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Old 07-30-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Dropping a Valve Seat - Ford vs. Internet Opinion?

Hi all,

I have a 2003 Manual Ford Focus with a 2.0L SPI that just hit 120,000 miles. I recently found out about the "almost guaranteed" issue of dropping a valve seat with these engines. I stopped by the Ford dealership today to verify this information, and they said that they rarely see it on 2003 Focuses, much more common on the Escorts.

I only bought the car a year ago, and can still sell it for a similar price. However, I really like it and would prefer not to. Thoughts on selling or risking it? Thanks!


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Old 07-31-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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a) the ford dealership/ who you talked to is full of shit. Period.

- the engine is the same on both the escorts & the SPI. it's the CVH engine. common on all base model/LX focuses to 2004
- I'd keep this in mind regarding doing any other business with that dealership FWIW. Might be the kind to sell you a flux capacitor or Dihydrogen monoxide fuel injection if you get my drift.

b) google (and youtube for wonderful sound & video) re: valve seat dropping and check on this forum. There is a poll and multiple threads of FOCUS, (not escort, idiot dealer) owners, myself included, that can attest to the valve seat issue.

the only reservation I can offer re: the dealer and your car is, you might be spared b/c you are a manual not auto trans- i doubt that would have any bearing but stranger things have happened.

granted not the biggest fan of wikipedia as 'proof' but, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_CV...e#Applications
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id sell it before it has any issues and buy a zetec/svt. just my .02
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id sell it before it has any issues and buy a zetec/svt. just my .02
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Hi all,

I have a 2003 Manual Ford Focus with a 2.0L SPI that just hit 120,000 miles. I recently found out about the "almost guaranteed" issue of dropping a valve seat with these engines. I stopped by the Ford dealership today to verify this information, and they said that they rarely see it on 2003 Focuses, much more common on the Escorts.

I only bought the car a year ago, and can still sell it for a similar price. However, I really like it and would prefer not to. Thoughts on selling or risking it? Thanks!
So what do you? What would you get for it the way it is? Or do you fix the head? Or do you throw a piston? Or pistons at it? & then you'd have to drive the miles out of it then to recoup your cash.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:19 AM   #6
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That dealer is absolutely full of shit. I do at least 1 of these a week, i buy broken ones fix them and resell them. I have had at least 6 03's with the same problem. Hell i just did an 03 and an 04 last week.
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