L.1011, I couldn't agree more. I've seen way too many youngsters 'waste' their money making a regular Taurus look or drive like an SHO. There usually comes a point were they spend more on their 'SLO' then they would on purchasing an SHO.
The 1995 SE
isn't bad the way it is. It comes with the SHO seats and console (and that all you need for the interior, really) and maybe the rear spoiler (it was an option on the SE
). If you have a 3.8L
under the hood, it'll be quicker off the line because of the 215 ft/lbs of torque you get pretty much off idle. The 3.0L is a bit more sluggish. Dual exhaust will help at higher rpms, but you won't get that much of a gain in horsepower. For serious horsepower, you need a supercharger.. That's when we say: ITS NOT WORTH IT
... That's 3 grand you can put to good use on an SHO.
My opinion.. buy the SE
and keep it pretty much the way it is. Sure, change the rims and tires and do minor cosmetic stuff to it to suit you. But lets be serious though.. you're a kid and you're going to beat the hell out of this car. The Ford Taurus does NOT like to be beat on. IT
WILL BREAK.. Trust me, I know... If you waste your money modding the car to make it faster, you're just accelerating the deterioration of the car (especially the renowned weak transmissions).
It's totally up to you though. I'm just warning you what happens. Like I said. I've seen it happen. If you want a fast car or something you can modify, there are many others to choose from. Just looking at Fords.. you have the TBird and of course, the Mustang. They are about as expensive as the Taurus and easier to modify. OR
you can go Rice.
BTW, I have a 1994 SHO that I've had for 8 years. I love the car to death. I've bought 2 new cars in the past 4 years and haven't had the heart to trade it in. So it sits in the garage most of the time... The one thing I dislike is the astronomical cost for parts.. but that's the price you pay for having a Yamaha engine..
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