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View Poll Results: Have you experienced the SPI valve seat failure?
Yes 9 60.00%
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:25 AM   #11
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181,000 still going strong

I am at 181,000 and still doing good. At almost 200,000 I wouldn't say that its probable, but more of an inevitability. In my case i think it's just luck, I'm hoping for 200,000 when it happens I've already decided to do the zetec swap.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:30 AM   #12
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I am quite sure that some engines make it to the junkyard without dropping a seat, but then again some Chevy Vegas went the distance without screwing up too, even so, that car developed such a bad rep that GM first changed the name of the car and then dropped it from the line.

It may not even be half, but even 30 or 40% will get you bumped into Consumer Reports no man's land.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:27 AM   #13
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My 03 SPI is at 155,000 miles and going strong

I really baby it while the engine is cold, and use 2 oz. Lucas upper cylinder lubricant at each fill up. The UCL seems to give me an additional 1 MPG, but may also help keep the valves clean. May need some luck to get to 200,000 miles with out the inevitable valve seat drop.

I will be taking my chances for now, but will consider pulling the head and bringing it to a shop for the usual service (hardened seats, etc.)
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:27 PM   #14
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My SPI Escort did @ 173k miles, dropped #4, fixed it by adding a USED piston/rod from a JY motor, did not remove motor, new bearings, etc. Running good now

My 2002 SPI Focus that I just picked up a few days ago for $400 did the same thing, dropped a vlv seat on #4 @ 98k miles, ordered 4 new pistons and remaned head, again doing a motor in car rebuild. Total cost for BOTH cars will be $1000 to fix ($500 each). This car will be worth $4k when im done with it but I may keep it as a DD or sell the escort.
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Old 05-22-2013, 12:24 PM   #15
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Yes. Cylinder #1. assuming that's the cylinder closest to the serpentine belt. Dropped at 138,000.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:48 PM   #16
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Abt 170K, #4 cylinder went bye-bye.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:30 PM   #17
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205+ and mine just went so its time for the rebuilt head!!!
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:33 PM   #18
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Nope!!
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:24 PM   #19
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Cylinder 2 at 171K
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:32 PM   #20
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Mine is currently at 245,000 miles engine is still all original
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