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Old 05-20-2005, 05:08 PM   #1
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low end torque in 04 svt

i just bought an o4 svt focus and its pretty sweet, what an upgrade from the zx3. anyway, i keep hearing about this low end torqe that its suppose to have. when i get on it its slow moving for 0-3000 rmps and then starts to move. how come i keep hearing about how good its suppose to be low end but im getting practically nothing. launching this thing is hard with the traction control and what p*sses me off the most is i cant squeel the tires.
anything wrong with my car? if so other then the obvious how else can i tell?


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how many miles do you have
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i don't know who told you that the SVT is "good one the low end", but they are smoking crack.

the SVT has less torque than the 2.3 duratec engines and is known to be sluggish off the line. Aftermarket tunes help somewhat, but still, until you get to about 3K you're not going anywhere fast.

It's just the nature of the beast, what with having such a tall first gear and whatnot. The svt is not a drag car.
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Welcome and congrats on purchase !!!

Sounds like you are in Stage 1 of SVT ownership. Here are a couple of things to know:

1) Its a 4, and according to data Ford paraded around it does in fact have more torque than other cars in this class at low rpm's - but ownership consensus is its not there. Just wait till you turn on your AC and try to launch!

2) Learn to live with traction control - you can't defeat it under 20mph w/o serious side effects

3) Beyond these frustrations (and a few others you might get to know about) forget about it - its under warranty and Ford is pretty good about fixing these cars.

4) Go out and have a blast. Just focus on how the car behaves EVERYWHERE but on launch. And let me be the first to say once your car is broken in and you are operating in the 3-7K range you won't think so much about under 3K. This is a momentum car, so get moving, get out on the twisties and have a blast.

5) World class brakes and handling.

Enjoy and welcome.

PS - If the low end torque really bothers you there are many that will give you the setup for UDP, CAI, ECU tune, etc. etc. etc.
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RB, thanks for listing the perks of the SVT...I guess I was a little too negative and forgot to mention why this car is so incredibly awesome in my first post!
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Ford marketing (and consequently some magazine/internet reviews where they basically just rewrite what the Ford press kit says rather than form their own opinions) heavily pushed the idea that the car had good low-end torque, and I guess compared to a "non-SVT" Zetec engine it does, but it's still bound by the fact that it's (1) a relatively small displacement four-cylinder engine, and (2) a car which had to meet a number of emissions, fuel economy, and safety regulations. Plus as Amanda mentioned the gearing is not set up to give you fast stop light runs.
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Old 05-20-2005, 06:25 PM   #7
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One word, "TUNE".
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^^^yeah i agree a tune will help the most with that prob out of all the basic boltons............i have hypnotics tune and it does wonders for torque
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You will get more comfortable with driving the car as time & mileage rack up too. I've been driving manuals for 16 years and it took me a while to get the timing down on this car. I have T/C also and really don't push it so hard that it can chirp tires because the clutch isn't built for too much of that. When I put my ORP on I pulled some impressive tire when heading onto the freeway for a test drive. As mentioned above, look into getting a HIA tune....without a doubt that has to be the hottest mod going for these cars.
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I can get enough rubber second to third gear shift to make the T/C light flash and I have a little over 6600 miles.
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