1st Jan 2006, 01:17
I wrote the original review, and trust me I THOROUGHLY KNOW this car. The engine IS a 3.4 liter v8. Good night, why would I lie about owning a Taurus of all cars? If I wanted to make myself look better, I would write a review about owning a Ferrari or Mercedes.
Anyway, this same information is available at v8sho.com and a few other websites that I visited before actually purchasing the car. My personal findings are generally in line with the information you will find at v8sho.com. Right now my mechanic is going through the engine and making sure that the cams are okay, and also checking if they have already been modified.
Do your homework. The first few years 1989 to 1995 were the V-6 years. Those engines were built entirely in Japan. The first 2 or 3 years were strictly manual transmissions, which I believe are shared with the Mazda MX-6. After complaints by people that can't actually drive (if you can only drive an automatic, your skills are limited), an automatic became available along with manual transmissions until 1995.
At this point the V-8 was developed for 1996, and NO FACTORY MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS were available, although some people have installed manual transmissions, because the bell housing for the V-6 and V-8 are the same size.
Last bit of SHO trivia. The original V-6 engine was developed for a mid-engined sports car to compete with the Corvette. The plans were scratched for that car, and the engine was put into the Taurus and the suspension was stiffened to make it "sportier".
But I don't actually own a Taurus SHO (whatever... shaking my head)
7th Dec 2006, 13:01
To the previous commenter, I would like for you to explain to me why when I opened the hood of my 1993 SHO, I can clearly see 5.0 markings on the engine...? and the owners manual stated that the 5.0 was an option?
20th Dec 2006, 21:31
You mean 3.0 you tard? The Yamaha V6 was a 3.2L. 5.0L would not fit in there, to my knowledge. Which stop were you supposed to get off @ on the short bus???
23rd Dec 2006, 10:21
Re the above comment: yeah buddy you might want to rethink that whole "tard" comment cause you're making yourself look pretty stupid by insisting that you have a Taurus SHO with a 5.0 V8. NO Taurus SHO ever came from the factory with a 5.0, so either someone figured out somehow to get one in there, or, (much much more likely) someone transferred some 5.0 logos from an old Mustang GT to this Taurus, to convince some sucker (you, perhaps?) that it has a 5.0--one of a kind, hahaha.
24th Dec 2006, 21:19
I own a v8 SHO and they have a 3.4 v8 and they will run a mid 15 stock. Most people don't even know what a SHO looks like or why its so much different than a regular Taurus. It maybe a Taurus, but its gotten its respect over the years. So your research before you run your mouth. It just makes you look incompetent. Plus all V8 SHOs have a top speed of 144 most cars can't dream of reaching that. Unless we start talking vettes and high end exotic cars. We are talking about a 4 door sport sedan though. GM has nothing with that kind of high end power in a 4 door. 3.8SC models are much faster in a lower end race, but they lose there power after about 110. And there is one guy on our Forum that has a 97 SHO that he stuffed a 4.6 Continental Engine in, 5.0 I don't believe unless I see pictures. I didn't believe the 4.6 till I saw it in real life.
25th Dec 2006, 01:54
So, my buddy's 1991 Ford Mustang has the 5.0L v-8 in it, and yesterday when we were changing the oil I couldn't help, but notice that the engine in this mustang looks exactly the same as the 5.0 engine in my Taurus, which is a 1993. now I agree that this may not be plausible and sounds incredibly unbelieveable, but it is true. the previous owner of my 1993 Ford Taurus SHO found some way to stuff this 5.0 engine my car, and slapped some 5.0 badges on my car. now, I don't mind it, and I really don't care if anyone believes this, but I am stating the situation as it is.
And also, what I don't understand is how people can try and tell other people what is under their hoods, especially when the engine is clearly labeled. just because it might not come that way stock, doesn't mean someone couldnt get a wild hair and swap drive trains.
25th Dec 2006, 05:03
When you burn rubber see if its now coming from the rear wheels... or look underneath for a rear drive shaft and differential. Maybe then it's a 5.0...seems like a lot of work.
25th Dec 2006, 10:34
1) merry christmas
2) its always burnt from the rear wheels, I thought this was normal for all taurus', as I didn't know they were front wheel drive.
25th Dec 2006, 10:57
You didn't know all Taurus were front wheel drive?
Didn't you read that in your owners' manual? The same one that says that, uh, the 5.0 was an option on the Taurus?
25th Dec 2006, 11:02
No, I didn't as the car I bought didn't have one, and that comment left saying the 5.0 was an option wasnt left by me, I was just backing that person up with my experience in my taurus.
3rd Jan 2007, 08:49
Yeah, I'm not calling anyone a liar, but I wonder why anyone would stuff a 5.0L or a 4.6L into a taurus. These are RWD motors. the DOHC 24 valve V6 and The four cam 32 valve V8 are enough to make this car fly. I owned a V6 model (sold it) and currently own a 1997. Also the 5.0 and 4.6 are heavier, and would require an absurd amount of modifications. FORD TAURUS SHOs do not come with 5.0s or 4.6 (never have never will). However if you say your car has one of these engines, I believe it.
26th Jan 2007, 14:51
I am going to, but a 97 SHO with 48000 miles. any suggestions on what to look for.
3rd Feb 2007, 17:16
I have a 97 Taurus SHO. It used to run great, but I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't been able to keep up on maintenance because of emergency medical bills. The Service Engine Soon light's been on for a while. It just doesn't have the same kick that it used to. Now it won't start. I just hear a clicking noise. I have power though. Could it just be a dead battery, or starter, or does it need new plugs? Any ideas?
9th Feb 2007, 16:12
If you have power and all you hear is a clicking noise it is most likely your starter.
I have a 96 mercury sable and want to make it more of a powerful performance car. Any ideas on what mods to make to raise hp and get this thing moving?
9th Feb 2007, 16:40
The clicking noise could be the battery, solenoid, or possibly the starter, but it sounds a lot like the battery is either low or you have a bad cable connection. First check the battery. Do the headlights come on? Take off the battery posts, thoroughly clean them with a wire brush (the posts, and the battery cable clamps), and refasten them. Then spray some of the red anti-corrosion spray on the terminals. See if it starts. How old is the battery? If you have an electrical testing meter, does it show 12 Volts? If the battery is five years old, you probably need a new one. Next, if Ford still uses a solenoid on a vehicle this new, it could be that. Probably bolted to the fender somewhere, but the big red cable from the battery should go to it. They can get corroded and fail if they're old. Probably not the starter itself, so hold off on replacing that until you exhaust checking the battery and solenoid. Spark plugs have nothing to do with the car not turning over. Regarding the check engine light, how long since you changed your oil? Change it, and see if the light goes away (or it may have to be reset). If you don't mind a little more advice, can I suggest that you really treat this car gently as long as finances are tight? Don't worry about it not having kick, just focus on making it last until your finances stabilize.