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Old 02-11-2004, 02:44 PM   #1
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FSVT: 5 Door vs 3 Door

Hello FSVT World:

I am a newbie and current owner of 1995 Contour SE, 2.5L V6, MTX-75 (5-speed), and enjoy the handling characteristics of this model (matches Contour SVT w/o the horsepower).

My questions:

1. regarding the handling or other characteristics of the 5 Door versus the 3 Door model.

2. have there been many particular TSB's, recalls or that I should be aware?

3. I'd be interested in links to owners of each of these in silver.

4. Would be interested in running a VIN through someones CarFax if willing. (post privately)

Local Dealer has a 2002 FSVT 3 Door with 5 K miles for sale, and I am tempted.


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Old 02-11-2004, 03:01 PM   #2
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How much are they asking for the used svt? I bet you could just about buy a new 03 for what there going to be asking for it.There has been some problems with the svt with surging but you can have the cpu reflashed and will fix it also some people have had problems with flywheels.
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Initial off the top of head was $15 K .

Plus trade in of my 'classic' Champagne Edition Contour SE, and I'll throw in the snow tires and steel wheels :)

New 2004 FSVT 3-Doors from $22.6 K plus current $1500 allowance and special interest rates.
(4) in stock (1) 5-Door for $23.3K All in Black

Other 2003's under a foot of snow

Now what about the questions above ;)
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The 3 door is significantly faster than the 5 door, especially around the track. The ZX5 weighs about 100 pounds more. I can only imagine what a stripped out 3 door would be like.
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Old 02-11-2004, 03:33 PM   #5
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there are no recalls that i am aware of.

the handling should be the same, i believe they have the same wheel base, the 5-door maybe a tad heavier, but that is just a guess.

as far as the TSB about the reflash, i have noticed that it mainly affects the 2002 models, i have a 2003 and i have no such problems with surging, etc.

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Old 02-11-2004, 05:50 PM   #6
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Re: FSVT: 5 Door vs 3 Door

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Originally posted by AC_tsunami

Local Dealer has a 2002 FSVT 3 Door with 5 K miles for sale, and I am tempted. [/B]
I have a '02 3 door and after having the computer reflashed and the intake rudder clamps replaced it's been smooth sailing.

Here's mine in cd silver .
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Old 02-11-2004, 10:36 PM   #7
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Other than it having more doors, everything else is pretty much the same. Yes, the ZX5 is a little bit more heaver, but not enough to cause any real distinctions between the two.

There happens to be a TSB out on a Computer Reflash, TSB out on the intake runners, no TSB out for this but the Clutch, flywheel and Tranny are very prone to have problems in most SVTF, not all, but most.
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Old 02-12-2004, 08:55 AM   #8
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just for looks... i prefer the 3 door... but the 5 door is more convenient!!!

as far as performance... it should be the same
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dont get a 2k ZX3 ive only had mine for about a month and a half and im startin to lose hope! 2000 they had a lot of recalls and problems.
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I have a black 3 door you can see it in my link I say it looks much much cleaner in 3 door

I liked blach the most but blue silver or white would have been nice

the yellow is abit to flamboyant for my liking
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