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Old 10-16-2010, 02:55 PM   #1
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Thinking of buying a Focus


Iím currently in the process of buying a new car. Iíve narrowed my preferences down to a Vauxhall Astra, a Ford Focus or a Skoda Fabia.

The Focus models Iíve been looking at are the 5 Door Hatchback 1.6TDCi or 1.8TDCi models. Iíll most likely end up getting a model from 2004/05 possibly 2006 if I can find one at a good price.

I have a couple of questions to ask if I may.

What are the main things to look when buying?

What are the service intervals in months and mileage?

How easy are they to service yourself?


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Old 10-16-2010, 05:20 PM   #2
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LOL vauxhall astra! really?! no comparison to the focus which is the best by far!

You'll be able to pick them up cheaper, cheaper to run and insure and yes they are so easy to service even i can do it!

The main things to check on the focus is rusting under the sills and the state of the exhaust. Otherwise listen out to the obvious dodgy engine noises and check for smooth gear changes as focuses of that age that have been ragged will show it in the synchro mesh changing into 3rd. Service intervals are standard, i would say annually? If you want to really treat the car change the fluids every 3-5000 miles.

They are easy cars to keep going
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:47 AM   #3
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I would recomend the 1.6 TDCi because its new enginee while 1.8 is pretty old design

Astra, ha ha ha ha lol
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:10 PM   #4
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omg dude PLZ PLZ PLZ dont get a skoda! if you get a mk2 or a mk1 let me kno im bout 20 mins from p-borough i think.....needta get a group meeting goin lol.....i mean imagine it....Ford Focus UK owners gather....RECORD DRINK DRIVERS! lol
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