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11-01-2013 12:37 PM
replica81 If it's paid off, drive it till it explodes.
10-31-2013 10:02 PM
FreeFocus Yeah I have read that #4 loves to drop first...So are you saying drive it until it drops and then fix it or go ahead and fix it before it happens?
Finally changed the sway bar links, lasted 48,000 miles on OEM. Got some now with grease fittings, what a difference!
10-31-2013 11:50 AM
crazy_urn
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I take great care of my car. Since I have had it, it has always been parked in the garage. The salt from the winter is always washed off once a week. I spray under the car, wheel wells, all that good stuff. If you take care of the car it will take car of you. I have read that thread on here before, most of the pages actually, i have seen it happens anytime with no cause. Is the cost to fix it around 700$? i think that is average price.
I mean i paid 1000$ for my car so i am well ahead if i have to do any repairs. as for the new car scenario, its one of those dreams to get one you know what i mean? ha i like to window shop. The only thing is wish is that my car was a manual not automatic..., other than that it is great for me.
Glad to see you take care of the car. I don't know if it will help delay the dropped valve seat, but that is what I am banking on.

As far as cost, that really depends on how much damage is done. The most common seat to drop seems to be cylinder 4. If this is the case, typically the other cylinders are not damaged, and the repair is cheaper and easier. If it is one of the other cylinders, then the potential for damage is higher, and it is more likely other cylinders are damaged, which will increase repair costs. I don't know anything more about specific costs than you have already seen, so I can't comment on that.

This is probably obvious to you, but if you do drop a valve seat, make sure you don't keep trying to crank the car. Once it dies, tow it home and don't even try to start it. That should limit the amount of damage, and reduce repair costs.
10-30-2013 09:58 PM
FreeFocus I take great care of my car. Since I have had it, it has always been parked in the garage. The salt from the winter is always washed off once a week. I spray under the car, wheel wells, all that good stuff. If you take care of the car it will take car of you. I have read that thread on here before, most of the pages actually, i have seen it happens anytime with no cause. Is the cost to fix it around 700$? i think that is average price.
I mean i paid 1000$ for my car so i am well ahead if i have to do any repairs. as for the new car scenario, its one of those dreams to get one you know what i mean? ha i like to window shop. The only thing is wish is that my car was a manual not automatic..., other than that it is great for me.
10-30-2013 12:14 PM
SlickWilly The last part of that post should not be over looked, re-read it a thousand times. When looking for a new car and your unsure and just getting buying fever step back and remember, HOW MUCH DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE CAR YOUR BUYING. I'm not saying never buy a used car, but there is always a risk.
10-30-2013 12:10 PM
crazy_urn
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I am hoping because it is the SPI motor that I get rid of it by 80,000 miles or so, the whole valve drop scares me, do any of you have an opinion on whether i should fix it before it happens or sell it before it happens? Ha I passed the kiddy hill then.
As Coty said, the SPI is a very reliable motor apart from the dreaded valve seat.

In the SPI tech chat, there is a long thread about the issue, a lot of people have posted the milage they were at when the problem occurred. I haven't read through the entire thread in a while, but IIRC, most of the problems happened between 125k-150k. But some had issues as early as 80k, or as late as 200k. Read it for yourself to see what you think

(The thread can be found here: http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=254262)

I am currently a bit over 125k on my SPI. I have decided not to replace the head to prevent the valve seat drop. I have owned the car since new, and taken good care of it, so I am hoping that extends the life a little. But I only drive it about 100 miles per week, and it only needs to last until June when my wife's car is paid off. So for me, it is worth it to roll the dice.

If you want a reliable motor.... replace the head and drive it into the ground. It will last a good long time. New focuses are also reliable, but you already know the condition of your current car, and how it has been taken care of. Any time you buy a used car, you are rolling the dice. You just have no way of knowing what has happened to it.
10-30-2013 12:06 PM
SlickWilly Depends all on you. My Dad and I went back and forth about me replacing my 94 Z28 for the longest time. We agreed that when the Camaro cost more to maintain than a new car payment I would get a new car. Basically allowing me to get every bit of use out of the car. If you like the second gens I would step into them. From my opinions I think they ride a little better and shift quite a bit smoother (AUTO).
10-30-2013 11:02 AM
CotyM Well other than the dropped valve seat issue the SPI is one of the most reliable motors... fixing the drop seat is not a costly thing and will keep that motor ticking forever.

As far as age goes, age does more damage up in the rust/snow belt due to cold weather because it if very tough on the wire and plastic parts going from less then 32 degrees back up to 150... On top of that because we have to deal with ice, we put salt on the road, salt alters the tempiture that water freezes so that it is much less likely to freeze to the road. The down side is that salt eats paint and corrodes(rusts) metal. So cars up here have a rough life if people don't care for them... Of course a well cleaned and heated garage kept car will have a better life, and can defenently extend the life of a car up here...

I think the real question is, wheater you want a new car or not... And do you feel safe with what you have now...
10-30-2013 10:13 AM
FreeFocus I guess what Im saying/asking is, would i be better off to fix it or get rid of it and buy a newer car, one that isn't 11 years old? I have been looking for the focus hatch around an 07. Something with a reliable motor
10-29-2013 10:01 PM
waraya I would fix it. You can never tell when that valve seat is going to drop.


FreeFocus--- per alldata it is 120K for SPI and DOHC
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