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Old 01-18-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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Tell me why I should get a Focus & what to expect

My 2001 Ford Escort was totaled today, rear ended by a Chevy Suburban. Not pretty. I am in the market for a decent used car and will most likely buy a Focus. I have less than $5000 to spend, realistically $3500. I am in SE Michigan. I am very familiar with repairs on the Escort and common problems. In particular, I know that high-milage Escorts are prone to cylinder head (valve seat) failure. I change my own oil, brakes and do other routine repairs.

Would like some thoughts on what to look for and what to avoid when looking for a Focus. In my price range, most cars are high milage...which makes me wonder if there are any high-milage problems lurking under the hood.

Thanks for any and all replies.


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