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Sep 6, 2011, 02:43 PM
 
The ongoing insurance thread had me thinking there should be a thread for people to show off their normal cars. One may already exist, but if it does it's quite old and the vB search engine sucks.

This is Oliver². He's a 1998 Ford Taurus SE. Cost me $1800 back in April with 163k on the odometer. In great shape for his age. And upon running the VIN report after buying it, I found that this little guy has lead quite a life; I'm the 7th owner, he's been repossessed, been to auction twice, been in an accident, and started out life as a fleet vehicle in Alaska!

His heart is a DOHC Duratec 30 engine, putting out 200hp (at some point in time) and plenty of torque. The Duratec 30 is actually something that Ford bought unfinished from Porsche and completed with the help of Cosworth, so Oliver makes some surprisingly Porsche-esque music above 4,000 RPM.

The lineage of his name is also a great one; carrying the memory of Oliver The First, my $800 '90 Toyota Camry that I owned for 7 months in Australia and used for my 1 month journey from Sydney to Perth. Inspiration for the name was Hammond of Top Gear's eminently reliable Opel Kadett seen in the Botswana Special.

And oddly enough, the Gen3 Taurus was never a car I had a particular like for cosmetically. But then, given my prior auto-industry readings, Tooki suggested I grab a copy of Car, and the rest is history...





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Sep 6, 2011, 02:47 PM
 
I assumed you meant like the spinny vomit teacup ride.
     
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Sep 6, 2011, 03:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I assumed you meant like the spinny vomit teacup ride.
Yeah, i was thinking he meant amusement park too. Like having rides after members personality traits or something (i.e., "Dakar's Tunnel of insincere self-loathing").
     
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Sep 6, 2011, 03:04 PM
 
Wow, awesome - a serious contendor for The Most Hideously Ugly Ford In Recent Memory competition. Fierce stuff.
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I never understood how that car's tail got approved. That is by far the worst back end on a production car I can ever recall.
     
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Sep 6, 2011, 03:10 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
I never understood how that car's tail got approved. That is by far the worst back end on a production car I can ever recall.
The rear windshield is the most awkward piece of the whole puzzle. The Sable got a squared-off one and it took most of the attention away from the widely panned sloping-trunk.
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Sep 6, 2011, 03:10 PM
 
I've always thought the Taurus was when computer aided aerodynamic simulations started to overtake good sense.
     
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Sep 6, 2011, 03:11 PM
 
Took these last year. Bumper and rust and horn have since been fixed, so this 1996 Subaru is still running with just 150k miles on it. I have learned to enjoy the sway of the shocks that need replacing.




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Sep 6, 2011, 03:16 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I've always thought the Taurus was when computer aided aerodynamic simulations started to overtake good sense.
Except no other car looked as ridiculous at the time.
     
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
http://homepage.mac.com/aparentdesign/Pictures/subaruRot.jpg
I've one of those as well, but it's much smaller - plus being in Arizona has it stagnant. So I think I'll ignore it for a while longer.

I actually have a box of sanding pads, touch up paint/clear coat, puddy knives and body filler. But it's too damn hot for me to want o spend an entire day dealing with it right now.
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I'm excited to get home from work so I can post pics of my 1992 Camry. I just bought a slightly newer Honda so the Camry is actually for sale now.
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Sep 6, 2011, 03:39 PM
 
Very similar to Lateralus:


2001 Mercury Sable.
Two previous owners were both well over the age of 50 and never drove it (currently has 45,000 miles after I did 13,000 in the past two years). Tows 1700lbs with a Class II hitch, can hold 10 ft. lengths of conduit completely within the cabin. Comfy for several people on long trips. Handles terribly. Acceleration is marginal. The Duratec 30 has never been and never will be fuel efficient. But I paid cash for it and it's 100% invisible to police cars.

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With some Infinity 6x8s it's not too bad, far better than the POS stuff that Ford thought was acceptable, and it's all wired through the stock stereo so everything appears factory.





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Sep 6, 2011, 03:44 PM
 
Originally Posted by Kevin Bogues View Post
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Any specific reason you're getting rid of it? I have a friend with the exact same car (in blue) and he's enjoying it so far. Winter tires make it a blast in the snow.
     
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Sep 6, 2011, 03:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
The Duratec 30 has never been and never will be fuel efficient.
You reckon? I get 28 hwy consistently and around 17 in the city. Last tank was 22.5 combined, 2/3 city. And that's pretty normal going by reports from people on the Taurus Club site.

I don't know that any non-hybrid V6 gets much better, even today. At least not in a similarly sized car.

Of course, I'm also running new plugs, wires, oil/air/fuel filters and ran a can of Seafoam through the tank a month or so ago.

Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
But I paid cash for it and it's 100% invisible to police cars.
Ditto. Insurance had might as well be free for these things as well.
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I bought this puppy back in 05 with ~60k miles, paid 9500 bucks for it. I had my heart set on a Toyota Tacoma, for obvious reasons, but those damn trucks are so overpriced in the used vehicle market I gave up trying to find one for around 10 grand with less than 100k miles on it. For this model year my Sonoma had the highest payload available on any small truck, and to be honest that has come into play quite a bit, making a Tacoma's much smaller weight carrying a liability. Of course the gas mileage isn't great, I've averaged about 20MPG for the last 5 years, but that's to be expected due to the rather grunty large V6 under the hood.

