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Old 05-20-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Is my focus worth upgrading?

I have a 2001 ZX3 with 145k miles on it. It still runs fine and I've had no recent issues with it at all but I am having a hard time deciding whether or not to sink any money into it. I want to buy an SVT suspension bundle made for the zx3 as well as exhaust and many engine upgrades. I would like to know some other peoples experiences with upgrading a zx3 this old good or bad and how long these cars last.
So if anyone has any input on this I would greatly appreciate it!


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Old 05-20-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Depends on how much longer you plan to keep the car. If you plan to keep it for another 3-4 years, then its definately worth upgrading the suspension and maybe tossing a few things in the engine-bay.

That being said, 150k is quite a few miles. I usually try to sell cars before they get to the 150k mark since they start to become a bit of a money-pit as they get older.

Not that the focus isnt reliable, its just a general rule of thumb i have.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:09 PM   #3
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I would agree with the part of how long you want to keep the car. If you're keeping it a while, then its definitely worth it.

As for the mileage, I honestly think it depends on the previous work done. Are you the original owner? Any service records of work performed to keep it up and going? If you have no records, or knowledge of any maintenance being done, then I think its a chance that you would have to decide upon taking. Personally, I bought my focus with 120,000 miles, and a bad transmission. Im currently sitting at 145,000 and I have no plans to stop modding it the way I want it to be, but I am also doing a lot of the maintenance work as I go, so that I have my own records of when things were done.
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Being that the only real difference in the zx3 and svt suspension is the springs. I would spend the money on eibach springs and then buy camber kits to protect your tire wear. The SVT rear springs don't drop far enough so why waste the time and money for a half inch. I just did the same to my son's 03 ZX3 and it sit's much better than my stock It'SVT. And by the way... It(SVT) has 220K miles on it and I've only had the head pulled when the timing belt broke at 79K back in 2008. If you take care of it... It'll take care of you.
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Being that the only real difference in the zx3 and svt suspension is the springs. I would spend the money on eibach springs and then buy camber kits to protect your tire wear. The SVT rear springs don't drop far enough so why waste the time and money for a half inch. I just did the same to my son's 03 ZX3 and it sit's much better than my stock It'SVT. And by the way... It(SVT) has 220K miles on it and I've only had the head pulled when the timing belt broke at 79K back in 2008. If you take care of it... It'll take care of you.
SVT shocks and struts are different from regular Foci.
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