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hello to all, I need to get another vehicle to make the commute to work. My F150 is terriable for fuel consumption. I have the oppurtinity to buy a 96 Ford Taurus SHO with 185000 miles or a 2002 24v V-6 Taurus mileage u/k. Any opinions on either Taurus in regards to fuel mileage and realibity. Any help would be appreaciated. Thanks
 

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well i have a 97 sho and a 2000 duratec. my duratec gets about 16-29 mpg depending on weather, driving habits, etc. the sho the highest mileage i have seen is 12 but this is with a malfunctioning torque converter clutch and mostly city driving.

the SHO has cam issues unless they have been welded you can read up on that here:
V8SHO.COM and they are pretty known for having weak transaxles (as are most tauruses though...)

my sable has been very reliable for me. though i did replace the engine (i know the car got the crap beat out of it before i had it though, found out from a friend, a couple years after i bought the car, he had driven it back from the auction before i bought it and openly admitted to racing it...)and i had a rear spring break and the power steering rack replaced. other then that just regular maintenance and modifications

if you are in the salt belt check for rocker panel rust (under the plastic covers) and look for rust on the doglegs and the floor pans.

i love both of my cars though and overall they have been pretty good to me.
 

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You want the '02 if it's going to be your only daily driver.

My 24v gets about 20 MPG mostly city, 24 averaged city/highway, and at least 26 mostly highway.
 

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As others have said, if you want reliable daily transportation, buy the 02. If you want something more unique somewhat faster than a Tec (only 35 HP difference between the Tec and V8), and dont mind working on it every weekend and dont mind hunting down unique and often expensive parts, buy the SHO.
 

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If those are your choices I would go with the '02. I sold my last F150 for the '00 Taurus w/vulcan engine because of fuel costs too. I average about 26-28mpg. I'll never get a ticket for 'excessive acceleration' like I've got in my Mustang but it's good, reliable transportation ;)
 

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I know this may not be what you are wanting in the way of an answer, but for economy and reliability, the Ford Escort is suppose to be a good choice. Finding one in good condition may be a problem.
 

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My Tec gets 20-28 mpg, my brother's SHO got 16 on a good day...
 

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Well I did it, I test drove and bought a 2000 Ford Taurus SES with a V-6. The shop (personel friends) said the intake gasket was replaced and the coil packs were changed. It also incluedes a 6month unlimited mileage warranty. I just gotta get used to driving a car instead of a truck all the time.
 

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Cool so you picked up a 2000 DOHC model then? Congrats!
 

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Congrats! Mine has 126,500 miles and still going. My gas mileage has averaged about 17 in the city and 27 on the highway. You should show us pics (when you get a chance). Good car and good choice!
 

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Thanks everybody, Its a 3.0l 24v Dk.green prl with a tan leather Power seats. I'll post photos once I actually take delivery (my wife had to work) and they were going to work on the A/C (not blowing cold air like it should). Plan on next saturday getting the car. I know i'll be doing a full detailng on it. (looks good but not upto my ideas of clean)
 

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Sorry for not posting in a while, I've been driving the Taurus for a couple of weeks now I am estatic about the milage 27mpg I still haven't had time to upload any photos.
 

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You'll never miss those other 2 cylinders...good choice!
 
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