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1997  Ford : Taurus  SHO Item number: 4547437464
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Winning bid: US $1,125.00  
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Ended: May-09-05 20:56:44 PDT
Start time: May-02-05 20:56:44 PDT
History: 12 bids   (US $550.00 starting bid)
Winning bidder: milestoneauto ( 6 )
Item location: Lodi, Wisconsin
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  Item Specifics - Automobiles  
  Ford : Taurus SHO  
  1997 Ford Taurus SHO, Black V8, Loaded  
  Miles: 144711     Doors: 4 doors  
  Transmission: Automatic     Interior: Gray  
          Year: 1997  
  Warranty: No     VIN Number: 1falp54n4va270304
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  Title: Clear     Exterior: Black  
  Condition: Used     Inspection: --  
  Engine: 8 CYLINDER 3.4 LITER  
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Vehicle Description

Good News:

1997 Black Ford Taurus SHO, very fast, 145,000 highway miles well maintained. No accidents.

The motor is a V-8, motor area is very clean and looks new. Paint is in good overall condition with a few minor blemishes (see pictures). Leather seats, top, dash, moon roof and side door panels are excellant condition. There is a quarter-sized stain in the back seat (see pictures). Wheels are in excellant condition with no marks or dents and shine very nice. The tires only have 2,000 miles on. There are new brakes, new pads, and new rotors with less than 2,000 miles on.

Has AM/FM cassette radio, 6 disc changer in trunk with Mach sound system. Front driver side tweeter is partially blown, and when turned to high volumes, it will distort.

No known fluid leaks.

Have Original Manuals


Ice-cold Air Conditioning

Rear Spoiler

Cruise Control


Tilt Steering Wheel




Security System with outside keyless entry on

driver's door

Anti-Lock Brakes

Driver's Air Bag

Passenger Air Bag

Intermittent Wipers

Rear Defogger


Power Steering

Power Windows

Power Locks

Power Driver's Seat


Factory System - Mach sound system AM/FM - Cassette - 6 CD Changer



Alloy Wheels


Excellent Condition

Bad News:

This car stalled out two weeks ago. The car was taken to the service station, where the ignition coils and spark plugs were replaced. After further diagnosis of the engine, the mechanic determined that there is possibly a bent valve. As of 5-02-05, the car will start and drive, but is not safe for road travel. The winning bidder will be responsible for all cost associated with the transportation of the car to it's final destination. Again, this vehicle must be towed or shipped from its current location to the winning bidder's location. There is no warranty and is sold as is.

This is not meant to scare bidders away, since the car was running great until just recently. The above description of the problem is an honest report of the cars current condition. I have just recently purchased a new vehicle and do not want the responsibility of fixing or transporting the car from its current location of Montello, Wisconsin. Please note that within the last year, over $1,000 has been invested with new mass air flow system, ignition coils, spark plugs, brakes, brake pads, and brake rotors. The oil has been changed regularly.

I have tried to fully represent the car and the few blemishes to the paint and interior with the pictures listed. For more pictures are any questions, feel free to email me at:


The car is located in Montello, Wisconsin, which is 50 miles north of Madison, Wisconsin.

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Q: are there dents in the hood?
A: I don't think so. There may be some small rock chips from daily driving but other than that, the body is in pretty good shape for a 97. A few minor door...more
Q: Your car probably has a spun camshaft gear. This is a common defect with this engine. As of right now the engine is severly damaged but it can be repaired...more
A: The car has not been moved-started since the ignition coils were replaced and will not be. I would like to state again that the car must be trailered or...more
Q: Is the title clear? Has it been wrecked to your knowledge?
A: the title is clear, i will pay bank off prior to pick up. I have had the car for the last 5 years. car has never been wrecked. Prior to my ownership, this...more
Q: why wont the car drive a long destination?
A: The car will over heat and burn up the coils that I just had replaced. Again, I'm going on worst-case scenario. I'm not trying to cover up anything or...more
Q: You do realize that your cam is the reason for the foul-up, and that your engine is probably junk now, right?
A: I'm going by what I have been told. You may be correct, as I am not a mechanic. As of 5-2-05 the mechanic said that the car will start but is getting too...more
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