1993 Ford Taurus SHO 3.0 Yamaha from North America
The SHO is a stealthy, power-full, family sedan
At around 99k miles the DIS went, checked out the local junkyard got one for $20 replaced it myself and went on.
At 110k I had the top 60k service done because of oil leaking into the plug wells, changed the plugs and wires as well.
At 115k the right half shaft went.
At 119k The water pump began leaking so I went ahead and had the pump replaced along with the rest of lower 60k service including the camshaft position sensor and crankshaft position sensor.
This car is a beast, It handles great for a larger car and catches a lot of positive and negative attention. I have had my car keyed in so many random places its ridiculous.
The 3.0 Yamaha they put in these mated to the 5 speed manual turns this calm car into a beast. The engine is high revving and SCREAMS when taking hard launches while the exhaust stays quiet.
For reliability, basically any part of this Yamaha motor that was ford derived will break. The engine it self is bulletproof and will stand up to abuse, the car has never left me stranded and I have put it through its paces with 6 and 7 hour road trips.
This car easily beats 5.0 mustangs of the current time period. And is fun to spank ricers with.
Despite being a FWD heavy car I've found that it does not handle well in the snow, the tires easily spin and the rear end is lighter than the rest and I have lost the rear end in snow with some of the best all season tires. But I have never had to get snow tires even considering I live in upstate New York.
The car is roomy, it can easily fit 5 people and the car is very comfy with leather and power adjustable seats.
Don't be scared by the maintenance I had to perform in just 30k miles, I just happened to purchase the car around the time these parts life span end. The car is great and Its been nearly 11 months of driving and I'll I had to do is replace the oil and filter!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd September, 2007