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Old 02-08-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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MY DD and G/F's New Focus!!! 56k beware!

dont know if this belongs here (if not please move it) but:
Well we picked up this 2001 focus from a guy for her he was asking $3200 and said that he was a mechanic and the battery light was on due to a bad battery and he had to jump it. The car has the full svt suspension package on it and runs ok with 119k on the clock. I did notice a smell he said it was from the coolant flush he had done and it got on the header. I noticed the VC gasket leaking and figured that was the real problem. He also said it had a new windsheild. SO i told him we would think about it.

I got home and i emailed him and offered $2600 and he said it was way to low for a car in that great shape. i replied that its fair considering it needs a new alternator. And that any mechanic would know that the battery light moniters the alt. and the volt regulator. he said he would let it go for $3000 so i said ok.

So a few days later we pick it up and get it home and get a good look at it in the day light. the VC gasket was leaking pretty bad... the trans fluid was looking dark... Then i noticed the HEATER CORE WAS LEAKING. not alot.... but i think this is what he was trying to cover up with the "spilled coolant" comment... i had a stuffy nose and didnt notice the smell... it was a slow leak but pissed me off....


Ive worked on it 2 days since....Thursday I did the heater core with chris only took 3 hours i found a short cut on line that was relatively unknown. the dash board stayed in the car :). i also did a oil change and changed the air filter. Filled the car with new coolant and its running fine... battery light still on.

Yesterday. I picked up the VC gasket, Trans filter, and Alternator. The alternator was a total bitch and took all day... the engine needed to be lifted... so i had to undo the mount. also move the overflow for the coolant and the power steering as well as detach a few connectors and fuel lines... Then it finally came out... i did notice a broken wire on the connector for the alt... which had to be removed from the connector and soldered. Then i did the VC gasket and cleaned the engine with degreaseer.... and went on to detail the interior....

Today i washed it and mine and took some pics.

$84 heatercore
$155 Alternator
$20 transfilter and gasket
$36 VC gasket
$3000 for the car

Doesent look half bad and rides like new















my bay:

Dirty
my interior:


My mustangs current state:


For Full Build thread with pictorial progress check it out here:
http://forums.stangnet.com/744266-of...-clean-up.html


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Old 02-10-2009, 11:48 PM   #2
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:50 AM   #3
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looks awesome, i hate s who lie about car problems even though you find it plan in view
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:01 AM   #4
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dude first rule to buying used cars, everyone is a mechanic. lol

looks cool tho nice job on fixing her up, bet that scord big with the GF.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:11 AM   #5
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dude first rule to buying used cars, everyone is a mechanic. lol

looks cool tho nice job on fixing her up, bet that scord big with the GF.
She expects it already sadly.... after almost 5 years.... its kinda a give in... shit happens i fix shit... i get sammiches... done deal

Thanks for the comments guys... im considering lowering the focus... but i dont want to touch it... its my DD and i dont want to get the mod bug... the money should dumped in to the mustang... haha
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:21 AM   #6
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good news! car is still running good!
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:22 AM   #7
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Man it helps when you can do all that stuff yourself! Wish I knew how to do all the work myself...

I used to own a ford contour and picked up a Haynes repair manuals. Felt like I knew what I was doing most of the time. That book saved me hundreds of dollars in repairs. But to do what you've done to this car, I wouldh've been hella screwed!
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good job fixing all that stuff man

thats a good score.

my sister two years ago bought an 04 zts with every option for 3300 with only 30k on it. the people said there was a huge clicking noise all the time, i drove it, looked inside the wheel well. told her to buy it. i towed it home with our explorer. then i replaced the axle on the driver side. her car hasn't had a problem yet. KBB listed it as a 7200 car. she scored huge!
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good job fixing all that stuff man

thats a good score.

my sister two years ago bought an 04 zts with every option for 3300 with only 30k on it. the people said there was a huge clicking noise all the time, i drove it, looked inside the wheel well. told her to buy it. i towed it home with our explorer. then i replaced the axle on the driver side. her car hasn't had a problem yet. KBB listed it as a 7200 car. she scored huge!
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