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#626 of 3389 What's it worth???
Feb 20, 2001 (8:31 am)
I'm new to this section of the Townhall and I am hoping that everyone is as helpful as in the Pickup topics.
I have a 1993 Ford Taurus GL Sedan with the 3.8L V-6 (100,500 miles). Over the weekend, we experienced some severe engine trouble. It is either a blown head gasket or cracked engine block. I am interested in cutting my losses with this vehicle and just getting rid of it.
Does any one have any thoughts on what the vehicle is worth as is? The body and interior are in good shape. There are no other problems with the vehicle that I am aware of.
Any help would be most appreciated.
#627 of 3389 90 taurus - rear suspension
Feb 20, 2001 (3:23 pm)
The plate that holds the rear control arms is cracked along with the box beam it attaches to.
Anyone have idea how to fix less than the
frame shop quote of $3000.
Feb 20, 2001 (6:49 pm)
It's the head gaskets! The 3.8L Ford head gaskets have a better popping ratio than Orville Redenbacher!!! When mine on my '93 went (in 1998), it cost me $1,300 to have fixed at an independent shop. They did NOT use Ford parts when they repaired it and they said that they had never had one come back a second time. Car ran beautifully after that, so you might want to reconsider selling if you like the car. I ended up selling mine after my daughter hit the back end of a pickup with it (last spring)! The bumber was fine, but the fascia, headlights and hood were goners. Body shop estimate was $1,800. Since I don't know anybody "in the business" as they say, that is what it would have cost me to fix it. Instead, I finally ended up selling it (103,000 miles) to a Ford used car salesman for $800. He was able to get it fixed cheaper than I could. He hasn't had any problems with it that I am aware of. In my mind then, I got $2,600 for the car (this was last October). If you go by the same formula I did, you could probably get about $900 - $1,300 for yours if it is in excellent shape.
By the way, have you talked to Ford about fixing it? They have been covering some of the costs of this repair under a secret, extended warranty. I don't know the details though, but perhaps someone else does on here.
#629 of 3389 Minnesotaart
Feb 21, 2001 (6:04 am)
Thanks for the great information. I do appreciate it.
I've got a pretty good contact at a local Ford dealership. I'll be talkin' with him today about a possible "secret warranty". The worst they can say is no, right? I'll let you know if I have any success.
#630 of 3389 Price on my SES Taurus. Good, Average, or Poor
Feb 21, 2001 (10:56 am)
Just bought a 2001 ES with 16,000 miles for 16,200. I tried to use Edmund's to gauge what I should pay. I figured around 16,000. What do you think? A friend of mine paid 12,400 for a 2000 SE with 25,000 miles. Does it depreciate that much?
Feb 21, 2001 (9:09 pm)
The 2000's seem to hold $1000 more than the 1999's did, since they have the restyle, etc.
My neighboorhood Ford dealer had a glut of year old 1999's last year for $11-12K. Now they have 2000's for $13-14K. They get a lot of rental cars for sale.
Also, used Focus' go for more money than 2000 used 4 cyl. Contours. The local dealer has '00 Contours for $9999 and used '00 Focus SE's for $12-14K.
#632 of 3389 CD Changer
Feb 24, 2001 (6:07 am)
I have just bought a '99 Taurus used, and I love it. The one question I have is this, however. The radio has controls for a cd changer. I am wondering if the cd changer from my old car will work. It is the Sanyo Expedio 10 disc changer. Should I just hook it up and hope for the best, or could something bad happen?
#633 of 3389 97 GL - Squeak
Feb 24, 2001 (8:14 am)
I have a 97 L. There is a squeak/rattle coming from the front passenger door. I notice if I drop the window down a little it stops. Anyone else have this problem?
Have the following questions:
- Does the door panel come off easily?
- Do you need special tools to get the door panel off?
- Will spraying silicone or ID 40 help?
Car has 58k and runs great. I wouldn't hesitate buying another.
#634 of 3389 Cd Changer for Taurus
Feb 25, 2001 (7:29 am)
Thanks for the great info.
I just bought/my cd changer from (www.radiosandmore.com). They ship any order over $100 free. I put it in and tested the unit. It works great.
I do not want to mount it in the bottom of the trunk and have mounted it on the underside of the package shelf. I just saved myself over $200 from what the dealer wanted.
Thanks for your help.
#635 of 3389 hockey2 - CD Changer for Taurus
Feb 25, 2001 (2:17 pm)
I'm real glad it worked out for you. And it was a snap to install when it is the factory unit and comes with the factory wiring harness!
gbonk - this is a much easier way to go and then you are guaranteed that the CD controls will work. See my message #621 for details of what I am talking about.