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I have the most understanding wife… Here is my situation: I need a car. I want the ZX3. I have been looking for a used ZX3 for two weeks now and can not find a 2001 or newer that is a manual transmission.

I don’t think that I am being too picky, but I don’t want yellow or black. Not that there is anything wrong with these colors, it’s just that I prefer other colors.

Anyway, I started looking for new ZX3’s with manual transmissions and even those are hard to come by in the LA area. I guess with the amount of traffic we have to put up with, people in LA prefer auto trans over stick.

I know that I’m leaving out a great amount of detail, but I am now looking for an SVT ZX3. Because it has the manual trans (6 speed!!), 4 wheel disk, higher HP, better seats,… you all know this. Well, the plan is to purchase the car using the Ford employee discount, so most dealers in the LA area are not willing to sell the SVT on this plan. I don’t blame them, but if they can make a sale this late in the model year, why would they pass it up?

With this trouble of finding an SVT and a willing dealer, I found a dealer that offered to sell me the 2.3 on the employee plan.

What would you do? Oh, I forgot to mention the reason why MrsSportwagon is understanding. In aprox two years she will be getting a nice sedan and the ZX3 will turn into my “Track Car”. Yes, you read that correctly.

Now, what would you do? Get a used ZX3 on the cheep and spend the extra money ‘updating’ the hardware, get a new ZX3 with the 2.3 because it’s bigger and potentially has more torque, or stick with the SVT plan even if it ends up not being the color I wanted? But if I get the SVT or 2.3, I might get some heat from MrsSportwagon when purchasing new rims and other hardware, because this option was “more expensive”.

Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT complaining!! Either way, I end up with a great situation. I just want to choose wisely.
 

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I found piles of 2001+ 5 speed ZX3s on Autotrader for my friend in Oregon. He just bought a 7000 mile 2001 5 speed Premium for $9995.

Maybe a trip north?
 

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The 2.3 is gonna be an incredible platform to work with. If I didn't still owe 10k The 2.3 would be sitting in my driveway, with a mock CAI and on a wait list for header/exhaust.

Get the 2.3. Better engine, lighter weight, better MPG, and if you have to keep it stock for a long while it'll still be a blast to drive.
 

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If I were in the market, I wouldn't consider anything else besides the 2.3L.

138whp and 140wtq stock. 150whp/150wtq with a cone filter.


This new engine is perfect!


- Drew
 

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I gotta agree... Duratec all they way... specially if you're gonna make it the "track car" in a while... you'll dominate!
 

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As I pick my jaw up off the floor..


I had no idea that the 2.3 would be the dominating opnion for this choice.

Damn, more research to do.
 

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Yeah, even as an avid STVF owner who thinks its absolutely a bad ass track car even stock, I'd have to go with the 2.3 also.

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Great picture! One picture an another thread shows the oil filter sticking straight down; this one shows it sticking out to the side (the way I would prefer it). Anyone know what's up?
 

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Originally posted by jRock:
The 2.3 is gonna be an incredible platform to work with. If I didn't still owe 10k The 2.3 would be sitting in my driveway, with a mock CAI and on a wait list for header/exhaust.

Get the 2.3. Better engine, lighter weight, better MPG, and if you have to keep it stock for a long while it'll still be a blast to drive.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">not better mpg, not right now anyway, the current 2.3's only get 30mpg highway
 

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Originally posted by 73Gondoleir:
Great picture! One picture an another thread shows the oil filter sticking straight down; this one shows it sticking out to the side (the way I would prefer it). Anyone know what's up?
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">I'm thinking the Raceline photo is the 2.0 Euro-version Duratec. The 2.3 in the Ranger has the downward pointing oil filter. It's the housing that bolts to the side of the block that makes the difference.

Also check out the Duratec pages at www.circleperformance.com or www.minister-power.com

Regards,
Gerry Dedonis

PS...Duratec engines still available. 2.0 or 2.3 liter displacement.
 

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Although being a diehard SVTF owner I will have to agree with the others and go with the 2.3
 

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It brings a tear to my eye.


I want the shorter stroke 2.0 version reving is good.

38mpg is good too.

BTW my Site is partially back up.
http://biker16.home.att.net/

I will hopefully be updating it to represent the Newer Global I4s in the C1 cars.

The biggest obstacle is the ECU if you crack the ECU everything else will fall into place. The head breathes so well, that simply advancing the timing on premium should yield very decent gains.

There is the electronic thermostat, "Tumble flaps", optional VCT, etc. All controled b the Black oak Standalone EEC connected thru an encrypted CANbus.
 

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yes car dealerships do not have to offer you the employee deals.

when I bought my ZX3... the guy doing my paperwork was wanting an SVT Focus bad... but they weren't allowing employees any deals due to demand.
 

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Originally posted by KSGerry:
Hey Marvin,
How well does this system work?
http://www.sdsefi.com

Regards,
Gerry Dedonis

PS...I'll save a 2.0 for you!
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">I don't know YOu will have to ask a Senior tech General in FI or Zetec.

BTW I am still looking for the Transmission housing (Clutch side) part number. this would replace the ZEtec MTX75 Transmission housing so one could bolt the Duratec HE To any MTX75. For the Swap. I do have the PZEV tranny part number.

3S4R-7002-NA
 
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