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Old 02-14-2009, 08:04 PM   #1
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Should I buy this Focus?

I found a 2004 Focus ZTS at a local used car lot. It has 77K miles, manual tranny and the 2.3L Duratec engine. I test drove it and it drives really well. Also has good tires. It does have a little door ding and a crack in the front bumper where it looks like it may have been parked too close to a parking stop block.

I haven't run a Carfax yet, but I will before I actually make an offer. The salesman said they would take $4000 plus tax and title. However, I found out on the test drive that the Blaupunkt radio/CD player doesn't work (no screen info. and station will not change).

If the Carfax checks out, I was going to offer $3700 OTD and see if they bite.

Does this sound like a good deal?

PS What kind of gas mileage will a 2.3L ZTS with manual be capable of with a light foot?

I think this may be the one, I just wanted to run it by you guys to make sure it sounds like a good deal to you. KBB listed private party value at about $4700.

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Old 02-14-2009, 08:09 PM   #2
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I would scoop it up quick. If you can get it for a good price. Definitly bring up the radio not working. Thats more cash to knock off. Finding an older body style with the duratec is kinda rare. The mpg should be about 25-32. You get the best of both worlds. The best body style and the best engine.

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Old 02-14-2009, 08:15 PM   #3
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^^werd. the 2.3 in the first gen body style are rare. with just a couple bolt ons, its in the ballpark of the svtf. deffinatly make an offer on it man and let us know how it goes!
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Thanks guys, I'll order up the Carfax and make an offer on the car first thing Monday morning. I'll be back to give you guys a full report. I absolutely hate when people ask a question and then never report back after getting an answer.

Thanks a lot, I appreciate the info.
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Old 02-14-2009, 08:59 PM   #5
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i wish i had a 2.3 duratech. sounds like a awesome deal to me, if the dealer will knock off some for the radio not working
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Great start if you want to create a beast of a car. That is a great price for a 2.3 in the older body style. They are few and far between.
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My sister as an '04 zts with an auto and its fun. She got 40mpg on her one road trip too its a sweet car jump all over that if carfax is clean.
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buy it and do focus sport turbo kit,
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Buy it! Great power, good gas mileage! I have an '04 2.3L and I love it. I got 33mpg driving to FocusFest last year doing well over the speed limit
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