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ford focus and vw jettas
« on: Jul 20, 2009, 06:25:59 PM »
lookin to get a new car for my girlfriend and keep ruunin across these and they are in the right price range
$3-4000. They are early 2000 models just wondering if anyone has any experience with these cars so far im getting mixed reviews on them. I dont really want to be stuck with a piece of crap that breaks down a lot. thanks for any help on this

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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #1 on: Jul 20, 2009, 06:29:43 PM »
If you can score a good deal on a Jetta TDI you'll be King Daddy. Killer mileage and a sweet car to boot.
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #2 on: Jul 20, 2009, 06:47:57 PM »
DO NOT GET A FOCUS!!!! :willynilly:


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Okay, really... my best friend has had two. They're money pits even with low miles. Not to mention they're gutless. She's on her second one now and right after she bought it the clutch went out at 35k miles - and yes, she knows how to drive a stick pretty well :yupyup: and her vehicles are dealer maintained. They're junk....
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #3 on: Jul 20, 2009, 07:22:30 PM »
Some people don't have issues with their ford focuses.  Then again, some people can walk through a mine field unscathed...

Jetta tdi fo sho.  Go talk to the guys at 02 motorsport on twin view and see if they know of any jettas for sale or if they can give you a good idea on which years to buy or avoid.  Good guys up there, just be prepared to wait cause they're usually crazy busy.
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #4 on: Jul 20, 2009, 09:22:37 PM »
I'm not much help but I'll add my :twocents: anyway...  I like Jettas, with only few test drives under my belt, I like the way they drive & feel. But I've always been just a bit leery of their repair needs compared to, say, Toyotas or Hondas.

I also have limited experience with a Focus -- very limited, in fact, a one day rental while my Tacoma was in the shop after being rear-ended. It was a new Focus, only about 4K miles on it...  and I was not impressed. Everything about the car looked and felt cheap, cheap, cheap. It was not enjoyable to drive, and the driver's power window groaned and rattled going up or down.

Between your two choices, I would take a Jetta...  especially if it's a TDI. 
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #5 on: Jul 20, 2009, 09:29:15 PM »
So why not get a Honda Civic/Accord or Toyota Camry/Corolla? Yeah you'll end up with an older car, but you'll have a BETTER car overall, including a heck of a lot better mileage (than the Focus anyway) ....

Tell ya what - test drive a Focus, then at the same lot or wherever you go, test drive an Accord or Camry. I dare ya :hahaha:
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #6 on: Jul 20, 2009, 10:10:40 PM »
The VW TDI's get great fuel mileage and run pretty darn good when you chip them but they have some reliability issues.  My sister had one that had a whole slew of stupid problems.  They do hold their value really well though.   The Focus is a throw away car and Ford seems to be the king of losing value after purchase.
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #7 on: Jul 20, 2009, 11:33:26 PM »
So why not get a Honda Civic/Accord or Toyota Camry/Corolla? Yeah you'll end up with an older car, but you'll have a BETTER car overall, including a heck of a lot better mileage (than the Focus anyway) ....

From what I've heard, focuses get around 35ish mpg  :dunno:

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What?  When did that happen?
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #8 on: Jul 20, 2009, 11:50:19 PM »
My parents have a 2000 SE Focus Wagon (was originally my sister's) with 85,000 and a 2002 SE Focus Sedan with 70,000.

The only problems have been a fuel pump on the 2000 (fixed free as a recall) and an EGR sensor on the 2002 (fixed free as a recall).

Both have automatics and the Zetec (DOHC) engine.

And for some reason the 2000 wagon consistently gets better mileage........
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #9 on: Jul 21, 2009, 12:29:20 AM »
I had 2 Fucuses & I didn't really like them cause the suspensions squeaked on both of them. I also had a Jetta & wish I still had it. The problem I had with the Jetta was the sunroof drains got plugged which is common & the gas Jettas burn oil no matter what you do. Get the TDI, a friend of mine gets 50+ mpg  :yupyup:
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #10 on: Jul 21, 2009, 06:06:18 AM »
From what I've heard, focuses get around 35ish mpg  :dunno:

What?  When did that happen?

My best friend had the hatchback, 2 door with the Ztec and she only got about 20MPG even when it was new. LAME - if a car is that small it SHOULD get 35-45 mpg, but hers is far from it... her Focus Sedan she now has is about the same.

Her first one she had the timing belt break before 100k, and it was dealer maintained its whole life. Then the alternator, power steering pump, and the a/c compressor. The second one has already had to visit the dealer 4 times since she got it a year ago.

