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Old 01-21-2013, 03:06 PM   #9
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If your primary concern is gas milage, I would not totally dismiss the SPI. New they were rated better than the zetec or duratec (iirc). My 03 SPI still gets 30-33 mpg.

You do have to watch out for the valve seat issue, but it is not a bad motor. Mine has run strong for nearly 10 years and 115k miles with nothing more than standard maintenance and a new alternator.

as far as seating goes - I am 6'2, and was 240, i felt like I had a bit more room in the sedan than the hatch, but that was long time ago , so I may be mistaken.
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