Wait, what?Used replacement engines almost impossible to get
The 2nd gen are probably what'll be in your price range, and have notorious rear-passenger fender issues. To the point of, it's hard to find a good donor carcass at the junkyard. The dies were too close on the stamper, and the metal is slightly weaker on that well. The shock mounts to the well, so it flexes a little more than it's supposed to. This pulls the metal away from its undercoating, which then acts like a pump to suck water in and distribute it behind the undercoating back and forth. Eventually it rusts right through while appearing fine from the outside until suddenly one bump and the body isn't attached on that corner, you have no suspension, and daylight is pouring in all around the shock mount. This is occasionally a problem on the driver-rear as well, but most often passenger-rear.I'm going to look at a few local Escapes today in the $3000 price range I'd like to stay at and there's money in the bank.
Looks great Gordon and MUCH better then a few weeks ago!
Gotta love those Zetecs, tough little engines, tons of performance parts available, smaller and lighter then the CIH and they are a no hack fit in a GT.Sorry to hear that Gordon. If you were closer I would give you the 2.0 Zetec out of our old 2001 Focus. The trans blew up at 315K, but the motor ran great. it's just sitting at the house.