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Old 12-13-2007, 10:43 AM   #1
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focus vs. contour

I'm selling my svt contour really soon, and thinking about picking up a focus. How do they compare? I've heard the focus feels higher in quality, atleast the SVT. Has anyone driven the svt focus and the svt contour? I was wondering how the transmission of the getrag feels to the mtx-75(don't really like). Also, how easily upgradeable are the focuses? I've seen several superchargers on cars for sale, how much do the supercharger kits cost vs. turbo kits and how much do the stock internals hold up to? My next car I definately want to either supercharge or turbo, and I'd like better gas mileage too, how do the focuses do in the city? How easy are they to work on, like changing a clutch, installing suspension? What should i look for in a used focus, and if I'm going to be modifying one does it matter if I get an SVT focus or a regular focus?


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Old 12-13-2007, 10:55 AM   #2
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I would get an svtf. i have driven them both and liked the ride of the svtf alot better. The svt has better internals for boost. I would just put a powerworks or a used JRSC on it and it will be a fun car to have. i have done suspension work on it and had no problems with doing it but the clutch i have no idea.
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Old 12-13-2007, 11:25 AM   #3
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I have Driven the SVTC and I have an SVTF... The tranny in my SVT feels more like a sports car transmission... The SVTF will probably be the best bet for you..
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Old 12-13-2007, 11:43 AM   #4
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I like the SVT but they do seem to have more problems than the regular Foci. Also, I don't see how a higher compression motor is going to be better for boost. If you plan on doing some serious upgrading I would probably start with an 03-04 ZX3 with the 2.3 Duratec and a mtx. I hear there is a conversion to the SVT trans available or it's possible. There are many ways to look at this but I would say if you want to keep it stock SVT, mod it 2.3 MTX.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:37 AM   #5
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. Also, I don't see how a higher compression motor is going to be better for boost.
It's because of the stronger internals. If you want to get really crazy with the boost, you can lower the compression.
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:29 AM   #6
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I like the SVT but they do seem to have more problems than the regular Foci. Also, I don't see how a higher compression motor is going to be better for boost. If you plan on doing some serious upgrading I would probably start with an 03-04 ZX3 with the 2.3 Duratec and a mtx. I hear there is a conversion to the SVT trans available or it's possible. There are many ways to look at this but I would say if you want to keep it stock SVT, mod it 2.3 MTX.
The duratecs won't bolt up to the Getrag tranny... only the zetec's will...
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Old 12-13-2007, 11:54 AM   #7
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I think the SVTF has forged rods, that's why he's saying it's better to boost a SVTF. The pistons won't hold up to a lot of pressure though.
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High compression and boost dont normally mix. I would find a 2.3 duratec like Egg said above. larger displacement, and the duratec is a stronger design.
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the duratec is a stronger design.
I know you Duratec guys think your engines are the pinnacle of automotive engineering, but this is just sheer ignorance. Care explaining how a Duratec with sintered rods is a "stronger design" than the SVT Zetec that features forged rods and oil squirters? I mean, hell, the stock Zetec has stronger rods than either Duratec.

Duratecs do have some positive attributes, but come on...when someone pushes a stock 2.3 past 350 WHP and keeps it there for a long time without having to do a rebuild I'll believe that the Duratec is a stronger engine.

SVT Zetec > Duratec if boost is in your plans...period.
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I Test drove a hand full of SVTF really liked them! the gas mileage isn't as good as a reagular Foci. When I bought my ZX5 the saleman had a SVTC and traded for the SVTF and would take the SVTF over his old SVTC anyday much more fun to drive he said.
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