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Old 09-16-2012, 10:07 PM   #39
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Location: Martinsville, IN
What I Drive: 2003 Red SE

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I just bought an 03 SE with the SOHC today. I was looking around craigslist for tires as that was the only thing I thought I needed. I saw an advertisement for a rebuilt engine for my new car, and clicked it open. After reading what the add said, and reading more horror stories on here, I wish I hadn't bought the car. It has 105k miles, and has no valve train noise. So I figure my options are to either relist the car tomorrow and try to break even or do a $250 reman head swap (no cam or lifters and core swap). So can anyone confirm that if I do the cylinder head swap before I drop a valve seat that it will prevent it from happening for another 100k? Also, has anyone who put a reman head on had a valve seat drop soon after the swap? I was looking at CHI (Cylinder Head International), they sell reman heads with what they say is a better seat than ford had factory.
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