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View Poll Results: Which is the better buy?
07/08 2dr under Dplan 2 22.22%
02/03 SVT 32k miles for around $8k 7 77.78%
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Old 01-10-2007, 12:08 PM   #1
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Which is the better buy...

... an 03 or 02 (i cant remember which) SVT for around 8k or a brand new 2 door hatchback (07/08) wich i could get the D plan for?


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Depends on the miles of the SVT and overall condition. I would shoot more for the 03.
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d20 w/intake exhaust and tune = power of stock svt without the suspension, interior, body styling, wheels. There are things that can be done to the 05+ that'll make it look good though.
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Old 01-10-2007, 12:45 PM   #4
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The SVT is in pretty good shape, altho I havnt checked it out or driven it. Also, its been for sale for a while? Maybe noone here appreciates a great vehicle when they see one. I did price out an 07 ZX3 for around 12k. My dad says that after the D-plan takeaway, it is right around 8k... so now its pretty much a level playing field as far as price. However, it would be cool to have an svt and on the other hand it would be nice to have a brand new one with warrenty. Also, some of this depends on the price of the 08. If the 08 is right around the same price as the 07, im prolly gonna get the 08 because the interior is b/a (badass for those of you with out leetspeak training)
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It depends on your plans.

Resale on these cars is crap. If you buy new you will be immediately upside down on your loan as soon as you drive it off the lot.

If you plan on keeping the car for a long time (4 or 5 years) then resale doesn't matter as you'll have your loan paid off. Buying new then makes sense because you'll have total control over maintenance (you never know what the previous owner did to the car... you might crawl under to do your fuel filter only to find it rusted on to the clip because they never bothered to change it... etc.) If you upgrade the warranty to 100,000 miles bumper to bumper it will cost you an extra $600 or so and you'll have peace of mind for a long time. Buying new makes sense if you plan on keeping your car for a long time or put a lot of miles on it.

If you want to get rid of the car within a few years, then i'd buy the SVT and the Ford ESP plan to extend the warranty out to 100K miles bumper to bumper (again should be around $600 or so). The warranty will give you peace of mind for a while, and it's already taken the hit for resale. If you don't put a lot of miles on your car I'd even consider a lease. Leasing makes a lot of sense for people that don't put a lot of miles on their vehicle and lake to trade them in every few years.

You won't get the power of an SVT on a D20 w/intake exhaust and tune tho. On a D23 ST you will, but not the D20.
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The later year SVTs seem to have fewer problems, but they also have fewer miles. It could be the 04's will have the same problems as the 02's when they are all at the same mileage, making it a wash. All the same, I'd go 03. Barring that, perhaps a used ST, the Zetec is yesterday's engine at this point, the Duratec architecture is carrying the torch. SVT's also tend to be expensive to maintain and also to insure, if you havent looking into that I strongly suggest you do. We've seen enough threads from folks who buy SVT's, only to discover they need a clutch and an ECU reflash to be happy and functional, a good way to spend $1,500.
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hmm although the svt is a nice car i will always go with the new car u never know what some people do with thier cars and if it starts to give any trouble you would regret it but the new car u take it back and and give them hell till they get it right and exploit the warrenty but looks like its all up to you.
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From a financial point of view, if the SVT is in good shape with no apparent problems, it would be better to buy the SVT, have a great car and save money that can be invested how ever you like (savings account, money market, IRA, stock, etc)
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The coupe has a weaker engine, a weaker suspension setup, probably a a 5-spd and probably rear drum brakes, i'd say SVT all the way. Unless they give the coupe a 2.3 an svt like suspension, and rear disc brakes, then why even bother with the new coupe?
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The coupe has a weaker engine, a weaker suspension setup, probably a a 5-spd and probably rear drum brakes, i'd say SVT all the way. Unless they give the coupe a 2.3 an svt like suspension, and rear disc brakes, then why even bother with the new coupe?
We really don't know what packages will be offered yet- so who really knows which engines will be offered by mid-2008?

I think the coupe will find it's buyers- I just wonder if ford is going to have any small hatches or wagons. Maybe they'll hire the guy who designed the pt cruiser and the hhr.
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