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Old 12-03-2005, 15:15   #1 (permalink)
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Focus for use as highway transport

Hey all,

I'm looking for a new car atm and it would seem I'm getting some BS from various dealers (oh surprise!) so now I don't know what to believe.

What I'm after is a car that will be predominantly used (90%) for travel on Aussie freeways (110km/hr). I also want to keep the car as a long term purchase.

A focus would do fine sizewise, and I was all set on it until I started hearing suggestions that using a 4cyl car in that way would just thrash it to death and I'd be better off with a 6cyl. But the ford guy says it's designed for the European motorways and would be fine.

I guess the logic makes sense - more power at lower revs = less strain on the engine. But is it true! Any opinions?
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Old 12-04-2005, 00:30   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Focus for use as highway transport

for hyway use go for the 6 cyl falcon.It will use not much more fuel than the 4 on the hyway speeds plus long wheelbase equals smooth ride, less noise.

i have a 6cyl ef futura and i get 750 ks out of the 67 liter tank on the hyway. a 4cyl wiil not be much better than 6.5 liters to 100ks. for the sake off saving 2 bucks per 100 ks with the 4 cyl you will forfiet the power and comfort of the falcon.



I guess the logic makes sense - more power at lower revs = less strain on the engine. But is it true!

Yes!
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Old 12-04-2005, 06:52   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Focus for use as highway transport

The Focus will do just fine, and will use about 30% less fuel than a Falcon. And it should be worth something when you come to sell it!.

I drove a 1.6l Focus in England 3 years ago. It averaged just under 40 mpg in mixed city (London!) and motorway driving (80-90 mph). Great little car.
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