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    Quote Originally Posted by askmelater47 View Post
    Just stating the facts here. Everyone who commented after me about the focus has had many of them. Not one was ever good enough to be kept or lived long enough to make any sort of impression. I've never known one to live past 10 years without having some sort of catastrophic engine or transmission failure (or both). I've never bought one and never will but 2 of my close friends have bought one from a dealer even and both had completely died within 3 months. One of those friends only bought hers(against many people's advice) because after trying 4 different dealers they all told her the same thing and that was the only car they could get her financed for was a fuck-us. Meaning that those dealers really really wanted to get rid of those cars and nobody else would buy them.

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    Where did I say any of them suffered end game failure ? I didn't ! Mostly I just upgraded for younger or better spec
    As I've said it must be the USA version that's crap ! as there's plenty of 16 year old ones in Uk and Europe still going strong , Don't tar all Ford Focus's with same brush Just because Ford usa built it on the cheap ! The Ford Europe one is ok and better specked
    P/s Servicing does help to keep the car going for longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by askmelater47 View Post
    Just stating the facts here. Everyone who commented after me about the focus has had many of them. Not one was ever good enough to be kept or lived long enough to make any sort of impression. I've never known one to live past 10 years without having some sort of catastrophic engine or transmission failure (or both). I've never bought one and never will but 2 of my close friends have bought one from a dealer even and both had completely died within 3 months. One of those friends only bought hers(against many people's advice) because after trying 4 different dealers they all told her the same thing and that was the only car they could get her financed for was a fuck-us. Meaning that those dealers really really wanted to get rid of those cars and nobody else would buy them.

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    Naw I've never had one mess up I usually flip my old cars for cash when I get bored, or older ones I would derby or autocross depending on body damage. I've wrecked a few from deer to just getting drunk and doing donuts in the back field untill they flip. Not many people take care of the cars but if taken care of they last forever. My grandmother bought a focus brand new in 1998 still drives it today never had more than brakes done on it and an alternator once. That's 18 years not a single failure. My last one was 13 years old I bought it for $2300 drove it for a year and sold it to my friend for $200 and a bottle of bacardi when his chevy cavalier died and he still has it today. He actually bought an SVT focus in 2015 to replace this one which he is planning to pass to his wife's little brother next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parcelboy2 View Post
    Where did I say any of them suffered end game failure ? I didn't ! Mostly I just upgraded for younger or better spec
    As I've said it must be the USA version that's crap ! as there's plenty of 16 year old ones in Uk and Europe still going strong , Don't tar all Ford Focus's with same brush Just because Ford usa built it on the cheap ! The Ford Europe one is ok and better specked
    P/s Servicing does help to keep the car going for longer
    The us spec ones are the same as the Europe spec focuses minus one engine option and the high end performance RS. We had the SVT over here but there was not any differences I am aware of.

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    My neighbor has a focus, and so does my cousin. They think they're relatively good, neither of them have had any major problems. Now other ford models yeah. . . you start running into cheap AF production. (The escape for example is cheap as fuck, my aunt has one and for the price point could get a dodge journey or something which is far better equipped but I digress) If you're looking for cheap reliable something like a focus is probably a good idea.

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    The only focus's I know of are American and of the MY2000-2005. The point is your best chance of getting a decent car in America requiring the least maintenance is to get a big name Japanese brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by askmelater47 View Post
    The only focus's I know of are American and of the MY2000-2005. The point is your best chance of getting a decent car in America requiring the least maintenance is to get a big name Japanese brand.

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    You really haven't looked at the market recently have you anything with Toyota badging on it goes for a premium here as does Honda. We've had a fairly large import boom lately with the Fast and the Furious generation getting to the point where they're getting licenses anything that's considered a tuner in their eyes these days are selling for twice what they're worth and most the time they're in very bad repair or have been hacked and slashed and are in all around not reliable condition because of know-it-all teenagers and botched mod installs. Every now and then you can find a good quality car at its value but these days those are getting harder and harder to find. If you want cheap and reliable a good one to look at is a early to mid 90's DOHC 2.0L dodge neon with a 5 speed. The early to mid-90s model Neons we're probably that platforms most stable years. Any car is a good car, problems only start to happen when you neglect maintenance or push them past the limits of what they were designed to be driven. And as for the Japanese manufacturers last I checked Japan has laws against operating an engine with more than 200,000 miles in Japanese manufacturer's design these cars to run really good until about 200,000 then they will self destruct that's why the JDM import Market in America it's so cheap it's mostly Japanese spec engines that are no longer legal for operation in Japan get sold really cheap and sent overseas if your getting a Toyota or a Honda look at the mileage if it's over 160000 or 170000 don't buy it you've maybe only got two years before the vehicle will start falling apart rapidly this is why doing research on cars is really really important, understanding the needs of the generation in which a car was built will also help you understand how to take care of said car and keep it running transition years are always the roughest vehicles 1998 to the 2001 mid eighties these are your vehicle technology generation leap years these are going to be the rattiest vehicles because they're newcomers in a generation that is too lazy to read the owner's manual and find out how to take care of the new technology oftentimes until that technology is considered widespread and common these cars are going to be in the worst condition and they're going to fail more frequently, always avoid 1st and 2nd production year vehicles as often times they don't have the more efficient or streamlined systems and anytime you buy a used vehicle always take it by the manufacturer and run the VIN number to see if it has any recalls that have not been done a lot of times they are free and will solve 90% of problems and it's a very overlooked area regarding vehicle maintenance

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    Quote Originally Posted by askmelater47 View Post
    The only focus's I know of are American and of the MY2000-2005. The point is your best chance of getting a decent car in America requiring the least maintenance is to get a big name Japanese brand.

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    That thing your browsing this forum on use it to search Ford Europe
    The Focus has been out since 1997 here and is on its 6'th shape and still one of the biggest selling medium cars in Europe


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    I finally got a car it's a 2000 Chevy prizm 5 speed stick shift car and you'll never believe this it has 400,000 miles on it with no check engine light. All it needed was a new clutch but still needs new rotors and brakes. You would be surprised on how well it drives especially with that many miles on it. Even the mechanics were surprised when they installed the new clutch with the performance of the car. The car was $450.00 on Craigslist and the repair was $250.00 because I gave them my old Mitsubishi diamante to make up the difference in cost for the repairs to my car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon123 View Post
    I finally got a car it's a 2000 Chevy prizm 5 speed stick shift car and you'll never believe this it has 400,000 miles on it with no check engine light. All it needed was a new clutch but still needs new rotors and brakes. You would be surprised on how well it drives especially with that many miles on it. Even the mechanics were surprised when they installed the new clutch with the performance of the car. The car was $450.00 on Craigslist and the repair was $250.00 because I gave them my old Mitsubishi diamante to make up the difference in cost for the repairs to my car.
    That's not a bad car. Semi-secretly it is a Toyota corolla, just branded as a Geo and then rebranded later on as a Chevy. I had a friend who delivered pizza with one for years and years.

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    Yeah all the US cars are crap now. That's because everyone wants them to be cheap. The rest doesn't seem to matter any more, so they break too soon or need excessive maintenance. Which is stupid since that ends up costing us more overall.

    Even my 12 year old jeep got to a point the maintenance was costing me more than getting a new car (so I did). And that was with every bit of maintenance being taken care of since I bought it new.

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