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#534884 - 17th Jun 2011 9:36pm Advice on buying a ford focus
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I am looking at buy this car! What do people think of this car.

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#534915 - 17th Jun 2011 10:10pm Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: dannysayer]
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Nice cars mate but I would be dubious about spending that sort of money on a ford with 100k on it diesel or not. I'd much rather get a car say 2 years older with a lot lower mileage on it if it was me.

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#534924 - 17th Jun 2011 10:19pm Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: chris123]
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Thanks for your advice. So you would go a year or 2 older with less miles?

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#534954 - 17th Jun 2011 11:00pm Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: dannysayer]
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My guess it that its been a company car.

It got all its stamps, and is in that 3-4 year old bracket.

Prolly trudged up and down motorways.

Go have a drive and see what you think - 100k on a car that age isnt what 100k was 15 years ago smile
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#534962 - 17th Jun 2011 11:08pm Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: StuyMac]
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Does it look like it has had 6 services?

What me be the max mileage the car would do looked after?

Would there be anything i should look at?

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#534969 - 17th Jun 2011 11:17pm Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: dannysayer]
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Is this a better deal???

Ford Focus

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#535043 - 18th Jun 2011 7:40am Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: dannysayer]
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The price advantage of diesel over petrol is'nt there anymore, petrol is the cheaper fuel. To gain in terms of mpg you have to clock up a lot of miles. I personally had a car with the tdci engine and suffered with a lot of engine problems, fuel system related.Be aware that whilst they are economical, diesels tend to be very expensive to fix WHEN they go wrong. Do more research, google for a website called honest john for more info, it lists a lot of info both good and bad.

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#535046 - 18th Jun 2011 7:59am Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: dannysayer]
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Go and have a look at this... save some money over the Focus

https://www.wikiwirral.co.uk/forums/ubbth...html#Post532379

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#535047 - 18th Jun 2011 8:07am Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: dannysayer]
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Although with the budget that you seem to have, I'd be looking at something like this;

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/2928669.htm

This is of course assuming you want diesel.

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/2763808.htm

With something like the above you are saving £1,500 on the Focus which will go towards the extra fuel. I would imagine you'd lose less in depreciation too. Probably work out less money overall for a lot more car.

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#535054 - 18th Jun 2011 8:31am Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: dannysayer]
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For lower cost of ownership I would not hesitate to buy a ford focus over any german car, especially bmw. Just as reliable, if not more so, cheaper parts, insurance and the 1.6 tdci had amazing mpg. I can get over 80 on the motorway. Agree with some points above, if you doing les than 50 miles a day, maybe worth going petrol. I have owned several japanese and german cars and ford is just as good.
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#535061 - 18th Jun 2011 8:58am Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: dannysayer]
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I'd have to disagree. I've owned 2x Focus, a French piece of shite and a 3 BMW's in the last few years. My Focus was newer and lost more money over the same period than a slightly older BMW.

BMW was a lot more reliable.

Also, in my opinion anyway, a lot more important is the way that the car drives. Taking a BMW out is fun, great to drive. The Focus ended up feeling like a chore at times.

Good cars, but the links I posted above will be far more exciting ownership prospects than anything Ford at that price range.

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#535066 - 18th Jun 2011 9:12am Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: dannysayer]
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Each to there own I suppose. Focus wouldn't be the best selling car every year for the last ten years if it wasn't a great car. I personally would try and get the 1.6 tdci without the dpf. They seem to hold their value fairly well
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#535149 - 18th Jun 2011 3:51pm Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: AX_125]
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Each to there own I suppose. Focus wouldn't be the best selling car every year for the last ten years if it wasn't a great car. I personally would try and get the 1.6 tdci without the dpf. They seem to hold their value fairly well


Fiesta was best selling car of 2010... and 2009.

But, never mind. 3 series came out 8th in 2009.

The reason that the Focus sells so well is due to it's relatively low cost from new. The fact that a 2004 BMW 3 series is a better car than a 2008 Focus for the same price means nothing, and statistics seem to miss this out, as they can't account for it.

If you gave me a budget of £8k for a car that would suit a family, cost as little as poss to run, be fun to drive, be reliable, comfortable and have some good build quality... then I'm 100% certain that a BMW would come out ahead of a Focus.

Remember, I've owned both, i've owned a number of models from both marques. An older BMW is a better bet than a newer Ford.

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#535163 - 18th Jun 2011 4:14pm Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: ]
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The cost of the car itself isn't the only point to consider though, look at parts and labour costs.

Most Fords can be worked on at the roadside (are many are, especially when it's raining smile ) but BMW's tend to require either main dealer or specialist workshops.

I had a few BMW's (mainly 7 series) and they did nothing for me, I think I'm just a Jaguar fan at heart, but the Ford Focus did suprise me.

Now I'm not by any stretch a Ford fan, but we aquired some some TDCi estates for use as Organ Transfer Vehicles (Ambulances), and although we hammered seven bells out of the engines they refused point blank to break down, the servicing costs were minimal and the fuel consumption gave far more mpg than anything else we've driven.

I have to admit that they are a boring drive, and if you want to throw the car around mountain roads and "feel" the road, then it's not the car for you. If you want to go from A-B, get there, have excellent mpg, and not have to worry that someone is going to key it (some people really don't like BMW) every time you park it in a strange location, then the Focus is an ideal car for doing that.

Just my 2p worth

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#535246 - 18th Jun 2011 8:12pm Re: Advice on buying a ford focus [Re: dannysayer]
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With regards to drive quality, I think they are good compared to competition,.eg astra and golf
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