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Ford Focus SVT, Hatchback
#371 of 422 No! Ours is still the German-engineered old Focus I
May 06, 2005 (10:52 pm)
but built in N.A.
We never had any imported ones from Germany. Lately it's been adopting Mazda-developed 4-cyl Duratec since late '03. You might find some of its other components from Mazda such as the auto tranny?
Then new comfier-but-less-thrilling Focus II won't be here, at least for a long time. & its a shared-platform car w/ the Mazda3 & the new Volvo S40. From 40 to 62% parts sharing. The suspension is still the German-engineered Control Blades. The ST version of the Focus II adopts the 5-cyl turbo from the new S40 T5:
creakid1, "Ford Focus 2005 release date" #61, 1 Nov 2004 4:08 am
The sedan version of the new Focus II was first built in Taiwan in late '04:
#372 of 422 The Ford Festiva/Aspire
May 06, 2005 (11:29 pm)
is really "a partnership car made by some other company other than Ford, like Mazda", but we only had the ones built in S. Korea.
Our Tracer & post-'90 Escort are clones of the Ford Laser, which is a Mazda 323/Protege twin sold in the Pacific region. But most of the N.A.-models don't come w/ Mazda engines.
#374 of 422 Next SVT?
Jul 27, 2005 (9:44 am)
Anbody know if/when Ford is planning to build another SVT Focus?
#375 of 422 Should I buy this car on Ebay??
Jul 30, 2005 (8:06 am)
it's a 2004 Focus SVT with 9900 miles...i might be able to get for 14,000(if it goes higher, i have to bail out)...is that a good price? Need input asap, because the auction ends on monday. Also, i see noise mentioned...plus stiffer ride..are both of these a lot more intense than a normal passenger car? Also, i have to use premium gas....can't use regular??? if there are any peculiarities about this car, please let me know....and thanks for the help
#376 of 422 Re: Should I buy this car on Ebay?? [needsadvice]
Aug 06, 2005 (1:32 am)
"Also, i see noise mentioned...plus stiffer ride..are both of these a lot more intense than a normal passenger car? Also, i have to use premium gas....can't use regular???"
Hope you didn't go for it. Why do you want an SVT? 'cause it looks cool? Maybe that's why there was this Euro-made Focus RS Jr. available in Taiwan. It's an RS look alike, but just the looks.
Why don't you find an used '04 w/ the optional 2.3 4-cyl, or an '05 Focus SES -- the highest-score compact from Consumer Reports?
Unlike the Zetec-engine SVT, they got reliable Mazda-developed engines & ride like a premium sedan while handle like a sports car.
The SVT still rides smoother than competitors like Mazdaspeed 3, Civic Si, Sentra SE-R SpecV & Neon SRT-4 w/ better steering feel than all of them.
Only a RWD platform w/ lighter nose can do better in ride/handling compromise. Go check out the 16"-wheel base RX-8 auto...
I know what I'm talking about, 'cause I own an '05 Focus ST, which has the same shocks & sway bars as the SVT. So it still rides a bit over dampened despite improvement over the SVT due to the lack of SVT's lowered springs.
By the way, my ST's Mazda-developed 2.3 can run circles around SVT's Ford-developed engine, at least throughout most of the rev range, & only requires regular.
#377 of 422 Re: Should I buy this car on Ebay?? [creakid1]
Aug 06, 2005 (10:57 am)
"The SVT still rides smoother than competitors like Mazdaspeed 3, Civic Si, Sentra SE-R SpecV & Neon SRT-4 w/ better steering feel than all of them."
I meant Mazdaspeed Protege MPS, not the Mazdaspeed 3, which is not out yet, but it could be true, too.
Sep 28, 2005 (4:21 pm)
my buddy has a 2003 svt focus and he cant find the o2 censor hes checked the pipe between the exhaust manifold and the catlytic converter and its not there does any one know where it is located?
#379 of 422 Re: o2 censor [carpebm2]
Oct 06, 2005 (10:53 am)
i /think/ that your buddy has two o2 sensors: one at the end of the header and the other after the converter. one or both may not be visible from below. as i recall, the front one can get banged around easily. the one after the cat is less susceptible to being damanged.
#380 of 422 Got a Problem! anybody got an Aswere?
Oct 08, 2005 (3:49 pm)
I have a 2003 Focus SVT. I installed an AEM short ram intake and a Vibrant exhaust system. The problem is that when i push in the clutch while coming to a stop, sometimes the car just dies, shuts off. It is also really difficult to start on cold mornings. The check engine light has been on 5 times and the dealers i have taken the car to tell me they cant find anything wrong. Antoher thing is that the injectors click and on cold days i can hear them over my radio. Does anybody have any idea what could possibly be wrong with my car? I would hate to get rid of it if i cant fix it.