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02-18-2015 09:19 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 08:48 PM
DRAGONFIRE_Sr as said elsewhere 138k miles #4 cyl.
12-25-2014 04:08 PM
cgk60 138,000 #2 cylinder
12-30-2013 12:37 PM
Dmperfection '02 176k still going far as I can tell. Just now dealing with P0171.
12-26-2013 08:49 PM
jerdrb Seat dropped on #3 at 190k about 6 months ago. Boy was that a pain.
12-08-2013 01:59 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 12:20 PM
tryingtofixthis There are heads you 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
12-05-2013 11:01 PM
Another dropped valve seat :<(

Well, I just joined the dropped valve seat club at 100,627 mi. #3 cylinder failed in my 2001 SE. Daughter was driving the car and end result was #3 rod went thru the block. This is a PIA, because of this problem, the cost of an engine is double what it should be, and you are buying the same problem. Any motor I find will need a new head before I can trust it. I guess there are replacement heads that correct this problem?
11-20-2013 04:04 PM

Is there any SPI owner who has not had a Valve failure? Please let me know and try to enrich me with some faith.
09-14-2013 09:39 AM
sanpablo No, no warning. When my son's car dropped the #4 valve seat it just died.
When I went to start it I heard a rattling on the #1 side and stopped cranking
it right away. Very little damage was done. Top of #4 piston was marked up and
rod bearing damaged. Replaced #4 piston/rod with a good used one and got a replacement/improved rebuilt head from odessa cylinderhead in Clearwater, Fl.
Running well now and am confident we will get a lot more miles out of the engine.
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