So true. That said I’ve had our Focus nearly 5 years next year, I’ve spent a few quid on bits to keep on top of it this year I’ll have you know!
If anyone doubts the above advice, I’d suggest a trip to Cleckheaton Trade or whatever they call themselves this week for a snapshot of what crap they are selling. An acquaintance who buys and sells won’t touch anything VAG round that area, too much of the tackle he comes across is bent, fucked, badly modified, never been serviced or just plain dodgy.
Cornwall used to be a good shout for decent older well looked after cars, I picked up a Sierra once from Penzance, at that time it was a bit special as the arches didn’t have a spot of corrosion on them which at the time was unusual. Not the cheapest but a good source nevertheless. My old man lives in semi rural Somerset, loads of tidy Mk1 Focus, Astra G etc that’s probably never been out of the county and serviced on the dot. The place to go for err that sort of thing.