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Old 12-19-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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looking to buy first generation focus.

hey, guys, new to the forum and i'm looking to buy a first generation ford focus. i decided to join because i was hoping that you guys would be able to give me some tips on which year focus to buy as well as which years to avoid.

my brother told me to stick to the years 2000 and 2001 because the other year ford focus have a lot of electrical problems; can anyone verify that?

also, are the manual transmissions reliable (i prefer manual transmissions)? is the 6 cylinder or 4 cylinder engine is more reliable?

i'll be checking up on the forum regularly, so if you have any questions to ask me, feel free to ask.

thanks in advanced.

edit: looking to buy a four door focus to keep the insurance rates down.


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Old 12-19-2012, 10:26 PM   #2
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Try to find a 2004. Last year before the redesigned frontend. As for electrical problems, mk1 foci arent no VW. Sure they may be a few who have had issues, but nothing major. Ive owned two 2004 models, a 2.3 atx zx3, and a svt. Just look for one with the lowest mileage, and if you can find a 2.3 with a 5 speed would be better. I didnt have any problems with either the auto tranny, or the 6 speed in the svt, but i cant say anything about the mtx75 that was available either.
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awesome! thanks, man.

which year ford focus(es) came with the mtx75 transmission?
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looking to buy four door focus to keep the insurance rates down.
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awesome! thanks, man.

which year ford focus(es) came with the mtx75 transmission?

All of them.

03-04 is your best bet.

I put 200k on my 03 and only had minor issues for the life of the car.
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I think you can pick up a mtx 75 in all foci up to 2011, its the standard 5-speed option.


the only other transmissions available was the automatic, and the getrag 6-speed for the SVT.

there are 4 engines available that year here they are in order of worst to best.

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Zetec SVT
Duratec 2.3

The Zetec is a very solid and reliable engine, you cant go wrong with it. The SVT is basically just a pepped up version of it. The Duratec 2.3 is harder to find, but its the torquiest of the bunch, and arguably the best engine available.

Just avoid the SPI. (which were only available in the wagon and sedan format, get a zx3 or zx5 and you are ballin)


Regarding electrical issues, i've never seen anything major besides the occasional alternator, or 02 sensor. I will say though, that the 2000s and 2001s had more problems than other years, ford mostly fixed the problems by 2002+
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looking to buy four door focus to keep the insurance rates down.
Im not sure about TX insurance system, but here in CA and AZ, a zx3 is considered to be an economy vehicle, even with only 2-drs and a hatch.
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All of them.

03-04 is your best bet.

I put 200k on my 03 and only had minor issues for the life of the car.
so literally all ford focus(es) (2000-2012) have the same transmission?

for what reasons are is the 03-04 my best bet, aside from you owning one?
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I think you can pick up a mtx 75 in all foci up to 2011, its the standard 5-speed option.


the only other transmissions available was the automatic, and the getrag 6-speed for the SVT.

there are 4 engines available that year here they are in order of worst to best.

SPI
Zetec
Zetec SVT
Duratec 2.3

The Zetec is a very solid and reliable engine, you cant go wrong with it. The SVT is basically just a pepped up version of it. The Duratec 2.3 is harder to find, but its the torquiest of the bunch, and arguably the best engine available.

Just avoid the SPI. (which were only available in the wagon and sedan format, get a zx3 or zx5 and you are ballin)


Regarding electrical issues, i've never seen anything major besides the occasional alternator, or 02 sensor. I will say though, that the 2000s and 2001s had more problems than other years, ford mostly fixed the problems by 2002+

good to know, thank you so much.

are the Zetec, Zetec SVT, and the Duratec 2.3 available for the sedan focus?

how would i be able to identify these engines?
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Im not sure about TX insurance system, but here in CA and AZ, a zx3 is considered to be an economy vehicle, even with only 2-drs and a hatch.
i honestly couldn't say for sure, but that's what i heard a long time ago that cars that were two doors are considered "sports cars;" that's the case with my jeep wrangler.
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