Yes, the SPI is a flawed motor. Yes, I am pissed off at ford for their complete disregard for the serious problem the SPI has.
But just because there is a serious design flaw in a motor does not make it a completely worthless piece of garbage. Apart from the one problem, they are very reliable, easy to work on, and very fuel efficient motors. (the main reasons I have not sold mine)
Will my SPI eventually die and leave me stranded on the side of the road? probably. Does that diminish the ten years of flawless service my little SPI has given me? no.
Every car will eventually have a catastrophic failure. The question is, when does that happen, and how reliable is it up to that point. So far my little SPI has given me 116k over ten years with nothing more than standard maintenance and a new alternator. That is pretty good for an $11,000 econobox. Plus the fact that I still get over 30mpg. To me, that is quality that lasts.
I am very happy with my SPI, and I would not trade it for a zetec. And I am sure I am not the only one who believes that.
Defending the reputation of the red-headed step-child of the focus world for far too long.