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Old 09-02-2009, 03:31 AM   #1
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Purchasing a SVT with High Mileage

So I've been looking to add to my garage recently and found a good deal on a used SVT for $4k. The only down side is that it has 120,000 miles. I've owned a ZX3 in the past with an automatic that had to be replaced around 100k, is there anything with the SVT I should be worried about? How long will the car last? The car doesn't have any major mods besides a K&N intake, so hopefully it wasn't driven too harsh. I am going to test drive the car hopefully this week (it's almost 5 hours away!) so I'll let you know how that goes. But like I said, is there anything I should be worried about? I don't want to make an investment that I will have to keep sinking $$$ into...other than in light mods that is!


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Old 09-02-2009, 05:39 AM   #2
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The only things I'd be looking into with an SVTF with higher miles is perhaps the thermostat housing sometimes can leak. Has the timing belt been replaced? You might also check the fan sensor on the radiator as these can go out on some SVTF, causing them to overheat. Otherwise if its in good shape, I'd go for it!
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You might also want to ask about the clutch. See if that was replaced recently. There was also a recall on the fuel pumps of early 02 vehicles (good up till 100k miles) - if it is an early 02, see it that has been done and if not, try to weasel that into the deal, lol.

If it's of any value to you, my SVT has 130k on the odo, has a jackson blower on it since 90k, still on the orig clutch. It has been relatively hassle free, there are a few quirks that the car has:

• TSB on a "clutch rattle" - obviously not everyone is effected. (free fix)
• The brake master cylinder is known to dribble on your clutch pedal (cheap fix)
• DSI (Dual Stage Intake) Lever breaks - (easy fix - $30 and never do it again)

A lil searching around on these boards and you'll see there are a few quirks, but everyone who leaves their SVT ends up missing it. Even a few folks who moved on to Evo's, Bimmers, etc. Just take good care of it, and it will keep you smiling.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:22 AM   #4
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$4,000 for a unique car with a lot of potential is nothing. I'm going to start looking for an older project Focus even though I have a brand new one, just because I've finally seen the light and realize how unique they are in a world of ugly Hondas/Toyotas/Nissans/Cobalts/etc. If you're not paying for timing belts and other maintenance items then you're paying for massive depreciation. If you ask me, I'd rather pay for parts and have fun bringing the car up to my standards.

If you have no money to maintain your car and $4,000 is a stretch financially, then I would be very careful and have the most knowledgeable person you know have a look at it. If you can pay cash and put a few hundred in it once or twice a year, then do it. Whenever you hit about 150,000 miles on a good car you will have a pretty big round of replacements no matter what it is. If you make it through that without losing your butt, then it will be a great car that's easy to keep running well.

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Only thing I would be worried about is that the SVT is the kind of car that people tend to rag on more than others. And with high mileage it could have been beat on for 120,000 miles.
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I think the other posters have offered some sound advice/input so far. I have an 03 with almost 100K on the clock and it has a few problems, nothing major though. The biggest pain in the arse so far is the stupid suspension. I have squeaking bushings, another broken sway bar end link and I think the ball joint is on its last leg. Oh, and hub bearings are known to go bad on this car at about 100K. Guess what? Im almost at 100K and the front RH bearing is starting to groan on me. UGH

Other than that? Its solid, an absolute blast to drive, gorgeous, unique and offers an aura to it that no Japanese cars in its class can even come close to matching. Ive driven Japanese cars most my life and just recently (a year ago) got back into a Ford. Quirks aside, Im happy as can be and now feel like I spent most my life driving a boring appliance everyday (Toyota and Honda) for the last 15 years of my life. Never again.
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if its got 100k on it, it could have been just a dd, but you really have to know the person who had it b4, if it was ragged on, ur in for trouble.
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Or you can buy mine w/35k, procharged going for 7k.
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Or you can buy mine w/35k, procharged going for 7k.
You know that's not a terrible idea, except you are a pretty far ways away. I might be headed out that way in a little bit so I'll shoot you a PM.

Anyways, thanks for the advice. The problem I have is that it's being sold by a dealership so I wouldn't know who was the last owner. I wouldn't have any trouble putting a couple of $$ into it yearly, I am just mainly concerned with major problems that would affect almost ALL SVTFs. But from the sounds of it I think the mileage alone shouldn't scare me off, I guess I just need to check with them to see if things were maintained and replaced. Thanks for all the advice and feel free to chime in if you have any more!!

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