts with Zerks four years ago) and an A/C evac & recharge. (I no longer can do the work myself.) Been five years already on the A/C charge, hard to believe. Up north, that would just be getting going but down here the system has paid its dues already. Time to baby it a little. Otherwise, had a compression test done in June on the mighty Vulcan for some other whatever, was pleased all six cylinders are STILL within 3% of OEM spec.

Taking Old Faithful on a week's vacation out through the Panhandle, Alabama and across Tennessee, then back home via US-19 around Atlanta and then I-75 back home. Anyone here who knows that stretch of 19, knows how much fun it is! More hairpins, switchbacks and downhills than any video game. This road is a BLAST. The wife and I were on it last month in her Volvo and I damned near gave her a case of the vapors. I can't WAIT to get the Taurus on it - both cars have the same Michelins, and the wagon has been like a new car ever since January when I had the tires mounted.

Speaking of the Michelins, the guys at the tire store (a local chain) rolled their eyes when I brought both cars in within a week's time for new feet on both of them, then snapped to when I paid cash - twice - in Franklins. One guy actually asked why I was putting Michelins on "old cars..." That's for me to know, and for him to guess.
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