OP, you must be one of the most careful car buyers I've ever heard of.
Did you find out why the Focus was sooty? maybe it only ever did short trips? Sounds like you let a good car slip through there.
No the Mrs is haha, its her car. The focus is still there. Just very odd the oil would be below E after 6 months. It only blew soot the first 3 revs, but after that the slippery water appealed and I thought is this oil or just water and soot.
I knew I should have said Transmission, fair play, lol.
Subaru is what we know and had and got written off by a WRX rofl. .... cost us a lot in money as it was an older model and the insurance would only pay out 75% and we had just put $1000 into it. It cost us $2600, 2.5l that had Wingers service history, 185kkm when we got it, written off at 235kkm. Only issues were disc needed a grind (shudder), and the plastic end that feeds the radiator to the engine hose split, drove it 15km near high, no problem new plastic end and a new valve for the bottom of the radiator (wasnt opening hence looked like was engine). Brake pads. A new exhaust part. New tyres. And thats when Mr im on my phone failed to stop at a major intersection, 2 weeks after new wof costing $1k all up. ....
We were so close to pulling trigger on a low KM import Outback other week for $7600, 140kkm, 3.0l, but the Mrs didnt want to spend, that, 2006 facelift model too.
Now she is ok spending up to $8k, sigh, but the Outback has gone.
Whats more important, age or KMs? Would a 3.0l legacy at 170kkm be bad buy for $7k? She likes Wagons or Hatches as she needs big boot space. I like the b4 sedan personally, but its not for me :-)
She is ultra nervise about non NZ new as she is worried imports will lose there resale overnight.
Cheers guys, I didnt expect this much help or positivity. Its flappn stressful buying for someone else, if it wasnt the Mrs I wouldnt do it.