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New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans #4559484
10/30/17 05:17 PM
10/30/17 05:17 PM
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Detroit area
ClutchDisc Offline OP
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A few weeks ago I picked up a used 2005 Ford Focus with the 2.0 and a manual trans. It only had 67k miles on it, and I paid $3,700 for it. Car was taken very good care of by a retired couple. Tires were brand new Michelins when I got it, only had 1K on them!

I love this car so far! I have already put over 1k of miles on it, and it rides really well. The seats are very comfortable for long drives. I have been averaging 30.5mpg with a lot of rush hour driving! My best tank so far was 33.5mpg doing 70mph on a road trip.

And now, for the pictures!









2008 Ford Fusion 5-spd manual 127k
1992 Ford Mustang 5.0 5-spd manual 151k
2005 Ford Focus 5-speed manual 86k - Killed

The box said: "Requires Windows XP or better."
So I installed Linux.
Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: ClutchDisc] #4559495
10/30/17 05:27 PM
10/30/17 05:27 PM
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New England
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New England
I really liked my 05 ST, with the 2.3 duratec. Very comfortable car.

What's the maintenance history look like? If the coolant, brake fluid, PSF and MTF hasn't been touched, I'd change those asap. Has the timing belt and water pump been replaced?


'14 Forester XT FA20DIT (Cobb Stage 1)
Edge 0W-40 + FU filter (64,774 miles)
'15 Legacy FB25 (OEM Stage, uh, neg. 7?)
Edge 0W-20 + FU filter (40,803 miles)
Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: gathermewool] #4559498
10/30/17 05:30 PM
10/30/17 05:30 PM
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Detroit area
ClutchDisc Offline OP
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Fully serviced at the Ford dealer for everything. I have all the maintenance records, will have to go through them all soon.

I also believe it has a timing chain, not a belt.


2008 Ford Fusion 5-spd manual 127k
1992 Ford Mustang 5.0 5-spd manual 151k
2005 Ford Focus 5-speed manual 86k - Killed

The box said: "Requires Windows XP or better."
So I installed Linux.
Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: ClutchDisc] #4559503
10/30/17 05:32 PM
10/30/17 05:32 PM
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Wet side WA
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Wow low miles what a steal!


2004 Corolla 126649
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74478
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73705 4-22-18
Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: ClutchDisc] #4559517
10/30/17 05:35 PM
10/30/17 05:35 PM
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Orlando, FL
Mr Nice Offline
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Nice purchase.

The only thing I don't like about these cars is that the rear brake lights are mounted too high. On a very dark night it makes the car seem much further down the road than it really is.

I'd put reflective tape on the lower trunk .

Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: ClutchDisc] #4559525
10/30/17 05:39 PM
10/30/17 05:39 PM
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Clovis, CA
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Good looking little car. Engine needs to be washed.

Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: ClutchDisc] #4559580
10/30/17 06:19 PM
10/30/17 06:19 PM
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S California
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Is the engine cover missing?

Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: ClutchDisc] #4559583
10/30/17 06:20 PM
10/30/17 06:20 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
Nick1994 Offline
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Great deal, the thing I don't like about the Focus is the rattles and motor mount vibrations. My mom's 03' was awful as far as vibrations from the motor mounts.

Other than that, that's low miles.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 88k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: OneEyeJack] #4559587
10/30/17 06:26 PM
10/30/17 06:26 PM
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Detroit area
ClutchDisc Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
Is the engine cover missing?


I don't believe that it ever had a cover.


2008 Ford Fusion 5-spd manual 127k
1992 Ford Mustang 5.0 5-spd manual 151k
2005 Ford Focus 5-speed manual 86k - Killed

The box said: "Requires Windows XP or better."
So I installed Linux.
Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: Merkava_4] #4559643
10/30/17 07:01 PM
10/30/17 07:01 PM
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Connecticut
69GTX Offline
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Good looking little car. Engine needs to be washed.


Do it by hand though, not with a pressure washer...or you will be tracking down fresh electrical gremlins for a while.


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2001 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 39K mi / QS HM 5w30 / FUG XG2
1999 Camaro SS M6 /19K /Mobil 1 0w40 /Fram UG /GM MTL-ATF
1969 Ply GTX/RRs
Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: 69GTX] #4559652
10/30/17 07:15 PM
10/30/17 07:15 PM
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Orlando, FL
Mr Nice Offline
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Originally Posted By: 69GTX
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Good looking little car. Engine needs to be washed.


Do it by hand though, not with a pressure washer...or you will be tracking down fresh electrical gremlins for a while.


Yep.

The engine is pretty clean and really doesn't need to be degreased and hosed down.

Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: ClutchDisc] #4559681
10/30/17 07:49 PM
10/30/17 07:49 PM
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utah
dareo Offline
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utah
What a good deal!


2016 Golf Wagon 5MT, 2014 Accord Sport 6MT, 2016 GMC 1500 SLT 6.2
Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: ClutchDisc] #4559761
10/30/17 11:00 PM
10/30/17 11:00 PM
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Canada
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Canada
I have the slightly newer version and they are very easy to service.

Yes, these have a chain and not a belt.

yes, these cars never came with an engine cover.

Also, make sure to change the passenger side engine mount (there's three)
I purchased mine also at 60k miles and thought the vibrations were normal...
After I changed it, the car became smoother in ways I never thought possible. It was like a different car!
It's really easy to change and with a floor jack and some common tools you can change it in less than 30 minutes
Only thing I'd STRONGLY suggest, is getting the FORD part only. Anything other than OEM and it's basically the same as a bad mount. These are actually hydraulic mounts, so when they go bad they leak the fluid out and transmit engine vibrations into the cabin etc.


06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
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Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: ClutchDisc] #4559952
10/31/17 07:42 AM
10/31/17 07:42 AM
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Canuck living in California
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Canuck living in California
Those are nice, cheap and very underrated vehicles. I really liked my 03. Mine was a Zetec which was less refined and more buzzy than the Duratec you have. Too bad Ford sat on this platform in NA and basically did no meaningful improvements over the years. Ford really did have a better product in this segment than the Japanese, but they never did anything meaningful with it, as far as improvements go, until 2012 or something like that.


2015 Dodge Grand Caravan-27k miles.
2006 Mazda 3-163k miles
Re: New to me - 2005 Ford Focus manual trans [Re: ClutchDisc] #4559960
10/31/17 07:46 AM
10/31/17 07:46 AM
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Idaho
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Idaho
My daughter has a 2010 and they are really nice cars.


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