The car is what I wanted in a car for the longest time. I needed a cruise car, and this is what it is. The car would be comfortable for anyone. The performance is incredible. The car is what its worth but suffers from the Ford 90's transmission problems, camshaft lag, and transmission lag. Overall if you find one of these they are worth buying to have fun with or driving around. I daily this car and it doesn't have any problems. Another downfall is that the engine takes premium gasoline. but the car is nothing shy of being my favorite car, and soon to look into buying a new SHO.
The experience you get while driving is great. I usually get tired with a vehicle after two years. I'll have this car for three in approximately three month's and I haven't gotten tired with it yet and I don't think I ever will. This car is a keeper!
There really isn't anything that I don't like. Other then I can't find a new pump for the driver's seat.
The only problem I have other then normal wear and tear items is that the driver seat has an air pump built in for more support while driving. My pump still works put the fitting broke off where the line attaches. You can no longer find the pump in order to fix it. The pump should have been made better.
The SHO is a fun-to-drive vehicle. Although the ride is somewhat harsh, it handles well and has more than adequate power. Mileage is decent for a car with this much power. The interior is well-laid out and the controls are easy to reach. The car is well-optioned, and includes climate control, which is nice to have. My major concern is the poor camshaft design, which really ruined the owning experience of this vehicle for me. Also, they could have made sure that parts are more readily available. For example, the electronically-controlled suspension has unique, expensive struts. They would have been well- advised to update the V6 from the previous SHO's rather than go with a new V8.
The drivetrain is the strength of the car. Ride is comfortable on long trips. A ton of optional equipment. Sound system is one of the best I have heard in a stock auto.
Where Ford really messed up is the splined camshaft sprocket. When mine failed at 46K miles, it caused $2100 worth of damage and took 7 weeks to repair. Parts are hard to come by (struts), and repairs that are straight-forward on other cars are difficult on this one: the spark plugs took 4 hours!
I bought my '97 SHO with 105,996 miles.
Since then I've driven about 3,000
miles with no major problems. I did
have the driver's side tierod end
replaced because it was getting dry (no
grease fittings) and very noisy. It
will soon need ball joints for the same
reason (drying out). My average mileage
is between 20 - 22 mpg. Car looks
great - black metalic w/ chrome
wheels... real head-turner! Mach Audio,
moonroof, tan leather, factory cell
phone - tons of features for this
class! 4-wheel air ride is great on
highways, but rough on bumps. Yamaha
32V V8 has good power and nice exhaust
note. Will need suspension work -
noisy. I paid $5995.00. Nice for the $.
Overall style is great. Mach Audio has
good sound. 32 valve Yamaha V-8 - 235
hp. Comfortable leather interior.
Moonroof. 16" Chrome wheels. Handles
nice. Decent gas mileage for a V-8. Low
insurance cost - $18 / year less than
my 2001 Saturn L200 (4 cyl). Auto
climate control is nice.
Put grease fitting on the joints! Cup
holders are worthless. Interior rattles
over every bump. CD changer skips over
most bumps. Wiper speeds don't work
correctly. Interior door panels are
working loose. All minor problems
expected with age and mileage.