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Old 04-27-2012, 11:58 AM   #31
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''I thought only wagons and sedans got the SPI ''

No, Zetec was std in wagons afer 2001 and option on sedans.

It's well past the warranty period, good luck! Liability lawyers would have sued by now, btw/
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:47 AM   #32
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Ah thank you! I was on the right track but not completely right.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:02 AM   #33
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You can I always do what I did. Rebuild the engine due to a dropped valve seat and then 2 years later blow a lower back hose on it on the fwy and blow the head gasket without the temp gauge ever showing it get hot and no warning signs of steam or a light. I'm sorry but from my experience the SPI is just altogether a piece of crap. Knowing what I know now I'd do a Zetec swap no matter how difficult it may sound. I think the should redefine the term Split Port on these engines. How bout Split Piston - which is what often happens after the seat drops.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:58 AM   #34
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SPI's never made it to the hatches,
* sold in the US. In Canada, you could get a SPI in a hatch.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:50 PM   #35
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LMFAO!! threatening a LAWLsuit against Ford for a dropped valve seat...FUNNY. unless someone got injured by the vehicle due to a serious safety defect, your chances of winning such a case is 0%. Hell, thousands have brought lawsuits against Chrysler for SERIOUS safety defects where thousands of people were killed and LOST.You cant sue a company because they made a piece of shit car and you were nieve enough to buy it.

I had a mint condition 02 Focus SPI that dropped a valve seat on me a bit over a year ago so i understand your frustration. shit these days is low quality junk, you gotta do research before buying to make sure ur gettin a good product.
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Don't laugh too hard. There have been successful lawsuits against FORD on things of a lot less value. Premature wear on front brake pads/rotors for one.... $350 to $1200+. There are probably many more across all car models/manufacturers. Search for 'Class Action' law suits.

Some lawyers daughter bought a Focus and the dealer pissed them off? Idk. But if you have the time - contact them, then tell us what they say.

If the link goes bad here is the story:

Ford Focus Brake Defect

In 2002, Mehri & Skalet filed a class lawsuit action against Ford Motor Company alleging defects in the front braking system of the 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus. Our clients alleged that the break system contained a systemic defect that caused front brake pads and rotors to wear out prematurely and repeatedly, forcing unsuspecting owners to spend hundreds of dollars in repairs and maintenance on a recurring basis.

In 2005 Mehri & Skalet, along with co-counsel, filed a motion to certify a class of all persons who purchased or leased a 2000 or 2001 Ford Focus in the State of California. The motion contained multiple expert reports, hundreds of pages of documents and depositions, and statements from clients, all of which documented the extreme and unusual wear on Ford Focus breaks when compared with other automobiles and pointed to a systemic design issue rather than normal wear and tear.

In 2007 the Court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for certification of a warranty class. The Court’s opinion noted that “plaintiff’s present extensive evidence that the 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus exhibits excessive brake wear” and that a class action would benefit both the court and the litigants.


The settlement provided for reimbursement for class members who had paid out-of-pocket to have the brakes in their 2000 or 2001 Ford Focus fixed or replaced. The average eligible claim received was approximately $350, with some claims exceeding $1,200.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:13 AM   #37
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Oh god! I hav an spi. :( ive been thinking bout getting a rebuilt engine cuz mine is running shitty. So should i get a zetec or duratec? *sigh* effin cars.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:22 AM   #38
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zetec is the cheapest option. get a duratec if you can afford it.
MR. freaking negative
i'm not an enthusiast...... the internets told me.
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ugh..... they spelled brakes wrong several times in that thing. seriously.
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My car is a 2000 SE sedan and my old SPI went back in December of 11, it had more than enough miles on it and for most of its life it had been hot-rodded around as a "hot 4-banger" by my dad when he bought it brand new back in 2000. I got it back in 09 and I abused the hell out of that poor old SPI until it finally died because it overheated and thus the head warped and the seat dropped out.
In the old engine I had an high lift e-f-p cam, mercury tracer intake(only for a very short time...), high-rpm dual valve springs from e-f-p, and a spec stage 1 clutch. That old engine was a rocket (in terms of split-port engines that is).

After it dropped, I didn't have the time to do an engine swap so I just said to hell with it and bought a re-designed SPI with all the flaws fixed and completely new. From the manufacturer I went ahead and bought the longest warranty my dad/me could get for it which was a 5 year 160k mile on top of the regular 2 year warranty.

I dealt with the issue and moved on with life. Of course, I was major pissed at the old engine going south, but it lived way longer than we had expected all while knowing since 2005 what the fate of the engine would be and still abusing the heck out of it.
If my dad had known at the time he bought it that the SPI (with as good a maintenence we kept on it) would eventually fail well before a zetec then he would have put up the extra cash to buy the zetec version but sadly nobody knew back then.

--not to thread Jack but I'm pretty proud of my SPI Focus since I'm stuck with it! ^-^

^^ Thats the new engine in it while it got dyno'ed at McNews at FR12. It made 89.5 HP and 110 tq. @ 5800 rpm.

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