I recently agreed to buy an x reg Focus 1.8 Ghia from my neighbour. He's let me use it for 2 weeks, seemed fine until today. Was in traffic, when the clutch pedal went solid, wouldn't budge and I couldn't change gear. After a bit of a panic, it loosened and I could change gear although the pedal was stiff. I pulled over as soon as I could and checked the pedal by pushing with my hand. After about 5 pushes, something snapped and the pedal became completely limp...and doesn't work. It looked like some kind of grey plastic rod had snapped. The AA brought the car home and my neighbour (who I haven't paid yet for the car) thinks it is the clutch cable? He said he'd look at it and get it fixed (he's a mechanic).
Is this something easily fixed, usual for this vehicle, or something that I should be concerned about if I were to buy the car when fixed? As you can guess, I know nothing about cars :s