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Old 01-07-2011, 12:26 PM   #1
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I am looking at getting a 2006 ZX3 with the auto tranny. It has 50,566 miles and appears in good shape. Any particular problems with this vintage that I should be looking for?


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Check Consumer Reports 05+ models have very good repair records.

As long as everything is working so far, you should have no major problems. You could see if one of our Ford Techs on here would run the VIN so you could see if the car has had any maintenance or recalls done. I don't know of any recalls for this vehicle specifically, but there are some people who have taken it in for re-flash to get better fuel economy.

The lifetime air filter is a POS in my opinion, and many others. At 50k it should still be very good, the procedure to check it is simple, allow the car to idle, then press the test button which is visible coming out of the air intake under the hood.

That's about all I can think of- typical routine maintenance should be gone through once the vehicle is yours: fuel filter, trans fluid check, oil check/change if needed, spark plug (Autolite 103 recommended by us, 104 is parts store part) change/check gap, and inspect the spark plug boots. This car has coil on plug ignition, so there are no spark plug wires to replace, but there is a boot that goes from the coil to the plug. It should last for 10 year or 100k miles, but it's well worth it when removing the spark plugs to pull the boot off the coil, and inspect the spring that connects the coil to the plug for signs of corrosion at the top. If you find corrosion, clean, apply high temp grease to that connection, and re-install. Fuel filter change right after getting a new-used vehicle is very important IMO because it's often overlooked, and should be changed every 25k miles. Mine is always very dirty!
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I have a CARFAX report and it doesn't show any issues with damage/flood/fire/salvage and so on. Supposedly it has just been through the dealers inspection process and what not. Can you reflash an 06 to the 07 flash for better economy? Does it really gain a lot of economy doing the reflash?
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Focus's are great cars in general. good gas mileage, decent power, good interior space, and many more things. i have an 04 with almost 100k miles and it still runs great. don't know too much about the 06 but hey, its a focus.
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I have a CARFAX report and it doesn't show any issues with damage/flood/fire/salvage and so on. Supposedly it has just been through the dealers inspection process and what not. Can you reflash an 06 to the 07 flash for better economy? Does it really gain a lot of economy doing the reflash?
Every once in a while this "reflash" issue pops back up. From what I've read in this and other forums, YOUR '06 would benefit from the reprogramming more than any other year. Less helpful to other years and other models (like my '05 ST, for instance, which saw little gain).

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Ask the dealer about the reflash, you can always make it a condition of the purchase. It really doesn't cost them anything except time. I would also ask about transmission service. If it hasn't been done yet its time to change the fluid and filter.
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a lot less you have to look at with an auto, nobody beats an auto. local sale or dealer?
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I have an 06 I bought new.Great car gets 33 mpg pretty regularly.This week with winter blend gas and more city driving then normal It got 29 mpg. I have over 99,000 miles on it now and pretty much fallow the maintenance schedule in the book.Only bad thing I can say about mine is the tires seem to go out off balance and it gets a vibration from that
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