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Old 03-05-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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Purchasing SVT focus

Hey all, I have some questions, mostly for the SVT owners.

I am looking at a 2003 zx5 SVT focus in cd silver with 58000 miles on the clock. The current owner is the 2nd owner. I talked to him today, and asked about the clutch (knowing they can have issues) and he said as far as he knows it hasn't been replaced and the current one grabs fine and isn't slipping. Is there a way I can tell by looking at the bellhousing whether or not it has been replaced? I plan on running the carfax report once I get the vin# later tonight to see.

He bought the car from a dealership last year and has put 28k miles on it. He runs about 35-40 mile commute everyday, mostly highway. It had 30k on it when he got it.

Is there anything I should be concerned about otherwise? Are there any little things I should look out for? Does anyone know when Ford started running the better clutch in 03?

Sorry for the barrage of questions, I've never looked at an SVT before other than to admire, thinking I'd ever own one, but now since BigRed is in car heaven, I'm seriously contemplating purchasing this car!


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Old 03-05-2009, 11:37 AM   #2
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The clutch is a who knows thing, My car has 105,000 and as far as I could tell I have the original clutch, I don't baby the car either. Check to see if the thermostat housing is leaking, that's a common thing. Hmm... I'm done, anyone else?
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If you want, I'll go look at it with you. Let me know.
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Shoot a PM B16sir1991 with the VIN# and he'll be able to run an oasis on the car and see if it's had any clutchwork done.

Other than that, take it for a test drive. If the car has any clutch chatter, there's no way around that. The sound is pretty evident once you fire up the car.
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Thanks, James. I think I'm going to ask my friend locally to help me out, your way out in BFE....

So other than the clutch, there isn't much to worry about?

Kyle! Thanks for the reminder about the t-stat! I had to replace that on my zetec and it was a PITA!!
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Thanks, James. I think I'm going to ask my friend locally to help me out, your way out in BFE....

So other than the clutch, there isn't much to worry about?

Kyle! Thanks for the reminder about the t-stat! I had to replace that on my zetec and it was a PITA!!
Not a problem, its easy for me to remember when I put antifreeze in my car at lunch, because mine is leaking!
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Things to check list:

~(as said before) T-Stat housing----make sure to check all 3 seals. The main and two on the plugs.

~ Dents on the header (the long tube design sets it close to the ground)

~ This is hard to tell without taking off the intake piping, but try to take a look at the DSI intake clip. The stock ones are plastic and will eventually break.

~ Check to make sure that the VCT solenoid gasket is in good condition. One that has a bad seal will pool oil into the center of the valve cover underneath the sparkplug cover with the SVT badge on it. You'll need an 8mm socket to take off the four bolts that holds this cover on.
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Well I'm going to look at the car tomorrow. I'll update with more info.
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