i bought this car in june 1999 at a toyota car dealship. the car didn't feel right as compared to the rave performance reviews. the car would brake on its own after a couple of miles. i would drive it for a couple of miles a day. for 14 years. the car is forest green metallic and is cleaned once a week with nu finish. it has a mirror like shine. 14 years of insults from my family and friends i endured for buying this car. for some unknown reason i kept the car in the garage. then the last two years i decided to restore the 91 sho. i totally replaced the suspension system (springs, struts, bearing plates, etc) and the brake system is totally replaced (brake master cylinder, brake booster, brake calipers, brake rotors, etc.) and to my surprise the 91 sho drives like new and much faster than before. i spent 1500.00 in repair and 1700.00 in restoration parts. the engine had 66,000 thousand miles. today total mileage is 106,000 miles. my daughter drives this car and is totally attached to it through bad and now good times. she anticipates driving it daily.
This was a great performing car. Fast, handled great and very comfortable. However, after 6 months, the transmission went out. I took it to a Ford dealer in to have it fixed. $2500. They said it would be guaranteed and covered at any Ford dealer in the US. Well, I moved to GA and the transmission went out again. Dealer said it was my fault for not checking the trans fluid. It was a manual and there was no way of checking it. I had it repaired again. $2500 again. 10 miles after the warranty was up, it went out again and they would not fix it unless I paid another $2500. I gave the car away at that point.
My brother bought his Ford Taurus SHO brand new in 1991.Since my brother is serving in the military between the Iraq war and his new duty station in Japan force him to give the SHO keys to me.Our experience with this car is the best ever not toyota or honda can come close to it.Regular maintance was most of the expenses.Right now our SHO has 160,000 miles and feels like new.At 140,000 new clutch,water pump,brakes,fuel pump,high performance exaust, alternator, timing belt, tires, paint job, tuned up, front bearings and oil changes. All this maintenance is regular for any type of car including imports. My final words excellent car built tough to last until 300,000 or more.
Great power all aluminum yamaha engine.Runs so cold it will last a long time. Keeps up with todays cars great looks,exellent handling and pick up I love it.
Front brake rotors need improvement they warp easy. Replace only with Brand name parts for best results.
The Taurus SHO is a great car for
familys and fun to drive. If you get
snow in the winter, it has great
traction due to the front wheel drive.
It has a nearly bulletproof Yamaha
engine, but as for the rest of it,
it's a early 90's Ford, and may
require some TLC.
This car comes loaded from the
factory. Usually leather/cloth
combination seats, many of them have
automatic climate controls and most of
the options you would find on today's
sport sedans. Don't expect to get one
for the $1700 that this site suggests
as high end. A '91 SHO in decent shape
is probably going to run around $3000
or maybe a little bit more.
The look of surprise on the face of
people who think that they have a
quick car when you blow by them. Also,
this car runs under the radar for most
cops... a sports car looks like a
sports car, this car looks like a
really nice Taurus family car that
just so happens to be very quick.
Finding qualified people to work on
this car can be difficult due to the
engine type and transmission/transaxle
combination. I suggest taking it to a
Ford dealer where they usally have
someone who at least knows what a SHO
the 91 plus option is so mean looking,
it can kill. the engine is a 3.0 liter
yamaha. the 220 hp is nice, and @6800
ft pounds of tq. is quite exciting.
mine is the emerald green option which
i beleve only 900 were made. i have a
mazda transmission, all of which that
are on the car is stock. the slicer
rims are sleek, and sexy. the car is
so fun to drive, fast of course, when
road conditions permit. although SHOs
do have significant maintenence
required, but i beleive it is well
my fav. feature is the gen. one slicer
rims. the silver looks so nice when
passing by a glass building.
some improvement that i would have
liked to see would be that the cars
accesories could handle the power of