Engine Ford F8CE

The 2.0-liter Ford F8CE or Split Port SPI 2000 engine was produced from 1997 to 2002 and was installed on the third generation of the Escort model in the version for the US and Canadian markets. This power unit was produced for the first years with minor changes under the F7CE index.

The Split Port line also includes internal combustion engines: YS4E.

The engine was installed on:

  • Ford Escort USA Mk3 in 1997 – 2002.


Production years 1997-2002
Displacement, cc 1988
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 111
Torque output, Nm 169
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 84.8
Piston stroke, mm 88
Compression ratio 9.35
Features CVH
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.78
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Ford Escort 1998)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000

Disadvantages of the F8CE engine

  • The most famous engine problem is valve seats falling right into the cylinders.
  • Next in popularity are frequent overheating due to coolant leaks.
  • Spare parts for this power unit are not very common and their prices are not encouraging.
  • In addition, the engine is very noisy and the rumble under the hood only grows with mileage.
  • The only plus can be considered the fact that when the belt breaks, the valve does not bend.

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