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Old 01-29-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
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Early AT Reliability?

So, in order to keep my 2011 out of the salt next year, I'm considering finding an older 2000-2003 Focus. A focus would save me the hassle of getting new snow tires and wheels

There are a lot of them on CL for under $2000 (which is a plus) and they all have between 100-130k miles on them.

Other than rusty rockers, they appear to be in good shape.

I know the SPI dropping valve seats is a problem, but are the automatic transmissions reliable on these when they get higher mileage?

My fear with picking up an older vehicle is the automatic transmission reliability. I know these are derived from the CD4E transaxle ... which wasn't too reliable.

Ideally, I'd find something over the summer and work on getting it back into shape and up to date on maintenance, etc before winter hits.

2011 Focus SE 5 Speed.
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