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Old 11-19-2004, 09:42 PM   #1
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Focus Buying Tips ???? Help please

Nice site here, looking to buy a Focus. What should I look for and what should I avoid? My plan is for a 4 door sedan used under $10 K, I would prefer a manual tranny it will primarily be a commuter car but I would like to mod it and make it a sleeper too. Any advice is appriceiated. Thanks


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Old 11-19-2004, 10:49 PM   #2
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You should be able to find many used sedans for under 10k. Consider going new for only slightly more if you're willing to pay 10k, why not go a couple more grand for new.

You can probably get an 03 with low miles for 8k. Any time you buy a used manual tranny, you can expect that the clutch is shot.

Make sure you check the brakes out too, lots of people have brake problems on early models.

Shop around - There are lots of cars available, so you should be able to get a good deal.
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Old 11-20-2004, 12:10 PM   #3
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Thanks , What do I look for in engines Etc what is the difference between them how much power do they have and can I juice up an auto tranny if I get one with an automatic? Are SVT/ Racing parts easy to swap in? Whats the power difference between the Ztec, Duratec, and Split port Injection. engines?
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Old 11-21-2004, 09:09 AM   #4
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I've got an 03 ZTW listed on TraderOnline for $11,8k. It's an auto trans and way loaded but you should definitely be able to get a manual trans sedan w/ relatively low miles for under $10k. I believe the Zetek (2.0 liter) and Duratek (2.3 liter) produce the same hp but I'd bet the Duratek is a bit more torque. I also own an 03 SVT. No comparison between it and my ZTW (power wise). I'm not familiar w/ the other motor offered in the Focus. Looks like you can mod the crap out of whatever you buy. If you've got the $, you can produce the power. I've not had one single problem w/ my ZTW so can highly recommend the Zetek setup. I've also owned a Taurus w/ a Duratek V6. It was solid as well.

You can probably go to Ford's website and get plenty of details.

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Old 11-22-2004, 11:06 PM   #5
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Whatever you do make sure you test drive a Focus with the D23 engine in it. You will be amazed vs. the old Zetec. If you want the MTX-75 tranny, good luck. Only about 10% of Foci were made that way.
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Old 11-23-2004, 11:08 AM   #6
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Sedans are heavier than Zx3s, auto is really heavy, you need extra power to lug all that weight.
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:19 PM   #7
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I got a 2003 ZX5 with an auto dont know what tranny I got but I got the ztech
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Old 11-24-2004, 04:09 PM   #8
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Sedans are heavier than Zx3s...
the 03 zx3 was lighter than a sedan by 13 lbs, in 04 it was heavier by 6 lbs.
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