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Old 09-25-2000, 07:01 PM   #1
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Hi Guys, After I crashed my scooby 2.5rs (R.I.P) :-( in July, I got myself a '93 Ford SHO Taurus...I am not a Ford person, but when I tested this car, it hauled a$$. What is impressive is that it is automatic. This is probably the second fastest automatic car I have driven (behind a modified Supra, 400hp at wheel!). What do you think of this car?
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Old 09-25-2000, 07:14 PM   #2
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A friend of mine has a '91 SHO. They are really nice cars to drive, A tad bit on the heavy side but the gobs of power that thing has is plenty to keep it moving. Oh and his is a 5-speed. I've driven it a couple of times and damn was it nice.

The nice thing about that car is that you can drive it easy and it rides as smooth as can be like a fine sedan, then on the other side if you feel froggy simply drop down a gear and slam on the pedal and hold on! Nice choice, I'm not a huge Ford fan myself but there are actually 3 cars in the ford line-up that I surely wouldn't mind having...Taurus SHO, Contour SVT, or Thunderbird SC...The SHO and SVT are all around nice cars, fast and not bad looking. However the Supercoupe isn't very goodlooking but when you're pushing a supercharged 3.8L V6, I'm willing to sacrifice some look you know?

Good luck with the SHO...

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Old 09-25-2000, 07:45 PM   #3
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I love SHO's, but what made me love them was the 5-spd.

I almost bought one in '96, but the American car stigma finally turned me away. It drove great, but when I looked down at the dash, all I could think was "Taurus".

But did I mention that it drove great? Ohhh that sweet Yamaha V6 with dual intake runners. Baby yeah! What a rush when it went on cam! I swear the the engine started talking to me.

Just be careful if something goes wrong (witnessed by the Consumer Reports solid black circle). The car is a limited production tuner edition, with no spare engine parts this side of the pacific. Brakes and electrics are highly problematic.

There are many SHO tuner sites, so have fun - no need to listen to a bunch of subephiles. Ask the blue oval crowd what mod to do next!


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Old 09-25-2000, 08:55 PM   #4
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1st off consumer reports can lick my sweaty ...
any way, they rated the old Subaru sedans and wagons as poor in electrical becuase you have to take the door apart to clean the window switches every 6-7 years. Gee it takes 1/2 an hour the second time you do it. And you only have to redo it if you are to cheap to get dielectric grease and put it on.

I have a 94 SHO ATX, and its fun. it has just a bit of power, but it hits the scales at 3,700 so it needs it. So far I have a 70mm MAF, LPM (chip), ZSHO intake, 7.4L GMC K&N filter, Eibach springs (they suck for ATX's), Koni struts (Koni's RULE!!), 89 rear anti-roll bar (26mm), and a front CF strut brace.

Would you like to try the ZSHO intake? Since I post on the SHO boards as ZSHO, and I make the intake.... I haven't actualy MADE one for anyone else, but the prototype rocks. I am getting a smaller filter in tomarrow, so I can try and do a cleaner/cheaper install. It relocates the MAF into the fender along with the filter. The one I have now requires no modifications, other than extending the wires for the MAF sensor. That can be done with a $10 crimp connector tool, and a $2 roll of wire. You can also move the air temp sensor into the fender, but I found that to be a negative modification.

http://web.nmsu.edu/~ewitte/ZSHO_INTK_1_2.JPG http://web.nmsu.edu/~ewitte/ZSHO_INTK_1_3.JPG

visit http://www.delphi.com/shotimes
or email me at [email protected] with any SHO realted questions.

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Old 09-25-2000, 09:06 PM   #5
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My brother has a 89 SHO 5 speed. Nice quick car. That thing hits 120 too damn quick. I like how its a big car and it hauls ass. We autoX it and maybe one day he'll beat my RS.
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Old 09-25-2000, 09:20 PM   #6
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I traded my '93 SHO in for my RS this February, after it started to nickle and dime me to death.

I've spent the past 6 months trying to make my RS as fast as the SHO, but that thing would haul to 120mph in 4th (with more 4th gear left on tap) as fast as the RS will get to 100mph at the top of 4th! With my RS, Zero to 75 in the first three gears is almost as good as the SHO now, but then the RS starts acting like a barn door against the wind once you get into 4th...

My SHO was bone stock with 99,800 miles at trade in, yet I still managed to spend $4,600 fixing it in the 16 months before I traded it in. Think about the RSturbo I'd have for that money!

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Old 09-25-2000, 10:55 PM   #7
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I use to have a 90 SHO 5 speed (the fastest year ). those are awsome engines. the car well kind of a diffrent story. My engine used to claim the life's of many mustang 5.0 automatics and Camaros. those are fast family sedans. Only proublem is they rust like **** and most of the ford parts fall apart at an early age. But I got 139,000 out of mine before i sold it. Allthough only the front two power windows worked and none of the power door locks worked as well as the wipers only working half the time and teh body rusting. But damn that thing was fast.
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Old 09-26-2000, 07:19 AM   #8
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Hey, A Thunderbird SC was my first car. I sure miss the torque that car had. It was quick. One day I topped out at like 145 mph.
The wind shield whippers were flapping so hard I thought they were going to fly off.
It was a 5spd.
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Old 09-26-2000, 10:20 AM   #9
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Hey, A Thunderbird SC was my first car. I sure miss the torque that car had. It was quick. One day I topped out at like 145 mph.
The wind shield whippers were flapping so hard I thought they were going to fly off.
It was a 5spd.
I have one of those. Except mine has a twin turbo 347 shoved in it now, with a six speed to back it up.

It was fast even when it was still the SC V6. That ultra low first gear gave it huge power off the line, and its excellent aerodynamics combined with one hell of an engine made it go really ****ing fast!
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Old 09-26-2000, 10:37 AM   #10
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Haven't done much with a SHO, but I've autocrossed a Contour SVT. Ford finally got it right, then they quite making them.
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Old 09-26-2000, 11:33 AM   #11
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The Contour SVT rocked! Too bad they screwed up the gearing. First way too tall, second way too short. That is why the 0-60 times for the 5-spd fell 1/2 short to VR6's, and GSR's.

The 98.5 edition had such a sweet ride, though - and I loved those SVT Cobra knockoff rims.

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Old 09-26-2000, 11:37 AM   #12
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Miracle Worker - Yeah, but you forgot to mention that your brother also snapped his SHO's motor mounts while AutoXing.

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