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Ask Smithy Xtra Ford Focus Acceleration

I recently purchased a 2.0-litre auto 2004 Ford Focus, but it seems gutless. I had the 100,000 km service done and was hoping it would improve the acceleration but it hasn?t. What can I do?

First find another one and compare the performance so you know if yours really is gutless or it’s on a par with others. If it is proven to lack performance, as you suspect, have a mechanic check it and make sure things like the fuel pressure is correct, the plugs, coils, leads etc. are in good condition, and the fuel filter and air cleaner aren’t clogged.