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Old 11-20-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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206k 2000 16v 2.0L / Possible 1st Car for Sister

Hey everyone I'm going to look at a 2000 Focus with the 16v 2.0L tomorrow to potentially purchase as my sisters 1st car. It's got 206k miles and the owner claims it runs great (it looks great). I know the obvious things to check for such as oil condition, tranny fluid condition, odd noises, etc. But I'm wondering if there's any unique things to check for, or if it's even worth purchasing with the milage, before I set my sister up with it. Milage doesn't scare me, I'm currently driving a 2002 Cavalier with 285k and still runs/drives excellent, I just figure I'd ask the forum for anything special to look for.

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Old 11-20-2013, 10:27 PM   #2
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Moved to "Ford Focus & General Car Chat". I would take the car to a trusted mechanic and have them give it a thorough inspection. I would also ask the previous owner if he has a maintenance history on the vehicle. If you feel uneasy at all about it, it's more than likely a good idea to just walk away from it.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:01 AM   #3
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So no insight on these engines? There was a reason I posted this in the tech subforum. Any insight is very appreciated because I'm driving over an hour to check it out this evening. Assuming everything checks out, does anyone here have any experience with these engines over 200k?
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Any car with that many miles is a crap shoot. As with any used car, it is all dependent on how it was treated. But don't ever trust what a seller says about it. Take it to a mechanic you trust.

I have seen zetecs over 200k, but I would be weary of buying one, unless it was dirt cheap.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:26 AM   #5
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Like mentioned above it depends on that car. My best friend and I both had 5.0 mustangs with over 350K original miles, both are still going without issue. He also owns a ZX2 with over 250K without issues, and it was driven by young people its entire life.
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I don't really know what a mechanic could decipher that I couldn't unless he goes as far as plugging in a computer. I mean I'm not going to bring my compression tester, I probably won't look at the plugs. just visual inspection of oil, coolant, tranny fluid, look for leaks etc... Its a woman selling the car she claims it runs great, and she's asking 1k. From the pictures it looks very clean, while that doesn't say much it does provide some indication of the level of care that went into the car.
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Thanks Slick 250k would be wonderful and it would be worth buying. I'm thinking if everything looks good offering 850 cash.
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I would say 800-850 would be fair providing its in good shape.

I dont know about up there but even the second gen motors and trans from cars go for 300$ here. I found a Motor/Trans from a 2011 with 36k miles for 500$ so if anything does happen you'd have a 1300-1500$ car that would last. (Obviously a different motor, but if those are cheap so should others)

Good luck, get a good look under the car, make sure everything is not a rust bucket, no broken suspension. Blah Blah Blah seems like you have a knowledgeable head on your shoulders.
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Cool, that's good to know motor/trans can be had for under $500. Ill be sure to do all that, thanks a lot Willy!!
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At that price if it looks good to you it's worth it, the main tech. issue you'd want to avoid was answered in your initial post - it's NOT the "SPI" motor that has a well known issue. Telling us it's a 16v 2.0 lets us know it's a Zetec, an engine without major issues to worry about.

Common issues include making sure to replace the timing belt on schedule (if no history, it's a good idea), oil seepage from the cam cover gasket (easy repair), and a thermostat housing that's known to develop leakage with age (exacerbated if the cam cover leaks oil on it. There's a longer list depending on history/issues, but it's all relatively minor - such as the fuel filter that's underneath & seldom gets changed.

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