:>> ---What engine do you get ? The NE states I think also offer the 2.3
:>> PZEV(partial zero emmissions vechicle) Stock is a 2.0 isn't it ?:>
:>Yes, mine is the 2.0. I think the SVT's all have the 2.0.
Yes, but at 170hp instead of 130hp in the stock 2.0 Zetec engine.
Also, the SVT engine requires 91+ ocatane gas ($2.39 a gallon here in
the Phoenix, AZ area the other night) while the standard 2.0 Zetec
runs happily on 87 octane (20 cents a gallon cheaper).
:>> ---But the Escort GT as well as the Mazda Protege ES (top) models had a
:>> DOHC 1.8, mine is only the SOHC 1.8. (We kept the car, my dad took it
:>> to replace a 1983 Corolla with 220,000 which was still good):>
:>I didn't know they made a SOHC 1.8. I thought they were all dual.:>
:>> ---Cool. Was it still a better deal than getting a new one with the
:>> 3000US rebate ?:>
:>The new ones are hard to find around here, plus they are more expensive.
The 2004 model year prodcution run of the Focus, including the SVT
ended around March or April. The US 2005 (no relation to the European
2005, just a warmed over 2004) came out shortly after that.
:>> ---Ignoring the extra size, they do feel like a step up in quality.:>
:>The extra size is hard to ignore. The cabin is very spacious.:>
:>> ---I guess we are both freshmen !:>
:>Yeah, we're the noobs.
I'm not a Focus "noob" since I bought my second Focus in February.
It's an 04 SVT 5 door in Sonic Blue with the European Appearance
Package. The build date was January 28, 2004, it arrived at my local
dealer on February 13, 2004 and I drove it home the next day. Out of
14,003 SVT Focus cars built there were only 48 total, including mine,
in that exact combination of body style, color and option package.
The only one rarer was that same body style and option package in Red.
There were only 29 of them built.
If you haven't already done it check out the forums at
http://www.svtownersassociation.com/svtoaforums/ and especially the
SVT Focus section. Lots of good information there and lots of helpful
people. Besides, then you can impress everyone you know with all
sorts of useless trivia like I posted above. :-)