I drive a '99 Focus 1.4 petrol, 105k miles. I have owned it for the past 5 years and things are starting to fail in it. Brought it to the Ford garage yesterday (gasket gone somehow and oil being chucked out through the top of the engine). There is a recurring problem where at high revs the engine loses power sometimes (judders on and off). Last time it happened a mechanic fixed it and said that the leads to the spark plugs were not connected properly but this time the mechanic (a different one) cant see any problem.
Anyway, diagnostic checks show a few things need fixing, among other things I need to get a new clutch (€800), gasket (€300), something to do with fixing a bad knock in front right wheel €400 (excuse my ignorance for all things mechanical!), and the driver door lock doesn't work (€250).
In last 10k miles I have replaced timing belt and fuel pump and a few other bits and pieces and got regular services (for what it is worth). I really like the car and would do the work if I thought that it would keep the show on teh road for another three years or so. Am I dreaming? Is it time to say goodbye? The value of the car is around €1,800 I reckon (that is, if it was fixed!). I don't want to get a new car for a while (moneywise and I like my focus).
I have told the garage to replace gasket and give me time to think abotu the rest. Just wondering has my car come to the end of its natural life? Any thoughts or opinions or obituaries appreciated!