My girlfriend is just about to buy a new (old) car and has decided on a 1.8 TDCi Focus. She is looking to spend about £3k and a quick check on autotrader suggests that translates into a 2003/04 model with about £70k. My questions are:
At that age/mileage are there likely to be any big bills coming along soon on the normal service schedule: e.g. belt/tensioner/pump changes etc. Anything we need to check has already been done?
Are there any known issues with the engine? Am I correct in thinking that it does not have the DPF?
There seem to be a large number of variants/trim levels like Ghia, Zetec, Edge etc. Is one especially better than another? Are there any 'toys' that are particularly worth having?
Any particular things to look for when checking one over?
Many thanks in advance