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I am thinking about buying a 1997 Taurus SHO for $9,995 But is a SHO with 80k miles on it, Is it worth the price?
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i wouldnt pay that much for a stock sho with that many miles, especially if it doesnt have the cams welded
 

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Yeah, $10K is definitely not a good deal. Plus you'd still have to get the cams welded or pinned anyways.
Keep looking, sorry bud.

-mobiuslogic
 

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Maybe if they did the cam work, it could be an alright deal. It better be mint for that price.

A 1997 car is pretty old now.
 

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Running it through Kelley Blue Book I came up with $8400 for my zip. Take 'em down to that and see if they'll do the cams for ya.
 

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What exactly do the cams do if you dont weld them?
Is it s known problem that all SHOs have? I think I remember seeing some damaged lobes on a SHO, but I dont remember if that was why they were damamged.
 

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Basically, the cam sprocket "walks" as the cam is turning, and eventually, the "walking" will get out of control and cause the cams to go kaboom, or worse case scenario - cause the valves to go out of synch with the pistons (IE valves end up playing boxing with the piston as someone puts it) and engine goes kaboom. Go to v8shoforum.com and you can see all the nightmare stories people have been telling about the cam problem of the Gen3 SHO. Worse off, the problem is more due to lack of quality control than maintanance/abuse of the engine as some engines go a 16k, others 100k
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Thanx for the advice! I think im'a keep my options open. They also have a 2000 Ford Contour SVT with only 51 K miles.... Don't they call SVT's baby Sho's?
 

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Originally posted by Dmiles23@Apr 16 2004, 04:28 PM
Thanx for the advice! I think im'a keep my options open. They also have a 2000 Ford Contour SVT with only 51 K miles.... Don't they call SVT's baby Sho's?
Never really heard of SVT's called baby Sho's, but if you're interested in the Contour SVT, go on over to contour.org and check out the classifieds. I used to have a '95 Contour, but 2000 was the last year so I ended up with the Taurus Duratec.

Also, I ran the '97 SHO through nadaguide.com and came up with a trade in price of $4850 with leather & sunroof and retail of $6525 in my zip code. Sounds like it's way over priced. Retail is what you get if the car gets totaled by insurance. Around here, the insurance companies use the NADA guide. Kelly Blue Book is usually way over priced which is why auto dealers love quoting it.
 
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