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Old 05-31-2009, 01:24 AM   #1
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hybrid '00 focus

I've been thinking, I know the escape and the focus have some drivetrain similarities, does anyone have any info or thoughts on a hybrid swao into a '00 se wagon, it already has ztec swap, just looking for more mpg, this car is a rual mail carrier vehicle, it only gets 10-12 mpg while delivering mail, which the dealership said is normal, my previous focus was a '00 ZTS it got 18-22 mpg on the route. I'm just looking for any feedback or thoughts on this swap. Thanks for any help.


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Old 05-31-2009, 02:15 AM   #2
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Hmm. I guess that would make a lot of sense if your a mail carrier. But have you ever thought of doing a major tune up. Clean your throttle body, CAI will help some, maybe your cat is restricting flow.
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:52 PM   #3
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done, mantaince on this car is a every 2 week thing, something always needs to be done, cai not fesable, too many dirt roads and water holes. also the converter flows fine. also tried the copper plugs, the platinum plugs and the autolite plugs, about every 20k miles. thanks for the info.
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I think it's be more hassle than its worth.

1. find a wrecked escape hybrid
2. pull all parts needed (probably including the ecu and wiring harness)
3. fab up mounts for everything
4. run wiring
5. trouble shooting wiring issues
6. if the escapes batteries are OK from the collision, good. If not, plan on $3-4k for new batteries.
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I'm fairly sure the Escape hybrid motor is a Duratec, also...
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:30 PM   #6
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I think it's be more hassle than its worth.

1. find a wrecked escape hybrid
2. pull all parts needed (probably including the ecu and wiring harness)
3. fab up mounts for everything
4. run wiring
5. trouble shooting wiring issues
6. if the escapes batteries are OK from the collision, good. If not, plan on $3-4k for new batteries.


#1 found rollover for good deal
#3 if motor is a duratec then could be OK
#4 no problem
#5 no problem
#6 rollover still runs.

just need to find info on type of steering and brake assist.
thanks for any info
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I haven't even looked at an escape hybrids engine bay to see how they mounted the electric motor to the transmission.

Either way, your mail deliver vehicle will be down for quite some time while this gets accomplished.

I have no idea how the duratec mounts in the escape, they are fairly similar in the focus and its easily accomplished for a swap. My main concern is fitment of the electric motor and batteries (will add several hundred pounds to the car).
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Hey, I have a second focus setting waiting for a drive train,
thanks again for the input
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It would be cheaper to buy a new hybrid. If you find the parts and can do it for a reasonable price make sure you post a good write up with pics.

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just need to find info on type of steering and brake assist.
thanks for any info

This place sells a hydraulic brake boosting system, Power a power-steering pump with an electric motor and plumb the pump to the brake booster as well.

http://www.hydratechbraking.com/Hydr...D920F13B2B26D1

It would be cheaper and less power required, to find a manual rack, and an unassisted master cylinder. Cars were made for decades without either.
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