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post #1 of 15 Old 02-09-2009, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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I'm just baout to buy a focus C-Max 53-55reg

after lookign around I came across this site. anyways I wondered if you could answer the following for me

im not too sure which engine to get 1.6 or 2.0ltr diesel? my driving is mon - Fri 30mins though town (stop start ect..) then at weekends during the summer its not uncomon for me to do 300+ miles lugging a car full of equipment.

on one of the cars I went too see (Zetech 2.0) it had a phone button as part of the stereo. what is this for? I havent been able to find this out searching

my final question for now is what do I need to look out for when buying secondhand 4-5 years old?


many thanks for your time


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post #2 of 15 Old 02-09-2009, 06:42 PM
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1st of all,welcome to the site .I bought a 53 plate 2.0 TDCI Zetec in August 07,it had 65000 on the clock but full history (thats a big bonus to have).Check if it`s had a new alternator,if not you could be looking at a bill of 200 +,also check tyre wear & wheel damage.Also black smoke when you rev hard,make sure the pollen filter has been changed too.A big plus is if it`s got a heated windscreen.Check for wear on front discs & pads as well as rear pads too.
I have been very pleased with mine but I did need an alternator not long after I got it,this was due to a badly fitted bluetooth set by previous owner.Over the time I`ve had it I have changed the front pads & discs & front tyres,but these were due to normal wear.I do maily short trips in mine & get about 40/42 round town,although I do have a Tunit power box fitted & a K&N air filter.On a run I have had 55/60 mpg @ 80mph.The 2.0 TDCI is nice for the extra torque it has but be careful in the wet as it can be a handful (unless it`s got the optional traction/stability fitted).
The phone button you mention is if it`s got a phone kit & this button `mutes` the stereo.
I`m sure others will give you pointers too,but all I can say is it`s a great motor with loads of space,pace & comfort.I don`t regret buying mine for one second.In fact I`m looking to get another one so both my wife & I have one.



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I agree 100% we absolutely love this car, we bought a 06 2.0 TDCi Ghia in october and except for a slight problem with a leak in the boot we are very happy ( make sure you check the spare wheel well to check its dry).
if you get the chance look out for the ghia,Excellent sony 6 disc changer, heated leather seats, heated windcreen, privacy glass and built in rear window blinds ( excellent if you have small children) and loads more that just makes it a very comfortable car to drive with great handling.[img]smileys/smiley1.gif[/img]
[img]smileys/smiley1.gif[/img]I guess, just chose the right model for you and i'm sure you won't be disapointed.

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post #4 of 15 Old 02-09-2009, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thansk for the replies


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If you do decide to go for a Ghia or Titanium,for gods sake DON`T get one with the electric parking brake.It will cause you so many problems you`ll wish you never bought the car.



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I have to agree with MetalMicky08 on the EPB as it is a pain in the Ar5e. Mine is only two and half years old.... Done 40K and the EPB has been repaired TWICE.... Luckily both times under warrenty.

Apart from that its a great car.... Oh mines a 2 litre petrol (but sometimes I do wish I'd gone for the diesel...

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dont all Ghia's come with EPB?


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post #8 of 15 Old 02-10-2009, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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ok whilst looking ive also come across a 1.8 petrol so my question is 1.8 petrol or 2.0l diesel?


thanks for your patience


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Go for the deisel.You won`t regret it,I haven`t.The mpg is far better & It`s not noisy like a tractor either.Best of all it`s got a 6 speed box for relaxed cruising.



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post #10 of 15 Old 02-11-2009, 06:31 AM
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Deisel,deisel deisel , i agree go for the diesel, good mpg, lots of power and its so comfortable and easy to drive on long journeys........did I mention I would go for the Diesel[img]smileys/smiley2.gif[/img]
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