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I am about a day away from purchasing a 2000 focus sedan lx 4 door, with the spi engine. I've checked it over and over and it seems to be in really good condition, it has only 105,000 km's on it, runs and drives smoothly. All service records were well kept.

I do have a few questions though;

1) Is the SPI engine a non-interference engine?
2) Did the focus ever come with an engine protection pan underneath? All the other cars i've ever owned had them, and this one doesn't have one.

Oh and anything specifically to look out for? I am looking forward to putting lots of mileage on this car, my current car is a 1989 volvo 740 with 400,000 km's on it...and it still runs great, the only problem is the fuel economy isn't awe-inspiring, and its getting to that age where its a car you love and would hate to part with, but the parts are getting expensive and rare.
 

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yes
and I don't believe so

if you're looking for an economic car - a focus will do it for you
if you're looking for a car with plentiful parts, that are not rare & expensive ... don't get an spi motor : )

the zetec and duratec motors will allow you to easily (the spi is easy too) and inexpensively (the spi is a less popular/less in demand engine, so parts are more expensive & infrequent) mod it.

check a couple sites (newedgeperformance.com & central florida motorsports website) and you will see a 'handful' of spi parts, and pages of other engine parts. I love mine, and I have a zetec also, but I'm just giving you heads up. Good luck with your decision & welcome to focusfanatics!
 

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yes it fits, i sold it to a guy on the forum, year i forget, try pm'ing "tin maddog" he is using one right now. And for pete's sake make it to the viney ranch, on august 26th, I'll let you see what the bdr TB and a bunch of money in intake porting sounds and drives like.
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Ian, did you read trhis post before you wrote that? doesn't sound relevant at all? - Ryan
 

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Well i bought it today, and put 200km's on it. Works great, low road noise, its a very nice car i find. And the gas mileage is awesome!

I will definetly be sticking around these forums for a good while.
 

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Get a ZX3...that's all my advice, your regreat you've got a SPI, it will be hell to find AM parts. In any case, if you like sedans get a ZTS or an SE w/zetec.
 

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yeah haha. i already DID get it. And the price for the mileage on this was just a little too good to pass up - ( family friend ) for a good chunk of change under the redbook value.

AND i used to well still do own a 1989 Volvo, you want hard to find parts....this focus should be a breeze comparitively speaking...
 

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LoL, a breeze ... it depends on which parts you're talking about : ) Check out the forums for parts websites tailored to the focus, and you won't be dissappointed. I have had no trouble finding parts, just a few are very hard to find (mostly exhaust components come to mind). Otherwise if you're looking for something, post something in our SPI forums and we're a pretty helpful bunch ... glad to have you in the community, make sure and put some pictures in your gallery of your new SPI! - Ryan
 

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The 2.0 litre SPI is derived from the 1.9 Escorts. The Focus is esentially the "new" Escort, much like Chevrolet's Cobalt replaced the Cavalier. If you check out escortfocus.com, there's a ton of technical info about our engine and it's ancestors, as well as a very respectable selection of parts. The SPI is a stout engine, and while it may have less HP/TQ than any other engine available for the Focus, it can produce competitive numbers all the same. Like many people have said before, the freaking thing acts like it wanted to be turbocharged from the factory. Build up the engine, and it is damn near invincible. Also, suspension, exhaust, appearance, pretty much anything but engine parts are interchangeable between the models. Pretty much the only problem you may run into are things like forged pistons/rods, camshaft, that sort of thing. But there are headers available, you can get a 65mm throttle body and use any Zetec intake, the market's really not that bad if you know where to look. Oh yeah, and I'm pretty sure that most exhausts are compatible with the SPI due to the fact that what we call a "cat-back" is really a flexpipe-back.
 
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