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Old 12-29-2010, 10:01 AM   #1
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Looking at buying a 2005 - 2008 Ford Focus. Does anyone have a opinion on the diff years. I know the 2008 were redone , as well as the 05 models. I can get a goiod price on the 05-07 models but they have more miles on them. The 08 have less miles but more $. Any advise. Looking at the SES's. Thanks.


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Old 12-29-2010, 12:04 PM   #2
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I like my 06 se no issues to speak of 99,000 miles.Checking out 2011 models I think the seats are more comfortible and I like the dash.I would say drive them both and see what one feels better to you.I like mine but there is better and probably worse in the 2008-2011.
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05-07 and get an ST, you get the 2.3L, rear disc brakes, and they usually are optioned out.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:44 PM   #4
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i like my 07 and im not a huge fan of the 08 look... i would go with an 05 to 07 as long as its been taken care of the miles dont matter too much....mines at 83,000 with not one single problem
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I agree with Kyle. Get an 05-07 ST.
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An ST is a good bet if you can find one that's been cared for properly. Get the service records if you buy from a private owner. Since these are almost all out of the 3 year/36,000 mile new car warranty, see if you can get Ford's extended warranty plan as part of your sale if you're buying from a dealership.

If sedans aren't to your taste, the '05-'07 models are the last of the first generation hatches and wagons. Good luck finding one of the latter, especially if you want a manual transmission!
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If not seeking speed or don't care about ST's, get an '08. More solid and better MPG than the older ones.
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Since you have a 2001 Taurus, you may be happier in a Fusion. There's some deals out there on 2.3 4-cylinder (or 2.5 on the later years) Fusions. You can even get them with a 5-speed manual and get really good gas mileage.
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