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Wife wrote off our daily driver,shes ok but not our pocket book.We are looking at a 93 Tauras 3.0 very well looked after with 212 thou ks on it.What should we be wary of.Does any of yous have or know someone with one.I know I can trust you guys on this buy.The price is 4 thou Canadian certified.Who can help the Snake out today.Thankssss.

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Wow Don, sorry to hear that. Good to hear Cindy is OK.

$4K for a 93 is good but the mileage is pretty high. If it's a V-6 you should be alright.

If you're interested, I spoke with a client of mine yesterday (widow) who has an early 90's Grand Marquis, about 120Kms, which she might let go for about $4K. I have not seen the car but she has owned it for a long time (maybe since new?) and the only real mileage it gets is her trip to Florida each year. Apparently it is in excellent shape for the year. She's looking at a new one.

It maybe too big or possibly too expensive to operate for you, but let me know if you would like to follow up on this.

Otherwise, good luck in your search.

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Like most mid size front wheel drive cars, the Taurus can suffer in the transmission and front axle drive assembly, CV boots, the CV joint itself.

Best of luck, cars are easy to replace, people aren't.

Thomas

P.S. when buying higher mileage used cars I would always tend toward a rear wheel drive model, as their drivetrains are generally always more durable than any front wheel drive car.

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Snake:

Hope all is well - what was your daily driver?

I seem to recall that certain years of Taurus had questionable transmissions - that may have been fixed by the '93 model year but I don't know - keep that in mind anyway.

Oh, and shouldn't you be looking for a daily driver Chevy? LOL


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Snake-good website to check for vehicle suitability is www.edmunds.com They also list recalls and have a good "town hall" forum by model that lets you research older cars.
Good luck-glad your wife is OK.

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212KM not sure what that equals in Miles.
but the price seems hight to me fo a car with that much on the odometer.
Only good thing is there is LOTS of parts availible for those model FORDS.
as stated HEAD GASKETS at 75,000 Mi and above is a common problem. had to do the head gaskets on my wife's Sable 2 years ago,
what a PITA. It's tough when your daily driver Ka'Put and you need to replace it ASAP. You become easy pry for the dreded used car sale's men.
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70isfine hit a good point, but I think the worst was the 3.8-liter engines.
I just R&R'd the head gaskets in my sons 92 Lincoln Continental at 98,000 miles.

Apparently, a bunch of dorks working on the assembly line put the forward headf gasket on upside down. The steel ring around the cylinder is wider on one side than it is on the other. The dealer said they stock heads gaskets by the gross. What does that tell you?
It will cost around $600-$750 if you buy the parts from the dealer, and do the work yourself, or you can pay them $1700 to do it for you

All of the head bolts 'MUST' be replaced because they're pre-stretched.

In addition, they are notorious for having bad rack and pinions!

Regardless of how well they are taken care of these two items WILL fail.
My son had an 87 Sable with the same problems and now he realizes that he should have bought a GM product both times


I can Email you pictures of the head gasket if you want. They're not worthy enough to be on a Chevelle web site


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Gee thanksss guys some great input here I knew i could trust you all.The engion is a 3.0 witch my buddy says is hard to kill,he works at a ford dealership.The kss on it do bother me a little.My friend says the tranny problim was fix after the 86 years.still anything could go wrong.The 4 thou is taxes included and cert in canadian mony.I will check out thoes sites seams interesting.I will let you know what happens.We have spent all weak looking at private cars with less milage and around the same price but man there in ruff shape.Looking here we go again.Thanksss Don.

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For that kind of money, certified, e-tested, and taxes in....I'd be skeptical and cautious. Is this a private sale or a dealer? If it's a private sale, look around the guys yard/garage for clues like a welder, paint gun, etc. Now, I'm not saying that every privateer who has this equipment has 'touched up' the car, but it's happened to me - with less than desirable results... If it's a dealer, you may want to call the better business bureau. Also, does this lot have a paint booth and do it's own certifications? I've found that places that do their own certifications are far more likely to let something go - which ultimately costs you money.
In either case, check the seam on the bottom of the rockers (both sides) where the floor meets the rocker. You're looking for non-factory welds and fiberglass patches. If the rockers have a thick coat of undercoating on them, chances are they've been worked on or that the coating is there to cover work that was never done or done poorly. Also check the seam on both sides of the radiator support and around the shock towers - you're looking for signs of a previous repair. If you find something out of the ordinary, it could be that this car was an insurance write-off or worse yet....'branded', then repaired.
Basically, you're trying to make sure that it isn't a 'mop'n glo'.
Speaking from (bad) experiences in the past, I would recommend you take it to another (trusted) mechanic (not Canadian Tire!!!) to have it safety checked - even if it's already saftied. And surprisingly, I would recommend taking it to a car wash. The purpose of this is two fold - One: you can find any leaks and where the water goes (rust).....and Two: If you find a sever leak, like around the windshield, that may help you determine whether or not the vehicle has been in a severe accident in the past. In either case, you won't have any un-expected worries.
I know it seems excessive, but trust me...you'll be happy you took the time to do these things BEFORE you own it.
 

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Auto the deal here is that a good buddy of mine that i play golf with and is a car salesman.Turned me on to this dealer witch is well know in our ares as being good and exspensive.They wanted 5 tho for this car but my buddy told him of my lack of coin so they booth help us out no shaddy workings here.To bad my friend John could not sell me something 4 tho is to little for the cars he sells.I would be the second owner and the car is well maintaned and all the papers to show.Wish me luck


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