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Old 10-12-2006, 02:48 PM   #1
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Just a few questions for the SVT guys (and gals) out there.

OK so here's the deal, I am getting rid of my beloved 2003 ZX3 after 37,000 miles and 3 years of owning it. I love my car, I've had it since it's birth (had 20 miles on the odo when I picked it up), but the time has come to go on to something new and faster. I was at first going to get a used Lancer Evo, but the price and insurance cost will not allow me to buy that car at this time, so I had to look somewhere else. I knew I wanted 4 doors though, because I am sick of leaning the front seats down to get to the back.
So I decided on the 2003-2004 SVT ZX5 Focus. I test drove one the other day and I have settled on three that I like. Two are at a Carmax (2003 Red SVT ZX5, 27K miles, $14,998--2004 Silver SVT ZX5, 30K miles, $14,998) and one is at a local Ford Dealer (2003 Red SVT ZX5, 27K miles, $12,999). I know I don't want a black car again, even though I think that black is the best color, but I feel that silver and red are just easier to keep clean.
Now I am going to the Ford dealer and Carmax this weekend, so I just wanted to know if the prices seem fair. I will be trading my ZX3 in, as well as putting a $3000 to $5000 down payment. I really want my payments around the same. Are the insurance payments ridiculously higher for a 4 door SVT Focus?
I will also be returning my ZX3 to stock before I trade it, I know that my Konig's will fit the SVT, and I know that my AEM CAI won't, will my Tein S-Tech springs work with the SVT setup? I will be taking everything off my ZX3 (Rims, CAI, Custom exhaust, shorty Antenna, Subs, Halo lights, clear corners, and even my 2 month old seat covers). I will sell most of the stuff on here and locally.
But I just wanted to know if the prices were good, how the insurance was, and anything else that ya'll might wanna shout out. I've never dealt with Carmax before, but I've heard mostly good things, and Ford dealers, I've had my diffrences with but they've been overall a good experience. Any info about anything will be greatly appreciated because I am going to be spending money on one of my top 3 cars in the next week. Thanks ya'll


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Old 10-12-2006, 03:35 PM   #2
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As far as insurance goes my insurance was only $13 more a month than the 2002 Ranger I owned before my SVT. I am 23 married and have 4 pts to my name and I pay $81 a month for very good full coverage. I have the 3 door and if I am not mistaken the 5 door gets another discount. I would just get the vin# and call insurance and as for a qoute.

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Old 10-12-2006, 05:04 PM   #3
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Do a vin search and check out the link in my signature to see what others have paid for their svt's.
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:39 AM   #4
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Check them all out before you decide on one. Try and talk them down a little... prices are never set in stone. I paid $11,200 out the door for my 2003 3dr Yellow SVTF with 36K miles. I'm 25, and only pay about $35 a month for full coverage with $250 deductable.... My insurance agent and I are close!! If any of them that you are looking at have the Euro package, I would lean towards those. The extras on the EAP are really nice. Hope this helps a little.

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Old 10-13-2006, 03:39 PM   #5
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I had an 05 Zx3 My insurance went up 5 dollars, and my current foci is an 04 SVT ZX5 with EAP. So I have no idea why it went up this one is safer(ABS, SIDE IMPACT, Bigger brakes, 4 doors)

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Old 10-13-2006, 03:56 PM   #6
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the 2004 also has updated parts, so I would really look itnto that.
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If you can, see if the dealer has the warrenty left on it. It's nice to get a free rental and the VIP treatment.

As far as insurance goes... mine went up 100 dollars. I'm 23 and went in with 2 strikes. But a year later and my insurance went down 125 bucks because of safe driving and all that. So I'm a happy camper.
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Those prices sound a bit high, try to talk them down a few grand and then you're talking. The SVT really is a great car, especially the EAP ones, I would kill for the Recaro's out of one of those! My insurance was surprisingly low at ~$80/month... 24-year old married dude.

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Oh, those Tein springs should work fine as well...pretty sure, anyway.
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Seems like your cars are holding their value a little better now. I paid 15K for one in 04 with 4k miles, and now they are selling for around the same price with 10x the mileage.
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