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Old 06-11-2011, 06:32 PM   #1
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Choice 2000 Toyota or 2005 Ford Focus

OK I'm looking to purchase a second car, choice is between a 2000 Toyota with 117,000 miles or a 2005 Ford Focus SE with 79,000 miles. Any thoughts? Both are the same price. If I go with the Focus what should I expect to pay, it has a clean Car Fax, no reports of accidents and it appears to have been well taken care of. And if I go with the Focus what issues can I expect if any? And will this car easily make 150,000 miles with no major issues?


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Old 06-11-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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I had a 2000 Celica GT-S, I dont know what kind of toyota your looking at, so I cant say what your getting into. The GT-S parts and the VVTL-I Motor ARE EXPENSIVE, I cant say that enough EXPENSIVE EXPENSIVE EXPENSIVE!. Now for the focus with WAY less miles.. Simple get the focus, will last to 250k+ If you keep up on oil, and fluids like you should. Will run for a very long time. I wouldnt suspect you will expect many issues. The focus could easily make 150,000 with probably no major issues.

What kind of toyota????
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It's a Camry, one owner, no issues, no accidents, all maintenance all along the way, but the same is true for the Focus
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Tweety, I'd go with the focus... Lower Miles. just as nice as car. Plus cheaper parts. I feel you'd be happier, and I am not completely bias my fiance drives a Camry. And I feel the focus is better in almost every aspect except trunk space. Plus parts are much cheaper..

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I have a focus 2005 for 2 and a half years not once have I have to go to the shop or anythingi do do my maintenence al the time it needs it, but my cousin has a 2001 camry and his car is always ovr heating needs thiss need that suspension sucks waste a lot more gas , import parts more expensive duratec engine will last you a lot more long better gs mileage and hs more grun and power only thing the focus does not have is the same room as the camry but just barley my cousins camry has 100,000 min is salvage, just comes to show. Ford built tough, the camry is same price .... why because it has a different logo on the grill and it has a good reputation ? Due you will not go wrong with the 2.0 duratec :)
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Hey, Welcome to our forums. You'd expect pretty biased choices but nah, we're going for the best bang for your buck. And the Focus fits that description.


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My Grandfather drives one.
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Camrys are hencho en EUA as well. The plant is in KY. Prior to 05, all hatchbacks were hencho en Mexico, sedans and wagons have always been made in MI. As of 05, the Fusion took over the Mexican plant, and the Focus was made entirely in the US. Look at the first number of the VIN- if it's a 1, then it's a US maker, and US built. If it's a 4, then it's a overseas maker, but US built.

I agree on the Focus. If the Camry is a 4 cy, then it's a solid engine. It's also a freaking very old engine- the same basic design as the Toyota truck engine- SOHC 2.4L. It has been around for a very long time, and it's belt driven. The Duratec engine is chain driven. Now that does mean that it makes more noise when running, but that's really nothing out of the ordinary. It would be the same as most Nissan engines which are mostly chain driven- except Japanese cars that make those sounds get called "sewing machines", and American made cars that make the same sound get called "rattling POS". You also have a solid valve train which adds to the noise. This, again, is no different than Boss Mustangs with solid lifters that were called "bad ass", but in a 4 cyl it's called "ticking."

I have 125k on my wagon. It had 5 miles on it, and I ordered it. I've not done anything to the engine outside of changing oil, plugs, and the boots. Dtecs don't have plug wires, but we do have boots on the coils. Those go bad around 100k or so. Yours might be bad now, $5-8ea. The sway bar end links go out too- I'm still looking for a good replacement after Moog let me down. I've actually gotten lazy on mechanic-ing since I bought this car. I just don't have anything to do to it.
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^^^^ Mercurys start with 4 on there twin to the Escape and the Escape start with 1.2 is Canada,3 is Mexico.I got a 06 with 107,000 miles bought new.I have put sway bar end links on it at 100,000 miles other then that no issues.Drive it you'll like the handling and there fun cars to drive.Go for the Focus.
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