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#307 of 338 Should I trade my car in or fix all the probelms?
Aug 09, 2011 (10:13 am)
I have about $3,000 left on my car loan and I can probably nitpick 3,000 things to fix on it.
I have a 2005 Focus Sedan SE.
41,000 miles on it.
- Needs 4 new tires.
- One needs a rim/wheel from hitting a pothole bad enough.
- The air filter is disgusting and needs replacing. Everytime I put my AC or defrosters on, I get black/brown **** on my windshield.
- 60 degree weather and some nights I have had to put the HEATER on to get the windows defrosted. It does not work with cold air.
- Steering wheel doesn't ..snap back..as fast as it used to. It's like the power steering is gone or something. This bugs me. I used to be able to turn the wheel all the way and when I let go it would snap straight back and now it snaps back crooked. I asked the dealer this and of course they looked at me like I was an idiot. I did talk to some other Ford owners and they knew what I meant and said their cars don't do it anymore either.
- Windshield wipers are messed up. I can turn them on but I cannot shut them off. I have to shut them off manually by keep flicking the switch with my fingers and stopping it at the RIGHT spot. Takes concentration to do it right, hopefully I don't; get into an accident someday because I'm playing with the wiper stick.
- Highway Driving - Sometimes I have to floor it to get it to speed up and switch gears even though this is an autoamtic transmission.
- I don't think my brakes are as good as they were when I first got it. They seem a bit weaker...even though yesterday I slammed the brakes on to avoid a deer and they worked and no deer got hit.
- CD Player is scratching and skipping my CDS for some reason.
- My lights suck. They do not need replacing but they are just NOT bright enough for me. I drive a lot at night, through black holes (People from CT know what I am talking about!) and I strain my eyes trying to see better when I just have crappy lights. The dealership told me I would have to go to a modshop or something to get brighter lights and then told me that brighter lights stress the engine or something out and I'll have more problems down the line.
- It makes a weird rattling noise while running. Someone said it sounds like my belt snapped but well it's been doing it for months and the dealer said it wasn't anything to really worry about.
All minor, irritating things... People are like "You only have $3,000" left but well am I going to end up paying the car off with $3000 and then fixing about $3,000 worth of stupid things on it?
#308 of 338 Re: 2005 Focus SES Alignment Problems [mrsdoni]
Sep 24, 2009 (11:21 am)
Just a suggestion to have you struts/shocks inspected -- we have a Focus here as well has been going through tires, inside edges uneven and tires seperated again and the car has wicked boby roll -- is just a suggestion like I said
#309 of 338 Fuse Panel 2007 Focus
Oct 18, 2009 (1:19 pm)
To access the fuse panel on the 2007 Focus one has to first remove the CD storage box. The owner's manual does not say how to remove it. It's plastic and I don't want to force it and break it. Does anyone know how to remove it.
#310 of 338 crankcase filter
Dec 12, 2009 (9:30 am)
Is replacing a crankcase filter involved or can it be done in my backyard?
#311 of 338 2007 ford focus
Dec 12, 2009 (9:31 am)
Could a fuel filter be done fairly easy?
#312 of 338 Re: Coolant change [gmzx3]
Jan 08, 2010 (1:41 pm)
many years later, I also need to know this about the manual saying to add the new coolant into the heater hose....and also says to drain the coolant from the engine block, but where is the plug for that? I would like to do what they say, but it seems like the radiator doesn't "hold" a lot of the coolant, right...and you aren't refilling the radiator, right? We are in freezing temps now at night so I'm worried since I have been losing fluid and was just adding water for a while.
#313 of 338 Draining coolant
Jan 09, 2010 (5:23 am)
My manual says to drain the coolant from the engine block also...where is that plug located? It says to refill coolant pouring it into the heater hose going to radiator...with a funnel..so I don't put it just into the overflow tank? Has anyone done this? I saw an old post that had no real answer on this . thanks Becky
#314 of 338 Re: Draining coolant [bereket]
Jan 09, 2010 (8:00 am)
Hi, there is no need to make it hard on your self messing with engine block coolant
plug unless your engine is out the car. Just drain it from radiator and refill into
#315 of 338 Re: Draining coolant [marked1]
Jan 09, 2010 (8:37 am)
Thanks for quick reply, I was worried because we have suddenly freezing temperatures here at night and I started losing coolant a few weeks ago and have been topping it up with only water, so I wasn't sure what concentration coolant I have now overall especially the coolant in the block..but I added straight coolant into the overflow last few days, hoping to rectify things. (?) Anyway, given what you said, I will drain the radiator and refill in the overflow. I need to find out what's leaking I see no leak from the radiator or hoses all look fine and the oil looks fine too (thinking if it's an internal leak like the head gasket) the car has about 90,000 miles seems too early to have a gasket problem....I will look at other posts to see what else it could be
#316 of 338 2001 Ford Focus Sedan
Jan 28, 2010 (8:13 am)
While driving, my speedometer will all of a sudden go to 0mph and stay there, then after a while will reengage to the correct speed. Seems to happen in the morning about 5 miles into the commute on a daily basis, then at other times just whenever. What is up? Thank you in advance for your replies