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Anything I should look out for? What should I expect MPG wise?



It has ~70xxx miles on it...Is there anything that usually blows up around those miles on these cars?


Thanks in advance


Im really excited about this!! Hope it is as good as it seems


 

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I'm getting around town (mostly short highway driving) 30.95 mpg.
 

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my 98 2.0 auto gets about 25 mpg, so expect a little better with the manual.

i'd check to make sure it's had all its maintenance and everything, but you knew that already.

apparently around 70k-ish is where a bunch of peoples' timing belts and/or water pumps go. there's no way to tell off hand whether it has or hasn't been replaced. search around the org for further explanation.

with my 98 however i havent had a single problem, other than a few routine things (battery, brakes, etc.). i bought it used with 52k miles and i'm up to 81k. i haven't done the 80k mile maintenance though, but it's pretty routine stuff too. all in all, i'm glad i picked this over the second place ford escort wagon i had lined up.

boy how much life wouldve been different with the escort...
 

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A lot of the early 2.0L use a lot of oil due to sloppy piston rings. Unfortunately, buying a car used, there is no way you'll be able to check for this (you will not see visible smoke). The only cure is taking the engine apart and replacing the rings.

That would be my biggest worry on a '98-'00 2.0L. I was lucky - mine doesn't use any oil between changes (3K miles).

Also, look around online to be sure you know the value of the car before buying (Edmunds, KBB, vehix/autotrader, etc.) Around $7,500 is probably a fair price depending on condition.
 

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we paid 5700 for it..there are some small nicks in the car and a very small patch of rust on the hatch...the clutch is in really good shape and it can use a tune up(how bad are plugs/wires on these things?:confused: ) but other than that it runs and drives really well


it has carbon fibre trim going pretty much all through the interior:cool: im really happy with it
 

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pics pics pics!

i haven't yet, but people change their own plugs and wires on 2.0s all the time.

if you mean price wise, theyre not bad at all (i found some wires for around 40 and then spark plugs are spark plugs).
 

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pics will come after i take it through emissions and get off work:D its nothing special but its neat:)


i meant how bad are the plugs to replace..
 

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the'yre pretty easy, all you need is a spark plug socket, and a long (put some together) extention to get around the intake manifold.

TO get to the coil, your gonna have to take off the secondary air pump.
 

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jazzcat said:
we paid 5700 for it..there are some small nicks in the car and a very small patch of rust on the hatch...the clutch is in really good shape and it can use a tune up(how bad are plugs/wires on these things?:confused: ) but other than that it runs and drives really well


it has carbon fibre trim going pretty much all through the interior:cool: im really happy with it
WOW! Great deal! To add to what is said about the plugs, it looks tight, but the only thing that has to be removed is the big plastic engine cover....

I like the original NGK plugs - they're about $4 each.
 

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Porkchop said:
WOW! Great deal! To add to what is said about the plugs, it looks tight, but the only thing that has to be removed is the big plastic engine cover....

I like the original NGK plugs - they're about $4 each.
didn't have the plastic cover on it so im set...doesn't look to be all that bad getting the plugs out..


now i just got to figure out why it failed emissions
 
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