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Brake Advice

24 March 2015 - 09:38 AM

Hi all

Ford Focus 1.6 petrol with 38500 miles on the clock just had a major service.

There was an advisory of brake pads and discs. The pads are 70% worn with the discs at 23.4mm stating the minimum is 23mm.

Is it advisable to get these changed now or are they ok to leave for a bit? I am getting front tyres changed this week so thought it would be a good time to get the brakes done at the same time.

Many thanks

Starter Motor

18 December 2014 - 08:11 PM

Hi all

Any idea how much a new starter motor would cost for a 2009 Ford focus petrol?

Would you recommend a reconditioned one?


Decision Time

05 July 2014 - 10:52 PM

Hi all

Purchased a 2001 Fiesta with 71k on the clock about a year ago for £650. Bought for daily drive taking daughter to school and driving to work. About 13 miles a day with the odd jaunt at the weekend. Main car is a 2009 focus which the wife uses (I must really love her)!

Fiesta has been ultra reliable starting first time every day. Bought 4 new tyres a few months after buying for about £150. Over the year a few things have happened. Wing mirror fell off after I scraped a pillar and is now held on by tape. Rear wiper has stopped working.

MOT today failed as we expected all down to rust. Garage has advised £300 to rectify in addition to £250 for a new clutch due to very high bite and also slipping over the last 3 months.

The decision is should I go ahead and get the work done or look to buy a new car for another circa £650?

My concern is the Fiesta is clearly mechanically reliable but the bodywork is failing. If I get the work done I an confident it will last for another 12 months. If I buy another car at that price it might not be so reliable.

Decisions decisions....