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Old 15-04-2018, 11:45 PM   #21
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I finally got round to listing what needs doing to the Focus to get it somewhere near decent, and it doesn't make for cheap reading...

- Service - I've got no proof of it ever being done, so I want to get it done.
- Rust - I got a quote to have the sills welded on for £150, and I'll paint them myself. I won't get a great finish, but it'll save money, and hopefully with them just being sills, won't be too obviously a DIY job.
- Fit the new starter motor
- Auxiliary belt needs replacing
- New battery
- Exhaust heatshield is loose, so I want to stick some self tappers in
- Investigate a knocking / squeaking from the rear drivers suspension. If that starts getting expensive, I'll just buy new coilovers for the car and lower it

Finally a machine polish and I'm keeping an eye out for some ST170 wheels. They go for dirt cheap, and I'll just either refurb them myself, or get them done, depending on finances and space.

I'm hoping that it's all little things and that I can do most of it at once. Certainly the service aux belt, battery and heatshield can be done at the same time.
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Old 22-07-2018, 05:20 PM   #22
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So I've now done over 5,000 miles in the focus, and it's still very much being a good car. I have used it on trips to the North and and airport run full of passengers and luggage and the MPG is still astounding!



I'm aware that my real world MPG will be much less, but I'm still yet to see a tank under 500 miles.

On Monday I actually put the car up for sale on the usual sites, and had a bit of interest, but talking to a few people, including mates and of course the other half, I realised that I'm very lucky to have a car that costs so little to run, and has been so reliable. I light of that, I decided to take the advert down and keep the car.

On tuesday I'm talking to a mechanic to get booked in to get the sills replaced and I'll paint them myself. I'm also planning on sanding back the rusty arches and repainting them. I know it won't fix the problem, but it'll look much better in the short term.
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Old 22-07-2018, 05:31 PM   #23
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In light of my decision to keep the car, I gave it a really good clean, and even set about the engine bay, which doesn't look like it belongs to a 16 year old car!



I also gave the underside of the bonnet a wipe over with some Valet Pro APC, and it really makes a difference!



And here are a couple of pictures of the whole car







Other than ordering some wind deflectors, I haven't gotten anything sorted on the car yet. I'm debating some LED interior lights, but can't figure out if they're a bit 'council' or not!
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looks like the car has come up well fella and love the colour
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Hi. Nice story for this car. Thanx for sharing !
Did you sort the rust issues ?

Cant stand to read the following. Good job mate.
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5,000 miles for £800 purchase isn't bad. A new one would have lost several thousand in that time.
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Great update, mate. They're a brilliant wee car. I bought mine for £850 with 76k on it last October, it just turned 89k. Its a bit Smokey, so I'm going to blank the egr valve and check all the intercooler and turbo hoses to see if that helps.

You'll get a set of st170 rims no probs. There are load for sale on Gum Tree. Just finding a set close to you may take a week or two.

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5,000 miles for £800 purchase isn't bad. A new one would have lost several thousand in that time.
Absolutely, that exact statement is why I decided to keep hold of it. Any car that was around my budget of £1500 would be a massive risk!

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Not yet. Hopefully in the coming weeks it'll be done.

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looks like the car has come up well fella and love the colour
Thank you very much! When clean, it certainly does stand out against the more bland colours the MK1 focus came in
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Great update, mate. They're a brilliant wee car. I bought mine for £850 with 76k on it last October, it just turned 89k. Its a bit Smokey, so I'm going to blank the egr valve and check all the intercooler and turbo hoses to see if that helps.

You'll get a set of st170 rims no probs. There are load for sale on Gum Tree. Just finding a set close to you may take a week or two.

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Cheers Cooks, funnily enough, mine hit 89k last week!

Mine is incredibly smokey as well, so I'll look into that as well.

As for the wheels, I'm happy to wait as I think sorting the paintwork will rinse me dry. I want to machine polish the car as well!
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Cheers Cooks, funnily enough, mine hit 89k last week!

Mine is incredibly smokey as well, so I'll look into that as well.

As for the wheels, I'm happy to wait as I think sorting the paintwork will rinse me dry. I want to machine polish the car as well!
Mine hit this landmark mileage last November. Lol

I'll let you know how the egr blanking goes and if it helps with the smokiness.

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