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Spridget

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    In a shed, doing maths
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    1996 Ford Taurus SHO
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    3.4L V8

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    The Lone Star State
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  1. Parked outside my ER last night. This is the type of clientele we get in west Austin. Young woman in her 20's with a cough. Just parked in the fire lane with hazards on for about 2 hours before it got moved.
  2. My wife names all the cars. Here are Heinrich and Heidi.
  3. Ack... too easy! Yes. We found her a 2010 X5 xDrive35d Sport. iDrive gave it away. The diesel engine is louder than expected for a "luxury" car. Only during acceleration, cruising is silent. But it sounds like an F-350 at times. Very responsive... for a diesel and a BMW. Virtually no turbo or throttle lag. Handles great. I thought her Volvo XC90 handled well for a tank. The BMW feels like it has a lower center of gravity. Cornering is nearly flat. This iteration of iDrive isn't terrible, and fairly similar to the Mercedes COMAND system she is already used to. Moonroof is massive. Power liftgate. Navigation without the high end audio system. Tow hitch. 92k miles. All services performed by the dealer. Local car, former lease. Paid $15k out the door, about $1500-2000 under blue book. We looked at another with the same mileage, about $500 more, with a couple additional features. It was gross. The dealer claimed it was "mint". It had a leaky AC condenser, bald tires, bad paint, worn buttons, and the dealer didn't even bother to detail it. He wouldn't budge on the price either. We found the car we bought about 3 hours away. Very nice salesman. Very clean car. I couldn't find many complaints or mechanical concerns for these cars. Seems like a pretty good value considering this was a $60k car in 2010. My friend owns a 535d with a JBD tuner. Claims to add 60hp and 100hp. Already know what the first mod is gonna be.
  4. The Mrs decided she needed an SUV for her and the baby. The Mercedes C250 is very tight with a car seat and all the baby's junk, that's our only complaint with the purchase. She started looking at Tahoes and eventually began a full out assault to convince we needed another car. She got her way and I got her left overs. Pics to come of the new ride (not a Tahoe), meanwhile, I get a nice replacement for the Contour. Anyone care to wager a guess on the new vehicle? Here's a couple hints. 6cyl Diesel engine, vehicle assembled in the US, potentially the most criticized infotainment system on the market over the last two decades.
  5. Whew! AC in the Contour is working again. It's summer in central Texas and it doesn't appear very professional showing up to work with massive sweat stains covering your back and legs. Perforated leather doesn't really help. I was changing into my work clothes (scrubs) once I got to work. I recharged the system about a year ago. I barely used the AC through the cooler months, only long enough to defrost the windshield. The temperature control, despite the hot/cold color gradient on the dial, has only two settings.... hot or cold. The system took 1 can exactly and now it's freezing me out on my way to work. And with my windows rolled up, I can actually enjoy my stereo again.
  6. Take the fat alternator wire from another car at the salvage yard. It's already got the terminals and it's the perfect length. Remove the nut on the alternator terminal and attach the new wire. Route it beside the existing wire. And connect it to the power distribution box next to the battery. I don't think it's necessary to replace the positive wire from the battery to the power distribution box. The alternator feeds all power to the system when the vehicle is running. Improve your ground from the battery to the fender and add another ground from chassis to engine block. Try to keep them under 18". The positive terminal on the power distribution box is also a good place to connect your positive lead for a heavy duty headlight harness.
  7. I've been trying for years to get my wife to agree to let me buy a little blue Fairmont wagon parked under a carport down the road from us. I've passed by it nearly every day for over a decade. I believe a home bound elderly person lives in the house but I've never stopped to inquire. I'd love to take that Fox body platform and make a V8 sleeper / cruiser.
  8. Ack... rear sway bar means rear struts too. I forgot these don't have the endlink tabs :/
  9. The transmission pan says AX4N. I thought these were labeled 4F50N. There is some evidence to indicate the engine and/or transmission were removed once before. Some wires and vacuum lines are routed improperly. The PCV connector on the rear valve cover was disconnected. And the PCV valve looks full of gunk. Trans fluid isn't the cleanest, that will be changed soon. I ran some SeaFoam through the intake manifold yesterday. Added the rest to the fuel. Anybody got a set of rear discs?
