Update on my EGR tube. Was driving around last week and saw another 99 Taurus LX FFV VIN 2 engine code (3.0L 12 OHV pushrod Vulcan motor)/plant G (Chicago). Stuck around long enough to ask the lady who owned/drove the car if I could look under the hood. Sure enough - same screwed-up EGR tube on a CA exhaust manifold (not the 49-state Federal rear manifold). Called NC Motor Fleet Management and they were required to buy the most fuel-efficient model cars available - but unsure why they would get a rear CA manifold for a 49-state Federal motor?
Well guys the time has come I drove the toreass since I was 16 and the day has finally come to put her down the camshaft synchronizer is going out the radiator leaks like a siv the shift linkage is messed up only allowing reverse, neutral, and overdrive, the instrument cluster is wonky, she burns every liquid under the sun and motor mounts are non existent. Pick n pull offered 170 so she's finally getting scrapped it was a decent first car got me 40k miles but everything has to come to an end someday and today's the day