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Old 04-25-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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What model and year focus should I buy?

Hey guys!

So here's the deal, I want to buy a used Ford Focus to use in college, but there are so many types that I do not have the slightest clue which I should look into. I do know that I want a hatchback model with automatic transmission. As far as price, around $5000 or lower would be ideal. I want the good gas mileage and reliability. It has to be good for driving in the city fairly frequently with occasional longer weekend trips. Having to do a little maintenance now and then is no problem if it means making the car last.

I would like to know what model and year would be best for my situation and how many miles on the car would be too many.

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Old 04-25-2013, 11:16 PM   #2
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Well so long as you avoid the SPI engine there really isn't a wrong year, with your budget your looking at the mk1 (2000-2007) a zx3, zx4 or zx5 is really all about taste, do you like hatchbacks, coupes, or do you want 4 doors for your friends and family?

zx3 == 2 door hatchback
zx4 == sedan
zx5 == 4 door hatch

if your into POWER, than an SVT will be good as it's just a focus on steroids... In most cases I'd look more for fewer miles and better options than a specific year.
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Hey guys!

So here's the deal, I want to buy a used Ford Focus to use in college, but there are so many types that I do not have the slightest clue which I should look into. I do know that I want a hatchback model with automatic transmission. As far as price, around $5000 or lower would be ideal. I want the good gas mileage and reliability. It has to be good for driving in the city fairly frequently with occasional longer weekend trips. Having to do a little maintenance now and then is no problem if it means making the car last.

I would like to know what model and year would be best for my situation and how many miles on the car would be too many.

Thank you very much!
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I would say to look for a 2005-2007 Focus ZX5. They can be had for around $5k with 100k miles (some less if you look hard enough). They have a super-reliable Duratec 2.0 and will run like clockwork with normal maintainance.
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Having to do regular, preventative maintenance, methodically, is non-optional to making any car last.
There, I fixed it for you. Virtually any Focus will fit the bill given the above.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:41 AM   #6
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03-04 ZX3 PZEV 5 speed. You get the best of all worlds with that car. The original styling both on the interior and exterior plus the later engine. They are hard to find, but to me that is the car to get.
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Well its going to be a little tough finding an 05-07 under $5000, unless you dont mind cars with 100k+ on the odometer.
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03-04 ZX3 PZEV 5 speed. You get the best of all worlds with that car. The original styling both on the interior and exterior plus the later engine. They are hard to find, but to me that is the car to get.
^^This, but he wants an auto. Trust me, I have a 04 PZEV with 2.3 Auto and the gas mileage is poor compared to what the manual guys get (around 5-6 less mpg's) go for a 5-speed for sure. I average about 26-27 mpg's with a 30 mile 55mph commute, hardly stellar.
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Well so long as you avoid the SPI engine there really isn't a wrong year, with your budget your looking at the mk1 (2000-2007) a zx3, zx4 or zx5 is really all about taste, do you like hatchbacks, coupes, or do you want 4 doors for your friends and family?

zx3 == 2 door hatchback
zx4 == sedan
zx5 == 4 door hatch

if your into POWER, than an SVT will be good as it's just a focus on steroids... In most cases I'd look more for fewer miles and better options than a specific year.
He wants a hatch, no hatch came with a SPI, so he's in the clear there.
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03-04 ZX3 PZEV 5 speed. You get the best of all worlds with that car. The original styling both on the interior and exterior plus the later engine. They are hard to find, but to me that is the car to get.
This. Get the best bodystyle with the best engine!
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