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Ford Focus Estate TDCI Estate. - What Clutch?.  
Ford Focus Estate TDCI Estate. - What Clutch?. - dafskipman

Hi, my son-in-law has recently purchased a 2004 (04) Focus TDCI estate, it is the 90bhp engined version in LX trim. Unfortunately a mere few days into ownership, the clutch has started to slip. As the car was bought as a PX to clear with no warranty given or implied It looks like forking out for a new clutch will be his only option. My question is, Is it a DMF fitted to this vehicle?. (If it is), Then im only too familiar with the Ford dealerships rubbing their hands in anticipation of the £1200/1300 + VAT Sir, they're fond of quoting. Which in effect mean's a cheap "bargain" vehicle becomes a very expensive one. Or im sure, i've read somewhere that some focus diesel's of that era had convenional clutches/flywheels fitted. Could any enlightened person please confirm what type of clutch will be needed. Also too please, Has anyone any experience of a solid flywheel/separate clutch conversion, and the cost involved. Many thanks in anticipation of your response's.

Tags: technical issues clutch failure clutches dual mass flywheel clutch problem

Ford Focus Estate TDCI Estate. - What Clutch?. - focussed

Get the car round to Mr Clutch or a specialist independant - it's not going to cost £1300 there.

Ford Focus Estate TDCI Estate. - What Clutch?. - dafskipman

After much consideration, we've decided to purchase a clutch (LUK) for £100 (Europarts), and have it fitted by a competent mechanic we know. I know its a bit of a gamble, but the DMF seems OK and is exhibiting none of the obvious signs of wear. (Although the truth wont be known till its removed). Anyway fingers crossed for now. I will update this post following the surgery that takes place this saturday.

Ford Focus Estate TDCI Estate. - What Clutch?. - Collos25

A typical trader trick it atually does not mean anything I would take the car back for him to repair or be prepared to go to the SCC.

Ford Focus Estate TDCI Estate. - What Clutch?. - dafskipman

A typical trader trick it atually does not mean anything I would take the car back for him to repair or be prepared to go to the SCC.

Thanks for your response Collos. Normally thats exactly what i would do, but my son in law in his haste signed a receipt from the trader that specifically stated that the vehicle was sold for spares only with no guarantees whatsoever. We had a good test drive when initially viewing the vehicle (at least 5 miles) and we couldn't find any issues whatsoever. it was only the day after bringing it home, a journey of approx 40 miles that the clutch started to slip. I am fully aware about the sale of goods act and the fact that items have to be of merchantable quality. However the trader seems to have all bases covered on this one, due to the naivety of my son in law. apparently my back was turned as i was chatting to the traders wife when he signed the receipt. At the end of the day we haven't shed too many tears because even after shelling out another £300 on top of the purchase price we still paid well below book price and should he decide to sell, theres plenty of margin for profit. Just proves the old adage though- Buyer Beware!!.

Ford Focus Estate TDCI Estate. - What Clutch?. - Collos25

A typical trader trick it atually does not mean anything I would take the car back for him to repair or be prepared to go to the SCC.

Thanks for your response Collos. Normally thats exactly what i would do, but my son in law in his haste signed a receipt from the trader that specifically stated that the vehicle was sold for spares only with no guarantees whatsoever. We had a good test drive when initially viewing the vehicle (at least 5 miles) and we couldn't find any issues whatsoever. it was only the day after bringing it home, a journey of approx 40 miles that the clutch started to slip. I am fully aware about the sale of goods act and the fact that items have to be of merchantable quality. However the trader seems to have all bases covered on this one, due to the naivety of my son in law. apparently my back was turned as i was chatting to the traders wife when he signed the receipt. At the end of the day we haven't shed too many tears because even after shelling out another £300 on top of the purchase price we still paid well below book price and should he decide to sell, theres plenty of margin for profit. Just proves the old adage though- Buyer Beware!!.

The receipt means nothing but you have gone ahead at your own cost.a bit late now but I would still see if the trader is willing to pay towards the cost.

Ford Focus Estate TDCI Estate. - What Clutch?. - dafskipman

New clutch now fitted and all is well. The DMF was examined and appeared to be absolutely fine, so i guess lady luck shined on us with that one. The reason i post this, is just to remind people that there are alternatives to the money-grabbing franchised dealers out there. If Ford had undertaken the repair, they would have fitted a new DMF (or at least charghed for one) as well as the clutch, because according to Ford they must be changed together as one. The bill for that would have been circa £1200 + VAT. As it is we paid Europarts £125 for the 3pc clutch kit and a local (trusted) mechanic fitted it for £175 all in. Total cost £300. A good result.

Ford Focus Estate TDCI Estate. - What Clutch?. - gordonbennet

Good result and thanks for updating and concluding the thread.

Useful and encouraging information for those in similar circumstances.

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