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Old 01-06-2008, 01:31 AM   #1
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Thinking about getting a zx3

Hey guys, I've beens looking around for a little while but am starting to seriously consider getting a earlier model 5 speed zx3. Love the styling and looking for a fun to drive yet economical ride. I was wondering if there was anything I should be looking out for on used models or is there a particular year thats better or worse? Any help would be appreciated, thanks.


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make sure its a 2002 or newer

by 2002 all the kinks were worked out.
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look for a 03-04 2.3 pzev zx3 with a 5 speed, best combo other then svt, great engine that responds great to mods
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Alrite thanks for the tips, I was wondering how the 2 liter zetec responds to breathing mods in general and if the 2.3 is tough to find?
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2.3 was available in "green states". Luckily youre from CT so NY and Mass should have a few, but theyre pretty damn rare. Most of the time people dont know what engine is in their car when theyre selling it, so I guess just keep an eye out and do a little digging.

Look for the silver valve cover (03-04), intake will be up front and exhaust will be on the back of the engine bay. the 2.0 Zetec had a black cover and exhaust up front/ intake back. Good luck the duratec is worth it!
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plus the zetec will say zetec on the valve cover.... if you are looking at a ZX3 i would recommend spend the little extra money and spring for an SVT.... i wish i did... they are more then worth it in the better suspension and motor alone
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