Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum. I've been reading about the ford focus and have done a load of research today in prep for going out and doing some test drives. I am a woman who, while being quite practical and not totally naive when it comes to cars, I'm not a mechanic and so don't know all there is to know about cars.
My partner had a Ford Focus (not sure what year, but it may have been a 2003 model) he is no longer with us and the car has long gone so I can't refer to either of them. I have decided on buying a Ford Focus as they are a popular car on the market and I know the car, having driven my partner's car a few times in the past.
I would be very grateful for any advice you can pass on. I'll tell you all what I think I have found out so far.. feel free to chip in and correct me if I'm wrong with any of my assumptions and impart any wisdom.
I have my heart set on the following spec:
[b]Hatchback, 5 door, petrol, manual, not older than 8 years between 50,000 and 70,000 miles. Budget of up to £4,000[/b].
The AA website mentioned what to look for on a car to prevent buying one that has been clocked (calculate around 10,000 miles per year and ask if it is very low, smooth steering wheels and pedals, screws having been tampered with on the dashboard).
From what I've found, there are four different types of Ford Focus: Ghia, Edge, Flight, Zetec and then it all gets a bit fuzzy after 2004. The Zetec looks like the slightly "souped up" model and the Flight comes across as the cheapest.
Is there anything else that you can add that will help me in equipping myself for a visit to the forecourt?
Any and all help is appreciated.