Whats the economy like on the 1.8 Manualpetrol and 2.0 Automatic petrol like ?
1.8 manual I have does high 20s/low 30s in town, and high 30s, occasionally early 40s on a run.
Not sure 7K will buy a 2.0 TDCI !
It will at about 4 or 5years old
What are these cars like for ride quality ?
Really good, mine has 16" rims, and rides well over even broken surfaces, I also drove a 18" rimmed C-Max which was horrid the big alloys ruin the ride. Don't know about 17"s
What are they like as a motorway cruiser ?We shuttle up and down from Scotland to the Midlands fairly often hence the highish anual mileage
Get one with cruise. My 1.8 is near silent at motorway speeds, is pokey and rides well. The seats are comfy and the AC and heating are really good too.
And which trim level is going to suit ?
Buy a Ghia or Titanium spec for good toy list. heated front screen a must, so too front and rear parking sensors and the better Sony 6 disc stereo or the iPod connection kitif you're doing long journeys. If you're wife has issues getting in and out, then electric seating would be good as the seat controls are a little clunky and snatchy. The 1.6 litre petrol, and diesel are gutless, the 1.8 petrol is good, the 2.0 litre petrol is too thirsty for the added poke. The 2.0 diesel would be my choice. Avoid auto boxes, they are a known weakness. Also avoid silver paint, doesn'y look good. Best colours I've seen are the solid bright red, the light and dark metallic blue and the black. I'd also go for one with the tinted rear windows as it makes the car look better even if you don't need the tints. The leather seats Ford fit aren't as comfy in my mind as the velour/cloth versions. They are too slippery mainly due to the large leather panels.
Sorry for so many questions !!!
Take your time looking for one, there are a lot of really ratty cars out there. I looked at maybe a dozen before finding one that ticked all the necessary boxes. And that on is currently getting some choice oem mods to get it to the stage I want it. The driving position is good, but the front is utterly invisible from the drivers seat.
2005 Focus C-Max 1.8 Petrol Ghia + Sony 6 disc, 2007 tail lights, Led bulbs all over and HID front fogs.