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Old 06-22-2011, 03:16 PM   #1
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Transmission fluid change, first time @ 133,000 miles

My husband and I are in the process of buying a used Focus ZX4 Sedan with 133,000 miles for our son. There was one previous owner who purchased it new and later traded it in at the local Ford dealership where we're buying it. The carfax report shows that the maintenance inspections and oil changes were done on schedule but I can't find any evidence of a transmission fluid change. Are transmission fluid changes usually reported on carfax? Would the dealership have that information if it was done there?

Assuming there has never been a transmission fluid change - any advice on how to procede? I've been researching this, both here and on the internet, and get conflicting answers. Some say it should never be done for the first time over 100,000 miles, others say there's a chance it may hurt but it's better than never changing the fluid at all. Then there's the issue of flush (possibly using a cleaner) vs. a simple fluid change. I've also read a few comments about additives which can be added after a flush to prevent problems. There is a one month warranty on this car - if we do have the fluid changed or system flushed, would any issues that result from that show up in the first month?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My son will be responsible for any future repairs for this car and the last thing I want to do is cause problems for him in the future.


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Old 06-22-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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Hey welcome to ff , my first question would be , what year is the focus I'm assuming 2007 plus but just wanna make sure, because if its a spi engine avoid that car in gerneral.
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2006!

Thanks for the welcome. Sorry, I forgot to mention the year - it's a 2006. I don't know much about cars so go easy on me with the technical stuff! Although we haven't completed the deal, a down payment has been made. Hope there's not too much bad news about that year's model.
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Thanks for the welcome. Sorry, I forgot to mention the year - it's a 2006. I don't know much about cars so go easy on me with the technical stuff! Although we haven't completed the deal, a down payment has been made. Hope there's not too much bad news about that year's model.
Oh no....
They only drop valve seats. Not too serious.

Requires engine replacement or rebuild, etc. No big deal.
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don't scare the person. the 06 is a duratec and not an SPI. the duratec is a good engine and should last a long time.
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+05 have a duratec engine, like mike said, those engines are said to last very long way past 200k with any prblems what so ever. You should be good if all the regular maintence has been done , but the transmision flush I have no idea sorry.
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don't scare the person. the 06 is a duratec and not an SPI. the duratec is a good engine and should last a long time.
I know nothing about the differences between years.
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Oh no....
They only drop valve seats. Not too serious.

Requires engine replacement or rebuild, etc. No big deal.

Hey come on. 06 models are great lol. No worries about those that I know of

btw as far as carfax.... I personally have never come across one that said anything about the mainteneance done during its life.
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Yikes x( trans services are supposed to be done every 30,000 along with power steering and cooling system
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"don't scare the person." LOL~ I agree....don't scare the person! I did as much research about this car as I could before deciding to buy it. Most of it was favorable but it's nice to get feedback from people who know the model well. The only thing that really concerns me about the Focus is the poor side crash test ratings but this particular car has side airbags so hopefully that improves its safety.

"btw as far as carfax.... I personally have never come across one that said anything about the mainteneance done during its life". This carfax report shows all the maintenance done for the life of the car - it's pretty specific. It lists inspections, oil changes, brake work, headlamp changes, tire rotation, etc. - maybe because it was a one owner vehicle and this person had all the work done at the same Ford dealership where they purchased it.

Anyone want to take a stab at my original question about whether or not to change the transmission fluid after 100,000 miles if it's never been done before? I've always heard you could be causing trouble by doing that, but never changing it sounds like it could be worse. We did have one car (90's Taurus) which developed major transmission issues immediately after a first time post-100,000 mile transmission fluid change (it was a used car). Maybe it was a coincidence but I doubt it.
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