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Mk 3 Focus buying tips?


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Hello all,

I'm quite new to Ford, have been driving for over 30 years. I may be rejecting my 64 plate Fiesta (ecoboost) or exchanging it for another car of similar cost. Due to suffering from continuous running problems & safety issues.. Long story, posted in the Fiesta forum.

Fortunately I'm not totally put off Ford, put this down to buying a pup. I'm considering a 1.0t, 1.6t or a 1.6d Focus around the 2012-14 reg's. Manual in the Titanium spec. Any tips? When you turn off the s/s, does it stay off until you press the dash button again or just until your next restart? Thinking about general reliability too. 

Many thanks.

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1 hour ago, williamweb said:

I personally wouldn't buy a diesel unless you are running frequent long journeys and I like to go for a high specification.

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I've owned an Astra 2.0cdti in the past with a dpf. I only cover 8-10k a year. Didn't have any issues with the dpf, as I made sure I did at least one long journey a week. Although that engine was a big lump, took up to 10 miles to fully warm up. 

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41 minutes ago, iantt said:

 

And a manual!!

And as for stop start, you have to switch it off every time if you dont like it.

Thanks for info. Yes I'll be going for a manual. Will never own a powershift transmission again, my first auto too.

Most modern cars seem to be set up that way now with the s/s. 

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21 minutes ago, chrisroberson99 said:

As above, don't buy a diesel, unless you really need one. 

1.0 125ps would be my choice! 

Agreed! Very happy with mine. Try to get as much for your money. I wouldn't get anything less than a Titanium personally. Just depends what sort of features you like. 

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i had seen it before and wondered if it disabled ok , im happy with stop start so wont be doing it on mine! but good to know for others on here .

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4 hours ago, Spikecast said:

Agreed! Very happy with mine. Try to get as much for your money. I wouldn't get anything less than a Titanium personally. Just depends what sort of features you like. 

I shall. Once I've got my fiesta sorted. Either an exchange or refund. May be a bit of a battle.

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1 hour ago, madmole said:

Yes

Option #222 set to 01 "Without start/stop"

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Suppose the dealer could do this too.

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I have a plug & play code reader. Some other none Ford diagnostic software. I've used in the past to prog in c/c & a s/b. Will buy elm if I get a focus.

Cheers.

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