October 29, 2011, 2:58 am
[quote name='Pitmonster' timestamp='1319841426' post='150382']
I started posting on here recently because I'm after a Mk2 Focus TDCi. I'd kind of settled on the 1.6 engine, mainly on the assumption that it would be more economical than the 1.8, plus the 1.6 is a more modern engine - with 16 valves compared to 8 valves on the larger unit.
However as I search Auto Trader and eBay I can't escape the fact that there's so many more 1.8s available for sale so I may have to go for the larger engine anyway.
Even if the 1.6 is more economical, many versions have the dreaded DPF which would need changing in a few years (I'm looking at cars around 5 yrs old, with 50k on the clock). I understand the 1.8s don't have a DPF - so even if I do end up using more fuel that should be offset not having to replace a DPF.
So the question is: If you had £5k for a 5 yr old TDCi Mk2 Focus, would you go for the 1.6 or the 1.8?
Having owned a 1.6TDCi for over a year now, and being worrying about the dreaded Dpf,
if I was to buy now Iíd go for the 1.8TDCi although the 1.8TDCi is not available over here in Ireland,
only the 1.6TDCi and 2.0TDCi models
also depending on how the 1.6TDCi has accumulated the miles on the clock, you may run in to trouble immediately. As if the car has only done short journeys the duration that the engine has been running may not have been long enough for the car to carry out a full regeneration of the DPF resulting in premature failure of the unit.
also when buying check the top of the boot panel where the rubber hose comes out of the roof and then goes in the boot panel door, as when the boot is closed this pipe forms an elbow which rubs off the body and strips the paint followed by rusting the body [url="http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/18826-2010-focus-16tdci-rusting/"][color="#0000ff"]Click Here [/color][/url]ford tried to rectify the issue on the Mk2.5 by placing a clear rubber patch where they expect the rubber pipe to make contact with the body, however they failed to put it in the correct location on my model, as rusting began two months after purchase from the garage.
Other places prone to rust are the inside fold on the rear arches, and also the bottom corner fold of the doors.
Check the passenger footwell too for signs of stains or damp from leaking, due to a bad seal on the pollen filter this issue can be easily mended the seal can be purchased from ford and is supposed to be replaced every time the pollen filter is changed.
Also the bonnet lock is prone to seizing up on all models, this can be prevented by spraying some WD-40 in the key hole once a month particularly in the winter months where salt and grit from the road can take its toll on the latch, if the lock seizes on you the only way to get the bonnet open afterwards is to burst the grill which can cost up in £200 to replace the grill and lock followed by labour charges from ford.
since you have been on here a while Iím sure you are familiar with other issues that people have found on the model, however the focus is in my opinion the best car on the road with a mix of space, comfort, fuel economy and excellent handling theyíre a great car and I still wave mine goodnight and I now own it 17 months
When you buy it donít forget to join photobucket and upload some pictures. Look forward to seeing it mate.