2002 Ford Focus SE Wagon 2.3 from North America
Always take any car that you are thinking about purchasing to a mechanic for an inspection
Test drove a 2002 Ford Focus Wagon with 72,000 miles. The car drove well. I then took the car to a mechanic for a pre-purchase inspection. He noted the following: rear main seal leaking oil - 600.00 to repair, oil pan gasket leaking, front brake job required. He also told me that most of the lower part of the engine compartment and much of the front end suspension area was coated in fan belt dressing, and that he could not do a visual inspection because he simply could not see the parts that needed to be inspected. He surmised that the dealer was trying to hide something. His verdict was to not purchase the vehicle. I handed the keys back to the dealer and walked away.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th January, 2009
4th Jan 2009, 19:38
"Always take any car that you are thinking about purchasing to a mechanic for an inspection"
- Smart! Almost all used cars are garbage.
5th Jan 2009, 14:06
"Almost all used cars are garbage." - wrong.
I have bought many used cars and only one of them was garbage. I was not smart enough to have it inspected. I was not smart with the other five either, but all of them did reasonably well.
7th Dec 2010, 18:14
I have been looking for a decent used car (around 3000 dollars) for the past 2 months, and I am glad that I have a mechanic on my side. He is fussy, and I'm optimistic that it will pay off at the end.
I have learned so much about used cars by now, and glad I now have that knowledge.
So thanks for your comments!