I have a Ford Focus zetec estate 1596cc (1999, 130 000 miles). It makes a
noise - rattly, grindy sort of noise(sounds like front offside) - when on
the road. You notice it when coasting (foot off accelerator) but it goes
when clutch pedal is depressed. Also, it slows right down with road speed
as you come to a halt.
Three garages have been consulted - two of them Ford dealers. They want
to start replacing parts and possibly removing transmission and clutch
just to see if it cures it without finding out the cause for sure first.
Any sugestions? It is bad enough for me to think it needs fixing rather
than just living with it. One other thing: it seemed to develop suddenly
rather than gradually over time.