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Old 06-18-2014, 02:57 PM   #1
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Need some opinions about SVT that has been sitting.

2003 Focus SVT 80k miles

Long story short.

My friend had to park his Focus last year and it has not been fired up at all or moved a at all. He said it was in great shape when he left it. I been working on cars for years so I know all the basic things to look for, the brakes might need replacement, oil ect ect.

But a little research and I quickly realized that the SVT has a Cosworth(head) motor and its not a normal car in the sense that its has one off parts and what not. I do not have time to do proper search of the forums and I apologize in advance for that.

What im hoping is can you fill me in on the routine things that go wrong on a SVT Focus(hidden rust sports, lines that might leak), specific parts i might want to get, IE the best oil, best plugs, battery, things like that. I'm not looking to make it faster or anything just back to normal but don't mind spending a little extra if you guys know there is a better plug I can have him run.I drive a NB Miata and i know there are things that work best for it and thanks to forums have be found all ready.

Ryan loves this car but literally knows nothing about them other then he drives it. I don't mind just running over to the parts store and throwing the recommended parts in it but if there are little tid bits to make the car better and should be done i don't mind doing them.

Thank you.

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Old 06-18-2014, 04:16 PM   #2
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If the timing belt breaks, you mangle a bunch of valves.

Some of the SVT specific parts are no longer available from ford.

There is a SVT specific section here, browse the threads to get an idea of common issues
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:45 PM   #3
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X2 the timing belt, what DNFs many of them. Don't wait, do it now if needed.
Fix the driver first, then fixing the car becomes so much easier.
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