Hey everyone! As my name suggest I’m a noob to the vr4 and I currently own a 2013PP Taurus SHO. I’ve always loved Japanese sports cars and hated having to sell my Miata when I moved up North but I just remembered that the VR4 exist! I found one being sold by a dealer a few hours away, it’s a 91 with 92k miles (less than my SHO) of course I have to have something that gets around in this northern weather and I was thinking about straight across trading. My only worry is running cost (SHO is stupid expensive on parts and maintenance) what should I look out for on this car? Is it reliable? This would be my only car and daily driver so I can’t be stuck on the side of the road and out of work once a month I really need something that’ll hold up. What are the weak parts of this car? I just replaced the SHO transmission and don’t wanna replace another one in another car here in 20000 miles lmao what are your guys suggestions? Should I just keep the SHO for now and enjoy my heated and cooled alcantara seats and 700 dollar passenger mirrors or will the vr4 be a reliable little tank? Also is 10888 a reasonable price?
If you cannot afford a performance oriented car do not buy it. I'd never use a VR4 for a DD or any other performance car for that matter as they break and when they break you're down without a vehicle. All VR4's are old, most are going to need some sort of maintenance and they're not going to be without flaws. I'd suggest buy a cheap DD and then worry about a performance oriented car.
10888 is probably double the actual value of the 91 VR4, and that's assuming it's in very good condition with the 120k service done.
Even if your SHO is high mileage the VR4 is almost 30 yo. Many parts are becoming brittle and just falling apart due to age, even if it has been well cared for. Then you have to factor in things like ECS struts no longer being available. Regular maintenance is going to start adding up fast as the few remaining OEM parts continue to dry up.
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