This'll probably give away my actual location, but my state got rid of inspections 25 years ago, same time insurance became mandatory (rates suddenly doubled, go figure). There were to many complaints about gouging to pass inspection
& too many shops got caught passing cars for a pay-off. There are laws about keeping cars in safe condition like contributory negligence.
A couple years back I sank about $400 (US) into the brakes of mo '00 Stang, and that was doing the work myself. Put OEM
spec pads all the way around, had 3 rotors turned + 1 replaced & both rear calipers had to be put into a shop to remove the frozen guide pins. In stead of a solid cable for the parking brake (or handbrake), Ford used a spring loaded ratchet setup & getting the rear calipers off is a royal bitch for one guy to do. I think it's supposed to be a self-adjusting setup but
plan to replace w/ earlier solid cable.
Righty - for clarification, this the 3.8 I was talking about earlier, although from what I've seen from working on it & the 3.8 Tauruses, Ford used the same block for both. According to the dealer I've got the wide ratio AOD so I get a little lower gears in 1st & 2nd. 4th is a little taller too. Found an article about swapping the AOD for a Cobra 6-speed for about $500
(US) if you have the right software to tell the computer not to look for signals from the AOD, so I think I know where my next spare $500 is going. Either way, the 3.0 DOHC Tauruses are just plain quick.
If you're into Tauruses, you'll be glad to know Ford recently announced they are coming back.
Edited by Urbanoutlaw, 15 June 2007 - 03:51 PM.