Good point.Everyone has mentioned power, torque, reliability, milage, and the sound. But no-one mentioned something I found out last month.
I thought my Taurus had a blown head gasket (did, but also had cracked head from overheating), so I called around to see who was willing to work on it.
Both of the shops I called asked if I had the Deltec "DOHC" engine or the Vulcan "SOHC" engine. Turns out neither of them wanted to work on the Deltec with it's duel overhead cams and balance shaft. But both shops were more than willing to work on the Vulcan.
I have been discovering the same thing. Not sure whether it is because experience has made me a better planner or age has made me just not give a damn. Either way I am a lot more comfortable with the skin I am in. Just wish that skin felt the way it used to.I have had both engines. Both wagons.
There is a noticeable slowness in the Vulcan.
But, after the first week with the Vulcan I didn't notice nor care.
I am not in a hurry anymore. Younger days I was always in a hurry. Passing everyone and buzzing around cars in city. Going to work, night school. Home. Hurry, hurry, hurry.
Interesting as one ages - the need to hurry lessens.
It sure seems that way to me. I have more responsibility, more pressure, more things of true importance to get done than when I was 25, yet I am far more prone to just taking my time.Interesting as one ages - the need to hurry lessens.
Same here, and I just wish I had less of it too!Either way I am a lot more comfortable with the skin I am in. Just wish that skin felt the way it used to.
Hear, hear. Probably the most succinct way to put it. I will say that having done so much to maintain my own cars since the 1970s, this Taurus and its drivetrain have made me as comfortable doing my own work as any FWD layout could. Far better than my daughter's Hondas or current VW, and accessibility for a FWD layout compares favorably to anything else I've driven. (Don't even mention Mopar layouts to me, those make me cringe. Really, battery access from beneath the car??)Durable, reliable and cost effective to maintain. I have had 3, 2 Bulls and one Ranger, and it is hard to believe the one in the Ranger was the same engine it was so slow and thirsty. On the flip side that truck had 294k miles without an internal engine repair before it was laid open from end to end by a plow truck swinging too wide on the other side if the road.
As for the cars, there may be easier FWD 6 cylinder engines out there to work on, but I haven't seen one.