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Old 02-22-2012, 03:51 PM   #21
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Does anyone even know what's wrong with the engine? Hell, for all you know the cat could be clogged and shut down the engine..................
^^ This.

Find out what's wrong with the car before you go through all this work when it could be nothing.
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:25 PM   #22
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car-part.com is great, i've use it plenty of times!
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:34 PM   #23
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nope, i think the OP is completely screwed.

I will buy your car as is, for $1000.

let me know when your ready.


make it an even 9 foci that I have owned :)
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:02 PM   #24
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nope, i think the OP is completely screwed.

I will buy your car as is, for $1000.

let me know when your ready.


make it an even 9 foci that I have owned :)
Even for an svt without an engine that price is low. Its the EAP. The seats alone are worth $1000. Keep dreaming :) haha
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:38 PM   #25
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so whats wrong with it? it doesnt sound "screwed" as you say. just something that needs replacing....

check timing belt too
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:05 PM   #26
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Water pump is it?
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:09 PM   #27
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keep your head up im in h-town not that far away this is the 3rd focus build ive done and i get stumped but i wanna see the car and hear it before you go out and spend money for a engine>>>>dont give up brother you got this


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Old 02-22-2012, 10:12 PM   #28
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Hey if you're thinking of getting the motor rebuilt. We know a guy in Waynesboro. He's really good and he has done focus motors before. His name is Phil Benedict. The business is called Phil's Auto Service & Machine Shop. Waynesboro is about 30 minutes from Hagerstown so it still wouldn't be to bad of a drive for you from Frederick. Let me know if you want his number.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:53 AM   #29
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Thanks Josh, if you'd wanna take a look I'd throw down some $$ for gas and your time. It's at my folks house in Poolesville now.

The shop did a Maryland inspection and looked a little bit at the other problems:

-Engine is running hot and burning something (smell)
-Accelerator is slightly sticking
-Surging to 5k rpms in neutral, but driving fine in gear (besides accelerator sticking)
-flex is broken
-bottom of header is bent (I've read this is common)
-o2 sensors broken
-rear stabilizer/sway bar link broken on right side
-catalytic converter is iffy
-CEL light and e-brake light not turning on in dash
-1 ball joint has some play

I'd really like to drive this car, but the mechanic said "run!". He said since it's overheated and making that smell, there's no telling what else has burned up in it. I was thinking either sell the car as whole (and be truthful about all the problems), part it out (parents don't want that happening in their front yard), TRY and fix some of the problems (new exhaust, water pump, thermostat, radiator flush, new swaybar linkage, fix ball joint), engine rebuild, or junkyard or rebuilt engine. I know engines are about at least $1000, and gonna be another $1000 bucks to install. I don't know how much the car is worth as is with the problems. I'd like to recoup some of my loss or be able to drive the dang thing! The mechanic has never seen an SVT Focus before.

Thanks for everyone's help, hope I don't sound too whiny. Just at a loss as to what to do.
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What does this "burning" smell, smell like. Out could smell funny cause of o2 being broke and running rich our lean. Could smell from plugged cat. The car may have over heated, but if it want for long and you shut it down you could be okay. Have a focus guy check out out. Shops don't always know what they are talking about.
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