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Old 03-22-2004, 10:46 PM   #1
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Talking Howdy SVT owners help a perspective buyer out

Hello all! I just joined and the reason is that I am looking at a 2003 SVTF 3door (it is brand new and I am getting $3500 cash back vs. $2500 for a 2004 and they are the same car). Right now I have a 1996 Taurus SHO and I really enjoy the heck out of the car but it has over 116K on it now and it is just time to look at something new. I have had to drop about $2gs into so far this year (2 coils out of 8, intake manifold gasket, wheel bearings, catalytic converter fan … the list can keep going) and I just don’t think I am that in love with the car to keep dropping money into it. That is what made me start to look at the SVTF. I have read review after review and everyone raves about the handling and the power train. So I guess what I am wondering is.
1. How much of a drop off in take off power will I notice?

2. How is this thing in the snow? I live in upstate NY and I just can’t afford a new car and a winter rat at this time.

3. What have you as a SVTF owner seen the most problems with? My 96 SHO has been known to have some factory defects in the cam shafts that cause catastrophic engine failure and I want to make sure I can sleep at night when I own a car :). Thanks to anyone who will take the time to answer.


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Sorry for putting that in the wrong forum :(
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Its a great car it doesn't snow in my part of Texas so I can't tell you about the snow some of the SVT's have had a quite a few problems but most solve them all pretty quick (you get a free loaner when ur car is in the shop) I had a few problems but they are all fine now (some of them due to an accidnet) but overall its a really fun car Its pretty quick and handles like its on rails its really fun if you like the feel of a rally car you will love this

In my family we have an SVT an RSX Type S and a WRX and I will tell you the SVT is alot more fun then the Type S and it is almost as fun as the WRX which has been rated most fun to drive by many many magazines (the SVT has in 2 or 3)

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one of the things it has had some problems with is the flywheel.


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The motor is a freewheel motor I believe so even if the timeing belt breaks you wont need new pistons,valves, and con rods. As long as you don't float a valve youll be ok.So engine wise it's solid. Trans axle is ok but the two piece flywheel has given some people problems. But the dealer will cover that under warranty. Ecu had a recent flash on it but that was over mostly real minor problems. Worth asking about at the dealer though. Not much in power difference if you do the math on it. Or you could just look at the quarte mile time on both to give you a real world number. I don't drive mine in the snow with a Z rated tire plus I don't want the salt on my precious car. hope this helps
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Thanks every one! I know the SHO weighs a lot more and it is automatic so I am sure the SVTF will be a blast. As far as the snow the last thing hinging on this decision is if I get a new job (which looks really really good). It is in PA and they don't use salt in PA . I will be making good money though so I will buy a set of blizax for it or maybe I will find a cheap reliable winter rat. Thanks again for the info and for the warm welcome
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Greetings, Voltron:
Check out my thread(clicky) about SVT prospective buyer questions as well.
You may find some more answers pertaining to "snow prowess".

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If you get the winter package on the SVTF, you will have traction control. I've heard that in the snow that is a very helpful option to have. Stock Conti's, well I've heard they dont handle very well in the snow, most up state SVTF owners have purchased winter tires for their rides during the winter months.

There happens to be some small issues with the SVTF as with any other car, some not all owners have had problems. The ECU reflash is one that applies to us all. YRF0 is the current, do a search in the SVT Forum and you should find information pertaining to that if interested.

Performance diff, well I dont know much about the Taurus SHO, but having a SVTF myself I dont believe you will be disappointed with the power or performance. Best of luck to you and welcome to ff.com
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1. You will notice an increase in speed.
2. The stock tires suck in snow. I highly recommend the cold weather package. We've gone over the SVTF's snow handling capabilities many times. Search
3. If your car is stock you have nothing to worry about. If you mod expect few problems. The car is pretty new so we don't know much about high mileage modded SVTs.
I highly recommend checking out the Mazdaspeed Protege, Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, Saturn Ion Redline, dodge Neon SRT, and Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V to see what the competition has to offer.
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