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This is a discussion on Dangers of buying a 2017 Focus RS with possible E85 tune within the Focus RS Purchasing forums, part of the Focus RS Forums category; Originally Posted by 01010110 Originally Posted by rsyes Pm @ Hoonigan with the vin and he may be able to help you out What exactly ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01010110 View Post
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    Pm @Hoonigan with the vin and he may be able to help you out
    What exactly would he be able to help me with? Not trying to be rude but im new here, regardless I will PM him.
    He'll be able to help you find the previous owners account on this site, if it exists. Among other things, if you ask nicely
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsyes View Post
    He'll be able to help you find the previous owners account on this site, if it exists. Among other things, if you ask nicely
    I see hopefully he can help me out. I am finding it pretty hard to find a untuned RS with the specs I want. Do you believe even with the low miles it would still be a risky buy?

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    Dangers of buying a 2017 Focus RS with possible E85 tune

    Well, I’ll be checking into this. Not sure what will turn up but at least I’ll see a service history on this car.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 01010110 View Post
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    He'll be able to help you find the previous owners account on this site, if it exists. Among other things, if you ask nicely
    I see hopefully he can help me out. I am finding it pretty hard to find a untuned RS with the specs I want. Do you believe even with the low miles it would still be a risky buy?
    Yes, you can damage an engine, trans or clutch in just a few miles. If was just a 93 tune then I wouldn't be so worried but e85 or meth and they're pushing for more horsepower. I would consider broadening your search. Like I said, ditch the sunroof, look at rs1's, and expand to other states or areas. You can get a one way ticket for a few hundred to potentially save thousands or get exactly what you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoonigan View Post
    Well, I’ll be checking into this. Not sure what will turn up but at least I’ll see a service history on this car.


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    Hook up an OBDII scanner and check the key count. That's how you would tell if it was tuned. If you get a real Ford extended warranty (vs just good at that one dealer) on it then don't tune it, so if the engine blows it's on Ford.

    All we really know at this point is that it likely had a replacement intake. People put stupid badges on cars all the time, so I don't know if I would take any credence in that. If you can look under the car, see if it had catback exhaust put on it. That would lead me to believe it was tuned.

    If it's a screamin' deal then I'd consider it. There's plenty of fish in the sea. If you find one with a Mountune tune and bolt-ons, that would be much better than one with an unknown tune.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillofoc View Post
    Hook up an OBDII scanner and check the key count. That's how you would tell if it was tuned. If you get a real Ford extended warranty (vs just good at that one dealer) on it then don't tune it, so if the engine blows it's on Ford.

    All we really know at this point is that it likely had a replacement intake. People put stupid badges on cars all the time, so I don't know if I would take any credence in that. If you can look under the car, see if it had catback exhaust put on it. That would lead me to believe it was tuned.

    If it's a screamin' deal then I'd consider it. There's plenty of fish in the sea. If you find one with a Mountune tune and bolt-ons, that would be much better than one with an unknown tune.
    So basically I called the dealership about my concerns (missing bolt and possibility of tuned but returned to stock.) He then patched me to the service department guy that inspects cars for fords certified stamp. He told me the bolt is there under the rubber and it could have had a aftermarket air intake but he cant check if it ever had it. He told me basically to get the certified the present condition of it has to be stock. Meaning they dont care if at one point it wasn't stock all they care about is that its currently stock. Also he said that for any ford performance car a tune is checked and if it he comes up as a tuned ECU that ford will not honor a warranty or can it be certified. He also said it is possible that a tune could be on there but it was removed and undetected but he said he personally doesnt believe it was tuned because of the short time both owners had the car. OBV he can be saying all this just to get me to buy the car but at this point I think I am going to roll the dice on exactly what phill said people putting stupid badges on. Hopfully with the warranty Ill be ok. Gonna continue looking around till Friday but if nothing comes up till then. I am gonna drive the 8 hours and pick her up

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    Either get that in writing, or don't worry about the warranty. These cars seem to be reliable at stock power levels anyhow.

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    He told me basically to get the certified the present condition of it has to be stock. Meaning they dont care if at one point it wasn't stock all they care about is that its currently stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madokami View Post
    Either get that in writing, or don't worry about the warranty. These cars seem to be reliable at stock power levels anyhow.
    Yes I will. Basically I understand I am sort of rolling the dice on this one but I feel its better to roll it on a low mileage one then to risk it on a higher mileage one. Thank you to very single person that posted I really appreciate the insight. We shall see how this one turns out

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