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#16 artscot79

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:09 AM

the focus is and will be overtaken by these asian cars and its a simple equation. 7 year warranty extremely well built and quality checked not like the focus will faulty stop starts dodgy keyless entry poor fitting doors et,c some people do not want to spend a lot of cash to have these silly faults.it doesnt show faith that fors still offer only 3 years warranty way behind even cheverolet who offer 5years in this economy its what people want.. cheap reliable with low running costs and peace of mind. i have no issues saying my next car will not be a ford due to theyre rubbish dealers rip off prices even for parts the silly faults that they including the new foci that was so well tested allegedly have and the fact the galvanised bodies rust like old bean tins

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:26 AM

Though I do say it myself :rolleyes:

I do appear to have the knack of invigorating debate on threads that are not attracting the attention they deserve

Now whilst I don't think anybody has taken any personal offence in my writing style on this thread, maybe now is the time to up date my sig........to explain same..........so watch that space :D

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:41 AM

Now you have explained the circumstances in detail regards your boss's attitude to your car problems, I see your predicament Sara. Never a good time to make buying decisions when under such duress.

Anyway I take it your happy with the car in it's self.

Premium prices on new models followed by discounting is as another poster pointed out par for the course. Once the "must have the latest " demand has been sated, discounting is used to maintain sales momentum.


Yeah I'm happy, I would of kept the other one if it wasn't for all the problems I experienced, I'm not technically minded and the warranty was about to run out, I was losing sleep over the dam thing I had vision of massive ford bills and constant trips to ford!

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:02 PM

the focus is and will be overtaken by these asian cars and its a simple equation. 7 year warranty extremely well built and quality checked not like the focus will faulty stop starts dodgy keyless entry poor fitting doors et,c some people do not want to spend a lot of cash to have these silly faults.it doesnt show faith that fors still offer only 3 years warranty way behind even cheverolet who offer 5years in this economy its what people want.. cheap reliable with low running costs and peace of mind. i have no issues saying my next car will not be a ford due to theyre rubbish dealers rip off prices even for parts the silly faults that they including the new foci that was so well tested allegedly have and the fact the galvanised bodies rust like old bean tins


The faults you list are not just particular to Ford. Try looking at Stop/Start problems on BMW / MINI forums - their a lot worse off than us lot. These 'modern features' are supplied by third parties and integrated into a mfr's own products so faults are similar across different suppliers.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:41 PM

they are not just ford and im not saying they are i just meant that a lot of issues are down to build quality and ford may benefit from say toyotas attitude dont make as many cars and spend more time making sure thwy are right before they leave the factory.

i see sarah when you start losing sleep over a car its time for the car to go so ide have been the same

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:50 PM

they are not just ford and im not saying they are i just meant that a lot of issues are down to build quality and ford may benefit from say toyotas attitude dont make as many cars and spend more time making sure thwy are right before they leave the factory.

i see sarah when you start losing sleep over a car its time for the car to go so ide have been the same


And my not very understanding boss although ok the first time but 4 times it was wearing thin.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:34 PM

Also, you always go for the best deal you can at the time of purchase... you would probably haggle with the dealer and maybe even shop around (I bought mine from a dealer in Leeds despite living in Cambridge).

A better deal will always come along later, that's just life!

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:35 PM

In the past I have had numerous new company cars, sometimes replaced every 6 months, I would put 10,000 miles on the car and also have to sort out all the new build faults under warranty, only to then pass a well-sorted car on to the next owner.

Now I run my own car, and always buy a low mileage 2-3 year old car that has had all the problems sorted by the first owner, it's also lost a fair chunk of depreciation.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:03 PM

I stand by my comment, the Cee'd is the Focus with a different badge. Granted I wish it had a bigger boot, but all in all, aside a few inches shorter, and thinner, I stand by the fact that I often forget that I am driving the korean counterpart.

Given half a chance, I would trade this in for a new one, and would personally make the effort to go for an SW, or consider the likes of hyundai i40, against the Kia Optima.

As a reasonably priced car, its worth the investment, and has already saved me money... (oooh.. update to my Au-revoir Focus thread me thinks...)

The MK3 is a nice looking car, but as Catch said, I think its dimensions just let it down that little bit too much, to allow most people easy response to the question "Mk2.5 or Mk3?"

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:11 PM

having the mk2 and seeing the 2.5 still has issues that the mk2 had which were the same issues the mk1.5 had and the same as the mk1 given the honest choice............ neither ide opt for a kia or hyundai most likely the kia.

ive had an escort mk2 ans mk3 a fiesta the first mondeo the mk1 focus and now an 06 mk2 in between ive had seat cordoba and ibiza vw passat 20v a fiat punto and an old 95 hyundai accent the most reliable and cheapest to run of them all was the hyundai a battery in 4 years that was it.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:10 PM

The fact that the same bugs were there through 4 generations of the Focus, is the only reason I walked away from Ford. had the problems not come back each time, I would have trusted that maybe I was a one off, but IMHO, Ford still havent learned that because you make a car look prettier, the makeup doesnt hide the scars underneath!

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