Good afternoon fellas.
First time poster, long time lurker here!! LOL
So I’m looking at buying myself a newer motor, currently got a 1998 3 door Ford Escort 1.8 Si which I have had for the last 10 years and apart from going through a stage of the usual issues with the front wishbones not lasting its been a fantastic motor. Used to only do about 8 miles a day max to work etc so it’s only got circa 80k on the clock.
Unfortunately it’s starting to get a bit long in the tooth and rust is becoming an issue. Although, and I must say I am very please about this and sure it’s some sort of record – but my 13 year old motor still has the original factory exhaust on it (complete system!!) which considering the first MOT it had it was marked Orange on the sheet is amazing!!!!
Anyhow I digress, looking at getting a Focus to replace my Escort. Now I am doing about 40 miles a day so looking to get a diesel instead of the petrol motor and just want to run a few questions part you lot and get some opinions etc.
My research so far as resulted in deciding on the model and engine size - which is the 1.8 as I know a lot of the 1.6 tdci have DPF which I want to avoid and either the Zetec Trim or Titanium as I really must keep the quick clear front windscreen.
I’ve been keeping an eye on the classifieds to get an idea on prices etc and at the point of making a purchase now. So questions (got there in the end – I’ll number them for easier replies :-) )
Currently looking at 2006/2007 motors & the options are either a motor with circa 80k on the clock for around £4900/£5000 mark or motors with circa 100/105k on the clock for around £4000.
1 – Price wise – does that sound about right?
2 – Mileage – Is there any particular issues which I need to be concerned about on the higher mileage ones or “should” they be fine as long as they have full Service History?? 2a - Heard diesels can go do a few 100k if looked after correctly??
3 – Seen the dashboard trick – is there a list somewhere which tells you what these codes mean?? – Just in case a motor I look out reports back a code or two – 3a - should I haggle price if it does?
4 – Any particular issues that I should look out for? Aware the front arch are more prone to rust than the rears – anything else?
5 – How do you on a test drive test the dual mass fly wheel
6 – As 5 but in regards to the Turbo unit (never had a diesel or turbo before)
7 – I know (or at least believe) that say on the 100k mileage motor that the Cambelt and Tensioners should have been replaced (isn’t 100k but safer at 80K) – is there any other major items at this age or mileage I need to check?
8 – Smoke from exhaust – what do I need to look out for here?? – seen a few 10 plate diesels which puff out a bit of smoke so assume that some is ok. Is black ok but blueish colour bad??
That pretty much it, sorry for the long post, want to be the best possible position when buying my next motor so feel free to give as much or little detail as you like and chuck down any other info that you think I may find useful
Many thanks in advance.