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Old 03-30-2010, 05:23 PM   #1
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Contemplating buying an SVT

Hey there. New here. Anyhow, for my birthday today my wife gave me about 5K cash I can spend on any car I want. I have a great DD, but I really want something I can tool around on and play with. I had my head set on a Mustang, but I'm more of a 4 cylinder person. I've always loved the looks of the zx3..and for an 03 SVT to pop up on craigslist down the highway is like a sign..

But before I make any purchases..kinda had some questions.

In terms of power what are they capable of? I have my heart set on boosting..either S/C or turbo..but I'll go with whatever's available.

Power is my main concern, I know they can handle already.

So are there a lot of options out there for you guys? got any websites?


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Out of the box they dyno 145-148 HP and 125-130 TQ. Usually, I am at about 265 now with a SC. This car would be a good purchase if you want something to toy with it is really easy to work on. Try any of the sponsors that come up in the banners at the tops of the pages. There are several options and many websites.

CFM Click Here. Is a place I like to go a drool on all the stuff I will never afford.

Massive is also a good place for looking at aftermarket parts.
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:01 PM   #3
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FSWerks in Socali is working on a turbo kit atm, its not out yet, but its looking to be a real beast of a kit, and quite the deal as well.

The general concensus on boosting is what you have your heart set on. If you are lookin for 250ish, the stock SVT should handle it just fine. Go higher than that, and you might want to invest in some stronger internals/clutch.



As for the SVT on craigslist. Obviously, check out the car before you buy. Buying a high-mileage SVTf can mean alot more than you would think. (Timing belt, 02 sensors, clutch master cylinder, etc) SVTs can be reliable, but it requres an obsessive owner who is on top of regular maintnence and whatnot. A poorly maintained SVTf can be a nighmare.

Honestly, post a link to the craigslist ad, and most people here can tell you whether or not its even worth looking at.
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Get one they're fun to drive. I have two. One supercharged one with boltons. Twisty roads will never be the same for you again.
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:00 PM   #5
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Check for brake fluid on the clutch pedal and make sure the clutch is good as they are expensive. Goodluck.
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:30 PM   #6
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sounds like you have a great wife.

out of the box they are very fun cars

ill sell you mine for 9 LOL
56k on the odo
base JRSC kit 6lbs of boost

haha but they are great cars
9? Good joke.
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:06 PM   #7
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Hmmm, interesting. Most SVTs I've seen haven't been going for much at all. For some reason it says mine is worth way less. Pooey. Oh well, not planning on selling.
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these cars are not worth anything anymore. said. 2 years ago mine would sell for 9000 in under a week no problem.

hell i sold an 02 with 61k in 08 for 7800 in a week
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:34 PM   #9
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Damnit..well, the car was a salvage title. Really wish people would list that crap. The search continues.
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I say get one dude. They are sooooo dang fun. Even stock. I'm about to turbo charge mine which really means more trouble. But for 5 grand you may have a hard time finding one. I got mine for 6,700. But i got a really good deal.

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