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Ford Focus Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • area123area123 Posts: 22
    Don't know how it would be in your area but I've gotten several quotes for an 09 SE auto w/ cruise control. That just seems to be how they are equipped around the Tulsa, Ok area. Best price so far is $14749 on the SE, and $15558 on an SES Auto. This is after $2500 in rebates assuming the $500 rebate using ford credit also. I was hoping for about $14500 on the SE which would be in line with Edmunds TMV, and about $15100 on the SES.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    The Focus has been about a $5000 off MSRP car in summer for numerous years. If you are in an area where they Hyundai Elantra can be had for close to $4000 off MSRP, that would be a better car and deal.

    Car prices have been jacked up recently because of the $3500-$4500 cash for clunkers vouchers from the govt. This may last a few months.

    Good luck
  • wingerrwingerr Posts: 2
    It's been a long while since I bought a new car, and I just paid MSRP on a 2010, to which the dealer added another $321, listed in "dealer installed equipment" which he called a dealer fee. He stated it was for performing paperwork like "lien release".
    This is something I've never heard of, is that really something that's done for a new car? Or is this just the new way for the dealer to put the usual "ADP"?
    This dealer did some really creative things with the invoice, which I had mostly corrected, and this dealer fee still remained.
    It seems the old car sales practices that kept me from buying new are still alive and kicking at some places.. I have to admit it was quite an unpleasant experience, being as unprepared as I was walking into the Ford dealership. My fault in being sucked in by the C4C program deadline.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Yes, these "document fees" are pretty standard. The amount varies by market. I just look at it as they are realy just giving a lower discount than claimed, though that does not work in your case.

    In my area the fee is much more modest, typically $99-129. I've read of fees as high as $500-600 in some markets.

    I hope you at least got the $2000-3000 rebates on your new Focus (or were those only on the '09?).
  • wingerrwingerr Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info- I really didn't think that add on fee was really on the level, but it's good to know it's not unheard of-

    No rebates at all- there was a tristate ford rebate for the 2010 that I saw listed online for 1000, but this dealer didn't seen to know anything about it, and I didn't see it on the ford website, so maybe it was outdated or in error.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    A 2010 focus should have about 2500 off msrp in discounts etc. A 09 about 4500-$5000. Unfortunately most of this went out the window for many, as a deluge of people smelling free money flooded dealerships with sales rates for about 30 days never seen in the history of many dealerships.

    Obviously, with demand that high, and many people entering the door who hadn't bought a new vehicle since the Reagan Administration, normal discounts disappeared supplanted by $4000 gov't vouchers straight into the dealerships and factory's pockets.

    With some clunkers worth $1500 and up, many could have done better or as well a month before the gov't certificates. The flood of demand driving prices up cancelling out most or all of the $4000 govt check.

    Just another $3 billion to the gov't debt clock.


    Thanks for the info- I really didn't think that add on fee was really on the level, but it's good to know it's not unheard of-

    No rebates at all- there was a tristate ford rebate for the 2010 that I saw listed online for 1000, but this dealer didn't seen to know anything about it, and I didn't see it on the ford website, so maybe it was outdated or in error.
  • I'm looking for a new Focus sedan in Houston. Does anyone have idea how much I should expect to pay? Am I too late for the summer specials?
  • I mentioned this in other forums, but felt it was worth repeating... If you are a Ford Focus owner - try to check out the Ford Owners ( website. It helps to keep everything online, and allows you to keep track of your cars’ complete maintenance records, calendar/mileage of recommended maintenance, and tons of coupons to use when you have your car checked at a Ford dealer
  • Hi evrybody, I signed a contract yesterday at a dealer ( TryCastle in Silver Spring Md). They price they said OUT THE DOOR was not the one I found in the contract later when I get home...When I went to signed the contract I was focused on the interest rate and the monthly payment that I did not double check the price and options the charge me....Can anyone tell what are my option....
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 91,876
    Have you taken delivery?


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  • And you thought they fixed the alignment issues in the 2008s! Don't be fooled! First set of tires went around 18,000 miles--they blamed it on me, said I didn't get them rotated enough. So, after another $500 and a brand new set of Pirellis, I faithfully rotated every 6,000 miles with my oil changes---didn't do much better, my 65,000 mile tires last about 30,000 miles! I bought this car for the fuel savings, but it seems as though I have to put a brand new set of tires on the stupid thing every year. Where's the savings?? And, where's Ford?? This is the first Ford I've owned in years, and I should have stuck with my Dodge/Chrysler products. Ford needs to put their money where their mouth is--why do they continue to get away with selling a faulty product??
  • Any car dealer should have at least a 48-72 hour return policy! Go straight to the manager!
  • I dont understand why your tires didnt last much longer! I own a 2008 Focus myself with 42,000 miles on it. I have never rotated the tires and they still have good tread!. There must be a reason you are haveing so much trouble!. If you ever find out why this is happening please let us know
  • I ordered a 08 SES but I had the 5 speed trans put in. With the manual trans the car preforms much better then with the auto. My wife got the same model with the auto. transmission and I drove bothh. GET THE MANUAL! you will be glad you did
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    If your tires have a 65,000 mile warranty and wore out in 30,000, then the tire mfr should pay about 1/2 the cost of the new tires.
  • Not if it's due to a defect on your vehicle.

