I just bought a 1996 Taurus LX wagon about a month ago and took a road
trip Memorial Day weekend with a couple of friends. It was someone
else's turn to drive and accidentally they put the gearshift into 2nd
gear instead of D and drove about 15 miles at 5000 rpm and the engine
overheated. I did not notice until it was redlined (it was storming
so there was a lot of noise everywhere) and then we pulled over but
the damage was already done. When I got it towed to the shop they
told me that I need a new engine on it since it had cracked due to
having been stressed too much.
My question here is whether it's worth it to replace the engine (about
$1000 + some shipping for an engine with 55k and $400 labor) or
whether to try to part it out. I bought the car used (127k) for about
$2000. I am wondering if anyone can tell me where I can try to sell
parts off of it (if there is even a market) or just take it to the
junkyard and accept the $100 for it. My main question is whether the
investment would actually be worthwhile in the end. I'm in college so
I'd prefer to fix if possible since a new(er) car would probably start
costing me around $3000 or so but I don't want to risk the $1400 and
then have a car that needs constant fixing. Thanks.
I have a '92 Taurus wagon my father gave me after my mother died that has cost
me much more in repairs than it was worth. OTOH, there's "worth" and there's
"worth". The value of the car, even after repairs probably doesn't justify the
cost of those repairs. Then again, what's the car worth to *you*?
Even if the hull value were only $500, where else are you going to get wheels
that can haul so much crap and still get around 30 mpg for $1400? Buying
another clunker offers you no guarantees it won't be a hangar queen.
I assume you blew the head gasket on a 3.8 liter engine. Is there any
possibility of replacing it with a 3 liter engine instead? Ford's 3 liter is
pretty much bulletproof whereas the 3.8 liter is prone to head gasket failure.
Then all you have to sweat is the transmission. <G>
On Jun 26, 5:48 am, "Mortimer Schnerd, RN" <mschnerdatcarolina.rr.com>
Unless it's a very late '95 that's titled as a '96 (which Ford has
been known to do, like others) it should have a 3.0 liter motor. 1995
was the last year for the 3.8 in the Taurus. Probably the best
preventive here is to stop letting a friend drive the car.
$1000 is too much. Those engines are a dime a dozen. You could even
find an entire parts car, with good engine, transmission, tires and
more, for around $800.00 in the classifieds or craigslist.
Look here for an engine near you:
If this is a VIN "U" 3.0, you should be just fine with a 100k - 125K
miles engine to save even more.
Look at it this way... I have seen folks with old cars spend more on monthly
repairs that what payments on a new car would be..... I desparately try to
advise against beating a dead horse... but what do I know? People assign pet
names to their cars... after that, it is like I was suggesting they have
their dog (or cat) put down....
This thing is over 10 years old and will never have more than diddly for a
resale value.... If you choose to have the engine repaired/replaced....
spend a few bucks to have the rest of the car inspected first....
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