My Mum has owned her ford focus from new and its a great little car. Recently the engine control unit has given up and the car wont go faster then 15 MPH.
We took it down to a garage and were told it would cost £1,000 to get it fixed and re programmed but my uncle says you can buy one off ebay for £100 and then you just have to pay to get it programmed.
He also said you could stick any ECU into the car but seeing as this controls so much like the air bags etc my mums worried that it may not be the best option to mess around with it.
We are torn between getting rid of the car and getting the new focus or spending a lot of money on getting it fixed. The problem with fixing the car is that we don't know what else may go wrong seeing as it is so old now.
Is there an easier fix to this ECU problem? should we buy one off ebay or should we just get rid of it and get the new focus?
P.S shes still driving around in its current state!!! I'm worried and think she should just leave it alone until we decide what to with it.