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Old 08-07-2011, 12:10 PM   #61
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Mine just went at 121,000 miles. Seized the engine then proceeded to throw a rod once un-siezed.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:11 PM   #62
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As posted earlier I dropped valve seat #1 cylinder 120k miles. Scraped the piston, bent the rod, damaged the head. Then went on vacation for a wile.

Reworked the head, replaced all pistons, rings, rod bearings.and one rod. Other parts while I was in there. Timing belt, etc. gaskets you know the the drill. A little fussing with ISC ( idle sense control) needed removal and cleaning. I think from hose washing to remove any chunks of the valve seat.

All seams well did the brake in thing 30 to 50 MPH deal. All for about $800 bucks in parts and head shop cost. ( southern California dollars ) My hours, I really don't know I think with out removing the engine and working on my back in the street. Maybe 20 to 30 hours max. Mostly beer brakes.

There where a few fussy things, that bottom dam exhaust bracket. I still can't get the manifold to line up with the bracket on. And a strange bracket I think it goes around the fuel regulator. An IQ test I think. Or short term memory thing.

All in all was by the book. Daughter is running around town as I type this after I put 50 miles of no trouble operation.

Was fun in a strange way.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:24 PM   #63
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Failed on original owner @ 158k. Cylinder #3 was the culpret, I replaced the SPI with the 2.0 Ztech.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:25 AM   #64
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i think i lost cylinder 3, @ 50k
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:22 AM   #65
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dont know for sure yet but my gfs car 2000 spi w 120k cel on that brings up a code misfire on cyl #4 thinking it might just be coil?? gonna look tomorrow.
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The only reason I made an account on here is to let you know my experience with the 2.0 SOHC SPI engines. THEY ARE JUNK!!! They will blow up! Never buy a car with the SPI in it and if your car has the SPI you better sell it cause its going to blow! I bought a 2001 focus couple weeks ago that had this SPI engine. The engine was knocking so I got the car for a decent price. I go to the junkyard and get a used "good" engine for $1200. I end up doing the swap and the motor they sold me was junk. I took the engine back and they said they had another one that was "good". I decided to try this one and come to find out it was knocking. So then I decide to go to a different local junk yard to get yet my third used SPI engine. What do you know it was junk. I wasted many hours swapping out SPI engines. Im now selling the entire car to the junkyard and cutting my losses. ALL SPI's = JUNK!!!
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:18 PM   #67
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What if you replace the head?

I have a spi with about 130,000km. I was thinking of changing the head to a reworked one....thought I seen them on ebay for $300ish. My engine JUST overheated so I guess now would be a good time! If the head is changed shouldn't the engine go for a long time?
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I have a spi with about 130,000km. I was thinking of changing the head to a reworked one....thought I seen them on ebay for $300ish. My engine JUST overheated so I guess now would be a good time! If the head is changed shouldn't the engine go for a long time?
I would do that for sure. Dont take the risk of putting that original head back on there. It probably got warped when it overheated so that's another reason to change it. They are notorious for dropping valve seats so a reworked head should have the valve seats replaced and fix the problem. Good luck
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:20 PM   #69
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Well the original head is still on and working fine ...for now.
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:09 PM   #70
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Hi, First post here. My wife and I just bought a 2004 Focus with the 2.0 spi. I Have read all through this thread and have not noticed anyone complaining of the valve seal dropping on an '04? I believe 2004 was the last year of the spi could ford maybe have installed updated heads in the 04 models? I am nervous about our Focus, It has 103k on it and it runs great but I cant afford a new engine if this time bomb blows. I might be going the route of buying a reworked head. I'm going to make some phone calls to my mechanic first.
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