I am in the UK and I am currently planning to get a Ford Focus/Fiesta depending on the budget and features. I have viewed 2 Fords so far - a Focus (100K miles, 2001 model) and a Fiesta (35k miles, 2008 model). The Focus had a very stiff clutch, but the Fiesta had a slightly smoother, but still relatively stiff clutch. The gear in the Fiesta is quite smooth, so I can feel that the car is releatively newer. Because I am used to a small Vauxhall Corsa which has a very good clutch.
I have seen quite old cars such as Skoda with 66k miles, but the clutch was much better and smoother compared to Ford. That's what confuses me the most.
Is this issue quite common with the Fords? I am getting a feeling that the Fords are not very well with clutches. Does anyone has any experience. Also, If I can get the clutch work done and get it smoother, how much will it cost me?
Any help/advice is appreciated!!!
P.S. I also found the same problem with Renault Clios