30th Aug 2007, 09:56

I had a '96 SHO and loved it until someone ran a red light and ended it's life. Regardless, the cam problem is real, but not a guarantee to all of the engines out there. I had mine fixed at a specialty shop and saw first hand that the timing chain gear was loose, but only on one of the cams... it only takes one bad cam to wreck this engine. $500 to have all four of them welded and all was fine. Other than the cams, it was a trouble free car that provided a LOT of smile time for the driver! Loved it and miss it. Handling was incredible for a car of it's weight and size. The sound of the aluminum V8 at wide open throttle to it's near 7,000rpm red-line was exhilarating. And yes, the 1989 through 1995 had an aluminum v6 from Yamaha. The 1996 through 1999 had an aluminum v8 with Ford designing the bottom end and Yamaha designing the top end of the engine.

24th Oct 2007, 15:31

I have a 1998 Ford Taurus SHO that I have owned over five years. Overall, it has been a good car, with one or two of the glitches you mentioned.

The car is a 4.3 V8. The motor is a Yamaha BOAT motor. It has coil packs, not just spark plugs.

The "door ajar" issue has popped up on me a few times--usually in rainy weather. The best thing we have found that works on it is a spray drying agent. This problem usually means the door sensor has gotten damp / has moisture in it. I haven't had this problem in a long time, and I live in a very humid environment.

12th Oct 2010, 15:09

I had a V8 Ford Taurus, and it ran like a beast.

21st Oct 2010, 12:09

I have a Ford SHO and I need someone to fix my heat in it. I don't know what to do, but I need my car this winter. I love it and my heat just stopped blowing hot this summer.


It is a 1998 model.

11th Feb 2011, 11:34

I have a 99 with 140XXX miles. Only problem I have with it is the RCC is bad. Other than that, I love the beast. I've had it up to 140 on a highway, and laughed at the people moving so slow.

21st Feb 2011, 12:15

I have a 1998 Ford Taurus SHO, and I have found that is hard to find anything for the SHOs.

I am looking for a repair manual, but everything seems to exclude SHO models. I am going to change my coil packs and would like to read up on the SHO before I start messing around under the hood. I have found a really cheap part place online. A1 auto. It's awesome and they are really good. If anyone knows where to find the repair manual it would really help!

The only thing wrong with my SHO is that it misses and changing the coil packs with rubber boots and plugs should solve this problem. The rubber boots are usually the cause of the misfire. I also changed the mass air meter thinking this would solve and it didn't.

4th Apr 2011, 16:16

I need help! My SHO is suffering from the camshaft-sprocket spinning free on the left intake cam. I'm sure I'm going to need new valves, maybe pistons too, but since I'm having to pull the heads, can I use the right intake cam as a guide to weld the left cam sprocket?