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Old 03-28-2017, 12:13 PM   #1
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How Long do you expect an SVT to last?

Hey guys, been lusting after an SVT for a long time now. I've found one for a good price, but it's got 225,000km on it (140K miles). Looks to be well maintained, clutch feels good, garage kept, so no rust or anything (big deal here in Canada).

How much longer can I expect the engine to last, assuming regular maintenance?


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Could do twice that, could die tomorrow if the timing belt doesn't get changed EARLIER then recommended.

Most of the longevity threads for reference are in the General Car Chat section.


That car SHOULD be on it's second timing belt by now, and depending when done it might be nearing time for another.
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Could do twice that, could die tomorrow if the timing belt doesn't get changed EARLIER then recommended.

Most of the longevity threads for reference are in the General Car Chat section.


That car SHOULD be on it's second timing belt by now, and depending when done it might be nearing time for another.
It is on the second (at least, maybe third) timing belt. I didn't take a look at the receipt for the work, but I can do that and see when it's time for the next one. It's every 90K miles right? So every 140K km, so it should be nearing its 3rd one if I want to do it early.

Thanks for the info man!
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Factory suggestion is in the 100k range, Forum suggestions usually around 80k (miles) for safety and an undetermined number of years.

Ran into many reported on original belt after 10 yrs. plus, and even though the mileage wasn't to replacement time they DID tend to break - surprise surprise.
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Its all about the maintenance.
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Hey guys, been lusting after an SVT for a long time now. I've found one for a good price, but it's got 225,000km on it (140K miles). Looks to be well maintained, clutch feels good, garage kept, so no rust or anything (big deal here in Canada).

How much longer can I expect the engine to last, assuming regular maintenance?
I've got 220,000 miles and the timing belt was changed 40,000 miles ago, the last owner didn't change it and bent all the valve's and such, since this is a no clearance type engine, so if you buy it, get the Ford repair manual, and change that timing belt ASAP.

So the top end was completely rebuild, and he also did oil changes as needed. Came with extra's, Borla Cat Back, Eibach Pro system, and AEM Cai...new stereo replacement 9006... also agree with Pasta, it's all about the maintenance.

This car has good power, and passes smog in California with no problems, runs like a top...and very happy I bought it...
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With that amount of miles it was obvious maintained.
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I just became the proud owner of a 2017 Focus RS. My former vehicle, a 2004 Focus SVT in Screaming Yellow, went to my son in the Chicago area (Lake Villa). It had 374,000 miles on it and still did not use any oil. I wasn't really fanatic about maintenance (did 5/6k mile oil changes) and kept the timing belt within reason (1st one was done at 140,000 miles).

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I just became the proud owner of a 2017 Focus RS. My former vehicle, a 2004 Focus SVT in Screaming Yellow, went to my son in the Chicago area (Lake Villa). It had 374,000 miles on it and still did not use any oil. I wasn't really fanatic about maintenance (did 5/6k mile oil changes) and kept the timing belt within reason (1st one was done at 140,000 miles).

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Well I'm happy with buying this car in Feb. this year, my last car was a Mazdaspeed 3, cosmic blue mica, 2007, GT fully loaded. Looking around for a good runner, since the car I really want is the Focus RS, read a article and that is how I found out about the SVT. Mine has 220,000 miles and was well maintained by the last owner, gave me all the paperwork and everything. It's not the Speed 3, but feels a lot like it with a few ponies less. And has got me working on my own cars again.

My problem now is found the dogbone on the transmission is bad and bought the VF Engineering mount and decided to install it today. Well can't get the bracket bolt's loose, the mount bolt's came out no problem, the Ford book says two bolt's and remove the mount...YEAH RIGHT.

Well those two bolt's weren't a problem, also read the following thread of FF.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/g...tall-pics.html

So removed the two motor mount bolts completely but the bracket bolts won't move at all, so decided to spray them with some PB Blaster and let it soak. At this point tried using a 13 socket and a cheater bar on my 3/8 drive, end up breaking the Snap on socket and still can't get the bolt's loose.

The motor mount won't come out with just removing the motor mount bolts.

Any suggestions at this point I might have to pull the Cat to get more room to be able to get to the two bolts, can't get a 1/2 drive with socket in there, and bought another 3/8 drive 12 point 13 socket, moves the whole engine and trans but won't break the bolt loose.

Going to let it soak over night and see if that helps.

Just remember one thing, be careful in Drift Mode in your new Focus RS
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My problem now is found the dogbone on the transmission is bad and bought the VF Engineering mount and decided to install it today. Well can't get the bracket bolt's loose, the mount bolt's came out no problem, the Ford book says two bolt's and remove the mount...YEAH RIGHT.

Well those two bolt's weren't a problem, also read the following thread of FF.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/g...tall-pics.html

So removed the two motor mount bolts completely but the bracket bolts won't move at all, so decided to spray them with some PB Blaster and let it soak. At this point tried using a 13 socket and a cheater bar on my 3/8 drive, end up breaking the Snap on socket and still can't get the bolt's loose.

The motor mount won't come out with just removing the motor mount bolts.

Any suggestions at this point I might have to pull the Cat to get more room to be able to get to the two bolts, can't get a 1/2 drive with socket in there, and bought another 3/8 drive 12 point 13 socket, moves the whole engine and trans but won't break the bolt loose.

Going to let it soak over night and see if that helps.
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You should probably start a new thread, you might get more help.

Anyway, I feel your pain. I couldn't get that middle bolt on the bracket loose. I finally used some heat, a box wrench and a 3# mallet. It finally broke loose. I couldn't see any Loc-Tite on the threads but there was a bunch of rust under the flanged bolt head. That was probably the culprit, or most of the problem.

I hope this helps. Good luck.
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