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jmurray01 last won the day on February 26

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About jmurray01

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  • Birthday 11/24/1995

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    Focus 2.0 Ghia & 1.8 Zetec
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    20,001 to 25,000
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  1. Indeed it does, but hopefully there will be no more salt/grit on the roads now we are coming into March... Or maybe that's just wishful thinking!
  2. That's what I'll be doing ASAP, so that the rust is at least covered until I get around to doing the job properly.
  3. Sometimes you need to cross the fence to find out that the grass isn't greener on the other side!
  4. I originally wanted an estate also, but couldn't find one locally for love nor money, and the Ghia came up which was too tempting to resist, especially at the price. But of course, now that I've bought the hatchback, there is a 2004 Ghia estate for sale! Go figure!!
  5. Agreed. Any engine (petrol or diesel) is perfectly capable of exceeding 200,000 miles if it is given an oil change every 6,000 miles/6 months with the correct grade of oil and isn't driven abusively. Most Foci that I see for sale on Gumtree marked as "spares or repairs" is because of bodywork issues or something to do with the drive-train. Usually it is a slipping clutch or corrosion that puts them to the scrap heap. Very rarely do I see one with any engine problems, and even then it is a snapped timing belt or something that could have been avoided with proper maintenance. Both of my Foci have rust issues, the Zetec has bad rear arches and the Ghia has one rear arch going and one front wing, plus some corrosion on the lower rear doors. Nothing that can't be fixed though with a grinder and some spray paint!! It is only when the rust has actually eaten through the bodywork that it becomes a serious issue and welding and/or replacement panels are required.
  6. Wow - that is a steal for £310! From those pictures the bodywork looks immaculate, not a spec of rust which usually attacks the MK1s badly on the wheel arches and the bottom of the rear doors.
  7. It all comes down to how it was treated. I've seen cars with over 200,000 miles on the clock run perfectly, and others with less than 50,000 miles with seized engines due to lack of maintenance. Our first Focus, a 2000 1.8 petrol had almost 190,000 miles on the clock when we sold it, and the engine and gearbox were both still in full working order.
  8. Very nice vehicles!! Out of curiosity, what does your neighbour have under that tarpaulin cover?
  9. That is very true!
  10. A 2004 vehicle isn't worth £3,000 in repairs in my opinion. How bad is the gearbox? If it is still drive-able I'd try to sell it for a decent price (not necessarily hiding the problem, but not making a big deal of it either) and pick up something else. To be honest you could get a whole new car for £3,000 with the same spec as your current model.
  11. Well, there is a solution to that... Sell the MK2.5 and buy a MK1!! Nah, seriously though I do hear you regarding the extra costs. I have three cars and it really does drain your finances. For me it is worth it, but if you have other commitments then you have to be sensible and one car really is all you need.
  12. Very nice! The MK1s are the best in my opinion, hence why I bought two!
  13. Rub it in why don't you!!
  14. I do like having tomorrow and Monday off work!! Woohoo!!!
  15. I haven't been able to buy them for a while now, which is a shame as they were one of my favourites.