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Old 08-18-2015, 08:44 AM   #1
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What to Look For When Buying?

Hi All,

Changes in life require changes in my car, and I'm considering a 2003 ZX5 I found local to my house with 92k miles. My new job has me moving to New England and commuting into the city so my 2011 GMC Sierra CC 4x4 is not the best choice for this. I'm historically a Ford guy and have heard good things about the Focus so that's what I'm looking into...and going older because I could pocket a bunch of cash selling my truck and buying an older vehicle.

Anyway, besides the usual stuff one should inspect on any used car what should I be looking for? How many miles are these cars good for with the usual maintenance?

Here is the link to the listing, I'm going to look at it this evening.
https://austin.craigslist.org/cto/5173295103.html

Thanks for your help! If this were a Mustang or older F-series I would be all set, but the Focus is new to me.


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Old 08-18-2015, 01:23 PM   #2
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My concern with that one is, what's wrong with the passenger side?

And truthfully, I'd look for a few years newer. The Duratec seems to get a little better mileage than the zetec. Both are very stout engines but the Duratec seems to have less routine maintenance associated with it.
A zetec you want to make sure the timing belt has been changed, the water outlet housing is not leaking, the ignition coil is not cracked, the EGR functions as it should and there are no codes stored or present. None of this stuff is break the bank expensive, just annoying.
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I'm curious about the right side as well, but it's close enough that it is worth a look. Thanks for the info on what to check, I'll follow up tonight with what I find.
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I might be wrong, but I'm almost positive this car has been posted before on Craigslist and wondered about here...with the same question about the passenger side.
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