Just Picked Up One... What Do I Need To Know?

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Just Picked Up One... What Do I Need To Know?

Postby Rob774 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:50 am

Just grabbed a 2008, got lucky and it only had 83,000 miles. The engine purs... doesn't even rattle the car. Been looking for a 7-passanger vehicle for awhile and this board relieved any fears I had in getting a 10 year old Ford. Saw an Eddie Bauer I like... but it had high miles... and the dealer was still asking for 10K.

Got this for $6500.

What do I need to know?
I've already read on here about some transmission concerns.

How about water pump life?
Fuel pump?

I put in Bosch Platinum +4 plugs in my Focus. But I heard they don't improve quality of every car they are placed in.

I had a K&N air filter inside my Avalon... loved it. Thinking about putting it in this vehicle, the roar this car already gives... would sound even better.

The last few weeks, thought the pickup was sluggish, but I guess I've been afraid to punch it. I had a guy stop suddenly in front of me yesterday and it was like time slowed down.

I hit the brakes, but there was a guy on my back who would of undoubtedly rear ended me. There was the tiniest of gaps between me and a Murano... so i punched it and changed lanes. I was suprised on how quick the response was and the handling. A larger SUV like an Explorer would of killed on me on the body sway.
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Re: Just Picked Up One... What Do I Need To Know?

Postby gsally » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:36 pm

Congrats! Key maintenance on this car is the CVT transmission, there's a filter and fluid change recommended at 60K intervals. Changing the spark plugs is a little more involved, you'll need to remove the intake manifold.

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Re: Just Picked Up One... What Do I Need To Know?

Postby mmsstar » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:53 pm

I believe the OP has the Taurus X which has the 6 speed, no CVT.
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Re: Just Picked Up One... What Do I Need To Know?

Postby pwschuh » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:57 am

mmsstar wrote:I believe the OP has the Taurus X which has the 6 speed, no CVT.



You are correct. Freestyle Forum is a different forum.
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Re: Just Picked Up One... What Do I Need To Know?

Postby Rob774 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:48 am

mmsstar wrote:I believe the OP has the Taurus X which has the 6 speed, no CVT.


Yeah, I had found some really affordable Freestyles... but what I was hearing about the CVT engine scared me.

Which is why I purposely went with the Taurus X.

Plus having the boost in horsepower helped. You are asking a lot for a 3.0 engine to push a 4000 pound vehicle.
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Postby RVAFreestyle » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:56 am

Taurus X (all the benefits of the FS less the CVT) is the best followed by very late model 2007 FS with improved CVT.....


For what you need general maintenance for T-x models. Water pumps like to leak with no noise. THAT'S really about it
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Postby pmassey31545 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:05 am

RVAFreestyle wrote:Taurus X (all the benefits of the FS less the CVT) is the best followed by very late model 2007 FS with improved CVT.....

MAybe a stupid question...and I may answer it before you do by checking the VIN...but what is considered 'late model'?
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Re: Just Picked Up One... What Do I Need To Know?

Postby Rob774 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:09 am

RVAFreestyle wrote:Taurus X (all the benefits of the FS less the CVT) is the best followed by very late model 2007 FS with improved CVT.....


For what you need general maintenance for T-x models. Water pumps like to leak with no noise. THAT'S really about it


Pre-emptively...when would on go about attacking that?

Or should I just wait.
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Re: Just Picked Up One... What Do I Need To Know?

Postby madmatt2024 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:34 pm

Rob774 wrote:Pre-emptively...when would on go about attacking that? Or should I just wait.

Changing the water pump on these is a big job so its best to just wait and maintain your cooling system properly. Change your coolant at the specified interval, use the correct concentration, and keep it full. My moms has over 200K on the original water pump and so far so good.

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Re: Just Picked Up One... What Do I Need To Know?

Postby Rob774 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:09 am

madmatt2024 wrote:
Rob774 wrote:Pre-emptively...when would on go about attacking that? Or should I just wait.

Changing the water pump on these is a big job so its best to just wait and maintain your cooling system properly. Change your coolant at the specified interval, use the correct concentration, and keep it full. My moms has over 200K on the original water pump and so far so good.


The Ford dealer in which I purchased it from has me going back to them for work. So hopefully... they'll help me stay on top of it.

Thanks.
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