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Old 08-14-2019, 10:13 AM   #11
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If it was driveable, and it gets you to point B and back again, I'd say duct tape it back together and drive it. I've done that a few times. With any luck somebody else will hit you in the same spot and you'll get paid twice.

If the rear is out of whack, that's different. You could get it rewhacked back, more or less, but not cost effective. They're never the same again.
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Old 09-03-2019, 06:54 AM   #12
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Just wanted to give a shout out to ZaCautomotive, Fliex, and aca2983. Great advice on replacing the 2008S with another MK2 with more options.

After searching for a week.... I found a 2011 SES that has everything. I looks like it was owned by a little old lady and garage kept. Only 90,000 miles and I picked it up for 5,000.

I will post some pictures and start a build thread for the 2011 upgrades. I will keep this thread for the tear down of the 2008. From what I'm seeing the 2011 will already need the PS motor mount and the cold air intake from the 2008... That should cover the $500 the insurance company charged me to keep the car.

The 2011 has an automatic. I do hear a slight whine in first and second. It still shifts fine. Anything too look at for troubleshooting? The front brake rotors appear to be shot. I get a slight jerking while heavy braking. Good news is a just replaced the front brakes on the 2008 so I got new pads to switch out with. My question is I want to repair the front brakes and not have to worry about anything. Should I just replace the rotors with OEM or are there some good aftermarket rotors?
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:17 AM   #13
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Congrats. At your mileage, have a transmission service done if unless you know for sure it was done already. Another minor thing is do some googling here for how to do a Sync software update. It makes it more stable and compatible with more/most phones.
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:17 AM   #14
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Great you found a vehicle. IDK if you installed new rotors on the '08 or just pad slapped it. I'd throw new rotors as well as new pads at it & flush the old brake fluid. Do a trans filter as well proper trans fluid change. I'd also change out the plugs as well as the pcv hose. For the pcv hose I went w/ the dorman brand vs the motorcraft hose.
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Old 09-17-2019, 02:55 PM   #15
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The wife has officially taken possession of the 2011 SES. I completed the brakes, cold air intake, and passenger side motor mount this weekend. I have the filter and 7 quarts of Mercon LV for the transmission flush scheduled for this weekend.

Now I find this pop up on craigslist

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/c...980231919.html

It is basically the same car that was wrecked. I already had plans to pull the motor/trans/ECU/harness/clutch lines/ master cylinder/pedals from the 5 speed and eventually upgrade the 2011.

But dam I could get a two year newer Focus for $2,000. Still pull the motor and transmission, but not have to worry about the all the extra crap... since the 2010 is basically the same set up.

Then I can upgrade the clutch, exhaust, and maybe a 2.3 head with everything outside the car.
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Give 'em $1400. for it w/ those miles.......
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Give 'em $1400. for it w/ those miles.......
You can find half the miles for not much more money.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:46 AM   #18
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This was actually at a family owned lot (craigslist is all dealers now). They are going to have a hard time selling this one. It is in good condition. All the bells and whistles of a SE work.... But a younger kid must have owned it. It has the lunchbox delete and a glass pack. The thing is super loud. Clutch seemed really good and oil was clean. It had some decent rims but he didn't have the special socket required to remove them.... that and a cracked windshield with almost 200,000 will make it a hard sell. I will give him a month them roll up with a grand and see what he has to say.
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This was actually at a family owned lot (craigslist is all dealers now). They are going to have a hard time selling this one. It is in good condition. All the bells and whistles of a SE work.... But a younger kid must have owned it. It has the lunchbox delete and a glass pack. The thing is super loud. Clutch seemed really good and oil was clean. It had some decent rims but he didn't have the special socket required to remove them.... that and a cracked windshield with almost 200,000 will make it a hard sell. I will give him a month them roll up with a grand and see what he has to say.
I wouldn't buy any vehicle w/ 200K.......
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So I thought I would provide an update.

1) completed the transmission flush on the 2011 SES. Fluid was shot but no metal whatsoever on the magnet. Shifts like butter and no more whine. I used the Mercon LV. My half ass fix on the brakes went about as well as I thought. I just switched rotors and pads from the 2008. I still get a slight grinding noise.. but the shutter went away.

2) Now my search for another Focus is going well. I found one that interest me. From what I have seen I'm probably not going to find a 2008 -2011 for less than $1,000 for quite some time. Even 2004 to 2007 Focus in decent shape are still asking over a grand.
https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/c...986401163.html
I spoke to this guy and...no surprise... he is not getting any attention for the asking price. He had just replaced the clutch and flywheel a year ago. I like this one because I think I could throw 700$ at him. I would use my transmission and his clutch and flywheel. Might have to beg or borrow an alignment tool for one of you guys but a new clutch is $400... and my transmission will need one either way. I have a new windshield on mine and we can see about the check engine light. I still have my motor if needed.

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