    MFG Bulletin Date: 20090201



    Date added to datbase: 20090219
  • TSB Number:08-5-8 NHTSA Number:10024825 TSB Date:March 1, 2008 Date Added to File:May 30, 2008
    Failing Component:
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission
    4r27e transaxle no 3rd or 4th gear--built on or before 1/29/08.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    If the tires have worn evenly, there is no defect. If they have worn unevenly and it was not do to aggressive driving, then I'd assume you need an alignment or some other repair.

    It was not a Focus, but my kid wore out 2 tires in 6000 miles. They had a 60K mi warranty, so the tire manufacturer gave him two new tires and he paid only for mounting and balancing
  • Bought Ford Focus SE Auto with option Rapid Spec 201A for $14,628.31 at Covert Ford Austin TX. OTD price was $15,853.20.

    They wanted to charge $299 for VIN etch but waived the fee on my request. Overall, the experience was very smooth and cordial.
  • You folks buying the Ford Focus should get the 5 speed manual transmission! I own a fully loaded ses I had to special order the car built at Ford as the top end models have the auto in them. My wife got the same model ses with the Auto. transmission in it. Although the auto trans. in my wife's car never failed in the time she owned it ( she sold at 18,000 miles the shifting on that auto wasent right! . The manual transmission has much greater power and pick up also the stick shift trans gives much better control in winter driving conditions!. And let me tell you from experience a clutch plate is much less money to replace then a automatic transmission!. Also the 5 speed trans. cuts the weight down on the Focus and gets MUCH better fuel mileage!. Not to mention the 5 speed trans. lowers the out the door price BIG TIME!
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    MPG is actually about the same: EPA "combined" figure is 28 mpg for both the auto and the manual.

    Manual does save some money up front, most of that will probably be given back when you sell as the market for manual transmission cars is very thin. Probably something like 90% of potential buyers will not even consider one.

    I do think it is about time that Ford upgraded to a 5 speed auto in the Focus.
  • The resale value on a Ford Focus is squat anyway. My wife sold hers a fully loaded SES With the auto trans. at 13,000 miles and only got $9,000 for it! The Focus is the kind of car you buy and drive until the wheels fall off. If you want resale value other cars do much better!. Anyway, I get 38-41MPG hwy with the 5 speed manual in my Focus so I have to disagree with your post regarding the MPG being the same with the Auto and the 5 speed. As I stated before We owned both and I have driven both and I have to say the performance of the Focus with the 5 speed manual is much better then the auto trans! The manual lets you get all the horse power out of that 2.0!. JMO but also my experance!
  • myrtle73myrtle73 Posts: 2
    Hi, I live in the Illinois/Iowa area "Quad Cities.' I would like to get a couple, but if the price is right I would get a sedan
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,079
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  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
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  • tomcatt630tomcatt630 Posts: 124
    Well, Focus resale is better now than it used to be. Dealers here in Chicago area have had 2008 Focus SE's with popular features priced at $10,995 for nearly 12 months. used 2009's are set at $12,995. A few years ago, a two year old Focus would be $9000.

    Focus is no longer a 'throw away' car. The 2008+ models are holding value that used to be only for imports.
  • mnfmnf Spokane WaPosts: 405
    What are the used 09 fully loaded going for in your area....

  • I just traded in my 2000 Ford Focus SE for a new 2010 Ford Focus SE with Rapid Spec 201A package and SE Appearance package for $13,733.

    I didn't bargain much over price, other than asking for and receiving $500 college grad bonus on top of $3,500 in rebates already listed. Nor did I bargain on my trade-in and felt satisfied to get $500 for a car that is in need of significant repairs and reconditioning.

    But I did shop around for loan rates and let the dealership know I was also considering a Hyundai Sonata 2011 for which I qualified for 2.9 percent financing. Ford dealer gave me 2.89 percent.

    I bought it because the price and rate were right, this car just felt great, and I was put off by the price of the Sonata and the sales tactics of the Hyundai sales person I talked with as well as the unwillingness of another Hyundai dealer to bend on price and match a third dealer's offer of $1,000 under invoice.

    And besides, I didn't want to give up the fun of a manual for an automatic (there were no manual Sonatas available).

    I am just thrilled with the new car! And the sales rep, Jon McKean, treated me with respect and integrity through the whole process. I would buy another car from him and urge anybody who's looking for a Ford in Auburn, Alabama, to look his way.
  • I took the new car out for a spin this afternoon and the power mirror control housing came off the door frame as I was turning the switch to adjust the mirrors. Looked like the plastic clips that hold it to the door were broken. Looked like someone had packed little rubber gaskets to hold the clips in place but they melted away or something. I just hope there aren't more build quality problems in this ride. It was a disappointing second day of ownership. :(
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