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Old 10-02-2006, 03:18 PM   #1
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Is it worth it?

I've always wanted to increase the performance and looks of my car, but now that I got my ZX3 I'm starting to wonder if its worth it.

I'm willing to undertake almost everything myself. I don't want to work on the engine because I only know the basics of how engines work. Having a good looking car with no power is not my thing.

So I'm wondering what should I expect in terms of money, maintanance, and reliability in a daily driver if I want decent performance. By performance I mean something that could take an SRT-4.

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In the SRT-4 range, look at thousands (in CDN at least 5000 but more then likely ALOT more), literally and on a 2000 focus, that is already 7 years old, it's a waste of money...................

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Old 10-02-2006, 08:35 PM   #3
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Re: Is it worth it?

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Is it worth it?
I don't think it is...especially if you're tying to keep up with an SRT-4. I think its cool to mod your car a bit to make it fun to drive and look good, but still retain the driveability and gas mileage. If you really want to have fun with a vehicle, buy something older that you don't mind tearing up, instead of your nice Focus. Me? I built a 350 for my s10. Thats my go fast toy now, not my SVT Focus or wife's ZX3.

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rofl Svtzx555! what a 'beater'
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Re: Is it worth it?

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I've always wanted to increase the performance and looks of my car, but now that I got my ZX3 I'm starting to wonder if its worth it.

I'm willing to undertake almost everything myself. I don't want to work on the engine because I only know the basics of how engines work. Having a good looking car with no power is not my thing.

So I'm wondering what should I expect in terms of money, maintanance, and reliability in a daily driver if I want decent performance. By performance I mean something that could take an SRT-4.

Thanks!
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do small mods, nothing major and not a whole lot, your cars old and the 00's have alot of recalls. Do stuff to make your car more interesting when you feel bored as the months go on, and save up for something better. Reliablity will go down if you do major mods like cams, internals or any forced induction
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Old 10-04-2006, 01:20 PM   #6
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Thanks guys.

I think I'll just live with what I have, until I can afford to get a faster car.

I like the idea of having a project car. I've always wanted to pimp out an Austin Mini. Might look into that too.

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Jaken, Just pick your venue. A stock SVTF is already faster than the SRT-4 at most Autocrosses, so I'd advise you to get yourself to the next event and start learning how to humble some big-hp cars. I've seen a stock ZX3 beat up on STIs and Corvettes with a good driver, so don't give up hope man!
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^^ good points, especially the 'venue' part.

I think most of us are assuming, like most people do, when you talk 'performance' it's more street based then track based, on average.
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I think that you first need to accept that all cars are a complete waste of money. You just need to choose how you want to waste it.

Solid modifications can make your car as capable as cars costing much more. For example, an HPA modified VW r32 can outperform exotics costing 2 or 3 times as much.

On the other hand, if you choose to sell a vehicle, you will rarely get much return on the modifications you've spent so much money on. Maybe someone else knows about this, but I suspect that your modifications wouldn't be covered by your insurance if you were to have an accident.

The other issue is reliability. While some companies will back their products with a warranty, that warranty may not cover labor or the damage caused to other parts of the engine.

If I were you, I would do some research in your area. See what's offered for your car, find out how much it would cost, then think about whether or not your money would best be spent somewhere else.
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Maybe someone else knows about this, but I suspect that your modifications wouldn't be covered by your insurance if you were to have an accident.
I can't speak for all companies...but there are a few that i've heard cover mods but that's only if you file them with the company itself. The only downside to that is that it WILL raise your rates. So it's kind of a win/lose situation.
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