Want to change the frontview of your 1st generation Focus...
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Follow these easy steps and this could be achieved in under an hour and at a damage of 35-100€.
1. Getting the Replacement
Get the shinier version of the headlights for the 1st generation ford at a ford dealer new, or look for them on ebay or other auction sites. Make sure you get the ones without the signaling indicator lights, since you could run into problems, if accidently ordering the ones for the 2nd generation focus.
2. Remove the grill
Open the motor cap and unscrew all screws you see on the grill. You have to take out the upper part first. When you got this out, the front part is still screwed to the lock, unscrew this last screw and you got out the grill. Some of the screws are just screwed into plastik to make the plastik hold, those ones can sometimes be unscrewed like on the the foto underneath, or most be unscrewed as far as possible and than pulled out with pliers.
3. Remove the old lights
One tend to think that this might be a pretty logical, straighforward task: unscrew every viewable screw and your done. Well nevertheless, you'd have to first do this (1st pic). Afterwards pull out the plug from behind the light (2nd pic). If you now try to pull the light out you feel that it is still attached anywhere. If you don't know how to go from here it can get really frustrating, but prepare and check the pictures underneath. The last screw can be accessed if you get under your car (3rd pic).
4. Almost done!
Now just put in those shiny new headlights (double check they are in the right place), screw all the screws back on (including the annyoing for which you have to get under the car), put on the plug on the back of the headlights again and you're good to go.
Credits: howtoeverything.net together with Mike Wijsman