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Old 06-09-2013, 08:50 AM   #1
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Duratec Durability and Stuff

I am looking at a 2004 Focus SE sedan with the Duratec engine / auto tranny. Has 142,000 on the car. What can you guys tell me about the Duratec engine? The good, the bad and the ugly? Any quirks with it that I should look at right off?

Buying it for my daughter for college. She might put 5,000 miles a year on it.


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Old 06-09-2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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I have a 2007 SE Sedan DuraTech with ~90k miles. I got it with 4k miles on it so I am essentially the original owner. Well maintained and only repair unexpected by me was the engine mounts about 3k miles ago. It was a daily driver for me and now my daughter.

The DuraTech is a solid, long lasting engine. There are many reports of them lasting 200k miles. That said you are talking about a car with 142k miles on it and you have no idea how it was maintained. There are many parts other than an engine that can change a car from a good deal to a nightmare. What I would do is take it to a good mechanic to have a thorough inspection including a compression check, suspension inspection and a brake inspection. Even then I would count on spending $500 for routine and neglected maintenance, not including tires. I would count on spending $500 on any car with 142k miles on it, not just a DuraTech Focus.

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I am looking at a 2004 Focus SE sedan with the Duratec engine / auto tranny. Has 142,000 on the car. What can you guys tell me about the Duratec engine? The good, the bad and the ugly? Any quirks with it that I should look at right off?

Buying it for my daughter for college. She might put 5,000 miles a year on it.
'04 w/ a D-tech, must be the 23. Great motor. Starter, alternator, water pump, battery, wheel bearings & brakes. If not done already w/ 142,000 miles. Like any other car w/ that mileage.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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I'm at 77k on a Duratec. It's half the mileage of the car you're looking at, but the car still runs great. Very smooth motor, and the power is quite linear. With basic maintenance, I don't see any reason it couldn't go beyond 200k miles.
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I have a 2005 ZX4 with the Duratec 2.0. We got the car with 139,000 miles and it's up to 162,000. It came with two notebooks in which the previous owner recorded every trip to the pump, every oil change, and every other service. The car runs like a champ. One thing I really like about the Duratec is that it has a timing chain, not a belt. So that's a major service and potential catastrophe that you don't ever have to worry about. I've done quite a bit of reading on this engine, and it doesn't seem to have any inherent flaws. As long as it's been taken care of, I would be confident in it lasting you quite a while.

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Im in the same boat as the OP. Just picked mine up at 143k. So far ive changed the front wheel bearings and I'm about to do the motor mounts, which sounds about average for these cars. Alternator is starting to go too (flickering lights with motor running), but other than these common issues, it seems like a great car which is built to last!
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