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Okay. As "master of ceremonies" of this impromptu gathering, I shall now call this meeting to order. [sing]

First order of business? I propose this question to my esteemed colleagues:

What recommendations/advice/insight might you offer for a brand-new owner of a pre-owned 2001 Ford Focus SE Sedan?
 

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1st things 1st, is it zetec powered? If not ship it & get a zetec....Keep up w/ the basic maintenance as you would on any other vehicle.
 

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Hey guys, was wondering if I could change the spi head, intake and exhaust manifold to accommodate a carburetor. Any help would be appreciated
 

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Hey guys, was wondering if I could change the spi head, intake and exhaust manifold to accommodate a carburetor. Any help would be appreciated
Why not start out w/ a better motor to begin with?
 

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Thanks to the link found on this very Focus Fanatic board:

OFOC | Ontario Focus Owners Club - Garage: VIN Decoder

...as long as mine has the original motor, it's apparently a Zetec.

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Yes a VIN position 8 = 3 is a Zetec engine.
Also a VIN position 5-7 = P34 (SE sedan) will be a Zetec engine.

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SPI:


Zetec:


As mentioned keep up on all routine maintenance using quality oil/filters, etc. Zetecs tend to suffer from ignition issues over time stemming from their 'old' style secondary ignition coil pack/plug wires. Misfires due to failing coil pack is common. Leaking thermostat housing is very common. Zetecs should have timing belt, etc, replaced at 120K miles. If you are in rust belt do thorough inspection of all brake lines. My 2002 Zetec 5-speed wagon has 135K and runs very well. I had a 2001 Escort ZX2 5-speed with Zetec engine that I bought new and drove 275K miles and had to scrap in 2015 due to severe underbody rust. Engine/trans/drivetrain still ran perfect.

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Paul, thank you. This is precisely the kind of information I'm seeking. What to watch for, what to keep in mind, what's likely to fail when, and why, etcetera.

Something tells me a great many of the veterans here have amassed an incredible amount of knowledge and experience with this model. This will be my first Focus so, trust me, I'll be paying close attention to everyone here.

Speaking of veterans... on behalf of every single American civilian, please accept our gratitude and undying devotion for defending our country and our freedoms. We owe you our all.

Thank you.
 

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I have an 03 with the Zetec and the engine is the best part of that car. Still going super strong. Main problem with the vehicle is rust, however, being in the rust-belt. I had to replace most of the rear brake lines and I used nicop so that should hold up well. One rocker panel was pretty much totally gone when I got it. One of the more recent things I did on it was the leaking thermostat housing. It is plastic and it looks like it got warped and the gasket wasn't enough to maintain a seal. I also just replaced the intake gaskets and a motor mount. It is pretty easy to work on.
 

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The zetec has a known problem with PCV hose in back of engine too FYI.

Post #5, you have no idea what you ask, in short, impossible, and the result not worth it to begin with. Injection is actually easier to understand than carburetion and I easily understand both.
 

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Thank you, gentlemen. Forgive my ignorance, but I assume by "SPI", you're referring to "Split Port Induction"?

Since Google is my friend (lol), I've gleaned the following info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_CVH_engine

My motor is a 24-valve DOHC, so, is it safe to assume that that's what makes it a Zetec?

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Excuse me. I meant to say 16-valve DOHC. [facepalm]

Oh, yeah. That's right. I have an ultra-rare Ford Performance SVT one-off, 6 valves/cylinder Zetec, one of only 3 hand-built specimens, in collaboration with Cosworth, at their R&D lab, in Northampton, England. [rofl]

Don't be surprised if this Focus of mine shows up at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale next year, with a starting bid of $250,000. I vow to donate 99% of the proceeds to the Kansas Humane Society, and spend the remaining $2,500 on an intensive 12-week course on a remedial typing class at Wichita State University.
 

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You might hold some of it back for brain/hand intercommunicational synapse propagation in response to demand initiated by numerical interface technology class too.

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You might hold some of it back for brain/hand intercommunicational synapse propagation in response to demand initiated by numerical interface technology class too.

lol.
Indeed, but not before being treated for this acute case of craniorectal impaction I'm currently suffering. Is there a doctor on this flight?

"I'm gonna need a toilet plunger, a shoehorn, an extra set of hands, and two quarts of Motorcraft 75W-140 Rear End lube. STAT!!"
 

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