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03-08-2015 09:11 AM
natere2ster the issue is the value of my car. its not work putting in any sort of money involved with engine issues. if any one wants to buy it for parts let me know. i guess i should post a parts car in the classified section?
03-08-2015 08:50 AM
drlenger Not saying .... just saying ..... the SPI can be a great little engine with the right modifications. I have two of them, and yes both have had the head redone. The first which I documented here on FocusFanatics did suck down the #4 valve seat, and yes it munched the engine. Bought a junkyard SPI with 60K and replaced the head. We have put over 50K on it since and no problems at all. So I found another SE with SPI, it had been redone but the person who did it somehow warped the head. I replaced the head with one I bought off ebay and now my daughter has an awesome little car. FYI there is a guy here in the St. Louis area on Craigs List that sell finished completely rebuilt SPI's for $1500.
03-08-2015 08:20 AM
natere2ster Just wanted to drop by and say hello. I'm the proud new member of the "SPI valve seat drop it like its hot on cylinder 4." Actually, its not dropped yet but has 90 psi compression! waaaaaaaaaa (baby sounds)
02-18-2015 08:19 PM
doorkickerMP5 2002 SE 5 speed with about 125000mi. Cylinder four went out as I was in the drivet through line for Dairy Queen... on a VERY busy night. Going to be swapping it out for a zetec. The mechanic I sent it to at first wanted $5k to get another spit port in it. Not going to happen. EVER
02-17-2015 07:48 PM
DRAGONFIRE_Sr as said elsewhere 138k miles #4 cyl.
12-25-2014 03:08 PM
cgk60 138,000 #2 cylinder
12-30-2013 11:37 AM
Dmperfection '02 176k still going strong...as far as I can tell. Just now dealing with P0171.
12-26-2013 07:49 PM
jerdrb Seat dropped on #3 at 190k about 6 months ago. Boy was that a pain.
12-08-2013 12:59 PM
rroddr just had a valve seat failure at 133,000 miles, on a positive note I picked this car up for $500 and never had a problem in the past four months. I guess I will revive her..
12-06-2013 11:20 AM
tryingtofixthis There are heads you can.buy. or you could buy an engine with a head that is still good and just replace the valve seats. (Timing belt, tensioner and oil pump if your so inclined) which wouldn't cost more than a couple hundred and a few estimate a hours on the job. Or you could opt for another engine, like a zetec
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