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Old 02-10-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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newbie here and would like some help. Would like to buy a ford focus estate soon, budget of around 4 to 4.5k so car would be around 4 years old. Never owned one but have driven them and like the ride. I need some advice on what to watch out for, any known gremlins, models to avoid, petrol or diesel, reliability issues, running costs?
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:13 AM   #2
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I know very little about the Euro Foci but from watching on this forum, there doesn't seem to be any Foci that you should avoid except for the Spi motor (which I think were only sold in North America). My advice is just to watch out for the normal things like regular maintenance, clutch if you looking at a manual, and all that other good stuff.
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I don't know much about the European Focuses either. I think the majority of the forums members are from the states (not all obviously), but I'm sure somebody will be able to give sound advice. The only thing I've heard about euro Focuses is the ST170 is the same as our SVT model, and my Polish buddy's cousin said the 1.6L engine is popular in Poland (he was actually surprised to hear they have 2.0L petrol engine for the Focus).

That said I know opinions differ, but why buy a petrol engine in anything other than a sports car? Aren't the diesels a whole lot more efficient? Wouldn't the small diesel option offer more usable power than the small petrol option?

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Yes, diesel is better which is why they won't sell it to us in the USA. We have to burn up as much of the death juice as possible to support our government. Could you imagine, if we didn't make them as much money on fuel tax as we do now, then senators couldn't get 100% retirement pension with health care benefits and security free for the rest of their life. Our politicians need money, and we'd better give it to them or they might throw us in jail for trying to overthrow the government by demanding lower fuel costs. Then we'd be working for some big prison corp to make cheap products in the USA that might compete with Chinese goods at Wal-Mart. Pay up or get shut up!
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Yes, diesel is better which is why they won't sell it to us in the USA. We have to burn up as much of the death juice as possible to support our government. Could you imagine, if we didn't make them as much money on fuel tax as we do now, then senators couldn't get 100% retirement pension with health care benefits and security free for the rest of their life. Our politicians need money, and we'd better give it to them or they might throw us in jail for trying to overthrow the government by demanding lower fuel costs. Then we'd be working for some big prison corp to make cheap products in the USA that might compete with Chinese goods at Wal-Mart. Pay up or get shut up!
You do realize how heavily subsidized fuel is in our country, right? We pay some of the lowest prices in the world for fuel. Furthermore, diesel has a higher tax on it than gasoline/petrol. Perhaps I'm just drinking the Kool-Aid on this point, but the main purpose of our fuel taxes is road maintenance.
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I know very little about the Euro Foci but from watching on this forum, there doesn't seem to be any Foci that you should avoid except for the Spi motor (which I think were only sold in North America). My advice is just to watch out for the normal things like regular maintenance, clutch if you looking at a manual, and all that other good stuff.
I'm thinking of going for a petrol as they are cheaper to but used and the 1.6 seem economical. Heard the focus zetec's are good, but like I said, haven't owned a ford for 15 years now, so out of touch.
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I'm thinking of going for a petrol as they are cheaper to but used and the 1.6 seem economical. Heard the focus zetec's are good, but like I said, haven't owned a ford for 15 years now, so out of touch.
The Focus Zetecs in the USA are strong engines. We have the 2.0 and they seem to run forever. I don't think you'll have much of a problem with any engine that you can get.
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