  10. The first at-speed corner I tried to round surprised me. The body leaned over and the front tires pushed. This is not my wife's C250 sport sedan! Even then, not what I'm accustomed to from a Taurus. Good thing there's a 23mm bar with brackets sitting in the garage. Need to order bushings. Completed an oil change and replaced the coils. No more misfires. I kinda suspect a broken catalyst. I hear a little rattling at startup. I'll investigate further, but I'll likely replace it with a spare just to be safe. 150k on a poorly maintained Taurus, those cats are cooked. Next step will be replacing the other fluids and cleaning the interior.
  11. Excuse to get new wheels Broken dipstick. Engine had about 7.5qts. Robbed the dipstick from the spare engine. Robbed the coils too. The coils on this 2005 all appeared to be used and none match. Looks like someone attempted to do a tune up. Brand new Autolite AP103 plugs. I'll leave them for now.
  12. 2005 Sable LS, base. 148k miles. Column shift. Leather. CD player. Flip/fold center console. Moonroof. $1000 Since I (regrettably) sold my Mercedes C230 I've been driving my "track rat" '99 SVT Contour as a daily driver. And I've been trying to find a replacement daily driver since. I planned to finally make the '96 SHO a driver, but legal issues with the title continue to hamper that plan. I need a vehicle to tote around my 16 month old son, so it needs to be safe with good A/C. And it's gotta fit into my "play money" budget of $1000-2000 cash because I don't want a car payment. I'm always watching Craigslist for a deal on another Taurus. Several cars made the cut but they all sold before I could meet the seller. I really wanted a wagon for the added utility, preferably a Duratec Gen 4, and reasonably decent body and interior. $1000 Taurii are constantly posted on CL, but they all come with considerable risk. So I'm happy to introduce "Mable the Sable" (working title, the wife hasn't approved the name). The car has been sitting for 3-4 years according to the seller and reflected by the registration tags. He said it belonged to his ex-wife and he acquired it in the divorce. It has a bad misfire, which he claimed is due to bad gas and need of a tune up. Possibly, but more likely bad coils and worn plugs. The dipstick is broken off at the full mark and oil level appears about 1qt over filled. A/C works great. Stereo sounds decent, no blown speakers. Seller had brand new tires installed. Minor body damage on the right front fender and missing left front inner fender liner. The horn wiring is damaged as well. Rides pretty smooth, struts feel decent. Clear coat peeling. The car doesn't turn like I expect from a Taurus. I suspect this car has no rear sway bar (I got a spare for that too). I drove it home last night about 100 miles on 5 1/2 cylinders. Can't be good for the catalyst, but I took the chance, I got spares. I was able to maintain 65 mph without much difficulty. Currently have 7 codes related to misfire and coil circuits and P0171 (lean bank 1). I have a spare complete low mileage 2005 Sable Duratec engine sitting in the barn which I will rob of coils and manifold gaskets. I stopped at Walmart on the way home and picked up fluids, filters, wipers, and cleaners. It's rough, but I think it will clean up well. And when I'm done, I should be able to get my money back.
  13. My '01 Dakota with the 4.7L V8 and 5spd manual is almost dangerous to drive in wet weather unladen even with excellent tires. Rev happy tourqey V8, low gearing, limited slip. Makes for a fun ride.
  14. 2017 Lincoln Continental Nabs IIHS Award, Tesla Model S Falls Short - Motor Trendhttp://www.motortrend.com/news/lincoln-continental-gets-iihs-award-tesla-model-s-falls-short/ The article also states the Ford Taurus fell short of a top safety pick due to a "poor" rating for headlights. 20 years on, and Ford Taurus still has sucky headlights.
  15. Agreed. 10k on the oil, no problem, but swap the filter mid cycle.