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Old 11-05-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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Should I Keep This Going

Alright, so in my 18 months and 28 or so thousand miles of ownership I've had a fair number of issues with my 2011 Focus (bought used with 28k on the clock).

The first problem was covered a couple months after I bought it; the doors didn't line up right. I just assumed it was sloppy QC, dealer and Ford took care of it.

About 10 months after I bought the car, the tires seemed to be wearing down quickly. Tire shop confirmed they were wearing due to a bad alignment. Odd, as part of the deal when I bought the car included an alignment. Car's toe was not right and a bit too much camber. Got new tires, new alignment, all good.

Next I've recently noticed the coating on the headlights is coming off. This is external, not internal. It's not something on the lens of the headlight, and it looks obviously lighter (ie not smoked) where this has come off, and it doesn't have the "rainbow" effect in this area when looking at it with a polarized lens.

The other day I had my wheels off to Plastidip them, and noticed that my front tires are much more worn on the outside (despite them always being at the correct pressure), suggesting alignment is off again; had them rotated and inspected at a shop afterwards, and he mentioned it seemed like they were wearing a bit fast on that edge and it might need an alignment. That or it's tied to a recent vibration when braking, despite the brakes being alright the last time I checked them out. Also, on both sides of the car, near the strut tower, were two spots where something had rubbed against the paint, leaving bare metal. This struck me as odd as nothing touched those spots and the only things nearby were the brake line and WSS wire. Are these normal? SOMETHING rubbed against these spots, and that combined with this cars inability to stay in alignment kind of suggests it may have been in an accident. That could explain why the headlamp coating is coming off, if they aren't OEM. What should I look for to see if my headlights are authentic Ford parts?

Of course it has the "normal" issues of the clear flaking off the wheels and the driver's seat rocking back and forth due to bad hinges.

What I'm getting at is have I got a lemon on my hands and should dump it or have I run into all the "typical" issues and once I fix them it should be smooth sailing? I'm little concerned this car could turn into a money pit and last car my family owned started with minor problems like door locks sticking and a fog light falling off, and within two years escalated to a warped dash, leaking heater core, and a door panel that completely fell apart.



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Old 11-06-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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you could stop by a body shop and have them look it over to see if there has been some structural damage that has been repaired. they should have the ability to take measurements to see if the thing is square or not.
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Old 11-07-2013, 01:10 PM   #3
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Almost sounds like someone got the car in a wreck and had it fixed somewhere without going through their insurance company.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:42 PM   #4
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Have you thought about running a carfax? Maybe they did use their insurance. Unfortunately, dealers aren't always honest.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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Carfax was clean, but I don't trust them. Saw "clean" cars all the time that had obvious prior paint work. The car was a past rental and I now know they are not always honest about if cars had issues, because they know they have to resell them down the road and reporting issues doesn't help them at disposal time.

I'm looking at used options right now, mainly a local, used G37X. Cheapest I could find locally with acceptable miles. If I can get what I want for the Focus to make the deal happen, great. If not, I'll keep it another 6 months, and see if issues persist. If they do the G37Xs with the features I want should be a bit lower in price and I'll try again.
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:24 PM   #6
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Looks like, for better or worse, I'll be keeping it. I just can't make the numbers work with the financing right now and I'm not blowing cash on a car. I had narrowed it to an Optima SX or Infiniti G37X. Both were wonderful cars, with the Infiniti being faster and overall better, but with the Optima delivering a ton of vehicle for the dollar used. Oh well, just have to cross my fingers and hope nothing else weird goes wrong with the Focus.
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:22 PM   #7
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Carfax blows, did not have my 04 F-150's TOTALING accident on it, and on my lancer it said "minor fender bender, bumper cover was replaced" Try the whole front of the car pratically smashed to the windshield.

The clear flaking off the wheels is sadly, normal I would say as mine are peeling bad. Alignment I don't know what to tell you, mine's never had a problem. Hows your endlinks, the stock ones suck in these cars.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:05 PM   #8
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Ive owned an 08 SE and now have a 2011 SES, the problems you mentioned have plagued them both... Its typical Focus Issues IMHO. I still <3 my SES though...
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:58 PM   #9
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I wouldn't call it a lemon unless you had some sort of detrimental recurring problem that prevented you from driving the car. Seems to me like your suspension is out of whack.

Look into replacing some front-end stuff like control arms, bushings, maybe get a performance alignment kit.

That stuff can be sourced pretty cheaply on its own and doing the work yourself would save a ton.

I don't think you have a lemon, I think you have a rental that probably jumped a few curbs.
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:28 PM   #10
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what mac said. Someone used and abused that car.
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