Minor work was covered under warranty (aftermarket) and the most expensive thing so far has been an entire re-do of the brakes (rotors, pads, calipers, etc) for about 1400 dollars. The racks are built by yours truly, and are 1/8" tubular aluminum poles with galvanized connectors. The rear rack is set lower then the front so I can carry long stock without it bending and slapping my roof.

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I'm just creating 120k miles now, and the truck is in pretty damn good shape. The only thing starting to become a problem is the level of rot in the chassis at the rear end, I can see it failing inspection in another several years, at which time I hope to be able to buy a brand-new F150.
     
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Sep 6, 2011, 03:54 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Any specific reason you're getting rid of it? I have a friend with the exact same car (in blue) and he's enjoying it so far. Winter tires make it a blast in the snow.
I like the car, and for the two years I've had it its been a great driving car and winter driving is fantastic with a set of snow tires. It is a blast to drive and even though the interior is so-so it's been one of the best car's I've owned but its a little harsh. I can't really describe it any other way, I want to get into something slightly more refined (but still fun). I get pretty "bored" with a car after 2 years and need something different, not necessary better, just different. But this time with the Subaru has spoiled me, for the rest of my car buying career I think I will only buy a car with AWD.
     
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Oh, and to make the time spent in it tolerable:

You bought camouflage for the dead hookers?
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My pickup. I've since bought a matching camper shell for it. 133k miles and I only paid $2600:
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Sep 6, 2011, 04:02 PM
 
Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
You reckon? I get 28 hwy consistently and around 17 in the city. Last tank was 22.5 combined, 2/3 city. And that's pretty normal going by reports from people on the Taurus Club site.

I don't know that any non-hybrid V6 gets much better, even today. At least not in a similarly sized car.
The difference is that today's V6 sedans see 250+ hp, while the 4 cylinder versions that get low to mid-30s mpg offer similar performance to your Taurus. You'll see a 0-60 of about 8.7 seconds and a quarter mile in around 16.5 in your Taurus. The 2009 4-cyl Accord does 8.6/16.6. The 2010 Altima 2.5s does 7.3/15.5, and is rated at 32 mpg highway. I got an easy 33mpg mixed and I saw 39mpg over a couple tanks with tame highway usage.

My Sable has never seen better than 26mpg, even when it was owned by a grandpa that didn't know what the accelerator pedal did and purposely drove 5mph under the limit for better mileage.
     
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You bought camouflage for the dead hookers?
It's not a Camaro...
     
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Sep 6, 2011, 04:14 PM
 
Oliver! Gotta love that TG episode.

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I suddenly want someone to post an Aztek or some equally deplorable vehicle.
     
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
I suddenly want someone to post an Aztek or some equally deplorable vehicle.
I have a friend from high school who now lives in the same apartment complex as me who has one and I don't have the heart to tell him his car is fugly and even my 1992 Camry is embarrassed to be in the same parking lot as it.
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Also accepting Pontiac Vibe, Plymouth PT Cruiser, Chrysler SSR, or Chevy HHR
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
The difference is that today's V6 sedans see 250+ hp, while the 4 cylinder versions that get low to mid-30s mpg offer similar performance to your Taurus. You'll see a 0-60 of about 8.7 seconds and a quarter mile in around 16.5 in your Taurus. The 2009 4-cyl Accord does 8.6/16.6. The 2010 Altima 2.5s does 7.3/15.5, and is rated at 32 mpg highway. I got an easy 33mpg mixed and I saw 39mpg over a couple tanks with tame highway usage.

My Sable has never seen better than 26mpg, even when it was owned by a grandpa that didn't know what the accelerator pedal did and purposely drove 5mph under the limit for better mileage.
All true, but a mid-90s 3 liter V6 pushing 201hp and 207lb-ft @ 27~mpg hwy when well maintained is better combination than many other engines of the era.
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
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Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
All true, but a mid-90s 3 liter V6 pushing 201hp and 207lb-ft @ 27~mpg hwy when well maintained is better combination than many other engines of the era.
Yes, all of that power pumped through a terrible, antiquated 4 speed auto that's averse to any type of efficient power transmission or intelligent shifting.
     
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Agreed.

Just be happy we got the AX4N and not the AX4S, otherwise our cars would have been junked long before we bought them for so cheap.
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Except no other car looked as ridiculous at the time.
Oh, I don't know:

     
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Best photo I can find on hand, not recent.



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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Wow, Ford can really make some ugly hubcaps.
Has there ever been a hubcap that looks nice?

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Best photo I can find on hand, not recent.



'04 special edition. Bought it in '06, paid it off years ago. Snow tires are a requirement.
My dad has the removable hard top version, same year, same color. It's a fun ride.
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