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Old 09-28-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Newbie wants to say Thanks!!

I want to thank the members on this forum for all of the great information available. I just picked up a 2000 ford focus ZX3. I needed a DD to commute 90 miles each way to work. I did a lot of research, before the purchase, it was down to a focus and SVT Contour. Both cars were great but the Focus was cheaper and would give better mileage. I knew the motor mount on the car was shot which allowed me to negotiate the price down. The car currently has 138,000 miles on it, I did an oil change and drove it this past week. I read the opinions on Seafoam, figuring the mileage and the unknown service history I went through a bottle of the stuff over two tank full's and I swapped the fuel filter out this morning. I've gone to a few ford dealerships trying to get service history and to determine if the fuel pump was done as part of the extended coverage. I was shocked that the dealership offered little information on the car and the only TSB they showed in the computer for the car is coil springs. I have read extensively on this forum that the 2000 focus were part of a recall on the fuel pump. So far I'm happy with the car, once the motor mount was installed it really became a joy to drive. I know it's unrelated and maybe the fuel treatment corrected the problem but the car use to fall on it's face at around 4000 rpm now i'm able to run it close to 7000 with little hesitation. I did read about the PCV hose collapsing causing potential issues. I purchased a new PCV valve and have ordered the elbow and hose from the dealership. Timing belt will be done in the next two weeks. I'm not sure if it's been changed or not but figured get it done for piece of mind. I lurked long enough and figured and I'll post, thanks again

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Old 10-02-2013, 09:41 AM   #2
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sounds like you have done your research.. Always nice when someone looks up about a car before buying to know the problems they may face.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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sounds like you have done your research.. Always nice when someone looks up about a car before buying to know the problems they may face.
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:24 PM   #4
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My car is the same year and has almost identical mileage to yours, and it has a tendency to just sort of...stop at around that RPM like yours did, especially when going up hills. I've been thinking it's the fuel pump, so I also ran 2 cans of Seafoam through twice in a row. Seems to have helped some, but hasn't eliminated the problem entirely.

I also definitely need new engine mounts, they're a pretty easy job but I've been putting it off way too long. I've got a manual transmission and when I try to accelerate quickly the engine feels like it's going to rip itself out of the car and makes a loud thunk-thunk-thunk noise, so I have to accelerate like grandma and can't speed up till the car gets into 2nd gear.

If your timing belt breaks it's only as big of a problem as it takes to tow your car back to your house, these engines aren't interference fit and it won't damage it. Change out the water pump and both idler pulleys for both belts, while you're at it.
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