: I bought a Focus today.
03-15-2007, 11:04 PM
2003 ZTS sedan. 54k miles. Out the door price after taxes title and processing fee: $6,759. Woohoo!
I traveled 100 miles away to get it. On the two hour drive home the check engine emissions light comes on. I have no warranty on the car. How much money will it cost to fix this?
03-15-2007, 11:36 PM
Find out why first. Then ask how much. A lot of auto parts stores will read & clear CEL's (check engine light). My hunch is a bad 02 sensor. Replace them both needed or not along with a new fuel filter. Check & replace all other fluids/filters as needed. Dont forget your belts & hoses. Sounds like a lot to do, but when you save money buying used, it can cost you too.
03-15-2007, 11:37 PM
yeah autozone and muarrys pep boys places like that will check them out for free. prolly and hopefully something simple for you
03-15-2007, 11:56 PM
Welcome to the community! Take your car to an auto parts store with a scanner and let us know about it, I'm sure there are plenty of people here that will be willing to give you advice on everything you would need: pricing, installation if you are a DIY guy (you can save a lot of money!) etc.
03-16-2007, 01:35 AM
Welcome to FF and congrats on your purchase. That sounds like a great price you got her for.
BTW, check out our Mid-Atlantic forum for any Focus owners or any upcoming get-to-gethers[thumb]
03-16-2007, 10:05 AM
Welcome to the Focus family.
In addition to going to a auto parts store to have them scan the codes, there are some really inexpensive scan tools coming to market, some under $100. As long as you have a car, it will be a handy thing to have in your tool box.
03-16-2007, 04:15 PM
Had it checked out just now. They said it's a problem with the entire catylic converter and it's going to cost around $1200 to replace the whole thing.
Excuse the rant, but with this happening on the first day I'm now having a bad feeling about the amount of problems I might have with this car.. shame because my 97 mustang with 101k miles had virtually nothing go wrong with it at all.
03-16-2007, 04:20 PM
If it's a problem with the "entire catalytic converter" I really doubt you had this happen to you the first day - it was already bad. I suspect the CEL code was cleared (by unhooking the battery) just long enough to shaft you with the car.
03-16-2007, 04:24 PM
Warranty is irrelevant. If you just bought it from a dealer, they should fix the problem.
My guess is that whoever you bought it from knew about the problem. You can reset the idiot light just by disconnecting the battery. You got hosed.
03-16-2007, 04:27 PM
Get a cat back exhaust and headder for 800 total, then you increased preformance, and go rid of the codes.. just a thought..
03-17-2007, 01:00 AM
Isn't it still covered under warranty? I got mine replaced in a Ford dealer for free on 4 years old focus at 82.000 kms.
03-17-2007, 01:11 AM
the cat for the zetec costs about $430 at cost from steve at svt parts...at a dealer looking at like 600 prolly + install. i say get an svt header, flex, cat/orp conversion. total will run you about 700 and it will rock...its a do it yourself, unless you have the money to have a shop or dealer do it! good luck!
03-17-2007, 01:12 AM
oh by the way, the zetec cat is under factory warrenty until 75,000 miles i believe...unless they can prove you did something to it instead of normal wear and tear
03-17-2007, 01:35 AM
Sorry about your problems already :( Thay are great cars you will love it when it gets fixed. But i would call the person you got it from thats not right.
03-17-2007, 06:29 AM
I wish I could do it myself but I have zero experience working on cars. No tools or anything.
Are you guys sure it's under warranty? The warranty book says the factory warranty only goes for 3 years / 36,000 miles.
03-17-2007, 08:51 AM
You can live w/o the damn cat...
04-02-2007, 10:59 PM
thats just messed up you have to fix something right after buying it, i'd go back to the dealer and push them into fixing it, anyway good luck dude.