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Old 07-20-2005, 05:30 AM   #1
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Should I buy an SVT Focus?

So I was looking at cars today, and I stumbled on an SVT Focus. Its an '02 or '03 (cant remember), with about 40,000 km on it, asking $18k CAD at the dealer ($14.7k USD).

It has a 6 speed tranny, fully loaded, 170 HP 2.0L engine, leather/cloth seats, etc.

So I was wondering if you think this is a good deal...

I'm sort of in my preliminary stages of looking at cars, but I definately love this one. I'm going to test drive it in a couple of days, I can't wait.

I know ChrisV is a big fan of the SVT Contour, any insights on this car? Please, any help would be appreciated.
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:12 AM   #2
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I actually have a friend sitting next to me right now that has an '02 SVT focus, needless to say were both fans.

They are decently fast in a straight, but they are kinda like my car. Its not built for straight line, its built for track use, they have amazing handling.

But they are very nice daily drivers, comfy seats with nice bolsters for when you suddenly feel the urge to run from the po...6 disc CD, all the amenities. Plus he gets about 24/25 mpg in the city.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:10 PM   #3
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I love the SVT Focus. Everything that was good about the SVT Contour, only amplified and put in a smaller, lighter package. Great deals.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:30 PM   #4
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so mathew go for if you have the money
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Old 07-21-2005, 03:41 AM   #5
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Thanks for your input everyone, I'm going to go test drive it in a few minutes!
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Old 07-21-2005, 03:45 AM   #6
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Thats what im talking about!

When you do, ask them if they have replaced the clutch. The stock clutch on those cars aren't that strong. My freinds stock one was gone by 16k miles.
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Old 07-21-2005, 05:15 AM   #7
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Ah, didn't ask about the clutch...grr...

Anyway, it actually had 60,000 km on it (37,000 miles). Apart from that factor, and that I don't really like hatchbacks (except this one ), its seems pretty good!

Anyone know about their reliability?
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Old 07-21-2005, 05:39 AM   #9
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i'd go for it. i considered the focus, but the styling just didnt suit me... not saying the neon did either, but thats neither here nor there...

anyway, i havnt heard much bad about the focus, and its recommended as a "best buy" by consumer guide.
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Ah, didn't ask about the clutch...grr...

Anyway, it actually had 60,000 km on it (37,000 miles). Apart from that factor, and that I don't really like hatchbacks (except this one ), its seems pretty good!

Anyone know about their reliability?
actually, i've had bad luck with american made cars. for my parents they're usually lemons and break down after like 100,000 miles. but then again my mom's old plymoth voyager has almost 250,000 miles on it and still runs fine. so i say go for it and just take good care of it, and get an aftermarket clutch.
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I don't know....theres so much to choose from these days! I'm definately going to look at more cars though.
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Old 07-21-2005, 06:19 PM   #12
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I don't know....theres so much to choose from these days! I'm definately going to look at more cars though.

well, as people have said an SVT Focus is a good buy. BUT you definitely want to look at other cars in that price range. or maybe some stuff in a lower price range and save some money to work it afterwards. like you could get a regular 02 focus hatch 5-speed, and then 'breathe' on the engine/suspension, if you know what I mean. good luck with your search!
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Old 07-22-2005, 04:02 AM   #13
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well, as people have said an SVT Focus is a good buy. BUT you definitely want to look at other cars in that price range. or maybe some stuff in a lower price range and save some money to work it afterwards. like you could get a regular 02 focus hatch 5-speed, and then 'breathe' on the engine/suspension, if you know what I mean. good luck with your search!

Thanks for the advice of everyone...

And I love the SkiFree avatar hehe...
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I used to live off SkiFree!! Awesome!
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I used to live off SkiFree!! Awesome!

yeah, i found the graphic one day and i was like "hey, SkiFree is the shit!" so i found a website to DL it from.
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