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Old 08-12-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Why do I want an obsolete SVT Focus?

I can't help it, I have this unshakable urge to get a SVT focus. I don't know why, they are obsolete now, parts getting hard to find and Ford not selling replacements. There is no great advantage over similarly equipped Foci. But I see clean, un-abused examples with under 80K miles and something in the back of my head says "buy it"

I look though classified adds like the cure for my madness will be found in a car for sale listing. I don't even have the cash to buy a $4k used Ford right now, or adequate parking for a third car. The ZX3 I already have is fine, the major difference would be bumpers and brakes, not like those couldn't be added to my '03.

Weird obsession, talk me out of it. I know I should just put the miles on my ZX3 and wait a year or two and buy a ST when they start popping up on the used market.


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Old 08-12-2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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Man, I'm in the exact same boat. I have an 02 ZX3 with 85k on it. It runs and drives fine. It's not extra special, or fast, or anything awesome. But for less than it would cost me to buy an SVT, I could make it look like one, and probably about as fast as one.

But I've been stuck lately wanting to buy one. But I think I really want a Fiesta ST. But I don't have the cash for an SVT, and financing one would be silly. Plus no bank will finance like 4 grand on a 10 year old Focus. Book is way lower than what enthusiasts ask for their cars. And an ST will be like $400 payments. , why can't I just be happy with my paid off ZX3 with low miles?

Car enthusiasts always want more, or better, or faster, or cleaner, or whatever it is that makes us tick. I suppose, at least our addiction is safer and possibly, but I doubt it, cheaper than drugs or hookers!
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:33 PM   #3
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there is something to be said about exclusivity. And they are becoming more and more rare.

I can't blame the urge. and I won't talk you out of it.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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If you guys haven't driven one yet, find a local member or do a test drive. Then fall in love and buy one.

My SVT is the best car I've ever owned, by far. It's so good at so many things, and has decent enough aftermarket support, plus the Marketplace here is great. I haven't had an issue finding parts yet, just need to be thorough and careful, and willing to spend a bit more than Zetec parts. Insurance is reasonable, probably not much more than a ZX3. Try credit unions for financing, I financed 4k at 3.49% for 36 months with no problems. Paid off now!

That said, I'm getting the itch to get something newer, likely an ST. Or 2015 Mustang and keep the SVT for winter. Seems like I'm working in it every weekend and every bolt is a rusty PITA to remove. Still love it though! They make great DDs, yet they're all fun to take to car shows and watch the muscle car guys try to figure out what it is! I love mentioning the Car and Driver review that stated the Focus was the best thing SVT ever produced.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:03 PM   #5
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I wouldn't say the SVT is obsolete... I think some of the technology in the car is past its prime, but other than that it's as thoroughly modern as any car.
Other cars are getting better but the mk1 Focus chassis is still one of the best small-car platforms out there.

It lacks a few airbags compared to newer models, but the solution for that is "Don't crash it."

I would've taken one over my '11 if it were available at the time of purchase.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:07 PM   #6
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I wouldn't say the SVT is obsolete... I think some of the technology in the car is past its prime, but other than that it's as thoroughly modern as any car.
Other cars are getting better but the mk1 Focus chassis is still one of the best small-car platforms out there.

It lacks a few airbags compared to newer models, but the solution for that is "Don't crash it."

I would've taken one over my '11 if it were available at the time of purchase.
It's obsolete because Ford discontinued replacement parts. So many of the SVT specific parts are junkyard sourced only from now on.

The duratec powered Foci have a few extra years before that's an issue.

That is the only meaning of obsolete that I intended.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:43 PM   #7
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I wouldn't say the SVT is obsolete... I think some of the technology in the car is past its prime, but other than that it's as thoroughly modern as any car.
Other cars are getting better but the mk1 Focus chassis is still one of the best small-car platforms out there.

It lacks a few airbags compared to newer models, but the solution for that is "Don't crash it."

I would've taken one over my '11 if it were available at the time of purchase.
i agree completely:) i would love me a svt focus or contour! as far as fewer airbags i would be much happier, those things are scary lol. accidently deployed mine in my accord trying to remove it and and broke my nose and dislocated my jaw!
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Weird obsession, talk me out of it.
Don't do it! Then it will be harder for me to find one
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I regret selling mine every day that goes by... Hope that helps
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