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12-23-2012 06:23 PM
Black&Tan
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Originally Posted by commanderzero View Post
so literally all ford focus(es) (2000-2012) have the same transmission?

for what reasons are is the 03-04 my best bet, aside from you owning one?
All the MKI manuals have the mtx75 except the svt.

I only suggested '03-'04 because they are likely to have the lowest miles and are newer. As someone else mentioned, stay away from 00-01 because they tended to have more issues. 03 and older also had a lock

Also, the 2.3 dura in a MKI is extremely rare. It is highly unlikely you will find one.

I'd also be wary about buying an SVT simply due to the fact that they may be beat on.
12-22-2012 07:30 AM
unclebrud I would try to find a 2.3l car. I have a 2004 and it has been fantastic over 144k miles. It is very quick and more fun to drive than my '12 Mk3.
12-20-2012 05:34 PM
commanderzero good to know, guys, thank you so much.
12-20-2012 02:02 AM
Sniper Focus
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Originally Posted by commanderzero View Post
i honestly couldn't say for sure, but that's what i heard a long time ago that cars that were two doors are considered "sports cars;" that's the case with my jeep wrangler.
When I was considering buying a Focus I was quoted slightly less for the SVT than a standard Focus. I think the ABS and side airbags played a factor; my 3 door SVT is still an economy car to the insurance companies, at least where I'm at. I think ABS is going to save more money than doors.

Here's a link for engine ID.
http://www.focushacks.com/mod/Identifying_your_engine

No SVT engine was in the sedan, and I think the 2.3 is harder to find.
12-20-2012 12:00 AM
commanderzero
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Originally Posted by ViperThreat View Post
Im not sure about TX insurance system, but here in CA and AZ, a zx3 is considered to be an economy vehicle, even with only 2-drs and a hatch.
i honestly couldn't say for sure, but that's what i heard a long time ago that cars that were two doors are considered "sports cars;" that's the case with my jeep wrangler.
12-19-2012 11:57 PM
commanderzero
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Originally Posted by ViperThreat View Post
I think you can pick up a mtx 75 in all foci up to 2011, its the standard 5-speed option.


the only other transmissions available was the automatic, and the getrag 6-speed for the SVT.

there are 4 engines available that year here they are in order of worst to best.

SPI
Zetec
Zetec SVT
Duratec 2.3

The Zetec is a very solid and reliable engine, you cant go wrong with it. The SVT is basically just a pepped up version of it. The Duratec 2.3 is harder to find, but its the torquiest of the bunch, and arguably the best engine available.

Just avoid the SPI. (which were only available in the wagon and sedan format, get a zx3 or zx5 and you are ballin)


Regarding electrical issues, i've never seen anything major besides the occasional alternator, or 02 sensor. I will say though, that the 2000s and 2001s had more problems than other years, ford mostly fixed the problems by 2002+

good to know, thank you so much.

are the Zetec, Zetec SVT, and the Duratec 2.3 available for the sedan focus?

how would i be able to identify these engines?
12-19-2012 11:56 PM
commanderzero
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Originally Posted by Black&Tan View Post
All of them.

03-04 is your best bet.

I put 200k on my 03 and only had minor issues for the life of the car.
so literally all ford focus(es) (2000-2012) have the same transmission?

for what reasons are is the 03-04 my best bet, aside from you owning one?
12-19-2012 11:53 PM
ViperThreat
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Originally Posted by commanderzero View Post
looking to buy four door focus to keep the insurance rates down.
Im not sure about TX insurance system, but here in CA and AZ, a zx3 is considered to be an economy vehicle, even with only 2-drs and a hatch.
12-19-2012 11:52 PM
ViperThreat I think you can pick up a mtx 75 in all foci up to 2011, its the standard 5-speed option.


the only other transmissions available was the automatic, and the getrag 6-speed for the SVT.

there are 4 engines available that year here they are in order of worst to best.

SPI
Zetec
Zetec SVT
Duratec 2.3

The Zetec is a very solid and reliable engine, you cant go wrong with it. The SVT is basically just a pepped up version of it. The Duratec 2.3 is harder to find, but its the torquiest of the bunch, and arguably the best engine available.

Just avoid the SPI. (which were only available in the wagon and sedan format, get a zx3 or zx5 and you are ballin)


Regarding electrical issues, i've never seen anything major besides the occasional alternator, or 02 sensor. I will say though, that the 2000s and 2001s had more problems than other years, ford mostly fixed the problems by 2002+
12-19-2012 11:45 PM
Black&Tan
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Originally Posted by commanderzero View Post
awesome! thanks, man.

which year ford focus(es) came with the mtx75 transmission?

All of them.

03-04 is your best bet.

I put 200k on my 03 and only had minor issues for the life of the car.
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