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11-05-2014 06:08 PM
Mandroid Why is this thread still going? Pretty soon these motors will be completely phased out and extinct. Just a memory.
11-05-2014 12:02 PM
Originally Posted by 123run View Post
I was wondering the same thing. Anyone talked to ford yet? my 2000 2.0L 4dr engine just valve seats just broke, and this is ridiculous for the low amount of miles it has.
let me rewrite that for you.

"my car has been out of warranty for 11 years, do you think i can get Ford fix or pay for this broken part?"

No, you are 11 years too late to that party.
11-04-2014 06:58 PM
Originally Posted by 123run View Post
I was wondering the same thing. Anyone talked to ford yet? my 2000 2.0L 4dr engine just valve seats just broke, and this is ridiculous for the low amount of miles it has.
Waste of time, this has been a problem for 20 years, you think someone is going to start caring now? Zetec....
11-04-2014 06:46 PM
123run I was wondering the same thing. Anyone talked to ford yet? my 2000 2.0L 4dr engine just valve seats just broke, and this is ridiculous for the low amount of miles it has.
07-09-2012 03:51 PM
jesusamares Daaaamn that sucks, this just happened to me too just yesterday I'm so down to get my money back.
06-21-2012 03:08 AM
djwrg04 My car is a 2000 SE sedan and my old SPI went back in December of 11, it had more than enough miles on it and for most of its life it had been hot-rodded around as a "hot 4-banger" by my dad when he bought it brand new back in 2000. I got it back in 09 and I abused the hell out of that poor old SPI until it finally died because it overheated and thus the head warped and the seat dropped out.
In the old engine I had an high lift e-f-p cam, mercury tracer intake(only for a very short time...), high-rpm dual valve springs from e-f-p, and a spec stage 1 clutch. That old engine was a rocket (in terms of split-port engines that is).

After it dropped, I didn't have the time to do an engine swap so I just said to hell with it and bought a re-designed SPI with all the flaws fixed and completely new. From the manufacturer I went ahead and bought the longest warranty my dad/me could get for it which was a 5 year 160k mile on top of the regular 2 year warranty.

I dealt with the issue and moved on with life. Of course, I was major pissed at the old engine going south, but it lived way longer than we had expected all while knowing since 2005 what the fate of the engine would be and still abusing the heck out of it.
If my dad had known at the time he bought it that the SPI (with as good a maintenence we kept on it) would eventually fail well before a zetec then he would have put up the extra cash to buy the zetec version but sadly nobody knew back then.

--not to thread Jack but I'm pretty proud of my SPI Focus since I'm stuck with it! ^-^

^^ Thats the new engine in it while it got dyno'ed at McNews at FR12. It made 89.5 HP and 110 tq. @ 5800 rpm.

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06-21-2012 02:11 AM
mikebontoft true.

ugh..... they spelled brakes wrong several times in that thing. seriously.
06-21-2012 01:22 AM
Paladin zetec is the cheapest option. get a duratec if you can afford it.
06-20-2012 12:13 PM
aggrivatedowner03 Oh god! I hav an spi. :( ive been thinking bout getting a rebuilt engine cuz mine is running shitty. So should i get a zetec or duratec? *sigh* effin cars.
06-01-2012 05:10 PM
a_2000_se Don't laugh too hard. There have been successful lawsuits against FORD on things of a lot less value. Premature wear on front brake pads/rotors for one.... $350 to $1200+. There are probably many more across all car models/manufacturers. Search for 'Class Action' law suits.

Some lawyers daughter bought a Focus and the dealer pissed them off? Idk. But if you have the time - contact them, then tell us what they say.

If the link goes bad here is the story:

Ford Focus Brake Defect

In 2002, Mehri & Skalet filed a class lawsuit action against Ford Motor Company alleging defects in the front braking system of the 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus. Our clients alleged that the break system contained a systemic defect that caused front brake pads and rotors to wear out prematurely and repeatedly, forcing unsuspecting owners to spend hundreds of dollars in repairs and maintenance on a recurring basis.

In 2005 Mehri & Skalet, along with co-counsel, filed a motion to certify a class of all persons who purchased or leased a 2000 or 2001 Ford Focus in the State of California. The motion contained multiple expert reports, hundreds of pages of documents and depositions, and statements from clients, all of which documented the extreme and unusual wear on Ford Focus breaks when compared with other automobiles and pointed to a systemic design issue rather than normal wear and tear.

In 2007 the Court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for certification of a warranty class. The Court’s opinion noted that “plaintiff’s present extensive evidence that the 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus exhibits excessive brake wear” and that a class action would benefit both the court and the litigants.


The settlement provided for reimbursement for class members who had paid out-of-pocket to have the brakes in their 2000 or 2001 Ford Focus fixed or replaced. The average eligible claim received was approximately $350, with some claims exceeding $1,200.
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