I know all Fords are not created equally but my SHO had 7500 miles on it when I bought it from the dealer and it currently has 74,000 on it. My only real problem was the cam shaft but nothing else other than normal maintenance. It is one of the best all round cars I've ever owned. Excellent comfort, outstanding performance, superb handling (NO oversteer!) and all the creature comfort features you could ask for. No tranny problems for me.
The SHO has great handling especially when pushed hard in turns. The vehicle loves highway driving. You can feel the effect of the aerodynamics at 80 mph.
There should have been a recall on the overhead cam problems. Other than that if Ford could improve on consistent quality & gas mileage it could be the best car they ever produced.
I really like the comfort, room, ride
and performance of this car. It has
enough room to easily seat 5, has good
acceleration, handling, braking and top
speed. Camshaft problem was a $700
pain to get welded, and the car is on
the third transmission.
Ford really should have admitted that
there is a problem with these camshafts
and brought them in for welding under
recall or TSB.
This vehicle was purchased with 22K
miles on the ticker. It wasn't long
before I knew the relability of Ford
products are poor. To make a long
story short, in 78K miles of driving,
it needed a new tranny ($2500) and a
replacement engine ($3500). By the
way, the engine failed due to a known
design flaw on the camshaft sprocket
which Ford wouldn't admit to. Now at
125K miles, only 50K since the last
tranny, it needs replacing yet again.
This car was never beat on or abused.
It is a Taurus for gods sake. This car
has never treated me good and quite
honestly, I will never purchase another
I have tried long and hard to find a
favorite feature but quite honestly,
there is none.
Ford needs to take the time and efort
to design a car that will last. They
backed up this 3.4L DOHC 8cyl with a
poor tranny. Heck, every auto tranny
behind the SHO's were junk. It seems
as if Ford always comes up short in
their attempts for a good car.