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Old 01-04-2010, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default High Mileage SVTF?

Anything that I should be looking out for? Found a silver 03 with 113k on the clock. looks very stock but has tinted windows and a speed inc sticker in the back corner of the quarter windows. sunroof, climate package, looks like its been maintained pretty well. need to pickup a new DD and the higher mileage kinda pushes me away. any thoughts?


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I'm at 70k but that would worry me... not that i have had bad luck with the car but it would kind of worry me. You interested in a lower mileage one?
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i would look for leaking coolant around by the thermostat...i guess thats a normal problem...happened to mine at 72,xxx also check cluch and other normal things..i would recommend having it checked out at a ford dealer prior to buying

also ask on here for a car fax and maybe an oasis to find out more about the vehicle history.

for a daily i am so happy i got an svtf. I was lucky enough to have bought it from a really nice guy on this forum
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Might want to inquire about the timing belt. Manual stated to replace belt at 120k but many change around 100k due to the interference engine.

Also check out the exhaust manifold. It hangs low in the front and gets dented really easy.

Thermostat housing like WhtSuperStang said. The housing can leak without leaving a puddle, just check below the housing on the transmission. Might see coolant stains.

Clutch master cylinder's fail allot on these cars. Its on top of the clutch pedal. Feel up there/behind clutch pedal for fluid. Also ask if clutch was replaced.

Premature clutch failure was common and there was a TSB under warranty. Early symptoms are throw-out bearing noise.

These are great little cars. I didn't know about any of these problems when I bought my car and have had little problems. These seem to be what other owners report. Good luck on your purchase.
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Clutch master cylinder's fail allot on these cars. Its on top of the clutch pedal. Feel up there/behind clutch pedal for fluid. Also ask if clutch was replaced.
This just happened to mine so make sure you check it out
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i would look for leaking coolant around by the thermostat...i guess thats a normal problem...happened to mine at 72,xxx also check cluch and other normal things..i would recommend having it checked out at a ford dealer prior to buying

also ask on here for a car fax and maybe an oasis to find out more about the vehicle history.

for a daily i am so happy i got an svtf. I was lucky enough to have bought it from a really nice guy on this forum
Thanks Chris I try lol. Hey at least you dont have to worry about the timing belt in that thing.

But one of the most common things on this car was the clutch/flywheel problem. on the early 02 models the flywheel bolts would back out and mess up the clutch there is a tsb on it.

All the other stuff is kinda small annoying things that happen over time. but the motors are outstanding in these cars they can take alot.
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Holy crap that's my car I traded it in six months ago the car was driven by the porter for a very short time I got the car new with 70 miles on it and is very well maintianed the clutch is brand new as are the front struts all fluids flushed brakes have maybe 15k with new front rotors!!! I had the car till I think 112k maybe more but it's ALL highway miles and not beat at all in fact I wish I still had it where did you see it?
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This just happened to mine so make sure you check it out
This has also been changed I see this Is a older post but if that cars still out there it's a great car
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