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Need a SHO in my life... But how's 2010-2012 reliability?

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Hey guys, newbie here. I want to be one of the cool kids too and buy a SHO, but I'm wondering what the reliability is like for the first model years. Right now I drive just a regular 2010 Taurus SEL, and it's been a tank with absolutely no reliability issues whatsoever, but at night when I close my eyes I dream of being behind the wheel of one of those 3.5s. SO... I'd rather avoid a huge car payment, so if I did buy a SHO it would be an older one with similar miles as my current Taurus. Any 2010 to 2012 (or even newer) owners that have above 50,000 miles or even up to 100,000 miles that can enlighten me on how their reliability has been? I'm sure I'll have more repairs with a SHO than my SEL since it's more complex with bells and whistles and stuff, but I'd still like to avoid a headache if I can. I've heard horror stories about the SHOs manufactured in 2009 and early 2010, but as far as models after that go, I can't find much on long-term reliability. 

 

Thanks so much everyone!! 

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Brakes suck for those model years.

 

The gaskets on the oil supply & return lines (for each turbo) went through like 4 revisions before they finally figured how to prevent them from leaking.

 

Everything else is/was contigent on prior maintenance. If performed religiously, the block, trans, turbo's, etc. were all fairly bulletproof.

 

If not, well then, meh...... it would be questionable.

 

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I bought mine in 2013 with ~40k miles on it.

 

It has 86 or 88k now and has been great.

 

I have kept up with maintenance and for all 40k+ of those miles, the car was on the stage 3 LMS tune.

 

Keep up with maintenance or get one that wasn't beaten on and neglected and you should be good to go.

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My 2011 has about 85k miles now. Here's what's been fixed/replaced since I've had it (I bought it with about 26k miles).

 

PTU repaired three times under warranty. Seems really good now.

Glove compartment latch replaced.

Rear sunshade motor replaced.

Front seat heaters don't seem to get very warm any more.

 

Otherwise, no issues. Runs great!

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Hey guys, newbie here. I want to be one of the cool kids too and buy a SHO, but I'm wondering what the reliability is like for the first model years. Right now I drive just a regular 2010 Taurus SEL, and it's been a tank with absolutely no reliability issues whatsoever, but at night when I close my eyes I dream of being behind the wheel of one of those 3.5s. SO... I'd rather avoid a huge car payment, so if I did buy a SHO it would be an older one with similar miles as my current Taurus. Any 2010 to 2012 (or even newer) owners that have above 50,000 miles or even up to 100,000 miles that can enlighten me on how their reliability has been? I'm sure I'll have more repairs with a SHO than my SEL since it's more complex with bells and whistles and stuff, but I'd still like to avoid a headache if I can. I've heard horror stories about the SHOs manufactured in 2009 and early 2010, but as far as models after that go, I can't find much on long-term reliability. 

 

Thanks so much everyone!! 

 

I had a 2010 SHO with a Livernois stage 4+ and now have a 2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost with the same stage 4+ and CAI.  Ive been driving this car hard for 3 years now, put close to 100,000 k on and all I've had to change besides regular maintenance like wiper blades, tires etc, is the battery.  Havent had one single issue and I drive it HARD

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I had a 2010 SHO with a Livernois stage 4+ and now have a 2011 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost with the same stage 4+ and CAI.  Ive been driving this car hard for 3 years now, put close to 100,000 k on and all I've had to change besides regular maintenance like wiper blades, tires etc, is the battery.  Havent had one single issue and I drive it HARD

 

The SHO was an awesome car. Turned a lot of heads. The massaging front seats were awesome. The MKS for some strange reason didn't offer that option in 2011

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I love my 10 and it has been very reliable. But then again, I have less than 38K on it...it isn't my DD. I've had a few problems, nothing major, and did upgrade my brakes to EBC rotors and pads, which improved the braking. But coming out of a Lincoln Mark LT, I never thought the SHO brakes were all that terrible. 

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