|03-28-2013 11:01 PM|
|Bonesz03||Bought my SVT for $2300 with 118k on it, gave it a tune up and she runs very well. Has a little issue with ghost revving and needs some body work, but other than that I LOVE this car. Other than the tuneup, all I've done is install an AEM Short Ram Intake (Even though they're pretty pointless on my SVT, basically just makes a cool sound lol) which I picked up off a fellow FF member for $60. My point being if you would like to drive something similar to a street legal go-kart, scoop up a ZX3 or SVT because they handle amazingly and even a stock Zetec has some good pull to it. Sorry to ramble on, but I hope you join the FF community soon! Happy hunting!|
|03-28-2013 10:08 PM|
Josh , I wouldn`t worry about the zetech . My `02 has 287,000+
on it and still going strong . No major problems at all . This is def a car that preventive maintenance pays off ! Good luck !
|03-28-2013 09:58 PM|
|03-28-2013 09:15 PM|
Duratec 150 hp
Try to get an 03-04, the 00-02's were the more problematic in general.
Most common issues in any 00-04 would be the leaky plastic thermostat housing, rear hatch wiring pinching and breaking.
|03-28-2013 08:57 PM|
You're correct, in my price range I've been finding mostly 00-04s. From what I hear it's best to stay away from the 2000s as they tend to be problem-prone.
The Zetec occasionally has issues but nothing major it seems, not nearly enough to look for the lower-powered Duratec.
Could someone point me to a thread dealing with common Zetc issues? I remember looking at one a while back but can't seem to find it, even with the search function.
Does anyone have a specific preference (like the 2.3 in a 03-04) that they are biased towards that I should keep an eye out for? A while back I saw a Kona edition on ebay that was in really nice shape, had the roof rack and everything! Really wish I could have bought that but I didn't have the funds then :(
|03-28-2013 08:55 PM|
|Mile30||You can get an SVT for $4k... it's gonna need a good bit of working over to not keep on the count-down, though. Which the OP said isn't realistic.|
|03-28-2013 07:11 PM|
The SPI can be a great motor. If, IF you rebuild the head with new valve seats. I had one for over 6 years great on gas and quite as hell. I wish I would have rebuilt when I had the chance but I didn't.
If you don't go that route and wouldn't blame you go with the 2.3. But to be honest with 4 grand you'll most likly be looking at either a zetec powed sedan or a zetec powered hatch.
Price arent getting lower although the focus are getting older.
You can find a usually find a nice, clean, rust free zetec focus for around 3400 up to 6000
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|03-28-2013 06:36 PM|
|Mile30||'03 with the 2.3l is the one to hope for! Folks on both sides of THAT coin can wish they'd gotten it!|
|03-28-2013 06:22 PM|
|03-28-2013 06:12 PM|
Thanks for the help all!
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