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2005 Taurus -> Awd (O.o)

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I'm not saying it can't be done. My experience with driving in snow/ice is with old RWD Volvos w/studded snow tires, a FWD Honda(a step backwards), a 4X4 Jeep, and currently an AWD Jeep. I've found the latter is the best, so that's what I use.



I've had:


1990 Ford F150 RegCab-LngBed XLT Lariet (302ci E4OD) [4x4] -Totalled in Head On-

2000 Dodge Ram 1500 RegCab-LngBed                             [2WD] -Sold-

1989 Ford F250 ExtCab-LngBed XLT Lariet (460ci C6)         [4x4] -Blown Tranny, Parted Out-

1984 Dodge Charger 2.2 (2.2L I4)                                        [FWD] -Sold, Regrettably, Probably Never Find Another-

2002 Chevy S10 LS ExtCab-ShtBed (4.3L V6)                    [4x4] -Sold-

1986 Subaru GL                                                                   [FWD] -Blown Engine-

1992 Pontiac Grand Am GT (2.3L I4)                                   [FWD] -ECM Malfunction-

1992 Lincoln Town Car Executive (4.6L V8)                          [RWD] -Given To My Aunt-

1992 Toyota Camry LE (3.0L V6)                                          [FWD] -Junked-

1984 Chevy C10 Canadian Model (350ci Swap)                    [4x4] -Impounded-

1990 Ford F150 RegCab-LngBed XLT Lariet (302ci E4OD)    [4x4] -Given To My Cousin-

2005 Ford Taurus SEL (Vulcan V6)                                        [FWD] -Current DD-

1991 Ford F150 ExtCab-LngBed (302ci 5Spd)                      [4x4] -Current Bad Weather Hog-



With buying, rebuilding, messing with, selling, all these, I've found so far that my Taurus, and my F150's perform the best in the winter months. The only problem the F150's have in the snow, is their tendency to slide straight through a corner with any brake pressure in 2WD. But drop it in 4x4 and it's unstoppable, I've driven through snow berms in my 5Speed and it just keeps on truckin. I'm no novice when it comes to driving and working on rigs, granted, with the automotive industry as vast as it is, always learning something new. :P


Personally, I hate traction control and ABS, it's at times an inconvenience. 



And, SHO-WGN, I'm jealous of that Mustang, recently I've been perusing craigslist's all over the U.S. trying to find a 69' Mustang Boss 302/429 to rebuild, but even rolling, broken apart, project chassis' I've been finding, have been several thousands. (-.-)

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Don't be jealous. When I sold it back in 1970 it had nearly 90,000 miles on it and it was starting (just) to burn oil. With the traction bars, and that rear-end, it was a rough ride. Then again, I was young. It required tune-ups twice a year, and spark plugs just about as often (not unusual for all cars of that era.) It was my intention that returning from a year in Europe, to buy a 1972 Boss 302 except they never made them. In 1971 Ford made the Mustang bigger, building it on the Fairlane chassis as opposed to the Falcon underpinnings it had used up until 1970. One inch longer wheelbase should not have made much difference, but that series was 600 pounds heavier.

Instead, I bought a wagon. Same engine as my Mustang and a three speed on the tree (soon converted to Hurst floor shift). I travelled, camping in the back, carrying my bike (10 speed Peugeot), and discovered one of the benefits (no speeding tickets) of "family man" cars.

1951 Chevrolet (six cylinder - three on the tree)
1958 Ford (six chylinder - three on the tree)
1965 Fairlane (six cylinder - three on the tree)
1967 Mustang (289 V8 - four on the floor)
1971 Renault R8 (68 cubic inch - four on the floor)
1967 Ford wagon (289 V8 - three on the floor)
1974 Grand Torino Squire Brougham wagon (400 V8 - automatic and the worst car for handling I have ever owned)
1970 GMC Heavy half ton (292 Six - four on the floor)
1961 Ford Falcon (144 Six - three on the tree)
1969 Cessna 150J (200 cubic inch - no transmission)
1981 Ford Escort SS wagon (1.6L - four on the floor)
1986 Ford Aerostar Van (3.0L V6 - five speed manual)
1990 For Aerostar Van (4.0L V6 - automatic)
1991 Chevrolet Cavalier (2.2L - automatic)
1995 Ford Taurus wagon (3.8L - automatic)
1995 Ford Taurus SHO (3.0L V6 - five speed manual - alas did not pass inspection so sold for parts)
2000 Ford Taurus wagon (3.0L Duratec - automatic)
2002 Ford Focus wagon (2.0L SVT engine - six speed manual - my toy)
2001 Ford Taurus SEL sedan (3.0L Duratec - automatic - replacing wrecked 2000 wagon)

If I was to rank these vehicles with my criterion (handling, fun) the 2002 SVT-WGN is by far the most fun; followed by the 1995 SHO sedan. I purchased it in Ontario (Canada's rust belt) and drove it back to Saskatchewan grinning all the way home. The third car decision is close, but I liked the 1981 Escort SS wagon just a little more than the 1995 Taurus wagon. The 2000 wagon, while pretty good, lost points with me because of the curved rear bubble window and wiper at the top.

The biggest mistake was the Grand Torino Squire Brougham wagon - it was a money pit. When I sold it, the buyer's mechanic said buy it, it’s in perfect shape. Duh-h-h. I was spending a couple of hundred every month repairing all the things breaking. The cheapest vehicle overall was probably the GMC. Bought used, and other than tires and minor tune up parts (points and plugs) cost next to nothing (this was my vehicle after the Grand Torino Squire Brougham.) The Falcon was going to be my drag car, I was going to swap in a 289, four speed and virtually the same parts as the Mustang. Never did. Some regrets.

Instead, I got married. The next couple of decades is family vehicles - vans and small cars. Much of my fun therapy in these years consisted of flying. That 1986 Aerostar was unique: it had five speed, premium sound (graphic equalizer and power amp), dual air-conditioners and dual heaters front and rear, a traction lock differential and all heavy duty (trailer package) equipment. Oldest son rolled when he was 14. Ended upside down in a slough in about a metre of water. Both he and my wife were belted in and survived with just getting dunked. They got out through the sliding door which flew off on one of the tumbles.

Because he was underage, no insurance, and because my wife allowed him to drive, she got a ticket.

That Aerostar was my last new vehicle. Since then, every car has been a used one. When we decided to build the Focus wagon, I looked for a black Focus wagon with five speed manual and air conditioning. Never found one, settling for the dark grey instead. At the Carlisle Ford Nationals, the other Focus owners gave me the gears (pardon the pun) for using an ultra rare Focus wagon manual transmission model. Rare? I had my choice of several white, several silver, a red, a green, a brown, a blue and of course the grey one I bought. "You had a choice of colours?" was the their response.

Now if only I could find both a Generation 2 Taurus wagon and a Taurus SHO five speed, I would be happy. But that generation SHO is extremely rare up here, and selling the one I had, was the other big mistake I made.

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