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Old 01-17-2013, 03:56 PM   #41
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If you don't have any issues, why get rid of it?

I honestly think the new Focus will hold up just fine over time, as long as you keep up on regular maintenance and clean it regularly. If you were to have issues, I think you would be experiencing them already.

I only jumped because mine had issues from the start that Ford refused to resolve or even admit to, and I couldn't even resolve them myself after 1 year and nearly 17k miles of testing different solutions using my own wallet. Issues aside, I loved the car.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:07 PM   #42
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There is always going to be the certain percentage of people who feel the need, or want to own a new car.
Older high mileage cars does not always mean unreliability. A car is a means of transportation from point A to B.
200K is now the new 100K.
If you add up the 5 to 6 years of payments. Which by the way, the average new car payment is now $475 a month. Add up the higher insurance premiums, and sales tax.
It is still a better bet to drive a fully paid older car. My Focus is 6 years old with 82K, its not the prettiest car on the block. But I own it, take very good care of it, and she runs very well.
What's funny about all this. People go out and spend thousands on a new car for the warranty, and the so called reliability.
Yet, as I sit on the various forums, and follow Edmunds on Twitter.
All I see, are posts about all the problems people are having with their new cars. Not to mention the recalls for one thing or another.
Now this is not an angry rant, or intending to offend. It is just my humblest opinion. So please don't take it as such.
If I could afford to own a new car, I would. But payment free. After all, I was doing the same as the next person. Rolling over one car loan into the next. But it's new it's reliable, even though I paid over 60K in car payments.;-)

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:58 PM   #43
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Well, just to play devil's advocate here for a minute, a local Toyota dealer is trying to put me into a Corolla. They will go down as low as a hair over $16,000 for this car. It's a brand new 2013: http://www.mossytoyota.com/new-San+D...BU4EE9DP114681

Just to refresh on my situation, I paid $20,800 out the door for my Focus. I put $9,000 down and owe about $9,000 on my loan. My Focus according to the internet, is worth roughly $16,000 or more.

Thoughts on this?
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:19 PM   #44
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As much as I like Toyotas and had an 05 Corolla ... that's not the best choice now. The Corolla has lan guished in recent years. I went to a Mazda3 and couldn't be happier. They might be a few K more than the Toyota but they're light years ahead in terms of driveability.

Having said that .... if you're just looking for a cheap car to get from A to B .... and you don't care at all about performance .... it's damn hard to beat the reliability of a Toyota. My 05 Corolla S went 165,000 miles, and all I did to it other than maintenance was 1 headlight bulb. It was by FAR the most reliable car I ever owned. It got 32-33 MPG from the day it was born until I traded it on the Focus. Front brakes went 110,000 .... rear brakes went 155,000.

Unfortunately ... I doubt you'll get $16K for your car ... probably more like $13-14K.

Great luck in your search!

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:24 PM   #45
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FYI:Corolla will be redesigned soon. I'm not sure if you want to drive a car that would be an old body style a year from now...
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Well, just to play devil's advocate here for a minute, a local Toyota dealer is trying to put me into a Corolla. They will go down as low as a hair over $16,000 for this car. It's a brand new 2013: http://www.mossytoyota.com/new-San+D...BU4EE9DP114681

Just to refresh on my situation, I paid $20,800 out the door for my Focus. I put $9,000 down and owe about $9,000 on my loan. My Focus according to the internet, is worth roughly $16,000 or more.

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If you have zero priority to get any enjoyment from driving, and prefer a passionless car ownership experience get the Corolla.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:40 AM   #47
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Well, just to play devil's advocate here for a minute, a local Toyota dealer is trying to put me into a Corolla. They will go down as low as a hair over $16,000 for this car. It's a brand new 2013: http://www.mossytoyota.com/new-San+D...BU4EE9DP114681

Just to refresh on my situation, I paid $20,800 out the door for my Focus. I put $9,000 down and owe about $9,000 on my loan. My Focus according to the internet, is worth roughly $16,000 or more.

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The new '14 Corolla will be coming out this summer. Don't do it.

The current gen Corolla is very old in the tooth and not a worthy alternative to your Focus. Keep the Focus.

That's besides the fact that the Corolla is a soulless appliance.
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The new '14 Corolla will be coming out this summer. Don't do it.

The current gen Corolla is very old in the tooth and not a worthy alternative to your Focus. Keep the Focus.

That's besides the fact that the Corolla is a soulless appliance.
All true, but it's an outrageously reliable soulless appliance.

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Given the current Camry is coming in last or next to last place in midsize sedan comparos, only 1 year into a redesign, I wouldn't hold out hopes for the '14 Corolla.
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The new '14 Corolla will be coming out this summer. Don't do it.
But shouldn't he also NOT get the 2014 and wait for the 2015 for the first year kinks to be worked out? By then the Focus will only be worth 73 cents.

(You know I'm just kidding... I hope?)
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