What Ford Focus for £2k

Home Forum Chat Forum What Ford Focus for £2k

Viewing 31 posts - 1 through 31 (of 31 total)
  • What Ford Focus for £2k
  • FunkyDunc
    Member

    IMO at £2k you would be better get a Mondeo 2.0 diesel. Better mpg, more space etc etc, more car for your money.

    Earl
    Member

    Its mainly for the wife to use and I think the Mondeo is a bit too big for her to navigate the local streets.

    Premier Icon The Pinkster
    Subscriber

    IMO at £2k you would be better get a Mondeo 2.0 diesel. Better mpg, more space etc etc, more car for your money.

    But if it’s

    for mainly city driving up to 6k miles a year.

    I’d avoid a big diesel as it won’t be very economical if you’re only doing short distances and only about 6k a year.

    Don’t know which sort of Focus though, other than probably a blue one. 😉

    b r
    Member

    If you don’t know much about them, why do you want one?

    IME – when buying cheap cars, buy only on condition/12m MOT/fit for purpose and make/colour/mileage/age/etc or all irrelevant.

    z1ppy
    Member

    Just make sure it’s one that’s got the heated screen 😀

    Earl
    Member

    I want one because there seam to be 1 million of them on the road so they must be at least ok. Parts are easily avail and I assume pretty much every garage have worked on them. The estates seam really big.

    I have only owned jap cars in the past – generally reliable but when things do go wrong – the cost of repairs are high as parts are expensive.

    And there aren’t many jap cars with the equiv estate (corolla/civic/mazda3)

    TBH – I am a bit adverse to very modern cars – the complexity is good for fuel consumption/safety but most nightmare are from crazy electrical faults.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
    Subscriber

    What Ford Focus for £2k

    The petrol one that you like and trust the previous owners the most.
    One with a wedge of date-ordered history, for one owner, that has done reasonable miles, stored in a garage and generally cared for well.

    cultsdave
    Member

    For city driving and 6k a year do not buy the diesel as it will just end up causing you problems. As above look for one in good condition probably the 1.6. Just remember that buying anycar around that price bracket is a gamble.
    In general the focus should be a relitively safe bet and if it does go wrong they are cheap to fix.

    boblo
    Member

    I’d go for the 1.6 petrol zetec with winter pack (heated screen, mirrors, nostrils etc). My wife had one from new to 5 years and it was fantastic. Not the fastest nor most economical but very solid and no silly DPF, DMF, turbo or injectors to alarm you with a mult ££££’s bill.

    The MK1 is the best handling but possibly a bit long in the tooth now.

    Earl
    Member

    Don’t know much about the Focus range so can help with which one I should be looking for? i.e year, engine, miles… and what common faults to look out for.

    We want it for mainly city driving up to 6k miles a year.

    Bristol area.

    Thanks

    Earl
    Member

    Heated screen? Is having aircon sufficient?

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
    Subscriber

    Ford heated screens are fantastic. Should be standard on every car.

    boblo
    Member

    If you can get it, the heated screen is a treat in winter. It defrosts the screen in under a minute without scraping or messing about.

    grim168
    Member

    Aircon wont shift ice 😀 . Think ford own the patent on heated front screen.

    Premier Icon Pook
    Subscriber

    I’ll be selling mine soon. 1.6 auto.

    Earl
    Member

    Yep 2k cars means it will be destined to die on my watch. But the narrow street where I live means new scratches on the body work on a weekly basis.

    I figure £3k to spend on a car means 2k on a car + 1k on potential issues.

    My prev 2 cars have lasted 10y and 4y respectively. The 10y was very reliable, the 4y much less so though they were exactly the same car.

    Earl
    Member

    Pook – if its in my range give us a pm.

    boblo
    Member

    Auto upside; less likely to have been thrashed. Down side; fool economy and/or if it does go wrong….

