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It's the same 3.0 24V Duratec 200hp engine used in the Ford
Taurus/Mercury Sable since 1996. It's also used in the Ford Escape and
Mazda Tribute. A variation with different heads and more HP (220 vs 200,
but a bit less torque) is used on the Mazda6.
A 2.5L version (most were 170HP, Contour SVT had 195 or 200HP versions)
was used in the Contour/Mystique/Cougar, and MPV's before 2003.
The 3.4L V8 in the '96-'99 Taurus SHO was a 2.5L Duratec with 2 extra
I haven't hard of any common problems, especially with the 3.0L
versions. Early 2.5L's had water pump failures.
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