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Old 07-12-2012, 11:25 PM   #11
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IMHO, the D2.3 is the best engine the focus can have. It makes great power, its reliable, easy to work on, etc..

If i had the opportunity to replace my SVT (zetec) with a 2.3, i would in a heartbeat.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:41 AM   #12
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the d2.3 has awesome torque! buy it! My sister had a 2.3 with an auto and it was extremely reliable. It never had a single problem engine wise. Only had to general maintence and replace the ignition lock cylinder.
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D23= more HP and timing chain, D20= less HP and timing belt.
NO, all Duratec engines in our cars use timing chains. Zetec and SPI engines have timing belts. From what I understand, the new (to the US) 1.6L Duratec in the Fiesta is a timing belt engine.
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we bought our 04 2.3l new. has 90k on her now....have yet to have a single engine related issue.
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NO, all Duratec engines in our cars use timing chains. Zetec and SPI engines have timing belts. From what I understand, the new (to the US) 1.6L Duratec in the Fiesta is a timing belt engine.
Sorry, I should have said Z20, not D20, the Duratec 2.0 is a chain, you are correct! I overlooked it since he said a Duratec vs a Zetec.

I have a D23 with over 121k, no engine related problems whatsoever, just the dang ignition cylinder lock like stated earlier!!
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just the dang ignition cylinder lock like stated earlier!!
i never had that issue. maybe because i work for ford and know it's an issue, so i am careful, or maybe we just got lucky with our 04.
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i never had that issue. maybe because i work for ford and know it's an issue, so i am careful, or maybe we just got lucky with our 04.
You got lucky . I replaced mine before it broke like my sisters did.
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...They only made them for a few years and parts can be sparse.
Don't forget they used them in the Rangers too. From what I can tell so far everything but the blocks interchange. And Ford sold a lot of Rangers.

I can tell you this, they will trash a head just as quick as the SPI if oil changes are neglected. (This true of any OHC engine) That's how I came about my '04 cheap. They are also hard to find used at a decent price...
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IMHO, the D2.3 is the best engine the focus can have. It makes great power, its reliable, easy to work on, etc..

If i had the opportunity to replace my SVT (zetec) with a 2.3, i would in a heartbeat.
I wouldn't say there the easiest to work on. Some things like the thermostat is a pain in the ash.
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