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Old 01-28-2017, 02:19 PM   #1
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Considering an 2004 SVT Focus

I am looking to replace my 2003 ZX3. It has 273K miles. The only major repairs it has ever had is a new clutch. It was involved in an accident or I'd still be driving it.

The Car I am considering is a 180k mile '04 SVT. The asking price is $3500. Which is $1000 more than a many non-SVT's that have less miles. I like the car very much. The big selling point to me is that it has a new clutch and transmission.

I guess my real question is: Are there things I need to know about these SVTs that I would not know from driving My ZX3?

I suspect I will need to run premium fuel. Should I be concerned about the aluminum head? Or any othe SVT spacific issues.

Any Input would be helpful.

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Old 01-28-2017, 02:40 PM   #2
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You can read fine points in many similar threads.

The largest one to emphasize is KNOWING when the timing belt was changed, and never exceeding 80k miles on one (or 10 yrs).

Major damage results with any issues there, the most common problem with newly purchased SVT's.
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Old 01-28-2017, 08:34 PM   #3
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I don't think there's anything about the engine itself vs the other options that can cause worry aside from the need to do the timing belt service on time.

With 180k on the clock, I'd budget the cost of the car plus an immediate timing belt job, in addition to anything else it may need.


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http://c-f-m.com has hard to find svt parts.....
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I think 3,500 is a bit pricy for an SVT with that many miles. Especially if it needs tbelt, brakes, etc.
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Yep, lot of maintenance is probably needed at that point. Depending on how capable you are...

$1000 for clutch
$700-1000 for timing belt. For the bigger stuff.
$$$ for premium fuel vs Unleaded.
VCT can cause issues.
Crossover tube can break
Brakes...not that bad

Lot of the Specific items they don't make for the SVT anymore. Which means, yours break, its harder to find, when you do find it, it will cost its weight in gold. Like SVT knuckles and hubs...there are replacements and alternatives. But you have to get creative sometimes.

As for price, yeah thats high, unless every piece of maintenance was done in the last 20K. Even then it better be equipped with Recaro seats and Mach headlights for that price...
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Would find out more info. What maintenance was done. Otherwise a great car.
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Besides all the nice amenities on the car, including leather Recaroo's, the one thing that I like the most is the fact it has a new clutch and transmission. Ill need to figure the timing belt in on the price. The $3.5k is thier asking price. I won't pay that.
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Yep, lot of maintenance is probably needed at that point. Depending on how capable you are...

$1000 for clutch
$700-1000 for timing belt. For the bigger stuff.
$$$ for premium fuel vs Unleaded.
VCT can cause issues.
Crossover tube can break
Brakes...not that bad

Lot of the Specific items they don't make for the SVT anymore. Which means, yours break, its harder to find, when you do find it, it will cost its weight in gold. Like SVT knuckles and hubs...there are replacements and alternatives. But you have to get creative sometimes.

As for price, yeah thats high, unless every piece of maintenance was done in the last 20K. Even then it better be equipped with Recaro seats and Mach headlights for that price...
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Agree with you. ^^^^^^^
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