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Old 03-21-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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Good or Bad Idea?

Hello Everyone,

My Mom was in the market for a new/different car. Seeing as i'm a happy owner of the 2012 focus, I i first looked at a Ford Dealership to begin with. There I found a 2008 SeS coupe for her with 6.5k miles on. The previous owner was an elderly woman who just used it to drive around town and go to church, etc.

I test drove the car, and I liked it. To me, (comparing it to the 2012 focus) I felt the car was roomy, comfy enough, good steering, and enough hp to be a daily driver. The use of plastic inside for the dash and doors and the alike didn't seem to bother me too much, (however the setup is, it's still many steps up from the uneventful dash/trim from the Odyssey) I decided to get it for her.

My mom's previous car was/is a banged up Honda odyssey that doesn't even have a CD player, gets terrible gas mileage, and is basically falling apart. Seeing as my mom has to commute about 30-40 miles a day in city traffic with little bit of freeway mixed in, I thought this car would be perfect for her.

Considering that she is the type of woman that isn't concerned that her ride isn't a top of the line luxury car or some crazy sports car, do you guys think that i made the right decision here? I feel like it would be a good fit for her, but there's always that little what if plaguing me in the back of my mind.

Would you guys share your experiences with me?

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I think its a great idea, and especially with only 6.5k miles on a 2008 SES, you can't really go wrong. The Focus is a great commuter car, good on gas mileage, and roomy enough to stay comfortable for a 30-40 mile drive no problem. seeing as an elderly woman drove it last, it's virtually a garauntee that the car wasn't abused. If I had made that purchase for my Mom I wouldn't doubt it for a moment.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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My '09 coupe is at almost 60k miles already, only problem I've had was the swaybar endlinks going bad and they were covered under warranty. I'm MUCH meaner to my Focus in the corners than any grand ma could even fathom being, so I doubt your moms will have that problem for quite sometime. I'm still on the factory brakes too, so other than oil changes and tire rotations she shouldn't expect to have to spend very much if anything on this car.

Also I can't speculate too much on the fuel economy since I have a 5spd, but I've got an all time best of 39.4mpg to a tank. So your mom should definately enjoy the miserly (in comparison to a van) fuel consumption.
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Well my Mother bought a Blue 2010 SEL Sedan 3 days after me & my 84 year old Grandma bought a Red 2010 SES Sedan 2 months after I did. Thats because they all love the car, 3 generations in one family all driving the same car! You did good
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my mother bought my focus brand new, and she didn't like it only because she went from a full size pick up to a little fwd car... but she had no problem driving it every where.. and i had no problem buying it from her when she wanted a new truck. its an amazing car and you made the right decision dont doubt that for a minute.
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