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01-21-2013 11:54 AM
Marbs I have an 06 and my only problem was my crank shaft pulley going out on me. Never had a problem otherwise, 78K on the clock.
01-20-2013 08:34 PM
Originally Posted by autolite View Post
I have A 2006 129,000 miles only issue is the front sway bar endlinks clunk going over bumps easy and cheap to replace them.Bonus in the Duratec is there a timing chain not a timing belt.
Mine does this even tho the endlinks are new. Just because of the FRPP suspension. Need adjustable ones. Not gonna worry about those until the k-sport coilovers get installed though.
01-20-2013 01:36 PM
autolite I have A 2006 129,000 miles only issue is the front sway bar endlinks clunk going over bumps easy and cheap to replace them.Bonus in the Duratec is there a timing chain not a timing belt.
01-20-2013 10:49 AM
whynotthinkwhynot Why get a Focus?

I have an 05. I used to purchase nothing but used cars because I could fix those cars. I've had this car for 7 years. I have not had to do one major repair yet. I have replaced shocks and struts, and at 60k miles I replaced the brakes with an SVT brake kit- but I still had more than enough pad on there. Most of the problems with these cars are simple. Although I would personally not like the weak brakes of the 00-04 Focis. SVT brake kits can still be purchased for about $900, and you might be able to locate used parts for less. I highly recommend this even though you'll need 17" wheels. My car can out stop Corvettes. I have to be careful who is behind me in case I have to slam on the brakes.

I finally have a chance to repair the car because it has "tumble flap" problems which might be something you could run into when looking at 05+ Focis. It could actually save you some money on the car because typically people think it's valve noise or injector noise. It won't really hurt the car, but it sounds like the engine is coming apart. You could talk down an owner over that. Believe me, the dealers will certainly not give them much for it on trade in. It costs about $300 in parts to repair, you need a new intake manifold. You can save some money if you can find someone with a good used manifold.

The way to tell the difference is to use the mechanic's stethoscope trick. Listen to the valve cover. If the valve cover is silent- then listen to the intake manifold, you should hear your rapping sound there. I wouldn't tell a seller that, but at least you know that the car is not going to self destruct as a result of this noise. I drove mine for 50k miles with horrendous tumble flap noise. Very soon I'll be doing a How-To on replacing the intake manifold. There is already a How-To on removing the tumble flaps entirely- however this reduces low end torque, and makes the car less fun to drive.
01-20-2013 10:47 AM
Originally Posted by whynotthinkwhynot View Post
05-07 Focis have "lifetime" air filters. This isn't as great as it sounds. Most of us remove the lifetime filter and replace it with an aftermarket CAI filter.
Mine was replaced by a FSWerks Cool-Flo within the first 3 months of ownership.
01-20-2013 07:23 AM
Sonic_HedgeHog Find a nice SVTF and call it a day
01-20-2013 06:49 AM
FLYLOW ^ all this...

Get an +05 zx3/4/5
01-19-2013 08:07 PM
whynotthinkwhynot Early Focis had some assorted problems- most are sorted out. 2000 models specifically had TPS problems that were alleviated by replacing the TB with one with a re-designed TPS.

00-04 Focis might have an old style ignition lock cylinder still installed in the car. This lock cylinder can lock up, and the ignition key will not turn. Ford lock cylinders need the key to turn in order to replace the cylinder- so a locked up cylinder is a bad problem in a Ford. To tell the difference, look at the position of the key hole in the lock cylinder. If the key hole is in the center of the lock cylinder- then it has already been changed to the improved type. The old style lock cylinder has the key hole off center towards the bottom. If you purchase a car with this lock cylinder, let us know, and we will direct you how to properly change the lock cylinder before it locks up. It will cost you about $100- well worth piece of mind. If you wait until it locks up- it will cost more like $300.

00-02.5 manual transmission shifters tend to crack and break, but we have a great How-To on how to repair a busted factory shifter.

03-04 PZEV cars come with the 2.3L Duratec engine. To identify your Focus engines, look under the hood. The SPI engine says "Split Port Injection" on the valve cover, and will look just like your old Escort motor. The Zetec engine will have Zetec written on the valve cover, and will have spark plugs going through the center of the valve cover. This engine or the Duratec will be all you will find in hatchback cars. The SPI was only available in sedans (maybe wagons). The Duratec engine will not have anything written on the valve cover, but it will have coil on plug ignition, so you will see 4 coils mounted on top of the valve cover.

05-07 Focis have "lifetime" air filters. This isn't as great as it sounds. Most of us remove the lifetime filter and replace it with an aftermarket CAI filter.

Wagons have alignment problems that require purchasing camber adjustment bolts for the rear otherwise tires will be eaten up very quickly.

That's about all I can think of right now.
01-19-2013 06:35 PM
Originally Posted by Holden View Post
^^ Yeah, but the 2005-2007s were hideous inside and out.
i don't find my '06 to be that hideous, however i am a little biased. that said i did enjoy the looks of my '03 SVT much better. My girlfriend's '02 ZTS sedan is decently styled.
01-19-2013 05:51 PM
mac.mogul He drove an escort so I don't think 'style' is on his short list...

I would say you could expect basically everything you've already come to know about your Escort; just bigger and better.

Check for rust when you're shopping!
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