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I came across an SVT sitting in a parking lot acting as a billboard for a shop.
It looked to be in sad shape so went in the shop and inquired about it.
The owner couldn't tell me much about the car other than:

-He hasn't driven it in about 6 years
-It was started about a year ago and it ran but it was a little rough.
-From what he's heard, "it's not a normal focus. It's special to someone who knows about Focuses" LOL
-He would take $1000 for it.

I've been thinking about it for a little over a month now and I called the owner up to ask some more about it. He did not know how many miles or what year but he did send the title the next day. It is a 2003 and given some carfax info, I'd estimate it to be around 80k miles. But the kicker is, he doesn't have the keys. So I cant even get in the car atm, let alone start it.

I've called a few dealers and some say they can make the keys for $600 other say $250 to program but I would need to put in a new cylinder/key set because they can't cut keys for cars that are 10+ years old.

Should I buy the car without being able to start it? How much is too much in this case?

I'm thinking I would try to turn it over by hand and listen for anything awful.Beyond that is there any thing i could/should check before taking the plunge on this?

Thanks for any advice.
 

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Sounds like a good deal. Try calling locksmith about keys.
Thanks, I did call around and it seems like locksmith is the way to go. I'm going to call a few more places today for the best price and services. Some seem to do a little more or a little less.

I'd buy it. [headbang]

Worst thing is you could part it out. Worth a shot. [thumb]
That's definitely an idea that I hadn't thought about. It eases my mind about the purchase for sure.
Although If I do pick this thing up, I doubt I will be able to bring myself to part with it. I'll be all in at that point.
 

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This^^^^Fuel could be jelled up in the system(injectors), timing belt when was that done vs mileage. What was it in there for originally?
 

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may be cheaper to simply buy a ecu with lock set 2nd hand from somebody parting one out, here in the uk the whole kit sells used for around $100
Is the ecu the only electronic piece needed, I thought there was a separate PATS module that needs to match the ECU as well. Am I correct?

I will look around, thank you for another great idea!
 

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This^^^^Fuel could be jelled up in the system(injectors), timing belt when was that done vs mileage. What was it in there for originally?

Good call on the fuel system, how should I go about checking the injectors (or any other part of the fuel system)? is it enough to just drain the existing fuel and simply put new fuel in or should I take some approach at cleaning them?

I doubt the timing belt was ever done and it has been sitting for nearly 6 years so I planned to definitely change this before anything else.


Sorry, don't understand the last question. What was what for originally?

Thank you very much.
 

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You got AAA? Can probably save some money on the locksmith
Good to hear on locksmith.
I have AAA Plus which offers $100 off of emergency locksmith service.

Answers I need to find are, what qualifies as an emergency and how do I go about hiring the locksmith for this? I wonder if I just ask AAA for reimbursement later or if I need to call them to send the locksmith out.

I'll let you know when I figure this out.
 

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I have AAA Plus which offers $100 off of emergency locksmith service.

Answers I need to find are, what qualifies as an emergency and how do I go about hiring the locksmith for this? I wonder if I just ask AAA for reimbursement later or if I need to call them to send the locksmith out.

I'll let you know when I figure this out.
A locksmith must have at least have three years of experience, then those locksmith firms must be called for emergency services like i have called locksmith lawrenceville ga for car key replacement.
 

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I have AAA Plus which offers $100 off of emergency locksmith service.

Answers I need to find are, what qualifies as an emergency and how do I go about hiring the locksmith for this? I wonder if I just ask AAA for reimbursement later or if I need to call them to send the locksmith out.

I'll let you know when I figure this out.
In my experience it's fairly easy to get what you want from AAA as long as you "correctly word it"
 

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I know they are worth more parted out n that' sucks if you want to get top dollar you gotta turn em into parts cars I wonder if that will ever change I guess we can only hope
 
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