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Old 06-10-2018, 06:46 PM   #1
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Should I buy a 2002 SVT with 200,000 miles?

So I'm looking for a new car and I wanted it to be a manual that was performance oriented. So I started looking a couple months ago and came across a 2002 Ford Focus SVT with 200,000 miles on it. I thought that's a lot of Mike's and he was asking 2K for it. So I got in contact with him and asked him when the Timing belt was changed and he said at around 140,000 miles. Then I asked if anything else was done to the car and this was his response "Comes with a predator programmer.
New wheel bearings, front and rear control arms, and brakes done 12/3/17 with receipts to show. 10k mikes on clutch.
Comes with extra set of tires that have 500 miles on them. Also come with new package of rear brake pads and any spare parts I have laying around." Is this a good deal or are there any other things to look out for?


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Old 06-10-2018, 07:42 PM   #2
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price is about par... id replace that Timing belt anyways this is one engine that will destroy itself if that belt fails and a 3 hour $100 investment in a new belt kit goes a long way..

200,000 is not bad as my 2002 has 283,700km's which is about 175,000 but mine is ROUGH needs alot of TLC which is my project car

timing belts are good for around 100,000 miles thats it you can get more but your playing with fire on when it does let go and when it does you will know..

the SVT is a fun car has alot of pep and moves
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Would try to negotiate the price.
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Not to be a downer on the SVT. I do love mine despite my many, many critiques of the car. But, I would have to honestly say no at this time. Most of the SVT parts have now been discontinued and are very hard to find. If anything goes wrong or you have an accident, the car is basically done. It sucks to say, because the SVT is a fun little car. I'm sure with enough money, luck and grit you could keep the car going. A guy I used to work with had a 2003 SVT and when the front of the car was hit, he had to replace the front bumper cover with a standard ZX3 bumper. He then ended up selling the car and got very little for it. Anyway, I just want you to know the facts of getting an SVT Focus today.
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This is partially true. ^^^^^^^^ You can always find parts on here or ebay.
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It is a fun car, but it's expensive to keep going, difficult in so many stupid ways, and they are starting to get to that age where things just go wrong left and right. I'll be selling mine after college.
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In my experience, my SVT has been very easy and inexpensive to keep running. After 8 years of ownership, the largest calamity was ripping my flex pipe over a frost heave and replacing the SVT only parking brake cable. Everything else has been simple, inexpensive, general Focus stuff like thermostat housing, coil, a vacuum leak, and suspension parts. All stuff that can be bought at your nearest parts store.

In your case, your taking a risk with a high mileage car since the SVT's are prone to be headaches if not properly maintained by previous owners, but a well maintained SVT can easily last for 100,000's of more miles. The real important question here is will this be your only transport or will it be a toy? If you want absolute reliability, go with something much newer because these cars are frankly 15 or so years old, and with 200,000 miles, general wear items are going to give out. If you don't mind or enjoy having a really fun little car that might require some tinking on the weekends, the SVT are some great cars to own.
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And I'll add one other thing, as far as the engine is concerned, there is no real mileage limit to these. Like has been said, a timing belt failure can take out an engine in second if they get too old, but there's really no other major parts of the engine that are "ticking time bombs". As long as the little stuff is kept up with and nothing crazy is done with tunes and other mods, the SVT Zetec will run forever.

Same with the transmission, you really hear very few issues with the critical components of these cars as long as they are maintained and not abused or over modified.
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This is true. ^^^^^^^^^^ Maintenance is king.
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If rust is an issue in your part of the world, check for that. Subframe, exhaust parts, suspension, brake lines are trouble spots that I've heard of. CELs of course. Drive it for a while in case he just reset one.

I'd say it sounds pricey too unless it's really pristine and rust-free. Mine is '04 with 165k and I'm asking $2200, though it needs tires. PM me if you're near DC.
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