Also, I was amazed at the gutlessness of it. I had an '86 Honda Accord that could take the '02 focus in a heartbeat - NO JOKE.
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #11 on: Jul 21, 2009, 07:06:01 AM »
i had an older 96 MKIII jetta(gas w/5spd), i loved it that thing was really really fun to drive.  it was fast enough to get out of the way and get in and out of traffic, you wouldnt win a drag race but was really fun.  i had a problem with the sunroof leaking and a big problem with electrical issues: the alarm would suddenly go off in the middle of the night or day, when i would lock it the windows would all roll down(so i couldnt lock the car and set the alarm), and the interior light would stay on.  i think they were all related, but i couldn't afford to send it to the dealership to get it fixed.  all that said i loved my jetta and still miss it.
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #12 on: Jul 21, 2009, 07:30:32 AM »
What?  When did that happen?
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #13 on: Jul 21, 2009, 08:32:45 AM »
I don't know about the Focus but I have had my fair share of the newer VW's.  Don't get me wrong I really like VW's but we have owned a Jetta and a Passat which both recieved about $4000 in repairs.  The Jetta the entire cooling system was trashed which meant that everything had to be replaced, and there were a few other items that I cannot remember right now.  The Passat had electrical problems, and of course the only place that knows how to work on them properly is the dealer.  I replaced about 15 different sensors and the check engine and ABS light would come on before I could even get out of the parking lot.  The dealers in Fresno suck.  With that said I would go for a Toyota or Honda before I even walk on the VW lot.  Hope that helps.  I also know someone that had an electrical fire in her door because the motor to the power window wouldn't shut off (2 month old Jetta).

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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #14 on: Jul 21, 2009, 03:28:25 PM »
thanks for all the info guys. I was reading reviews off the interenet but dont know if i really trust them or not.

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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #15 on: Jul 21, 2009, 09:27:35 PM »
You gotta take em with a grain of salt.  You can usually wade through the bs reviews and the factual reviews.  The people who usually write simple stuff like "it was a piece of crap" often give a reason that makes no sense or it was neglect on their part. 
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #16 on: Jul 22, 2009, 08:16:24 AM »
I just got a 2003 Jetta TDI about 3-4 months ago and so far I LOVE it!  I did a lot of lurking around here http://forums.tdiclub.com/ before I made my final decision.  This is the first time I've ever WANTED to go to the fueling station because it takes so long to go through a tank and I'm excited to see the mileage I've been getting.  If you end up going for a Jetta TDI, make sure you don't get an automatic(01M); they're notorious for problems.  Hope this helps! 
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #17 on: Jul 29, 2009, 07:18:41 PM »
DO NOT GET A FOCUS!!!! :willynilly:


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« Reply #18 on: Jul 29, 2009, 07:39:23 PM »
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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
« Reply #19 on: Jul 29, 2009, 07:51:22 PM »
i work at a ford dealership and may be biased but i am also a veewee lover sooo....  We do see our fare share of focus, mostly the 03-04 and down..... Fords quality control has become way better in the past 5 years and we have very little non warranty repairs.... most of which are centered around the shifter and or auto trans. the suspension does leave somthing to be desired, mostly on the lower end vehicles were they bottom out easily.....

That being said, yes they are a econo-box, they are built "cheap" and sold "cheap", when you buy a car like this you shouldnt expect high end luxury or much quality for that matter

When it comes to the VW's they do also have there problems, the autos are prone to failure in the gas or TDI variants and the sticks have a weak overdrive....also see alot more electrical problems with the engine harness and the anti theft system...I will give it to VW however, they do have a really nice interior even in there lower end models, i particularly like the dash as its a soft type rubber material and would never squeak, the suspension on the vws are of an older design but work very well....The TDI's are an awesome thing to behold, i have seen DD TDI's that get 50+mpg and can go run a sub 14second 1/4 mile.... not to shabby but i would rather put the engine in my runner..

all this said, good luck trying to find a TDI for that price range (at least in my area)

Both vehicles have cult followings on the WWW. you can find perf parts everywhere.. But from my experience with factory replacement vw parts they are harder to find and more expensive....

If it was me, and i was looking for the same type of vehicle, (small eco box) i also would look for a corrola or camry, and if its got near 80-100k replace the timing belt right away and your good......

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Re: ford focus and vw jettas
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focus=cheap junk

 
 
 
 
 

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