What to pay
Despite early cars touching five years old now, prices aren't falling particularly fast. Early cars with 40,000-50,000 miles haven't yet dropped below £18,000 whether looking privately or buying from an independent dealer.
The vast majority of mk2 RSs are in the £20-23K bracket, where there’s a wide choice of both standard and modified cars with a full service history. Even Mountune-upgraded cars don’t attract a significant premium, but then neither do any of the best-known upgrades devalue a well-cared-for RS. Top dealer price for a late, low-mileage RS with all the options is £23-24K.
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The rare RS500 is pricier: many dealers ask £35K and specialist Focus RS Direct has delivery-mileage cars up for £40K - as much as they cost when new.
|Engine||In-line 5-cyl, 2521cc, turbo|
|Power||300bhp @ 6500rpm|
|Torque||324lb ft @ 2300-4500rpm|
|Transmission||Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive|
|Top speed (claimed)||163mph|
|Price when new||£27,575 (2010)|
|Tyres (each)||£164.99 front and rear, Conti SportContact|
|Brake pads (front set)||£174.97|
|Brake discs (front pair)||£250.13|
|Suspension upgrade||£769.00 (BC Racing coilovers set)|
|Engine stabiliser bracket||£79.99 (GGR)|
|Exhaust||£521.54 (Mongoose, cat-back)|
|Spark plugs (set of five)||£52.74|
Parts prices from grahamgoode.com. Tyre prices from blackcircles.com. All prices include VAT at 20 per cent
|25,000 miles (or 24 months)||£345.48|
|37,500 miles (or 36 months)||£411.97|
Prices from grahamgoode.com including VAT at 20 per cent 2,500 miles (or 12 months) £275.94
www.focusrsoc.com (forums, advice, events)www.rsownersclub.co.uk (forums, advice, events)www.grahamgoode.com (parts, tuning, servicing)www.focusrsdirect.co.uk (specialist, sales)www.j-w-racing.co.uk (tuning, modifying)www.mountuneperformance.com (tuning)www.focusrsparts.co.uk (parts and servicing)