|04-19-2014 10:31 PM|
|04-19-2014 09:20 PM|
Someone shined that up, you could shave off those tires....
|04-19-2014 07:43 PM|
Well back in a Focus!!! 03 ZX3 5speed
|02-19-2013 02:58 PM|
|02-18-2013 06:46 PM|
Well, unless GM changed the location of the alternator (up top near the firewall), you'll have fun changing the alternator. The process might seem unnerving, but that's how you do it- unbolt the motor strut bars, put it in reverse, and have an assistant put a block of wood between the firewall and the engine. You have to do it though.
GMs and Fords- as well as all manufacturers- have their sillinesses and advantages. GM will keep parts forever, and use them in everything. It was well into the 90's- maybe into the 00's before GM quit using that same old MAP sensor they've had since the 80's. The starters- well those are the same, although the gear box might be rotated with the motor.
I hate the 2.8 60 deg GM V6. That's what you have with a little more stroke. If you ever have to remove the crankshaft pulley- you'll need to sacrifice a balancer puller. It will come off with the next one. I highly suggest sanding the crank snout so it won't kill a balancer puller.
There are some good things about GMs. For example, motor swaps are much easier. You want a 3.8? No problem. Everything will do it, and all GM FWDs have the same engine/trans bolt pattern. You can probably find a car model- Buick Regal maybe- with the engine you want, and all the wiring without much of an issue. Newer GMs might require some programming, but I doubt it. That's not GM's style. Everything is likely easy swap with a little research.
Ford silliness? Oh, they can't keep their hands off anything, and will change stuff for no good reason at all. I can't begin to add up how much engineering money was wasted on 2 piece spark plugs, and then how much more to design a removal tool for when those broke. Then of course, the warranty repairs as a result. Ford has no unified engine/trans bolt pattern like GM- and there's no sense not to do it.
|02-18-2013 03:28 PM|
|bringler26||I edited your post so the pictures show up. That is a mighty clean looking grand am but I have never been a big fan of those. Partly because my room mate had one that was a death trap (mainly because he didn't take care of it).|
|02-18-2013 02:26 PM|
|03fordfocusSE||No, it has the 3.4L "Ram Air" which i doubt even does anything. I actually really like it but for some reason i had more fun in the focus and could press the gas down and not have to watch all my gas just disappear!|
|02-18-2013 02:02 PM|
|leh0825||do what you have to do man. theres always time for another focus.|
|02-18-2013 01:26 PM|
|Kevastator||Nice Grand Am GT, does it have the super'ed 3.8?|
|02-18-2013 12:54 PM|
well its been awile since i have updated you all but i ended up getting a new car but not exactly a ford focus. i really miss my focus and the mpg it got but here my new to me car well kinda lol dont hate too much.
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