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Old 10-11-2009, 16:01   #1 (permalink)
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Question Advice on 24v 3.0L Taurus

I'm looking at possibly buying an '01 Ford Taurus with a 24v 3.0 engine. Car has 62k miles on it and appears to have been taken good care of. I however dont know much about this engine.
I know the standard 3.0 is almost bullet proof, my dad has had a couple of them. I have done alittle reading and learned a couple things. I know its got about 50 more hp than the standard (gotta be fun to drive!). I understand its a bit more expensive to work on, OK I'll accept that. A former Ford dealership owner told me out on the highway it will get 30mpg and above 3000rpm it will flat SCREAM! He had nothing but positive feedback about it. I'm just looking for more feedback. I need to know if I can expect to get 200k out of it or should I keep looking.

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Old 10-12-2009, 16:31   #2 (permalink)
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No offence but what is your point ? Can't you make a decision ? I've seen a 3 lt Ford motor get 500,ooo miles. Yes miles. and i've seen a 3 lt. Ford motor die at 30,000 miles.
You pays your momey and you takes your chances. I own the 3 lt. Valcon motor with
582.712 " MILES on it. I made it get that far and it is still ticking. Depends on how well
you look after the motor. If you follow the ford oil change time frame you MIGHT get
200,000 miles. Maybe. Remember they are in the busness of selling new engines. I change the oil in my cars every 3 months even if they only clocked 1000 miles. Gee, I wonder if that is why my 86 3lt. Taurus is still running as good or better than it came
from the dealer. Just my thoughts on this. Do what you think is best. Make a decision.
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Chip, do you have anything positive or negative to say about the 3.0 duratec engine? That's what they are wanting to know..
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I'm looking at possibly buying an '01 Ford Taurus with a 24v 3.0 engine. Car has 62k miles on it and appears to have been taken good care of. I however don't know much about this engine.
I know the standard 3.0 is almost bullet proof, my dad has had a couple of them. I have done alittle reading and learned a couple things. I know its got about 50 more hp than the standard (gotta be fun to drive!). I understand its a bit more expensive to work on, OK I'll accept that. A former Ford dealership owner told me out on the highway it will get 30mpg and above 3000rpm it will flat SCREAM! He had nothing but positive feedback about it. I'm just looking for more feedback. I need to know if I can expect to get 200k out of it or should I keep looking.

Thanks

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Hello and good day:

I own a 2000 Taurus 24v 3.0L Duratek engine, with 135,000 miles. I have had my share of problems...(as the Forum knows)...LOL... But nothing major related to the Engine, or Tranny.

However I am constantly doing regular Maintenance to the car. To Keep it in good shape.

I get about 32 miles per gallon (at 70mph) on the Highway, and about 25 in the city.

To be honest I may buy other Taurus same year, and model.
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Here are the top problems with this engine:

1) Vacuum leaks (lots of them)
2) Camshaft position sensor (most OEM's fail or make noise)
3) Bad ignition coils causing misfire

Other annoying problems:

1) Bad DPFE and EGR and clogged EGR ports in intake manifold
2) EVAP system leaks

Now, having said that, it's mechanically a good engine. Take care of it and it will run the pants off of you. But you will get sick and tired of fixing vacuum leaks. Vac leaks on this engine are the #1 complaint that shops report. Yeah, it's that bad. This engine has made many boat payments for shop owners.

Plan on replacing the intake manifold gaskets and most of the vacuum lines during the life of the engine.
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I'm looking at possibly buying an '01 Ford Taurus with a 24v 3.0 engine. Car has 62k miles on it and appears to have been taken good care of. I however dont know much about this engine.
I know the standard 3.0 is almost bullet proof, my dad has had a couple of them. I have done alittle reading and learned a couple things. I know its got about 50 more hp than the standard (gotta be fun to drive!). I understand its a bit more expensive to work on, OK I'll accept that. A former Ford dealership owner told me out on the highway it will get 30mpg and above 3000rpm it will flat SCREAM! He had nothing but positive feedback about it. I'm just looking for more feedback. I need to know if I can expect to get 200k out of it or should I keep looking.

Thanks

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Ask for any previous maintenance records. Check all fluids, not just the engine and transmission oils. I settled on a 2V 3.0L because I got a great deal on it at the time (new demo). I don't drive enough highway with the Taurus to warrant a peaky HP engine, which as the one guy mentioned to you, is where the engine loves to play, above 3000rpm. You just won't get 30mpg cruising in top gear at 3000rpm. If everything looks good and the price is right, go for it. I've also been running synthetic oils in my Taurus (change once a year), I add half a quart of oil to top it up after six months, and it still runs amazing. It has 125K on it and should easily see 200 if I don't trade it in for something new.
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" I add 1/2 quart of oil to top it up after 6 months. It has 125K on it ". I wouldn't say that is excessive but not good for an engine that has only 125k on it. I have a 3 lt 96
that gets no top up between oil changes. There is another thing. Maybe someone forgot to tell you, NEVER top up untill it is a quart low. Then NEVER top up either. Change the oil. Oh well, to eack his own. Just my input.
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Re: Advice on 24v 3.0L Taurus

Thanks for the input.

I got alot of feedback about the 24v engine from here and other sources. Nearly all was good. I looked the car over and test drove it and bought it.


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Here are the top problems with this engine:

1) Vacuum leaks (lots of them)
2) Camshaft position sensor (most OEM's fail or make noise)
3) Bad ignition coils causing misfire

Other annoying problems:

1) Bad DPFE and EGR and clogged EGR ports in intake manifold
2) EVAP system leaks

Now, having said that, it's mechanically a good engine. Take care of it and it will run the pants off of you. But you will get sick and tired of fixing vacuum leaks. Vac leaks on this engine are the #1 complaint that shops report. Yeah, it's that bad. This engine has made many boat payments for shop owners.

Plan on replacing the intake manifold gaskets and most of the vacuum lines during the life of the engine.
Those are the most common for the Duratec. A couple other common things, the P/S pumps on Duratec seep on the bottom, common leak. Coolant bottles either crack or the low coolant switch has coolant leak through the switch, causing the low coolant light to come on abnormally. Tank replacement, as the switch isn't serviced seperately. A 3.0L Duratec isn't any more expensive than a 3.0L Vulcan to maintain, other than major repairs.
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Just to clarify, these are the "industry standard" specs. provided by Chrysler:

NORMAL OIL CONSUMPTION: See industry standard
engine oil consumption guidelines:
{A}: Mileage below 50,000: Normal oil consumption is one quart
for each 1,000 miles driven.
{B}: Mileage above 50,000: Normal oil consumption is one quart
for each 750 miles driven.
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