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Here's a 94 SHO, 135K miles, $3500

94 Taurus SHO. Might go take a look at it this weekend.

93 Taurus SHO, 106K miles, $2800 - needs a little work

http://fingerlakes.craigslist.org/cto/4593321745.html

94 SHO Parts Car

http://binghamton.craigslist.org/cto/4554444942.html

2003 Taurus SEL (Centennial), 110K miles, $4695

http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/cto/4580859623.html

2004 Sable LS Premium, 127K miles, $4900

http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/ctd/4568049271.html

2004 Sable Platinum, 105K miles, $4500

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/4592631884.html
 

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Just tell Dad that the V8 is a smaller displacement than the van you're currently driving:p
The van only has 184HP LOL. Although the Van DOES have AutoStick (shiftable automatic) so it is more fun to drive. But then again you do lack the V8 rumble. LOL.
 

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Here's a 94 SHO, 135K miles, $3500

94 Taurus SHO.

Might go take a look at it this weekend.
That paint is frickin beautiful! I would only be weary of it if he has no record of the timing belt being changed.

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Lol how can an autostick make a 4 speed under 200hp 4000+lb vehicle fun to drive? I'm sorry but thats HILARIOUS. The other ones just have the same thing but you have to manually move the entire shifter up and down instead of pushing a button.

I am making fun of you josh, sorry, but I don't understand why you love these hunks of junk lol. The autostick is a waste of time IMO. Give me the other version.
 

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Lol how can an autostick make a 4 speed under 200hp 4000+lb vehicle fun to drive? I'm sorry but thats HILARIOUS. The other ones just have the same thing but you have to manually move the entire shifter up and down instead of pushing a button.

I am making fun of you josh, sorry, but I don't understand why you love these hunks of junk lol. The autostick is a waste of time IMO. Give me the other version.
Pull up to a light, stick it in first, turn TCS off, wait for the light to turn green, watch for cops, when light turns green, mash the pedal and listen to that tire squeal all the way across the intersection, then when you hit the redline shift up and you're off cruising at or just over the speed limit, which you can coast to compensate for.

Now THAT'S fun.

Add in seating for 6 other friends, an amazing 10 speaker sound system, and good looks, and it's perfect!

Plus the van has sentimental value to me, if I got it I don't think I could bring myself to sell it down the road.
 

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A beauty to be sure but think hard on this as your DD Josh. With the maintenance/budget issues you have experienced in the past a V8 SHO may not be the soundest decision. You can't weld cams with Permatex
 

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Yup definitely a car like Steven has would be much better suited to budget, sister, Ability to do correctly 90% of the mechanical analysis, troubleshooting, wrenching and acquiring parts necessary to keep it running!(I know you'd get everything you need off here right?)
 

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Pull up to a light, stick it in first, turn TCS off, wait for the light to turn green, watch for cops, when light turns green, mash the pedal and listen to that tire squeal all the way across the intersection, then when you hit the redline shift up and you're off cruising at or just over the speed limit, which you can coast to compensate for.

Now THAT'S fun.

Add in seating for 6 other friends, an amazing 10 speaker sound system, and good looks, and it's perfect!

Plus the van has sentimental value to me, if I got it I don't think I could bring myself to sell it down the road.
Then watch the diff pin go flying through the case in a hurry(common problem). How many times have you had to replace the sway arm bushings in that Gen3? How about rust in the strut body mounts(and don't give me the "we don't have rust up here" it was a VERY common problem with the whole line)? There's a reason I stayed away from the Gen3 Caravan's.

I can smoke the tires in the Windstar if I really wanted to......... but that's the thing...... I don't WANT to. It's a minivan.... a people/family hauler not a racecar. The "autostick" is pointless in a minivan. Pushing a button, to me, to make it shift isn't any more fun than putting it in drive and going.
 

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Then watch the diff pin go flying through the case in a hurry(common problem). How many times have you had to replace the sway arm bushings in that Gen3? How about rust in the strut body mounts(and don't give me the "we don't have rust up here" it was a VERY common problem with the whole line)? There's a reason I stayed away from the Gen3 Caravan's.

I can smoke the tires in the Windstar if I really wanted to......... but that's the thing...... I don't WANT to. It's a minivan.... a people/family hauler not a racecar. The "autostick" is pointless in a minivan. Pushing a button, to me, to make it shift isn't any more fun than putting it in drive and going.
Actually I have read about those issues. I then went to go look at/inspect the strut towers and what do ya know, completely rust free from top and bottom.

