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Old 06-21-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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Which HB models had the 2.3?

Im considering purchasing a first gen focus hatchback. After some research, it looks like the 2.3 is the best engine, then the zetec, and then the spi. How do I tell if a focus has the 2.3 without seeing the motor or asking the person?
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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Look for a pzev vehicle. All pzev's are 2.3's. They can be tricky to find. I can't remember the vin number code but I believe there is a 5 in it for the 2.3.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:19 PM   #3
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Ok. Are the zetecs ok at least? I cant find any 2.3 models in my area.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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You'll be looking for 03-04 (maybe 05-07?) models. They are rare, especially manuals, but out there. Craigslist will be your best bet, look up searchtempest.com

Here's what a cars.com search revealed for a 2.3 hatch in/near WI:
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best motors? I would beg to differ on that
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:37 PM   #6
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Please elaborate^^
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There is nothing wrong with the zetec or the 2.3 both are reliable when maintained properly. No need to worry about an spi in a hatch unless you are in Canada.
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