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Finally got my Focus, need input on a few problems though

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Hey everyone,

I had posted about a 2001 Black Focus zx3 that I was looking at buying and well on Friday, went out and bought it. Pics to follow btw!!!

So its a standard, 5speed, zx3 and has roughly 158,000km on it.

So I've been driving it pretty rough which probably isn't that greatest idea, but I love my car is all I can say. I'm a student with a relatively tight budget and will hopefully be working in a few weeks or so but for now...

What should I do for my car, not really intending on modding it just yet. I was thinking about putting synthetic oil in? Its due for an oil change soon and I really don't know how often it was changed, the color is dark but not thick right now. And if I do put sythetic, what kind? Will it make a huge difference of the brand?

After I get the oil changed, I was thinking about maybe getting a new air filter? Fuel filter? I would like to maximize my MPG without spending a ton of money. Its getting about 13-15mpg right now, but also I have been driving it pretty heavy since I got it. All in the city just for reference.

I was speaking to a friend of mine, he said you can get a full fuel system clean type thing. I think its similar to seafoam, maybe. He said depending on how dirty the car is, it'll still put out grey to black smoke. He got it done on his accord last fall at mr lube and said its a purple liquid. Here is right from the mr lube faq:

My car isn't starting or performing like it used to, and I'm getting reduced fuel economy. What does this mean?

Maybe all that's wrong is that your fuel system isn't as clean as it should be. The Mr. Lube Fuel System Cleaning Service cleans and conditions your fuel injectors, intake valves, combustion chambers and exhaust emissions by removing harmful deposits and moisture. This can help reduce hesitation and sluggishness, as well as improve fuel economy.
Any inputs on any of this?
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Well since winter's in Ontario are chilly ones you should check:

* Oil, if it needs an oil change, and maybe looking into switching into a winter oil in the upcoming months

* Check your antifreeze, maybe it needs to be flushed.
* Plugs/wires, air filter , keep the car running clean and happy
*Check the life on your tires, or @ least pick up a set of winter tires.

Oh and stop being a lead-foot, that'll save you some gas and wear & tear on the vehicle lol.
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