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I have a 96 Escort LX and my engine needs to be replaced (put about 113k on it before it died) and want to know if you think I should put the same engine, 1.9L, or pay a bit more and get the GT engine and put it in?

I know it costs more but my theory is that if I'm changing engines, I might as well go with the one more more juice in it... but I'm not sure so I ask here.

Can ya help me decide?
 

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It would be cheaper and a lot less curse words would be said if you swapped in a late model 2.0 Zetec out of a ZX2. It makes more juice than the 1.8 off the bat, and everything is basically plug and play when swapping.

If you were to swap the 1.8 you'd have to get everything: the engine, the transmission, drive axles, ECU, fuel stuff...everything.
 

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2.0 130 hp, 125 lb ft torque, zetec variable valve timing, DOHC(?) I think. It'll be a better engine and a better swap than the 1.8.
You could just buy a 2nd gen GT though and get the 1.8 in it already, but I'm sure you'd much rather keep the car you have and do a simple swap. :wink:
 

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So the 2.0 Zetec engine would be less hassle than the 1.8 GT? Ok, I didn't know that information. Would you know any changes that would have to be made to my car to do the Zetec engine?

If not too much change, then I think I'd definately go with the Zetec.
 

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ok hes got a lx, the (zetec) is no simple swap, u need everything from a zx2, mounts, wiring, computer, trainy, everything!!
now the 2.0l spi is an easy swap. all ya need is a 97 2.0l and itll drop right in, just gotta change a few sensors, also the spi is only 110hp, and the zetec is 130!!
 

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Well, hmm....

So it would be easier to just do the standard 1997 - 2000 non-zx2 engine and just change a few sensors. I mainly just want to get more than the 88 hp the current engine has.

If I'm understanding this right, the GT engine would be harder than the Zetec and the Zetec would be harder than the standard 97-00 engine.

Or I could make it simple and just put the same engine back in there.
 

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Information I found on my current engine is 88 horsepower 108 torque. Zetec engine is 130 horsepower 135 torque. Non-Zetec engine is 110 horsepower 125 torque.

I think I'll go for the standard non-zetec engine. It's definately an upgrade to my current engine and if it basically fits right in with no computer or tranny changes, probably the cheapest upgrade I can get.

Thanks for all the information.

One question, can I legally do that swap?
 

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sly yes, u want the 97 2.0l i say 97 cause thats the only year with a fuel return line. so u need the 97 2.0l it drops right in, 22 more hp and 20 more ftlbs of torqe, its a very nice upgrade, find a 90 or earlier HO header from the gt's, and put a cold air intake and ud b very supprised of the diff it will make!!
 

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Last question, I think. I see 2 different versions of that engine, one with standard emissions and low emissions. I'm assumming that if I'm in California, I should get the low emissions? Also, do you know where I can find information on what all would have to be changed if I go with that engine?
 
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