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Old 01-11-2009, 08:37 PM   #1
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Buying a 2003 zx3

It has power windows, locks, mirrors, cd, allow wheels only 70k. It looked great and drove quite nice, it'll be my "first" car which I own. Wasn't too speedy but its only a 2.0.
Anyways, the fuel cap light is on, and I thought it was a leak or bad fuel cap?
Would ford warranty still cover this? There was also oil around the valve cover? Is that common for this model, or something is going on here LOL
Otherwise it looked fantastic, and only 4600 ; )
Anything I should look out for?


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Old 01-11-2009, 08:38 PM   #2
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its a 5 speed btw, and hey im new to the forums
my good hello to all!
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:24 AM   #3
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Good price and welcome to the forums! How much oil are we talking about? If there's a ton of oil, you might want to replace that gasket. Mine is an 03 and has some oil around the gasket, but it's very slight and I'm not going to worry about it.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:52 PM   #4
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Just picked it up, and wow did it have some issues.
First right off the bat, I got an oil change! Didn't know if it needed one but its a necessary thing on the to do list. Second the wind shield wiper pump is dead or not working..dunno
Door handle broke off, a WTF moment, as I think im bringing it to ford tmo to fix it, How much do you think?
Front two tires are bald, getting those replaced tom as well.
Otherwise its pretty good, driver side door is kinda dented so road noise is noticeable when radio is off. But man is car a sleeper, don't know if its an issue or just a "feature" It idles so low, down to the resting point, and when it needs more power it just revs itself...
Now could this be a feature? LOL
Anyways it runs great, those are petty issues comparing to major issues, which have yet to exist : )
Hmmm thats about it, the guy before me owned it put fiberglass bumpers and side skirts, nothing too fancy, nothing ricey either. The exaust has a nice deep sound, pretty sweet. Anyways ford dealership tmo, already put 120+ into the damn thing, it better pay back ;)
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:57 PM   #5
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Do i have any type of warranty left?
It only has 70k miles
I dont have the manual lol
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:06 PM   #6
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There are places where you can get an extended warranty on your cars. I get calls about this weekly. You didn't mention all those problems when on your first thread. I'd have probably bargained down the price a little. Oh well, as long as you are happy. Hopefully it won't cost too much to fix. I just replaced the door handle on my car. It cost me $29. Do it yourself, It's rather easy (if not a little frustrating). You do need to go buy a $5 tool to take off the window crank (if it doesn't have power windows). If you want to do it yourself, shoot me a PM I'll walk you through it.
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Would the dealer charge a ton if i had them do it?
Replacing the head lights (bulb) i couldn't do, it wouldn't de latch, ehh the eclipse was much easier lol
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:32 PM   #8
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Just replaced all 4 tires with good year gt's. Anyways the bastard didn't have a key for the wheel so I paid 30 to break it off and 50 for a new set. Tires alone cost about ~600 after tax. 117 a tire.I got the bulbs installed, pretty much done with all ready to go maintenance : )
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o and i found out it has lowering springs too, and a live feed from the battery to the back seat for an amp LOL, better disconnect that
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yeah that could hurt someone.

"don't know if its an issue or just a "feature" It idles so low, down to the resting point, and when it needs more power it just revs itself..."

You may need some new spark plugs... or perhaps wires... I would try plugs, it should run alot smother then. If you need to save $$$ just remove the plugs, clean them and check the gap.
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