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I just picked up a 2017 Limited after driving my 2008 SEL to 283K miles. It was time for something newer but I wanted to say all you need to do to these cars for high mileage is keep up with basic maintenance. I myself liked the Motorcraft partial synthetic oil . I never missed an oil change (Every 6K) and never let a problem sit around for too long. I really loved my 2008 Sel and I'm happy to say I never had to add a quart of oil in between oil changes. I also did the drain and fill tranny fluid changes every 4th oil change starting at 30K.


Don't mean to sound preachy but take care of it and it will take care of you. Good luck!!
 

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Very important , I might add, to change the engine coolant regularly on V6 3.5L Cyclone equipped vehicles. I did mine at 4 years & 24K miles. That coolant pump is in the oil sump area, so if it fails, it can destroy an engine quickly. There are many on YouTube who say old coolant will accumulate acid & contribute to the early failure of the water pump.
 

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Basic maintenance can only do so much. Some issues are completely unrelated. I change my oil, coolant, trans fluid religiously and yet i've had to replace:

2 rear wheel bearings
1 lateral link
fuel pump module
inner tire rod ends
outer tie rod ends
heated/cooled seat module burned up/melted
On my 3rd Motorcraft battery
Just found out my steering rack is bad (has play/clunk)

I haven't even hit 100K miles yet. I'm getting frustrated with this car for all the little things not related to routine maintanance that have gone wrong.
 

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I have to agree with Mustang5L5...my 2013 Taurus Limited has been relatively good to me, but recently, it's starting to feel like death by 1000 cuts. I've changed my oil every 5k w/Mobil 1 synthetic, changed trans/coolant every 30k, and I've had to replace:

2 outer tie rods (60k/110k)
Front struts/rear shocks due to leaking/clunking (100k)
Bushings on right rear control arm (100k)
Replace wipe/wash fluid pump that seized (40k)
Replace EPAS rack (35k - under warranty!)

and now I'm looking at TPMS sensors that failed early (that's gonna be $150-200 when the tires get changed), a cracked windshield ($500!), and a fuel filler neck flap that won't seal anymore (tried FordTechMakuloco solution and it worked for like 15k miles but isn't doing the trick anymore...) which is going to set me back a pretty penny because changing fuel filler necks is not easy. Either that, or live with the christmas tree of lights and pop-up messages on my cluster.

The transmission shudders and acts funny despite clean fluid and a gentle touch on the throttle, the suspension still clunks (lord only knows why), and I'm mentally preparing myself for if/when the coolant pump goes. But other than that, we've made it 126k and 6 years together, so here's hoping to at least a few more years. I've invested too much money to walk away now.
 

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What is considered the "norm" for tranny fluid changes? My 17 calls for 100k, that will not happen. My 06 500 called for 150k and I had to do it early at 100k. I just could not fathom going another 50k (almost 3 more years). The Ford dealership said they would not do it due to high mileage, then I explained about the 150k recommended. I appreciate input from people that have been thru this.
 

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On YT, there is a Ford Dealer mechanic who posts a lot on maintenance for newer Ford products ,on his channel there. He calls himself "MaKuLoCo" . Also there is a guy called "MacTFord" who has similar videos there. MaKuLoCo, says no more than 60K mi for spark plugs on the 6th gen Taurus.He gives a video in great detail how to do spark plugs changes correctly, too, on the 3.5 or 3.7 L Cyclones. I think he stated the 150 K mi./ 5 year intervals, for the coolant & trans fluid , that Ford recommends is an absolute joke. More like 3/36 for both. I changed both fluids @ 24K miles/ 4 years, on my Taurus. He posted a good vid on how to do coolant changes too, on the 3.5/3.7L V6 Cyclone engines too .
 

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From what Scotty Kilmer , who is a 50 year experienced auto mechanic states on his YT channel, a very high mileage automatic transaxle/transmission fluid change, on a vehicle that never had a trans fluid change , can actually be detrimental to the unit. I've heard the same from a few reputable sources. It seems that there is so much grit from the wear parts in the trans , that it's what actually keeps the trans from slipping, that grit circulating through the trans fluid? So , I don't know, if the T axle fluid was never changed, if it would be a good idea, to change it , at that many miles? I too, have heard to the contrary.

I had a V6 Fiero Formula I bought used at ~50K & got an auto transaxle power flush & fill of the fluid , for the first time @ 60K miles, then put a plug on the transaxle oil pan , & changed the fluid in the pan , just about yearly , @ around 12,000 mile intervals, & put on a Magnefine auxiliary inline trans filter & NEVER had a transaxle problem , & when I sold it at 165+K miles , the transaxle was still working flawlessly. Those 125C transaxles were said to be weak , but with the those things I did to it, & the addition of putting a small auxiliary trans cooler on it too, along with the rest of the maintenance I did, seemed to help a lot to avoid costly repairs . & that's on a unit that was said to be not a very stout one.

Even tough the transaxle on the Taurus which is a "joint venture" designed T axle that GM co produced with Ford , is said to be pretty good, I'm going to continue my frequent fluid changes, & I'm going to put a "Magnefine" filter on it & I'm trying to get the info on how best to install an auxiliary cooler on it.

So I think the Ford dealer may be right on not recommending a fluid change in your case? How many miles do you have on it? If it's over say 75-80 grand, maybe not?
 

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I just hit 40K and I think it is about time. I do oil every 5K just because it is easy to remember, 40,45,50 etc.
 

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I just hit 40K and I think it is about time. I do oil every 5K just because it is easy to remember, 40,45,50 etc.
40K miles is definitely in the range of a Transaxle fluid change. I changed mine, by a drain & refill , 3 consecutive times. Waiting a few days in between drains & refills. They say you can get 90% new fluid in that way? Many sources say "power flushing" by a machine is now frowned upon?
 
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