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Old 03-12-2012, 09:45 PM   #21
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One of the mechanics at my shop just bought a focus with the SPI in it and I asked what was wrong with it and he replied the motor is locked up...i bet him $20 it dropped a valve. Needless to say he bought me lunch the next 3 days lol. It had 183,xxx

Another story about these, back in 2003-2004 when I kinda figured I wanted a focus for a first car, one of the salesmen at a dealership said ALWAYS look under the hood with these, and if you see this motor (the SPI), shut the hood and walk away.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:20 PM   #22
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do they drop randomly or can u hear them start to tick i have one with 161xxx on it and i know the last 4xxx miles were miles put on by driving hard from racing people haha
As far as I know/ in my case, Completely random. wife, BIL & I were driving around town, car had a bit of hesitation going up a small hill - which I don't think was related to valve issue- went to accelerate out of a drive thru & pffft.
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back in 2003-2004 when I kinda figured I wanted a focus for a first car, one of the salesmen at a dealership said ALWAYS look under the hood with these, and if you see this motor (the SPI), shut the hood and walk away.
hahaha. i wish i had known when i bought my spi back in 05. it only lasted 4 years
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:29 PM   #24
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My '03 has knocked a few times in the past few months on early morning start-ups. I thought it was cold weather. Should I start worrying and register the Crown Vic again just in case?

I realise this is normal, but it sounded louder then any other time or car I've owned. It concerned me before I read this thread.

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Old 03-18-2012, 03:46 AM   #25
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my poor focus had horrible timing, it was after i had gotten rear-ended by some idiot, but while it was in the shop it pooped out, exactly 220k miles. i was in rental cars for about a month or so. this was late march- early april 2011.
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Mine dropped at 60K.
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