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03-04-2013 11:29 PM
Notcolorblind Idk I haven't driven the car in months
Once while driving back from Dallas it pissed all the coolant out, it was weird b/c it drove up there fine and I was in Conroe so not to far from Houston and the temperature was fine the whole way then like nothing the temp got super hot so I immediately pulled over and my coolant was dry.
03-04-2013 11:24 PM
sleepyboy T-stat housing leak? Or it could be the coolant tank has a crack in it. Ole' Yeller' would do the same thing and it turned out the coolant tank had a crack in it so it would loose coolant when it got hot and pressurized. It wouldn't leave a tell tale sign since it was steaming out.
03-04-2013 11:22 PM
Notcolorblind Replaced the shocks and struts at about 120K They were done by then.
Rear wheel bearing went out at about 130K
Replaced the Timing belt at about 115K (when I got the car)
I have some sort of leak that has drained all my coolant twice, haven't figured out where it is coming from. it only does it when the engine is hot, it wont leak when the engine is cold.
My left lower control arm is done and I will be replacing both soon.
03-04-2013 11:10 PM
sleepyboy
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Originally Posted by tukaniSVT View Post
I on the other hand have gone down the racing end of the stick.

I bought my SVT Focus brand new in 2003. I put about 135K miles on the original engine before it blew. TBelt failure. Well, after getting the engine fixed, I have now put another 38K miles on it. But now, better TLC this time around.

Going AutoX-ing makes you pay attention to all of the cars needs more, I feel.

I replaced my Tranny, when that failed around 122K.

Ray


All you did was rebuild the head, so technically your still using your original motor, at least the bottom end anyways.
03-04-2013 11:05 PM
Notcolorblind I noticed some of you guys bought new engines instead of rebuilding them. Why so?
03-04-2013 10:20 PM
tukaniSVT I on the other hand have gone down the racing end of the stick.

I bought my SVT Focus brand new in 2003. I put about 135K miles on the original engine before it blew. TBelt failure. Well, after getting the engine fixed, I have now put another 38K miles on it. But now, better TLC this time around.

Going AutoX-ing makes you pay attention to all of the cars needs more, I feel.

I replaced my Tranny, when that failed around 122K.

Ray
03-04-2013 10:18 PM
tukaniSVT
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Originally Posted by VAfromMN View Post
Just as an update, I'm at 273,000 miles as of last night. Changed my first timing belt at 150,000 miles and the second one at 250,000 miles. Other than normal wear items, my only problem was a radiator that sprung a leak at about 260,000 miles. I've got a new Focus ST ST3 sitting in the driveway just in case, but I'm hoping to put another 100K miles on the SVT. Still doesn't use any oil between changes, which I do at approximately 5-6 thousand miles.
Nice job. You have taken care of your SVT Focus well.

Ray
03-04-2013 04:43 PM
wordyahurdd I have 127k on mine and have really only done the tbelt (102k). Had the clutch replaced before I bought at like 50k (bought at 57k) under the TSB.

Just bought some coilovers to throw on just because and hopefully repairing the little rust I have on the bottom of my doors and on trunk but besides that its going great!
03-04-2013 07:01 AM
VAfromMN Just as an update, I'm at 273,000 miles as of last night. Changed my first timing belt at 150,000 miles and the second one at 250,000 miles. Other than normal wear items, my only problem was a radiator that sprung a leak at about 260,000 miles. I've got a new Focus ST ST3 sitting in the driveway just in case, but I'm hoping to put another 100K miles on the SVT. Still doesn't use any oil between changes, which I do at approximately 5-6 thousand miles.
02-06-2013 09:29 PM
SVTKarma Agree. Very common theme in this thread is the timing belt. Bottom line, in my opinion, when buying an SVT with maybe 70-80k+ miles and no service history, just change the belt. The peace of mind is worth every penny of the cost.
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