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Old 06-29-2016, 09:41 PM   #11
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Throwout bearing loose can go on indefinitely without issue, just an annoyance. Glued to the slave cylinder, and if loose from that it can rattle between slave & clutch.

Since replacement requires trans pull, clutch is often done at the same time.

Thermostat housing is at the cyl. head end toward the transmission, center of the car.
Thanks for the info on the throwout bearing. I noticed my seller edited his posting to remove the mention of the throw out bearing. I think he was worried it would scare off too many buyers. It is good to hear from others what he is saying about the throw out bearing. That it doesn't necessarily mean it needs a new clutch.
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Yes on the tstat thing. I clicked on the link again and it's been deleted.

Did the SVT sell already?
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A Focused Family - I thought the same thing and emailed him again asking if I should stop my auto loan application process - he thanked me for informing him it was deleted. He deleted it by accident somehow.

Here's the new listing:
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I'm pursuing an auto loan, now I need to find someone who will take off work to drive 7.5 hrs each way with me to get this car once the loan goes through. There's not a lot of appeal in spending 15 hrs in a car in one day to help a buddy get a car. I suppose I'll find out who my true friends are.

I'm also waiting to hear back from him about a few questions I asked him regarding maintenance documents, etc.
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Are you sure its the throw out bearing? Does the car have an aftermarket aluminum flywheel? I've heard those things rattle like crazy, which could be the source of the noise.
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Are you sure its the throw out bearing? Does the car have an aftermarket aluminum flywheel? I've heard those things rattle like crazy, which could be the source of the noise.
Seller says the car is 100% stock except for the slotted and cross drilled rotors he installed from Brake Performance.com

It was with a heavy heart that I called the seller today and told him I couldn't buy the car. Last week the transmission on my wife's 2005 Chrysler Town and Country started slipping pretty badly. Found out today a rebuild will cost us $2000-$3000. Gotta fix our van - no way I can afford to buy the SVT and also put money into the timing belt change it requires.

Anyone else want a silver SVT, 4 door with the Euro Appearance Package?
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Don't quit looking lol. They will pop up. The 2004's are still out there to buy. Those SVT's are 12 years old now. Guys wanna upgrade to an MK3 or whatever else.

There's plenty of us who will help you find an SVT. My experience with these cars is that they've either been baboon-ass mod raped and abused, half mod raped and driven hard, or bone stock virgin SVT's.

I prefer the virgin ones.

Just turned 135K on mine.

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Don't quit looking lol. They will pop up. The 2004's are still out there to buy. Those SVT's are 12 years old now. Guys wanna upgrade to an MK3 or whatever else.

There's plenty of us who will help you find an SVT. My experience with these cars is that they've either been baboon-ass mod raped and abused, half mod raped and driven hard, or bone stock virgin SVT's.

I prefer the virgin ones.

Just turned 135K on mine.

I have no issue driving an older car. - especially if I can find a 4 door SVT that hasn't been modded. I don't want to buy someone else's Frankencar hot rod that has its own issue uses due to the mods they did. And for the price these days, its hard to find a more fun car to drive (at least I hear they are fun to drive - never sat in one myself). Seriously though, I did a used car search for compacts or subcompacts with a max price so of $5000 and I was getting Honda Civics, Honda Fits, Toyota Matrix cars listing for that with 150,000 miles on them. That seems like a lot for that high of milesage. I'm still partial to the Euro Appearance package with the black Recaro seats and the 17 inch rims. They just look great. I'll keep window shopping for now.

At first I was really scared off by all the quirks the SVT's are said to have - Thermostat housing failure, IMRC valve issues, required timing belt changes at lower milelages, etc but with the support and friendly folks on this forum, its not so scary. Thanks for all your help and advice so far.
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Just for reference,

Foci are FAMOUS for clutch chatter. When replacing the clutch, ALWAYS use a LuK slave.
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