my bad. believe it or not i actually got the thermostat on www.truckperformance.com. check in by vehicle and it is listed under cooling systems. $10.99 is the current going rate. i was just on the site. brian
Haynes manual says that on '96-'99 models the thermostat opens somewhere between 193-200 degrees, while on '00+ models it opens at 175-182 degrees. So I was always under the impression that '00+ models used a cooler T-Stat right out of the factory.
Haynes is wrong, I have the manual too. I called the dealer and asked what the temp rating on motorcraft t-stat for 2000 SES. They said 195 degree.
Plus I did Internet search and there is no 180 degree t-stat from Motorcraft for Taurus.
Silvapain, my car pings under load all th etime excep brute north east winter time.
I don't know what the original looks like.
If I tear everything down and find out after market t-stat doesn't fit...
Somewhere in the forum sometime ago, I read some dude had problem with 180 degree after market t-stat coming from NAPA. AS far as I remember, the size of it smaller than Motorcraft t-stat.
But I think. I'll order it from www.truckperformance.com. Thanks Brian.