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Old 09-17-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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About to buy a 2003 SVT Euro -- maintenance items?

I'm about to purchase a 2003 SVT with the euro package. 117K miles. It's at a dealership, so I doubt I'll have much history to go on. I'd prefer private party but this is the *exact* car I've been looking for, so....

What maintenance items should I be looking at right away? at 117K, if the timing belt hasn't been done, that's my first order of business. Is there any way to tell? Is this something someone with some mechanical inclination and basic tools could do? I've done the timing chain on my Toyota pickup and it was a PITA, but I did it. I'm sure this would be more difficult (smaller space, newer car, sensors, etc.) Anything else I should be looking to do? And for that matter, are there any things I should be looking for on this car? common issues, deal-breakers, etc? thanks!

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Old 09-17-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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As far as the timing belt, if the dealer can't tell you when its been done, I think I might try and negotiate with them into performing the service as part of the sale. The only way to check the belt is to take off the top timing belt cover and thats not the easiest to do without some bendy wrenches.

Things I'd be looking at over the 100k mark :
Front and rear endlinks
Thermostat housing

I'm sure some others will throw in a few bits.

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The timing belt is relatively easy, you just need to ensure you have the Cam locking bar and the crank pin first.... THESE TOOLS ARE IMPERATIVE TO THE OPERATION!

If you're able to do the timing chain on your toyota then this would be a breeze. You can buy alllllll the parts you need for both timing belt AND serpentine belt (pulleys and tensioners) brand new from www.rockauto.com for like $200.

At times I would almost rather do the timing belt job over other things...... Just find a good writeup (theres one in the How to) ... and follow it! You can buy the cam locking bar and the crank pin from c-f-m (http://www.c-f-m.com/performanceparts/pc/home.asp)
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Timing Belt!!!! Clean the MAF with every oil change, Does wonders for MPG.
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Most importantly the timing belt and tensioners, if you can get them to do it before they sell it I would recommend taking that direction...

Other than that just check the thermostat housing for visible cracks or leaks.
The gaskets on the valve covers tend to start leaking as well I would take the time and do it and id change the plugs to the step colder motorcrafts.
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Make sure the master cylinder on the clutch isn't leaking. Just check for wet carpet behind the clutch pedal.
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