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#31 vinnyvangough


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 08:29 AM

Glow plugs on the TDCi fail making the car hard to start in colder weather. Once warm it's fine.

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#32 Stu9


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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:30 PM

Y'know....reading all that, it's a bl00dy wonder we have them, they sound like heaps of sh1.t

#33 biggs



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 10:09 PM

I have a mk1 1999 2.0 zetec with 158.000 miles , it still goes well and puts the boy racers in there place. The only grumble i have is that the windscreen mists up quickley and the blower sounds like a rocket taking off .


#34 vmondude



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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:22 AM

Didn't the '99 focus models have the heated windscreen? I know my 97 mondeo did.
I've always loved that about fords, heated screens are brilliant, blowers are always a pain.

Ooh that's another fault to check on the Focus, the electric screens connections are close to the wiper arms under the black trim above the the bonnet. They often get damaged by moisture and pollen filter swaps etc.
So if they don't work check and clean those

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#35 ZetecMike



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 09:34 PM

Hey guys. I didn't wanna start another thread when this is basically what we are looking for.

I've read all the above but wondered whether you could cast your eye over this link:




It's for my brother who's looking for a decent car for a few years.

This is a good price and says 36k genuine on the clock but in a way, it seems too good to be true. Can you offer any advice?

On the car or even on the garage if you've bought off them.




#36 artscot79


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:01 PM

if he wants a decent car for a few years dont buy a ford get a japanese or korean car

#37 Ladiesman020



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 11:48 PM

My 2003-53 Focus TDCI(115) is cutting out when idling from cold

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