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03-29-2013 12:01 AM
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 11:08 PM
burnie 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 10:58 PM
joshh09
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Originally Posted by pyroinsa View Post
???
SPI 100hp
Zetec 130hp
Duratec 150 hp
SVT 170hp

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.
I meant from 2000-2004, the 2.0 Duratec had 110hp and the 2.0 Zetec had 130. The only Duratec that had 150hp was the 2.3 right?
03-28-2013 10:15 PM
katiekay
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Originally Posted by joshh09 View Post
The Zetec occasionally has issues but nothing major it seems, not nearly enough to look for the lower-powered Duratec.
???
SPI 100hp
Zetec 130hp
Duratec 150 hp
SVT 170hp

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 09:57 PM
joshh09 @TheGlassMaker,
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 09:55 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 08:11 PM
TheGlassMaker 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

Sent from 34.0764 N, 118.4296 W
03-28-2013 07:36 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 07:22 PM
katiekay
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Originally Posted by joshh09 View Post
I have heard both good and bad things about the SPI, they don't seem to be very common in my area so I haven't even looked at any. The 2.3 is what they used in the 05-07 ST right?
Thanks for the help all!
The 2.3 was also used in small numbers in the 03 - 04. If you can find one in one of those years, you'll have found a unicorn! A buddy of mine has a base model 04 sedan with the 2.3, I have been trying for a long time to buy that! Greyscorpion has an LG 04 ZX5 with a 2.3 as well as a lot of others on here. That's what I would be looking for! Better bodystyle than the 05-07 with more aftermarket support!
03-28-2013 07:12 PM
joshh09
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Originally Posted by pyroinsa View Post
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Pretty much this however, Look for an 03 with the 2.3 Duratec, that is the most reliable engine with the most aftermarket support for both the engine and the car.

SVT's are nice but can hurt your budget just to maintain. Biggest problem is if your timing belt snaps, your motor is ruined.

ZX3's came with either the Zetec or Duratec but, if you decide to get a wagon or sedan: stay away from anything with an SPI motor!
I have heard both good and bad things about the SPI, they don't seem to be very common in my area so I haven't even looked at any. The 2.3 is what they used in the 05-07 ST right?
Thanks for the help all!
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