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Topic Review (Newest First)
02-23-2013 03:57 PM
FuriousFocus Hopefully an aspiring SVT owner can show this car some love and put her back into shape. GLWS
02-23-2013 03:16 PM
platkeyboy Alright, let's see if I can remember it all:

*Miles are high (177,xxx), but it's nearly entirely highway.
*There is noticeable front end damage. The car is driveable, and the hood shuts, but the top radiator support bar (the thick one) is pushed in probably .5" toward the header. The front bumper cover is cracked from the accident. I didn't own the car when this happened, but I was told it was from a truck hitch backing into it. I've put over 10,000 miles on the car in it's current state.

*The interior is a 4 on a scale from 1-10. The SVT seats look and feel ok, but those stupid cheap plastic adjustment knobs have all fallen off (with the exception of 1, I think).
*The original audio system was stolen (also before I bought the car), so no subwoofer and the steering wheel audio controls do nothing
*The windows are fixed PERMANENTLY in the UP position. Why? Because they were smashed out by the thief and the previous owner somehow mangled the regulators and motors on both sides before giving up and stuffing RAGS between the windows and doors to keep them up. I did some rough fabricating and used brackets to hold the windows up...possibly forever, depending on how industrious the next owner is.
*Airbag light is on, as well as check engine. I replaced an O2 sensor that was causing an issue, but it also needs the IMRC fix. Engine still runs well though.
*One of the wheels has a bend in the outer lip, which doesn't alter ride, but it looks like crap.
*The tires are shot. They aren't dangerous unless it's RAINING OR SNOWING, lol.
*The windshield washers don't work, for some maddening reason. I can hear the pump running, but no spraying occurs. Nothing seems to be visibly leaking, but...whatever.
*Missing the Ford emblem in the front
* Paint on top side of rear bumper seems to be sunbaked from time in the Georgia sun
*Rearview mirror on inside of windshield broke off and needs a new bracket

I have to run out the door now, but I'm sure I got the major stuff out of the way. You may be laughing to yourself at this point, but as Samuel L. Jackson would say, "Hold on to your butts."
02-23-2013 02:36 PM
platkeyboy Without discussing a sale, or even pricing, I'll use this thread to let everyone know (in agonizing detail) the various strengths and weaknesses of the car. I'll start with the strengths:

*Engine runs strong (new plugs and wires), but needs the IMRC fix done. Synthetic oil
*Transmission shifts well and clutch doesn't slip at all
*Originally a Georgia car until last year, so there is really no rust to speak of.
*Back seat is in good shape
*Sunroof works
*A/C works
*Installed a full set of stock SVT shocks/struts almost exactly one year ago
*recently installed cam bolts in back to correct common camber issue
*poly dogbone engine mount 1 yr ago
*stock replacement engine mounts 1 yr ago
*Brakes are good
*aftermarket speakers
02-23-2013 02:18 PM
platkeyboy Well, I need to sell the SVT. We have two kids, and a third on the way, and a van is in our future. The SVT is the "odd man out" in the driveway.

Let me begin by saying that I am going to price this thing dirt cheap on this forum, but that it's cheap for a few good reasons. Still runs and shifts great, but,...well, I'll try to get an ad in the classified section shortly, so as to not screw up the location of this thread.

It's been a fun ride.
12-29-2012 01:47 PM
FuriousFocus Good to hear the car is going strong!
12-26-2012 12:52 AM
scopymatt yeah,awesome car man. good to see someone restoring an SVT Focus, take good care of it! its a collectible.
12-26-2012 12:37 AM
Originally Posted by Luis360 View Post
awesome car man. good to see someone restoring an SVT Focus, take good care of it! its a collectible. and welcome to FF!!!
Ditto, love people fixing on the SVT's too.
12-25-2012 10:16 PM
qweesy get massive speed system camber and toe arms for the rear to fix your alignment issues and the inner tire wear issues
12-25-2012 10:12 AM
platkeyboy Quick update. First of all, Merry Christmas everybody. It's been a while, and the car has over 172,000 miles on it now (!). Just replaced the upstream O2 sensor and did a tune-up, which really woke this thing up. Now I'm about to deal with the all-too-common rear tire inner tread wear issue these cars are known for. I'm going to try the adjustable cam bolts first, and hope a good alignment solves the issue, because so far, I'm getting under a year out of a set of tires, and the rear end likes to step out in anything but dry weather. That sucks.
01-23-2012 06:07 PM
FuriousFocus Glad to see the progress!
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