I am selling my beloved S type Jaguar due to retirement and the need for a suitable vehicle to carry my newly aquired training partner around, namely a dog. I am very tempted by a Focus and have my eye on a 2003 (53) plate 1.6 Ghia which has had 1 owner from new and has done 103000 miles with a full service history. Just the job. What does anyone think of this model of Focus with the mileage it has? I don't want a diesel as the old luggers were proper old school diesels and the TDCi engine fills me with dread after nearly being bankrupted by a 2.2 Ford TDCi fitted to an X type. How can any manufacturer fit such a defunct piece of kit as the dual mass flywheel? What were they thinking of? I got rid of it after spending £lots on fuel problems and was advised to pass it on. It sounded like a tractor first thing in the morning with the pulleys shaking themselves to death. It's a petrol Ford for me now as I only do short journeys. We also have a, don't laugh, Renault Laguna 111 sport tourer 2.0 dci on a 10 plate which is an absolutely superb car and is great on long journeys returning over 50mpg. No timing belts to worry about either. Poor old Renault. The old laguna was so beset with problems that they spent billions of Euros to get the range right and they have more than succeeded. If you see a cheap one, not the saloon which is plug ugly, by it. The best kept secret. Sadly no longer sold in the UK. Huge spec.
Where was I? Oh! Yes. Ford Focus. Any suggestions cheerfully taken on board.