The radiator is the biggest repair done to that van in the 6 years/45k miles we've owned it and it's never had any issue otherwise.

I don't want to all the time either, but when I do, I like doing it. I like driving that van, and that's all that matters, because who else do I have to impress? Nobody.

@jag I had a lengthy discussion about that V8 with dad and I let him know that if he does decide to buy it for me, the cams need to be welded ASAP (if they aren't already), and the trans pan needs to be dropped and the filter changed, and he's agreed to that so far, so I don't see a problem with it. It's a beautiful car, and the only way to keep it worth a damn would be to maintain it and he knows that about it.

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I can't think of a worse Taurus to buy as someone whom is barely mechanically competent. Especially as a daily driver. And from a Dad based on what you've said, is mechanically either incompetent or uninterested.

Go buy a Vulcan Taurus, 4th Gen, like an 03…and enjoy. Learn to do valve cover gaskets, intake gaskets, alternators, sway bar links, etc.

I wouldn't go near a V8SHO with what little knowledge, tools, time, and help you have. Seeing the complaints you had on a relatively simple early 90s era Taurus, mickey mouse repairs and all…and moving to a V8 is not the move to make.

Don't let shiny high output/higher horsepower FWD chariots fool you…please be sensible…get a Vulcan Taurus from like 2003 or something and enjoy it. Or if you want to roll the dice, maybe go for a Duratec. Just be forwarned - an alternator or an ac compressor is NOT an easy job. You pay to play.
Why do I say this? My brand new AC compressor is leaking…from a reputable manufacture. That's a 6.5 hour job for me just to replace it. Seeing what you posted on relatively minor stuff…I would be concerned. AN alternator you can do in 3 hours, maybe 2 if you have ratcheting wrenches.
 

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^This. I can't possibly agree more with what Nick said.

At one point or another, I've owned every single Taurus powertrain combination except the 2.5/ATX combo. There's a reason I DD a Vulcan and my SHO is a garage queen that racks up a couple thousand miles a year. ;)

The Gen 1/2 SHO's obviously require the most maintenance, but the Gen 3 SHO's are by far the worst to work on of any Taurus ever made. Especially if you have to replace anything on the accessory drive. The Duratec's aren't much better as it's basically the same setup, but as bad as they are the Gen 3 SHO's are worse due to even tighter clearances. Take a good look under the hood at how close the belt drive is to the frame rail. You have to drop the subframe to just change the alt or the A/C compressor.

There's also the little issue of unobtanium parts.

Pull up to a light, stick it in first, turn TCS off, wait for the light to turn green, watch for cops, when light turns green, mash the pedal and listen to that tire squeal all the way across the intersection, then when you hit the redline shift up and you're off cruising at or just over the speed limit, which you can coast to compensate for.

Now THAT'S fun.
This has to be one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read. I think we just found the source of the tranny issues on your Gen 2. Guess what? Do that crap a few too many times in a Gen 3 SHO and you'll be paying almost as much as the car is worth to rebuild the transmission.

You couldn't even take care of your own car for whatever reasons, yet you think it's "fun" to abuse your Mom's vehicle? I don't care how you try to spin it, it is abuse and extremely disrespectful. My ten year old has more respect for his own things than that, more or less someone elses. I wish your Dad would read that post and trade your car keys for a bus pass. I know you hate feeling like you're treated like a child around here, but crap like that just proves that such treatment isn't unjustified. It'd be dumb and childish if you were doing this to your own vehicle that you paid for. The fact that you not only do it to your mother's vehicle, but brag about it, is pathetic. Wow. Just wow.
 

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Someone whom is barely mechanically competent. Especially as a daily driver. And from a Dad based on what you've said, is mechanically either incompetent or uninterested.

Go buy a Vulcan Taurus, 4th Gen, like an 03…and enjoy. Learn to do valve cover gaskets, intake gaskets, alternators, sway bar links, etc.
Nick, while I may not be as mechanically competent as you or some of the others here, I think am well off in the mechanical competency section for a 17 year old. Consider this: I bought my truck like this (pictured below) and it came with a large Tupperware container full of unmarked bolts/connectors. The 4x4 was inop as well.




Removed the heads and intake manifold, replaced IM/Head gaskets and replaced everything else that was in need of repair. Had the heads resurfaced at a shop. And put everything back together, also sorting through the Tupperware container full of bolts. With very little assistance from my dad.




