Not being well-informed consumer, I bought a new Ford Focus in 2000. The car now has 111,000 miles on it and I have just finished paying it off.
The 2000 has had 12 Safety Recalls. I have read that if the Focus has one more recall it will beat the record set for recalls by some other car in the 1980's (probably a Ford).
Aside from replacing the alternator I haven't had any really expensive repairs. That changed a few days ago when my car wouldn't start and I was told the PCM needed to be replaced. Including the cost for the dealership to diagnose the problem, it will cost around $1000 to repair.
It has always been my thought that fixing a car is always less expensive than replacing it.
Is a Ford Focus an exception to this general rule?
Complicating my decision is that my sister is offering me her 1997 Honda Civic. For Free. I need help deciding if I should sell the Focus before more expensive problems arise. I understand that all cars eventually have problems and require scheduled maintenance, but Fords appear to have considerably more problems and the problems occur much earlier in their lives than practically any other Japanese car.
What would you guys do in my situation?
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 AT 2:01 PM