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Watch the brakes! 2003
|Date:||December 14, 2009, 1:30 am|
|Name, Location:||Carolyn Dominish, Australia|
|General comments:||I have a standard 2003 Ford Focus CL LR Hatch which has just had a 30,000 km service. Actually the car had only done 26438 km. The Ford dealer who serviced it told me that I had a brake problrm on the front right hand side and offered to fix it for me for $600. After just paying $700+ for the service, I declined and decided to shop around. I knew that there was a problem as there was a loud metal grinding noise emanating from the brakes as I used them. If I had attempted to brake quickly I fear what would have happened. I shopped around and found a brake mechanic who did the job for me for $300. He was shocked that a car that had only done 26438 km should have such wear to the front rh side brake. |
The Ford dealer had told me that this particular Focus (and probably others) had a "soft material" used for the brakes and gave me some garbage about it being safer. Perhaps safer, but more expensive, I thought.
So... if you buy a second hand 2003 Focus have the brakes checked before you buy!
|What things have gone wrong with the car:||Front right hand side brake prematurely worn. Had to be replaced at 26438km.|
|Previous car:||Ford Falcon AU II|