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Old 10-12-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a SVTF

I'm in the market for something more practical than my current Miata, and one of the cars I'm considering is a SVT Focus. I'm in the research phase right now, but am wondering if anyone has tips about anything particular to the SVT model that I should be watching out for. I'm experienced buying cars and am a decent shadetree mechanic, but am unfamiliar with Foci.


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Old 10-12-2014, 10:19 PM   #2
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Moved to "Ford Focus & General Car Chat". I know exactly what you mean about having something that is more practical than the Miata. I have an NB that is a fun weekend driver, but definitely not something to drive every day.

Do you have your heart set on getting an SVT? While the SVT is a good platform, the engine is fairly maxed out in naturally aspirated form. You can always go with forced induction if you are looking for power. But if you are just looking for something to poke around town in and it's cheap to maintain. I would suggest getting a ZX3 with either the Zetec or Duratec motors in them. Either engine is easy on the wallet when it comes to fill-ups and the parts are cheaper for them as well.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:38 PM   #3
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No, I don't have my heart set on one yet, just trying to learn about them. I wouldn't have any intention of modifying it, so the engine limitations in that regard aren't an issue. There is a bit of a "cool" factor that I'd be looking for though, and a stock Focus won't do it for me. For clarification, are you suggesting a stock model with one of those engines as opposed to a SVT? I'll admit I'm not a fan of something that requires high octane gas, but I'd be willing to put up with it for the right car.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:55 PM   #4
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No, I don't have my heart set on one yet, just trying to learn about them. I wouldn't have any intention of modifying it, so the engine limitations in that regard aren't an issue. There is a bit of a "cool" factor that I'd be looking for though, and a stock Focus won't do it for me. For clarification, are you suggesting a stock model with one of those engines as opposed to a SVT? I'll admit I'm not a fan of something that requires high octane gas, but I'd be willing to put up with it for the right car.
As you know doing research on them its a hi performance motor, & to get it that way it needs to run on premium fuel. Just like adding a tune, needs premium fuel to get great performance out of it. And as you know the svt has quite a few upgrades that the other models don't have. Running premium fuel to get another 40+ hp vs a 130 zetec is worth it.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:41 PM   #5
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No, I don't have my heart set on one yet, just trying to learn about them. I wouldn't have any intention of modifying it, so the engine limitations in that regard aren't an issue. There is a bit of a "cool" factor that I'd be looking for though, and a stock Focus won't do it for me. For clarification, are you suggesting a stock model with one of those engines as opposed to a SVT? I'll admit I'm not a fan of something that requires high octane gas, but I'd be willing to put up with it for the right car.
Not sure I would call myself an expert but being that I just bought an SVTF I will tell you what I looked for, at least in attempt, as I bought mine site unseen and had it shipped. (I know this is my first post but I have been reading/researching myself)

Ask if the timing belt as been done. The engine in the SVTF is one of the ford engines that actually needs this done. See if it has any timing issues, the VCT stuff seems to be a popular issue on here and see if it has any faults related to timing if you can.

I attempted to find one with out any modifications, which was difficult, but I found one that hadn't been molested too badly.

I tried to find one with little/no rust, the front rockers and wheel wells get beat up pretty badly and will rust if let go.

Really other then the timing belt/ vct stuff they are pretty simple compared to my other cars.
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:16 PM   #6
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ZX3 or ZX5 if you're looking for the compact but practical feature. But if you really want ultimate practicality... Get a wagon :)
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ZX3 or ZX5 if you're looking for the compact but practical feature. But if you really want ultimate practicality... Get a wagon :)
He wants a svt, not a wgn. I love svt's also.
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trade you my SVTF for your Miata....
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He wants a svt, not a wgn. I love svt's also.
Haha I know. Just saying.
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