    Premier Icon porter_jamie
    Subscriber

    i would defo avoid a diesel if you are only doing 6k a year. you can’t go wrong with a 1.6 petrol really

    Premier Icon Pook
    Subscriber

    it’ll be about £1k. I’ve been using it for work and as a bike car but need something bigger as I’ve got a little lad now – it’d be perfect as a runaround.

    mot til Feb, not sure of tax but I’ll check. ’04, 82k, 1.6 auto, 3dr

    z1ppy
    Member

    We’ve had three focus’s between my partner and I.
    I previously had an MK1 petrol estate, and my partner a MK1 and now MK2 diesel hatchbacks. Very reliable, not huge list of fault to watch, or at least, the same as all cars of this age & type. As above, for only 6000 miles usage, I’d go petrol as fuel costs will be negligible but initial price high for diesels.. I’d recommend one with the heated screen (stops sudden mist up, and unfreezes the screen/mirrors in winter).
    Oh and for all ‘older’ car, check all switches & especially the air-con (don’t pay extra for this and find it doesn’t work!)

    Premier Icon hot_fiat
    Subscriber

    Ford heated screens are fantastic. Should be standard on every car.

    Except, I can see the elements and find them hugely distracting. Gold leaf demisting was the way to go, just the cost was bonkers so it got restricted to aircraft and locomotive windows.

    1.6 Petrol definitely: just make sure it’s had all or even more than the scheduled oil changes. Also check for the usual ford tappety rattle and blue smoke that indicates the demise of its valve stem seals.

    bigyinn
    Member

    Personally I find the 1.6 a little underpowered and you have to work the engine a little harder as a result.
    Mothers 2001 1.6 Ghia hatchback is a lovely car otherwise.
    £2k should get you a reasonable car. Just make sure (as with any car) thats its been looked after well. They seem pretty bombproof in my experience.

    Pieface
    Member

    Range Rovers had the heated windscreens circa 1992.

    As others have said go for the 1.6 petrol. If you can get the Ghia or LX. ABS didn’t come as standard across the range until 2003 surprisingly.

    Although if you really need the space I’d say the Fiesta is a better bet for your usage.

    valleyman
    Member

    dont get a 1.8 petrol if they did them in that year, crap MPG

    z1ppy
    Member

    I never found my 1.8 to be excessive rubbish on MPG, not hugely frugal admittedly, but the constantly rising VED was the most annoying bit.

    Trouble with suggesting a smaller car (fiesta), is that they can be more expensive as small cars are always said to be in more demand.

    core
    Member

    Mark 1 facelift, 1.6 zetec.

    I have one of the above, does high 30’s – 40mpg driven averagely, mine has done 80,000 miles in last 4 years, now up to 125,000, has only had brake master cylinder & rear wiper motor, other than that all routine servicing/wear & tear.

    Great cars for the money, I’d say £2k should get you a low mileage 2004/late registered 2005.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to get one.

    Edit: Would also add that they are pretty roomy and back seats fold flat pretty easily, can fit a fair amount of kit in (including bike with front wheel out).

    valleyman
    Member

    I never found my 1.8 to be excessive rubbish on MPG, not hugely frugal admittedly, but the constantly rising VED was the most annoying bit.

    it was just a shock going form the 1.4tdci diesel!! 😯

    FunkyDunc
    Member

    Sorry i used to have a 1.6 Focus, the mpg was shocking around town. Mondeo consistently 45 ish around town. No cambelt to change either.

    IMO Mondy is also easier to park/better vision than Focus

    Thrustyjust
    Member

    Get a later car, post 2003 and the VED is lower. Daughters 2000 Zetec 1600 Is only £50 a year less than my ST Focus. Petrol all the way. diesels with injectors and pumps write a car off. Plenty out there, if you see something that looks a bit odd, walk away. 1600’s can be a good engine and bad. We had a 2001 estate blacktop engine ( later better engine) went like stink. Had to hand it back when I resigned. We bought a 2002 and was nothing like the other. Brakes are £32 for discs and pads from Eurocarparts as just done the daughters. Check the cambelt is changed at 100k miles or 10 years. Cared for car might be done earlier.
    Look for rot in rear arches and rear doors. Other than that they are great cars.

    Chuck Morris
    Member

    I had the Focus ST 170, not very economical but a lovely car to drive.

    Very tempted to get another.

Viewing 31 posts - 1 through 31 (of 31 total)

The topic ‘What Ford Focus for £2k’ is closed to new replies.