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Old 07-05-2019, 08:18 AM   #31
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39k I'm not sure. I've got a 2013 se sedan with 101,000. Trade in is only about 2k. At that, I'll just keep the car, keep fixing it a while. Can't replace it with as nice of a vehicle for that money.


Thatís what Iíll likely do with mine. Just keep driving the darn thing & hope for the best & if the clutches fail then Iíll be out 2k or whatever it will cost. But like you said, thatís still much cheaper vs. buying something new. Sure, I could trade it for an ST, but the dealer will give me nothing for my car & then Iíll have to pay or finance the difference for the ST, which will be 12-13k., so that would be an expensive decision.



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Old 07-05-2019, 08:52 AM   #32
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For me, when my car is being driven for work for example, it's more than 100 miles round trip. Good thing for me is that I have AAA. So if I do break down, I can get a tow up to 100 miles free, that way I can get it to the shop in my town and get a ride from someone.

I still owe 11k on this car is the downside though. So if I traded in I'd eat 9k. And really, driving over 100 miles per day, at that cost, I'd rather just pay it off, drive it for work, my wife wants an SUV. So get an SUV and drive that on the weekends and maybe a day or 2 a week to work. We have 2 cars we split time on driving, so I'm probably putting 15k or so per year on my car. Basically, I can't see paying a lot of money for a brand new car just to put 15-20k per year on and tear up in 5 years. So if I can make the old focus last till say 200-300k, that would get me paid off and maybe 5-6 years of service. Even if a transmission has to be changed out of pocket, what does a good used car cost, 6000-7000? That might not work for everyone, but I think it will for me.

I think I'm getting to where I hate car payments too. I mean we buy these cars at 15-20k, then you pay off and get 1k or 2k, maybe a little more if you are lucky. But you might pay 300-500 per month. Been listening to Dave Ramsey, if you've ever heard of him. He's a financial guy and hates all debt. He even prefers to save money and buy cars in cash vs having a payment. So that is in my thinking also. Plus my car still looks good imo.
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Anyone know what causes the clunking or grinding noise at slow speeds?


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Normal for these? At slow speeds the computer really has to try and feather the clutch to keep it smooth. You may also hit that sweet spot between 1st and 2nd where the transmission keeps shifting back and forth between the two.

I can really hear mine when I'm next to a wall, like in a fast food drive through lane. Lot's of clicking and chattering.

But grinding, not so much. How loud is the grinding? And it is like a 'gear grinding' you get when you miss the clutch on a stick shift? That's not normal.
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