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Old 09-18-2012, 07:40 AM   #11
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I replaced the brake master cylinder and the alternator on my d-tec at less than 50k. Also replaced the entire motor at 95k, although that is VERY unusual. Other than that, and the required maintenance, I've been very pleased with the Focus, my first American car. But, watch out for the modding bug! Good luck.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:50 AM   #12
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Whats this bit about the ignition cylinders? And how would one know if it needs to be replaced?
The cylinder that you put your key into to start the car. The cylinder with the hole that's offset is probly gonna fail, the ones with the hole in da middle is fine. And actually, I have to replace my alternator as I just found out the other day that the diode is bad :/ but I've never had to replace an O2 sensor on mine... Yet
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:47 AM   #13
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D34TH_v69:
Are you running a Zetech, D-tech, or the SPI?

So basically I should ensure that the ignition cylinder has been repaired?
Does anyone have a photo of a "bad" cylinder vs. a "good" cylinder they could share or refer me to?
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:13 PM   #14
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If I had a pic of mine, I would show you a bad one. hahah!

(it's broken)
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:26 PM   #15
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I've got the 2.0 zetech. I dont think you can really tell just by looking at it If its broken, mine looked normal when it broke. When mine broke the key got stuck in the ignition and I couldn't get it out or turn it at all. Idk what my step dad did to get it out but now it works fine. If you know how to do it just take the tumblers out of the cylinder, I haven't had a problem since we did that and didn't cost me anything. If you have the cylinder with the hole in the middle u don't have to worry.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:53 PM   #16
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i have an 07 and my alternator went at 55k
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Alternators are so expensive on these things ><

Taking the tumblers out seems like the easiest and quickest fix, am I right?
I might go with the upgraded Explorer cylinder from a locksmith though...
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:17 PM   #18
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just a bit of info , its Zetec , no H on it ... I have had to replace several rear wheel bearings in mine, go OEM right off
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See you live in Ohio Mr. 02Zetechse (with an H I might add!) whereas I live in Florida, and I've read up on the wheel bearing issue, and it seems that the vast majority of them are coming from Northern states that see quite a bit of snow and thus see a lot of salty roads. Am I right?

But I shall definitely go OEM if they appear to be an issue. Thanks for the heads up!

I'm actually going to check out a couple ZX3s tomorrow. Super stoked about it.
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For my 2000 ZX3 with 165,xxx, I've had to replace the following:
  • Front Struts/Springs (one of the springs snapped)
  • Coolant reservoir (blisterd and started leaking on the underside)
  • Lower Radiator Hose To Water Pump Connector (Part #8290)
  • Various Coolant Hoses
  • Thermostat Housing (once at 60,xxx, and again at 160,000)
  • Timing Belt / Serpentine Belt
  • Motor Mounts (twice)
  • Corroded Battery Cable
  • Ignition Cylinder

Mostly general maintenance stuff, but overall it's been a reliable vehicle. Also a note on the ignition cylinder, when mine locked up, it was from the wafer retainer. I just removed the wafers (probably insecure but still requires PATS to start), replaced the retainer, and I haven't had a lock up sense. It still requires a ford style key to be inserted, and I can remove the key whilst the vehicle is 'on' but it works good enough.
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