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budpln 09-23-2012 11:18 AM

Need your guys help chime in if u own a focus serious
hey guys im in need of your help my gf needs a car she doesnt have her license yet so it will be her first.. i love my focus and know a shit ton about it know that ive researched everything so i want to get her a foci. im looking for an older one price range between 1 and 2 grand what do u guys think? miles max? price max? what should i be looking for for problems that are going to be huge problems? help me out guys

katiekay 09-23-2012 11:33 AM

To get a decent 1st gen you will have to spend between 2 - 3 thousand. As long as you stay away from SPI's you'll be fine. Get one made after 2002 because they updated the fuel pump, alternator and I believe the wiring as well. Before 2002 I have seen those early fuel pumps destroy Zetec's

budpln 09-23-2012 11:34 AM

cool thnx after 2002 it is moar info

elsolo 09-23-2012 01:34 PM

Them money you save by buying the cheapest focus you find, is not really saved money. It is just money you get to spend later on parts.

I am not a big fan of having my woman drive a car that I need to repair frequently. I am a mechanic, it's not that the labor or such is a hassle, it just makes the ownership experience less satisfying for the woman when the car needs to be serviced frequently. They don't like that, they will mistreat the car because it "sucks" and they don't trust it, then they don't tell you about the little problems until they become big problems....

budpln 09-23-2012 01:44 PM

yea i hear ya my gf dad gave her his old car what a peice of shit everyime i fix something another thing breaks i fixed the rear brake then the exhaust now its running like shit im so sick of fixing it it makes me sick the car is a 1999 cirrus such a peice of shit i figured if i bought a little focus it would be easier to fix than the cirrus

mikebontoft 09-23-2012 01:46 PM

truth ^

elsolo 09-23-2012 02:01 PM

Just find a Focus that isn't totally clapped out for sale at junkyard prices, then you will enjoy not having to fix a bunch of tiny little issues. My '04 focus has been reliable enough for my wife to drive, if I ever let her.

foundonroadalive 09-23-2012 02:23 PM

i just bought a very nice 02 zx5, but it was 5200. i have not seen any for 1 or 2 thousand. sorry, just my observation after lots of internet research. you will immediately be facing a timing belt change, at least $400.

TerryB 09-23-2012 02:52 PM

There's a 2002 sedan on CL in Westport. They're asking $1500.00. It has 169K miles. The listng is from 9/13/12. On think it's on the Boston CL.

budpln 09-23-2012 03:47 PM

ive seen a couple nice ones theres one in ri 89,000 miles for like 1500

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