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Old 11-17-2012, 01:52 PM   #1
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Life Expectancy (Miles) of the Ford Focus?

What is the life expectancy in miles of the Focus? Do many here on this forum reach 250K miles? 300K miles? 350K miles?... [obviously cars can last for the rest of a person's life if you continue replacing parts--but at a certain point it is uneconomic to do so and cheaper to replace the car.]

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Old 11-17-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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Depends on how serious you are about maintenance.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:35 PM   #3
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In Iowa where salt is applied to roads(?)
Till the Focus becomes a 'Flintstone' car [to get motion just place feet on the pavement and push
In Texas who knows
Some body that owned a courier service had a Focus that got +650,000 miles then it was dumped
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:39 PM   #4
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Its all about upkeep, and undercoating if you worry about salt... Im planning on getting mine on some ramps and doing some undercoating before the rust can start...
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If you want to read the stories, check the 100,000 plus thread in the "stickies" at the top of this page...

Haven't read through it, but even recent postings show some over 200,000 without major work...
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My daughter in Maine has a 2005 Focus with 240,000 miles on it. Eats tires though. But no major mechanical work.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:15 AM   #7
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My daughter in Maine has a 2005 Focus with 240,000 miles on it. Eats tires though. But no major mechanical work.
Cars with high miles eat tires when rubber suspension control arm pivot bushings tear and/or wear out from age and ozone rot. This causes the control arms to flop around and wheel alignment is totally lost. This makes for noise, poor handling and tires wear out fast.

You can replace the whole control arm with bushing already installed for about $125 each, or you can get real thrifty on some cars and replace the $20 bushings themselves using a hydraulic press. This is a problem on everything from a base Honda to a $150K mercedes. Bushings need replaced about every 100K mi on average. The front suspension bushings in my BMW need replaced about every 60K mi and the rear goes bad every 100K or so. Throwing new tires on the car every 20K mi to get chewed up is just plain nuts. This costs FAR more than a proper repair. Cars with bad bushings handle verey bad plus they shake and make a lot of noise when hitting bumps.

Replace the control arms on your daughters car instead of buying $400 worth of tires every 6 mo.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:16 PM   #8
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Mine got 224,00 miles and I'm finishing my second clutch. These have been hardcore miles. I've never babied this car.
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What motor do you have? Plenty of ZETECS with 200,000+ Mine had a blown head gasket for about 60,000. Got to 232,000 then it blew to the point where it was dumping coolant. Highest Ive seen on an SPI before dropping a valve seat was 183,000 IIRC.
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My '04 Focus SVT just turned 263,000 miles. All I've ever done is replace the wear items. Did my first timing belt at 150,000 and just did my second at 261,000 miles. All of the mechanicals are intact. I put new struts/shocks a couple of months ago. I have changed the oil at 5/6k miles, using Castrol Syntech. Still doesn't use any oil between changes.
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