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Brichter14 04-17-2013 06:07 PM

Brichter14's Silver 5 Svt progression
Ok to start this whole thing off I will show you what I came from.

Ok so that's not my only vehicle but it was my daily driver. 1993 geo metro 3 cyl 5 speed. Got amazing mpg but had no ac or airbags.

These are my other vehicles that I use for play.

Anyways a few weeks ago I got mad at my metro because I found some frame rust and it was gonna cost me a few hundred bucks to get fixed. So I decided to post it on Craigslist for about 5 times what I paid for it just to see if there were any bites.

In reality I didn't really need it anymore because my commute is only 10 minutes one way as opposed to an hour before we bought our house. Anyways I ended up finding somebody who wanted to pay me entirely way too much for my 93 metro and I sold it.

But now what to get? I wanted a hatchback and have always liked ford as well as the focus. So I start browsing Craigslist for a zx3. Then I stumble upon some zx5's and immediately think that will be a bit more practical when my wife and I start having kids.

Then I starting seeing this model called the SVT. Owning an F150 I had heard of the lightning as well as the new raptor so I was intrigued. After doing some research I was hooked. I finally found one about three hours away in Chicago. These are the pics the previous owner took.

It is an 03 zx5 svt with 119k miles. It has the cold weather package with heated seats, mirrors, and block heater.

It starts but needs a new starter eventually. There are some random dents and such and the headlights were yellowed and foggy.

First thing I did was remove all the back/front window stickers as well as sand down and polish the headlights.

They are not perfect but they are better. Idk what I'm gonna do long run. Maybe replace them with some eBay halos or just deal with a less than perfectly clear lense.

I also took off the tails and did spray on tint.

That's all for now. Much more to come.

calebstubstad 04-17-2013 06:35 PM

You have the single best hid light for this car bro. They are made by hella in Germany. They are as good as you'll get lol. Polish em good and keep em. They go for upwards of 350 around here. In worse condition. Nice svt though! Just keep the lights!

calebstubstad 04-17-2013 06:39 PM

Or if you do decide To get rid of em I'll gladly take em!

macdiesel 04-17-2013 06:40 PM

Looks like it has lowering springs. Welcome, fun cars. I still regret not getting a five door.

Red01Focus 04-17-2013 06:43 PM

looks good, as for the headlights sand them to get off the crud and build up then pick up some laminex to keep them in great condition

Brichter14 04-17-2013 07:03 PM

Yah it is lowered a bit. I think the headlights have what is called the " Bambi" mod, which keeps the projectors and fogs on when I turn on the brights. That is pretty nice.

However they are projected a bit low for my liking and I couldn't find any adjustment screws. U guys know where they are located?

macdiesel 04-17-2013 07:08 PM

Any other aftermarket parts with purchase?

Brichter14 04-17-2013 07:09 PM

Also I started cleaning the lenses with a 600 grit paper followed by 1500. I kinda feel like I need something with a bit more bite. What do u guys think?

Brichter14 04-17-2013 07:13 PM


Originally Posted by macdiesel (Post 4689512)
Any other aftermarket parts with purchase?

Nope it is all stock in the engine compartment a well as suspension to my knowledge except the obvious lowering.

I have big plans for it but need to get timing belt,water pump and starter replaced because there is no documentation on any of that being replaced. The guy did say that the guy he bought it from changed timing belt at 89k but I can't prove that.

BackNBlackSVT 04-17-2013 07:33 PM

Nice find, I've had mine since 2004 and no issues to complain about. There are however common problems that car has like the thermostat housing leak, DSi clip etc but you can find answers here on the forum of course.

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