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06-23-2014 09:45 AM
NotReal I have an 03 red zx3 svt focus with 96k miles i will be putting up for 3,200$ very soon. It needs paint but other then that it is pretty clean. I'm about to do timing belt thats why its not avalible right now.
06-23-2014 09:30 AM
Originally Posted by eagle9 View Post
i know this is a old thread, but i had put off my purchase, and now im considering it again. gonna get a focus before the year is out........
Hope you can find the right focus for you this time around. And I agree with what sailor has said, see if you can find a duratec in your price range.

However, as a former SPI owner, I do want to clarify some information that was given last time you posted. The SPI is notorious for a valve seat, but a remanufactured head prevents the problem. Other than this one major flaw they are bulletproof engines and got the best gas milage of any focus of that generation.

If you can find an SPI with a new head, it will probably be cheaper, just as reliable, and more fuel efficient than any other focus. Or you could buy an SPI, replace the head yourself for about $300, and still be under the price for a zetec or duratec. Finally, you can buy an SPI with a dropped valve seat, put $800 into parts, and walk away with a great car for half of what the other engines would cost. If you can put the work in, the SPI's can be a great deal.
06-21-2014 10:56 PM
Jburks +1 you should be able to find a Mk1.5 in your price range. I had a 07 with the 5 spd and loved it. Still wish i hadnt got rid of it.
06-21-2014 09:20 PM
sailor On the good side, Duratec engined versions in reasonable shape should be coming into your price range now...
06-21-2014 08:11 PM
eagle9 i know this is a old thread, but i had put off my purchase, and now im considering it again. gonna get a focus before the year is out........
09-16-2012 09:23 PM
PRSman25 What sort of fuel pump issues do these first few years have?
Also what spring issues?
09-15-2012 02:09 PM
foundonroadalive i had an o7 hatch. traded it off. had a variety of cars. did a lot of looking, settled on a dark blue 02 zx5. replaced timing belt. synthetic oil. replaced shocks and struts. car is like new, in some ways better than my 2011 kia forte. 92,000 miles. i am very happy.
09-05-2012 05:36 AM
1gambit I had an 03 SE sedan for 2 years and loved it before I sold (I got a 4dr Toyota Tacoma) it to my sister who drove it daily with minimal problems aside from the thermostat housing before she got another car. My husband got himself an 06 ZX3. When he got it, it had 62k miles on it, now it has 143k. He drives 100 miles 5-6 days a week for work. We have replaced the tires, radio, alternator twice, a radiator hose, brakes and regular oil changes with a full synthetic. I hope to get many more miles out of it as it is paid for and for the age and mileage, it is not a bad little car. With all the highway miles he gets pretty good gas mileage too. City not so much. Huge difference between the two. I got better city gas mileage out of my 99 Mustang GT than my 03 Focus. My husband is looking at the newer foci for when it is time to replace his 06.
09-04-2012 11:27 PM
Black&Tan All cars have certain specific issues.

Most maintenance items can be done with basic tools. Timing belt has specific tools you can buy from Ford.

Tune ups and fluid changes are very easy to do. Spark plugs are right on top and easily accessible.
09-04-2012 10:55 PM
R_ACE1 Wow, talk about good info!

I'm also looking a buying a Focus for daily driving. I didn't realize the car had certain issues. Another critical item was the engine, I guess the Ztec is the way to go.

Also, how difficult is it to work on the car? I can to tune up's and fluid changes, but are they easily accessible? Also what about other things (trimming belt, bearings, etc) could I do them with regular auto shop tools or would I need special tools.

Thanks in advance.
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