2013 Ford Focus help
I own a 2013 Ford Focus 127k miles, purchased for $4000 from private seller about 9 months ago.
I have put $200 for a new battery and $400 for new tire rods.
Recently, my car just started to fail so I took it into Ford to check it out. They fixed 2 warranty parts (door latch and fuel tank) and told me that I had a clutch issue but transmission was fine. They charged me $129 for diagnostic fee and here is what they wrote.
Caused by: P07A5 TCM trans friction element B on, P287A TCM Clutch B Engaged, found clutch lock up, recommend replace clutch, slave cylinder, actuator motor $2659 (2 year warranty on clutch)
I took this to 5 independent mechanics to get a quote, 2 refused to work on car, 1 charged me $2000 and another charged me $1500 but didn’t know what actuator was, last guy told me he would have to strip transmission down.
I am not very car savvy and I had no idea the Focus had so many problems, test drive was awesome and 9 months have been awesome until this point.
I just had a newborn and all of my cash is going to bills at the moment. I need a car and I just opened up a $5000 15 month 0% APR credit card. What advice do y’all have?