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Old 10-04-2013, 21:17   #1 (permalink)
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Vulcan reliability?

Recently I have been looking for a new car. I have noticed that it's not too hard to find low mileage (Less than 100K miles) Ford Taurus and Ford Aerostars with 3.0L "Vulcan" engines in them. I was wondering, how reliable are these engines? I've read that they're completely cast iron, which I would assume makes them more "Durable" than your typical engine with an aluminum head. What about the transmissions paired with them?

I do have an uncle with a 2001 Mercury Sable that has the Vulcan and it's got about 260K miles on it.
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Re: Vulcan reliability?

Most of the Ford transmissions have been fairly reliable with proper maintenance. Getting a car with over 60K should have any recalls fixed, but, typically, people don't service the transmission properly. Don't let that scare you off, though, as 60-100k is about the perfect time to do a fluid and filter change and it should give you quite a few good years.
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I have had a 96, 2000 and now have a 2006 Taurus. the Vulcan engine is quite reliable. Just the normal wear and tear stuff, batteries, filters etc. I have not had any problems with the trannys either but i always do the fluid and filter changes at 30, 60 90k. Always ask for the real mercon V fluid not the mercon with additive.
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Re: Vulcan reliability?

My '99 Taurus served me very well with the 2V Vulcan engine. I have no complaints.

Reliability has to do with how the vehicle in general has been maintained. If you can get a vehicle that has previous maintenance records, then you'll see first hand. If you go check out a car, and notice the engine oil on the dipstick is dark black, it might spell neglect, and you might want to check other vehicles.

My '99 had a sticker on the bad window "Proudly Built in Chicago", and I believe it.
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Just curious about the "bad window" would it be the left rear? My 96 and 2000 taurus and 01 sable all had those windows stop working?
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Check with car complaints CarComplaints.com | Car Problems, Car Complaints, & Repair/Recall Information to see what other people are saying.
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I own an 87 with almost 250,000 miles. Knock on wood, it still works fine. I did replace the timing chain & gears at 150 as I did not know if they were metal or plastic and found them to be metal toothed. I did not need to replace the set.
Rocker covers never off, pan gasket replaced for leak, factory parts except the TFI ignition module, and regular maintenance.
A good engine. I would like to find a newer one with roller cam followers and less miles.
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p.s. it has the factory AXOD with normal fluid & filter changes and only a speed sensor replacement.
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