Beginner Enthusiast, new to the forum

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Deadnight, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Deadnight

    Deadnight New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2019
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Utah
    Hey everyone, my name is Jake and recently I've been looking into getting a car that's actually fun to drive. I'm interested in learning about the SHO engines and owning a SHO Taurus. Any advice or warnings going in are appreciated, and I am looking to do some modifying and possibly some track time. I have a garage in my town my roommate and I are friends with, but those guys have never owned a SHO themselves, so I'm doing a bit of homework but wanted to also surround myself with owners to get firsthand advice.
     
  2. blk\blk90

    blk\blk90 SHO Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2002
    Messages:
    505
    Likes Received:
    180
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Electrician
    Location:
    Amarillo, TX
    Welcome! Which gen are you looking at? 89-91, 92-95, 96-98, 10-12, or 13-19?
     
  3. zoomlater

    zoomlater SHO Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2004
    Messages:
    1,520
    Likes Received:
    891
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Welcome!
     
  4. Irish Pride

    Irish Pride Irish Inside Staff Member Super Moderators

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    2,131
    Likes Received:
    2,931
    Occupation:
    Owner of A Little Bit Of This And A Little Bit Of
    Location:
    MusicCityUSA
    Get one that has a documented service history and is well maintained. You do not want to get one that has been sitting and neglected. The parts for these cars are getting harder to come by. I'm not saying don't get one because I love them and can't stop buying them but you want to make sure you get a good one.
     
    SHOMON, blk\blk90 and SHOCH like this.
  5. Deadnight

    Deadnight New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2019
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Utah
    I'm most interested in a gen 2, I'm looking for something manual.
    I was going in to this with some of that in mind. I know it's kinda specific and a little underappreciated, but I just really like the Taurus platform. Thanks for the straight answers and the welcomes guys.
     
  6. luigisho

    luigisho SHO Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2001
    Messages:
    8,570
    Likes Received:
    1,614
    Location:
    va beach,va
    Home Page:
    To echo Irish Pride, I would not look at one for a reliable daily driver unless you have taken care of it and know what is what. That meaning- all the rubber and plastic are old and degrading at this age. The wiring is starting to show it's age and rest of it is no spring chicken. As was stated before, new Ford and aftermarket replacement parts are also starting to dry up. No new crankshaft sensors available is a big issue as they are a high failure item and can leave you stuck somewhere. The engine will not run without it operating correctly.

    If you want to flog it it will break. The manual tranny is weak and has a history of spitting out diff pin/spider gears through the case. The auto tranny..meh not so great either.
    I've owned one form or another of these cars since the 90's and they required more vigilance than most cars back then. I would not trust my ability to work or get places reliably and own one as a daily driver without a backup form of transportation. If it's a toy and you have a bunch of money to keep it running then enjoy it.

    I like these cars but they have issues.
     
    SHOMON, zoomlater and blk\blk90 like this.
  7. zoomlater

    zoomlater SHO Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2004
    Messages:
    1,520
    Likes Received:
    891
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Plan to do a lot of your own work or it can get expensive paying someone else to do it. If you can track down a car that was maintained and kept inside by a long time owner (they are still out there), you may need to take a road trip to get it. My first Gen 2 was an airplane ride away and a three day drive back home. I daily drive one, but also have another Gen 2 as a backup.
     
  8. SM105K

    SM105K Land Yacht Pilot Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2018
    Messages:
    1,909
    Likes Received:
    1,831
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Paper Slayer
    Location:
    Arizona
    I miss my 93 MTX. Grrrrr....
     
  9. zoomlater

    zoomlater SHO Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2004
    Messages:
    1,520
    Likes Received:
    891
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Crank sensors are hard to come by, but Shosource is working on a replacement. Out of the five SHO's I have had or have, only one failed on me after 130K. NoSlo has 300K on his Gen 2 and if I recall, he has only replaced his crank sensor once. New and used sensors are out there, but at a price until a replacement comes around.
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
  10. SHOdded

    SHOdded SHO Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2011
    Messages:
    7,978
    Likes Received:
    3,488
    Location:
    Maryland
    Welcome!
     
  11. Irish Pride

    Irish Pride Irish Inside Staff Member Super Moderators

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Messages:
    2,131
    Likes Received:
    2,931
    Occupation:
    Owner of A Little Bit Of This And A Little Bit Of
    Location:
    MusicCityUSA
    My current daily driver popped up on ebay in California early last year. I flew to pick up and it took two whole days of driving to get it back home. My car was not properly maintained. I won't get into all the details but this is how it currently sits. Crank sensor failed on me late last month so now I'm going thru all the required maintenance. I definitely do not recommend a SHO that has not been maintained but I couldn't pass up a non-moonroof white 89. I can do all my own work and I have a stash of parts so it's OK but I've been working on it for a week now and probably won't get it back on the ground till next week. Once it's done I'll have a car to beat on that shouldn't give me any problems for years though.

    -Chad 20190811_101605.jpg
     
  12. luigisho

    luigisho SHO Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2001
    Messages:
    8,570
    Likes Received:
    1,614
    Location:
    va beach,va
    Home Page:
    All of us posting here do or used to do alot of our own wrenching. If you have to pay for labor you will need access to a good amount of funds. The purchase price is just the price of admission and usually the cheapest part of owning one of these at this age.
     
    Irish Pride and SHOdded like this.
  13. DJSHO91

    DJSHO91 SHO Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Messages:
    1,039
    Likes Received:
    793
    Occupation:
    Retired-Disabled
    Location:
    Durham, NC
    Welcome to the SHOsanity!
     

Share This Page

If you wish to help keep SHOforum running, please click the donation button below