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#16 jeebowhite

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 03:52 PM

Excessive vibration tends to be the best identifier that the DMF is on its way out. if you sit in the car and its like a massage, dont buy the car. Otherwise if there is very little vibration, you may not have to worry.

Clutch will only last as long as it takes its owner to get to 60! As a rule, if the boy racer thrashes the car about theres more chance that the clutch will have slipped, meaning its going to be shaved a lot sooner, other than that they can last up to 80k without a problem! if its done 80k and is still on the original clutch its done well, but could well need replacing soon! as for telling if the clutch is gone, smell is the best test. if you get someone to sit in the car with it idling, get them to apply the handbreak and start to bite the car through the handbrake.

1) if the smell changes as it gets more bite, the clutch is on its way out.
2) if the car bites, and almost stalls, the clutch is good
3) if the clutch bites, and the car rolls - you need to tighten the handbreak (I found this one out first hand lol!)

Overall its a gamble with no service history or printouts. If you review the handbook, and contact the dealer / garage who serviced it - if its a dealer they should be able to print anything they have done. Otherwise you cant really rely on it, and it could last you a lifetime, or die a death in minutes!

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#17 simpledan

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:36 AM

I agree with some of the posts. focus will be cheaper to run. mondeo is a lovely car but just a tad more expensive to run. good luck :)

#18 Bill Badger

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 03:24 PM

Go for a Mondeo 2.0 130BHP. On a trim level, you get more with the Mondeo than the Focus, plus more legroom is available. I have just had a fantastic 6 years with a Mondeo and it is the best car that I have had to date. Just replaced it with a new 1.8TDCi Titanium. I have now had one of every model Mondeo, and they are better each time. By coincidence, the last two times I have looked at the Focus instead, and both times concluded that the trim level is better on the Mondeo and (particularly when buying new) the discounts are also better on the Mondeo, thus giving a better deal all round in my opinion. I must point out though that I am 6'2" tall, and to drive the Focus would mean having the drivers seat all the way back, thus reducing rear legroom for my tall son.

I'm not knocking the Focus though, and it may just come down to the best buy is the one to go for. Realistically, the running cost won't be that much different since they share the same type of engine and have the same number of wheels.

Don't be put off by high mileages on either car, but if it is a Focus estate, be wary of white ones with a hole in the roof that smell of alsations.......

#19 hhhugues

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 04:27 PM

thanks for your input ! i now have found a mondeo estate tdci 130 with 100 000, it's on an 05 plate so not so recent aynmore, but in very good nick, It's a Ghia too, so plenty of toys and especially a great stereo (i certainly concur with itsrelfy on that). It feels really tight and you couldn't tell its done the mileage. Unfortuantely i don't have as detailed a history as yours, but its got all the stamps and a receipt for a new turbo at 70 000. Only been driving it for a day and the only thing that bothers me a bit so far is a really hard to engage reverse, but maybe i just need to get used to the gearbox, i have a 3 month warranty so if it's too bad i can always bring it back !

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 04:51 PM

Good Choice, just make sure you use that warranty well - What about Clutch? has that been done at all?

#21 hhhugues

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 12:50 PM

the seller reckons the clutch has been done already considering its mileage- but that's just what he says, there's no receipt to back that up. It feels all right though, so touch wood it'll be fine !

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 01:00 PM

Well best of luck with it and heres wishing you many happy miles motoring!

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