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RRTAYLOR 11-01-2012 08:00 PM

??? Which to buy 05 or 07 ???

I am going to buy my first focus on monday.
Either an 2005 stick or a 2007 auto.
Both cars are ZX3
Both cars have the 2.0 motor
I am wondering if I should be aware of anything, good, bad?
Reasons to buy one over the other?
Any information is appreciated.

Thank you

sjdwales 11-01-2012 08:04 PM

depends on if u want manual or auto? if your thinking of going manual just buy it. u will be regretting later otherwise.

thisiskevin 11-01-2012 08:16 PM


Originally Posted by sjdwales (Post 4435207)
depends on if u want manual or auto? if your thinking of going manual just buy it. u will be regretting later otherwise.

Bingo. How many miles on each of them?

RRTAYLOR 11-01-2012 08:18 PM

The 05 has 38k
The 07 55k

zetecDon 11-02-2012 02:45 AM

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Hands down get the 05.

whynotthinkwhynot 11-02-2012 05:10 AM

There are a few differences between the 05 and 07. 05 was the first year for the Duratec 2.0 engine used in both. If you'll look closely, the power steering pump reservoir is in a different position in the 05 than in the 07. One you can't see is that the 05 has a tubular exhaust manifold as compared to the 07 having a cast manifold. Both are what's called mani-cats since the first catalytic converter is built into the exhaust manifold.

The only problems are that the 05 had a larger hole in the TB so it would sometimes make the fuel/air mix too lean to start. This can be embarrassing, but causes no damage. What will happen is that you'll crank the engine, and it won't start the first time. This won't happen every time, but it will happen. Not all 05s experience this problem. What I do is crank for 1 sec, if it doesn't start, turn the key off, then crank again and it always starts immediately.

I'd get the 05 also, but remember- replacing a clutch in this car is not as inexpensive as, for example, a Chevy Cavalier. Our clutches use a dual mass flywheel that is actually 2 parts separated by a large spring. This takes out some of the harshness when the clutch engages the trans and engine, but it must be replaced when the clutch is replaced making the parts expensive for a clutch job. As you're going along you should save about $1200 somewhere just for parts. Figure about $500 for a clutch, $400 for a flywheel, $30 for flywheel bolts (very important), and $70 for a slave cylinder. Another $200 is in there for misc like brake fluid and a vacuum bleeder for bleeding the clutch down. Single mass flywheels are available to replace the DMF if you want something that might not have to be replaced every time. If anyone tells you that the DMF doesn't have to be replaced, then you should seek another mechanic. Research DMFs online, and you'll see what the truth is.

boardgeneration 11-02-2012 06:57 AM

Love my 05zx3 5 speed. No major problems yet. Did change motor mounts. Passenger side was destroyed.
Changing the alternator and upgrading the big 3 next week.
By next summer ill be installing a header n 2.5" exhaust. I think my exhaust mani has a crack in it.
I'd say go for the 05 for two reasons. Low miles as u stated and the MT is so fun to drive.
Just adding CAI makes it a bit more snappy too.

FocusedSlayer 11-02-2012 09:50 AM

Does the 07 have the SAP package on it ?

Kevastator 11-02-2012 11:27 AM

05!!! Less miles is always better, and yeah the manual trans too

RRTAYLOR 11-02-2012 05:51 PM

Thank You
Thank you all very much for your input it is greatly appreciated. As I staed this is my first focus and I know nothing about these cars. I can rebuild an old El camino or mustang in my sleep. I weld power turbines for a living, but these little cars with all their computers and such confuse me.
Again thank you, I will get the 05.

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