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Old 11-13-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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Fix it or Junk it?

I am conflicted on whether to fix or junk my aging Focus. 2002 model. 198,000+ miles on the odometer. Some rust around the bottom edges. I'm staring down an estimate of $970 in suspension, wheel-bearing, and ball-joint work. In addition, the windshield is cracked and needs replacing, the a/c does not function, and the anti-lock brake feature needs repair (light is lit). Tires are shot from the suspension problem, but I do have a set of winter tires I could run for a few months.

Fix it or junk it? What would you do?

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Old 11-13-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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It depends do you think you want to use the car as a winter beater or something? Do you need a/c if used only in winter? ABS can be worked with you don't really need it. My 03 doesn't even have factory abs. Suspension should be replaced if never done before for sure.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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Zetec or SPI? Zetec may be worth fixing for winter beater work.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:59 AM   #4
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I have no use for it, to be honest. Have already replaced it. Have three vehicles in driveway now. Want to get rid of one. If I fixed it, I'd just fix it and sell it and be done with it. I had been planning to junk it, so I'll just stay the course. When I look at it on a nice, sunny day like today though, it seems a shame. From the outside, the car doesn't look like something one would just get rid of.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:01 AM   #5
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SPI = Junk it.

Zetec = if you want to keep it as a beater then fix it.. but even if you fix it and want to sell it you probably come out even.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:07 AM   #6
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How do I know whether it is SPI or Zetec?


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i say junk it, what do u realistically think you could get for the focus? i havent seen your car but guessing with mileage $1500-2k? part it out, and save $900 or so from replacing parts.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:44 AM   #8
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sell it to someone looking for a fixer upper or beater.
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open the engine bay..

if the valve cover says... Split Port Injection = SPI

if it says Zetec.. well its a zetec lol

this is a zetec







this is a SPI




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Old 11-13-2012, 12:10 PM   #10
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SPI for sure. I'd remember that big, flat top on the Zetac.

Can't actually open the hood. Release cable is rusted tight.


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