Re: Loving the MPG...1998 Taurus
My '99 gets decent mileage. Even after replacing the suspension parts a couple years back it's still lower than stock so I'm sure that helps mileage on the highway. Winter tires however, take away some mileage benefit due to their "all terrain" tread style but I can't complain. I average 25mpg and with only 145hp (Vulcan here) there's no sense in driving it like my old Mustang...especially considering that the Taurus weighs nearly two tons!
As for the headlights, I polish mine every few months. The first time I wet sanded the lenses down with super fine grit paper and just Blue Magic the lenses to keep them clear. I use a buffer that fits on the end of my 1/2" drill and put on two coats at a time. Rain, snow and slush just bead right off. My OEM headlight bulbs took 12 years to burn out. HID bulbs are overrated when halogen's can be had for under $10 each and last over a decade with no worry of melting other components or getting in trouble with the DOT.
Once a year, before I change the oil in my Taurus I throw some Seafoam or Amsoil power foam into the engine to clean out any carbon buildup. I can put 15K on the car in a year running synthetic oil and at that 15K, the oil is still golden brown!
'11 Ram Quad Cab 4x4 SXT 5.7L HEMI (stock); 48,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 64,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 28,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!