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Old 03-09-2006, 07:43 PM   #1
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Question Going to Look @ 2000 ZX3 5spd - What should I look for?

Hello everyone,

I am going to check out a Canadian-market 2000 Focus ZX3, silver with a 5speed. I have confirmed that there are no outstanding recalls with the car, via ford.ca's online VIN check - Anything in particular I should be on the lookout for?

This car has 180,000km (~112,000 miles) on it, so it's got quite a few miles on her - At what point does the waterpump and timing belt need to be changed on these? What should I look for on a higher milage Focus?

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Old 03-09-2006, 08:04 PM   #2
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If you buy the car, mention the high milage and timing belt. I would have them change it included in the price of the car. Personally, used focus's are pretty cheap. I would go for a newer less milage car. but it is up to you. if all the recalls are done, and the car is in good shape, you can reasonably assume the car was taken care of. For modern cars, 112,000 miles isn't to many. but the timing belt is due. good luck
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vanace: Thanks for the response, I figured it was timing belt time

Here in Calgary, used Focus's are still pretty pricey, this one is about $3,000 cheaper then a lower milage unit. I figure $3,000 is a lot of repairs before it becomes cehaper to have gotten a lower KM unit

I'll of course mention the timing belt to them, but since it's a used lot I'll probably just use it to bargain down the price, and have it done somewhere, or maybe do it myself - How hard is it to do the timing belt on the Zetec 2L manual tranny?

Is there an online Haynes manual of sorts for the Focus?
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any more suggestions before I go check this out? Any common issues I could spot?
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i agreethat used foci are pretty cheap i got a really good deal on mine it had 23,000 mi on it and it was really well taken care of and my mom only payec $7,245 or something so yeah used foci are pretty good deals. um i would look at the tires just to make sure they've been rotated. look for uneven wear on the tires. other than that take a GOOD look at the engine compartment.

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