That's me bolting in the Alternator bracket:



And here she is after the first drive:



4x4 works great



And here it is driving away after the new owner purchased it on 3/20/2013

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=345665862199718&l=7117599735912418969

What I'm trying to say is that you were misinformed if you thought the '92 was my first crack at repair work. The Ram and the Taurus aren't the only repair work I've done or had my fair share in doing, either. Radiator on both Caravans, Water Pump and Intake Plenum on the Crown Vic, Timing belt on the Escort, Trans and front struts on the old Caravan. Brake jobs and oil changes countless times on all of our other cars.

That being said, the V8SHO was sold before I could make an appointment to see it with my dad. So I guess it wasn't meant to be. Also, you were right about it being shiny, that attracted me to it more than the extra work, I came to realization after it sold.

I will however, take your advice when you said to go buy a newer Taurus. Though I'm not afraid of the extra work on a Duratec and I'm willing to sacrifice that for the extra horsepower and the AX4N standard.

So, back on topic:

2002 Ford Taurus SES - '02 SES. Vulcan. A little more basic than what I want, but I like the color it would do the job just fine.
1999 Ford Taurus SE - '99 SE Comfort. Duratec. Good Color combo and it has most of the options I want.
2001 Ford Taurus SEL - '01 SEL. Duratec. Every single option but I don't want to pay that price with that mileage.
 

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I know out of the 3 the Gen 3 wins hands down, The cond. the mileage the Tec. the console shift. I would just put on the SHO body gear in the future. ( I know your mom hates gen 3's) Those 2 door dents would piss me off L.R. R.F.
 

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I know out of the 3 the Gen 3 wins hands down, The cond. the mileage the Tec. the console shift. I would just put on the SHO body gear in the future. ( I know your mom hates gen 3's)
She doesn't hate them anymore lol. But that's a post for the thread about wives/females and cars

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Lower mileage Gen 3 would not be a selling point for me.

The 01 SEL looks tired, not worth their asking price at their mileage.

Even with Vulcan, the 2002 looks nice. Good color.
 

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Lower mileage Gen 3 would not be a selling point for me.

The 01 SEL looks tired, not worth their asking price at their mileage.

Even with Vulcan, the 2002 looks nice. Good color.
Why would it not be a selling point for you? Just curious.

Exactly what I was saying, I'd go in around $1800 or so on that one. I think it could be spruced up with centennials and a very good detailing.

I agree the color is nice, I just don't want something that basic. If it was a SES Deluxe I'd be more interested in it, but even then I'm more wanting the features of a SEL.

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This isn't "if you had the money" thread, I'm just posting what I find, which is what the point of this thread is...
- 1997 Ford Taurus SHO - Welded with lots of miles.
- 1998 Ford Taurus SHO - Seems to be in good condition.
- 1994 Ford Taurus SHO - One owner and it's clean but it needs work.
- 1994 Ford Taurus SHO - Clean car for what the pics show.
- 1993 Ford Taurus LX - Looks like my old '92 but in LX form.
- 2007 Ford Taurus SE - Dear god this car needs to be put to rest.
- 2000 Ford Taurus SE - SE Comfort with unknown mileage
- 2006 Ford Taurus SEL - Clean but lacking leather and it's a fleety SEL.
- 2004 Ford Taurus SES - I like this one, but the aftermarket rear spoiler it has is weird.
- 2004 Ford Taurus SES - These people must be taking advantage of the legal marijuana.
- 1995 Ford Taurus SE - Clean SE but not really looking for a Gen 2, I just had one.
- 2003 Ford Taurus SES - Lots of miles but a rare color especially on a SES Sport.
- 1995 Ford Taurus SE - Another clean SE, again it's a Gen 2.
- 2008 Ford Taurus SEL - Salvage title and 157k miles, but that's CHEAP for a Gen 5
- 1987 Ford Taurus Wgn - Woah. MINT wagon.
- 1998 Ford Taurus SE - Too far away, but this thing could be a SE Limited, which is a big want.
- 2002 Ford Taurus SEL - Too bad this needs a transmission, there's one for $200 on cl though.
- 2000 Mercury Sable LS - Looks good but the leather is slightly worn.
 

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A V6 SHO is a much easier car to work on then a Gen III, not to mention....a V6 SHO is a faster car then a Gen III that gets better mileage.

Hell, a V6 SHO is a much easier car to work on then the Duratec cars.

-Sam
 
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