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Old 12-23-2012, 12:06 PM   #1
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Worth buying a focus: valve spring broke.

Well a buddy has a 4 door 02-03 which I guess has the common problem with the valve spring breaking. Is it worth buying? He was gonna sell it for $400. New tires and such and in excellent condition.

Gonna go check it out in a bit. Want something else for a beater besides the SVT.


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Old 12-23-2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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Huh?
Never heard of a spring breaking with anything other than extreme abuse. Not common by any means.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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Is it the spi and the valve seat?
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Is it the spi and the valve seat?
Yep SPI.
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:17 PM   #5
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If it has some 16's you could swap the wheels over. Stock 15's won't fit, but if you don't have the know-how to do an engine swap, i wouldn't bother. You may be able to find another spi motor, but your eventually going to have the same problem.
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:10 AM   #6
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Stock 14-15" with hubs. I would put my 6 spokes on there since they are my winter tires.

Just debating if its worth it to throw a new head on there or something. For under $1k it could be a good beater. It's a bottom end car too :(
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Stock 14-15" with hubs. I would put my 6 spokes on there since they are my winter tires.

Just debating if its worth it to throw a new head on there or something. For under $1k it could be a good beater. It's a bottom end car too :(
A few people with the dropped valve seat have had luck replacing head and pistons, rods, etc. but most have had to do a full motor swap.
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If you did put a new motor in it, you'd get better mpg's, mainly because you wouldn't be able to do anything with it, lol
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Absolutely... I wouldn't have to think twice about that one.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:57 PM   #10
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At $400 you can't lose. Worse comes to worst, you can always part it out and easily make that money back and then some.
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