FORD FOCUS 2004 – manual transmission won’t shift into any gear

Okay so last night I tried to drive my car and all went well till I got to the road at the end of my drive. I tried to put the car in first but nothing came of it. I tried to just move the shifter into any gear and none would work neither would reverse. I put the car in neutral and pushed it up the drive and today I took a closer look. I don’t know much about cars but I have been researching all day and found nothing. I didn’t know if the car (2004 Focus) had hydraulic, cable, or rod system but I don’t see a master cylinder so I’m pretty sure it’s not that. The clutch pedal feels like it’s normal self and the car runs and doesn’t start without the car being in neutral and clutch disengaged so I don’t think it’s the clutch safety switch. When I try to move the shifter it seems like it has a full range of motion but if I put it forward into the 1,3,5 gear areas I can still sweep it side to side. It has me really confused. I took the sleeve off the shifter to check if in fact the shifter does have full range of motion and based on the lubricant markings it seems so. I know this is a long shot but I hope someone has an idea since I can’t moved it to take to a mechanic.

Sorry for the double post but I guess you have to write a long title to make mods happy here

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Am I crazy for wanting a Prius? For those who got an economical car, do you regret it?

Okay here’s the backstory. I’ve always been a car guy. Not just sports cars but automobiles in general. I’ve always driven stick shift and always had fun vehicles. With that being said, I’m in my 20s and my new job has me driving over 100 miles a day during my commute. Pair that with a girlfriend that lives an hour away and it means that I drive ALOT. I need a new cheap vehicle and the Prius hits every category. I’m just worried about how much I’m going to hate myself driving it every day. For those that are/were in similar situations, how did you deal with it?

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Kia Forte5 SX: a good, cheap hot hatch?

Has anyone had any experience driving or owning this car? It sounds awesome on paper but I’ve never seen it talked about. Small hatch with a 200hp turbocharged engine and a 6MT at a lower price point than a lot of the competitors. What’s the catch? Is it just another case of a great car being dragged down by the Kia brand image?

I’ve been seriously considering buying or leasing one of these because there are some insane deals by my local dealers. And before you ask, no I’m not a Kia shill, just interested by this car.

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How am I 15% liable in a car accident if a vehicle admitted he changed lanes into me on an off ramp which he had a yield sign?

So last week I was involved in a car accident where a vehicle was coming off an off ramp and attempted to yield by changing lanes, but need up side swiping into me. He admits in the report that he attempted to change lanes which lead to the accident. We weren’t going fast either, no more than 20mph.

We both have the same insurance company so we have separate claims people that we’re dealing with. After we both gave our statements to the claims people, they determined that the other driver is 85% at fault and I’m 15% at fault. I asked why am I being deemed 15% and the claims person said that I should have seen the vehicle since it was next to me. I told them yes I did see it, and it was in the off ramp and should have stayed put to yield, but instead came into my lane and then the accident occurred. I couldn’t swerve out of the way as there was a car to the right of me, and I did brake as soon as I could. To put it simple, there was nothing I could do to avoid impact.

Now my questions are: 1) Why the hell am I being held 15% at fault? 2) What are my options to avoid being held 15% at fault?

I feel like this is some scheme from the insurance company to hold me partially liable so they can use it as leverage increase rates on me. I’ve been driving for almost 20 years and never had an accident or a traffic/moving violation/ticket of any kind; and this is while driving in NYC where I have avoided almost 100+ accidents in almost 20 years of driving that would’ve been other persons fault.

This is ridiculous, it really is. Now I can understand why people can’t stand insurance companies and how they low ball people and don’t play fair.

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How much would an insurance company charge me (19F) per month with an accident on my record?

The cheapest insurance we could find for our old Plymouth voyager was $150/month under my boyfriends name. I was wondering how expensive it would be to put insurance under my name instead? The accident was 2 years ago and I’ve taken driving school. I live in Canada. I was just wondering how much the accident would affect the price of my insurance for an old van?

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Manual won’t shift into any gears

Okay so last night I tried to drive my car and all went well till I got to the road at the end of my drive. I tried to put the car in first but nothing came of it. I tried to just move the shifter into any gear and none would work neither would reverse. I put the car in neutral and pushed it up the drive and today I took a closer look. I don’t know much about cars but I have been researching all day and found nothing. I didn’t know if the car (2004 Focus) had hydraulic, cable, or rod system but I don’t see a master cylinder so I’m pretty sure it’s not that. The clutch pedal feels like it’s normal self and the car runs and doesn’t start without the car being in neutral and clutch disengaged so I don’t think it’s the clutch safety switch. When I try to move the shifter it seems like it has a full range of motion but if I put it forward into the 1,3,5 gear areas I can still sweep it side to side. It has me really confused. I took the sleeve off the shifter to check if in fact the shifter does have full range of motion and based on the lubricant markings it seems so. I know this is a long shot but I hope someone has an idea since I can’t moved it to take to a mechanic.

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Almost just had my first crash

Holy shit. I’ve been driving three years now (21yo) and never once been near to crashing or anything of that sort. It’s treacherous snow here in the UK and was dropping a friend off and his house is down a side street which was built up with a fair bit of snow. Was going 10mph tops and as I went to go around the corner the car just carried on going straight and I went head on into a curb at a sort of 3 o clock angle, stopping about a meter away from a lamppost. Wheels locked up, ABS kicked in and I pulled the handbrake and well the tyres may aswell have had skates on. Think I went wrong in slamming the brakes and pulling handbrake? It’s totally just sixth sense to just slam the brakes though?

Immediately got out and checked for damage and doesn’t seem to be any initially, the steerings still perfectly aligned, no strange noises/smoke lights on dash. Think I may have got away with it this time. Apologies for the rant but I’m a bit shook, disappointed in myself as I really pride myself on my driving.

Has anyone else had a crash/near miss and almost feel like you’ve let yourself down – without sounding as strange as possible?

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