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Old 09-29-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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2008 vs 2009....which one?

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Looking at 2 focus's. One is a 2008 with the 2.0L that is clean and has 60,000 miles. It has a sound ( like a whine, not a belt slipping) coming from the alternator area that sounds like a bearing. It is noticeable at take off or at highway speed when gas is given. The second one is a 2009 with a 2.0L and 43,000 miles. This one seems like it doesn't have the same power under heavy acceleration as the 08 does. Both have the typical top end engine noise I seem to find on every one. What would cause the 09 to "seem" to be less snappy than the 08? They are within $500 of each other. Which one seems like the better choice? Thanks!

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The 09 could have the wrong oil in it... But I have noticed that my manual '09 doesn't seem as snappy as my moms auto '08 was...
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Good to know! I am concerned about the obvious issues like not broke in correctly when first purchased possibly causing rings to not be as seated as in the 08 and having less compression. The 08 just seems to have that "snap" and the 09 is a more 'linear" feel to it.
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"08 with a "potential" issue you've noticed (whine), vs. a lower mileage '09 for $500 more - A bit of a "no brainer" if you ask me...

You'll be ahead financially just because of the difference in model years, even if circumstances require selling it unexpectedly within a month of purchase....

Repairs on the '08 if needed could easily cost the price difference if done by a shop...

There would have to be a good reason to "prefer" the '08 to pick it over the '09 (Color, features, Wife hates the look of the '09 etc.)

Overall condition, and the other factors mentioned, could STILL favor the '08.

In used vehicles condition rules over features & book value, especially if you plan to live with it for the long term.

Good luck in your choice!
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