On Sat, 19 Jul 2008 21:52:27 +0100, "john westmore_______"
IMO the automatic is heavier, more costly, more complex, more prone to
problems and less fuel efficient than the 5-speed manual. I would only
consider the automatic if I had to do 90% or more of my driving in
heavy city traffic.
They were abit of a nightmare, but after 02 they are fine, and any problem
will have been sorted.
Ensure a decent test drive and pertinent questions such as "when was the
fluid last changed?"
Don't expect great mpg though..
john westmore_______ wrote:
A few objective observations from a 1.6 Zetec 2001 auto user, had car
1. There were initial problems with the auto box on the then new Focus,
but mine is a 2001, produced after they resolved the issues, and I have
had zero problems with the auto.
2. The auto box is sealed - with no requirement or provision to change
the oil - and is a Mazda unit. Comments (subjective) from other sources
suggest this is a very reliable unit, and able to run to 150,000 miles.
(Mine had done 86,000 with no auto unit maintenance).
3. I get typically 30-33 miles per imperial gallon, about 37 mpg on long
runs at about 75mph on the clock, but have had 40+ mpg (see previous
post) on long runs recently where I don't excede 70mph on the clock.
4. As with 1.6 manuals, it is quite highly geared, so no mean machine.
But for easy comfortable driving it is very good. There is a 'overdrive
off' button, which limits the normally 4 gear box to 3, which is useful
on steep gradients or when preparing to overtake.
Hope that helps.
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