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95 Ford Taurus SHO question

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dasrocko
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95 Ford Taurus SHO question

Post by dasrocko » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:48 pm

I am a new comer to the SHO's. I'm looking at buying a 95. It starts great. The problem is that when I'm in park and I peg the throttle all the way to the floor, it sounds like a rev limiter is kicking in but at 2500 RPM. This seems a bit low. Any ideas if this is normal or should I keep looking for another one?

Thank for any help


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Re: 95 Ford Taurus SHO question

Post by Webmaster » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:02 pm

Welcome to the site, dasrocko. Does it drive and run good other than that? Honestly I don't know much about that engine, hopefully someone else here can help you with that issue. That does seem low for a rev limiter.
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Re: 95 Ford Taurus SHO question

Post by dasrocko » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:02 pm

Didn't get to drive it except in the driveway because of two flat tires. Seems to run great except for a small exhaust leak. Hope I can get an answer cause I really want to purchase this car. Thanks for any help

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Re: 95 Ford Taurus SHO question

Post by BillR » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:22 pm

dasrocko wrote:Didn't get to drive it except in the driveway because of two flat tires. Seems to run great except for a small exhaust leak. Hope I can get an answer cause I really want to purchase this car. Thanks for any help
Wow, this brings back memories lol.

The Red Line on that engine is 7k and yes, there is a rev limiter...At least on the stick shift.

Not to put you on a downer here but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the car is (by model years) 19 years old. That said there are fewer and fewer parts available for Gen-1 Gen-2 Tauri available every day and more so for the SHO version.

You mentioned putting it in Park so I take it this is an automatic version. The automatics were a problem and when / if they break figure about 4k for a rebuild.

The suspension for the SHO was a bit different than the standard Taurus (parts issues again) so you can almost count on new tires between 10 and 15 thousand miles on a pretty regular basis.

When you replace the timing belt (and you will) you will have problems finding an American made belt. The belts available are Italian and make noise (an annoying hum that won't go away). Normal additions to add to a belt replacement will be a crank position sensor, water pump and belt tensioner. The pumps leak killing the sensor and the belt tensioners simply wear out.

Engine mounts are an issue, they collapse.

Where I'm going here is I loved mine when I had it but it was new. At around 80k or so the bills really started to pile up and that's back when parts weren't a problem and there were a lot of specialty shops around, now most of those shops are gone.

If you are thinking about and older SHO as a toy great, have a ball, like I said they were fun. If you are considering this as a DD, knowing what I know I'd probably tell you to rethink the purchase.

There is still and active SHO dedicated forum where you might be able to see how some of the problems are dealt with:

http://www.shoforum.com/index.php?s=c08 ... ea6ba17051

Now, to be clear I'm not trying to talk you out of it, just trying to make you aware of some of the special problems you might encounter...

Good luck man :)
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Re: 95 Ford Taurus SHO question

Post by Zimmer » Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:55 pm

I remember taking my 94 SHO ATX in for a repair and 1 mechanics said you're sticking more $$ into that thing. Less than 100K, subframe was on it's way out and it was eventually sent to the Crusher by the next owner.

Another shop refuses to work on them, due to the length of time they sit and take up space in the shop and getting parts. I know of 1 guy walked away from a repair bill of $3,000 after his 1989 SHO was in. I wonder how that turned?

Unreliable daily driver IMO
2000 Taurus SE, FFV, Triple Black, 230K
2002 Taurus SES, Vulcan, 152K, (Sold)
1994 Taurus SHO 3.2 Green, 105K (Sent to the Crusher)
1993 Taurus SHO 3.2 White, 165K (Sold)

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