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  1. Do you find forum responses from FOC members helpful? We would imagine you did, so please show your appreciation to our members and click "Like" in their post. It's members that go out of their way to help each other that make FOC such a great place, so liking their post is a visual way to say thanks!
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  2. We all appreciate that you may not quite grasp 100% the advice offered on this forum but the answers you seek are not straightforward or easy to explain. I believe that everyone who has offered advice to you have been nothing but patient and happy to go out of their way to help. I'm sure that nobody here wants to patronise you by only replying in words of one syllable. You have joined the forum for answers to your car problems so please don't insult members when they try to help you. Remember that many of us are car amateurs like yourself therefore their answers will consist of varying levels of guesswork and a gradual process of elimination. We get that you have problems but to be bluntly honest it appears to me that you are the one making an issue of it not the other members. Sent from my SM-G930F
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  3. Just like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. 🎅🎅
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  4. Got my tree up today, not enough room for tinsel though.
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  5. I can remember back to when we took Blackie, the cat who had lived with us for 16 years, on that last visit to the Vet. While it hurt a lot, and was hard at the time, thoughts of what he added to my life were a big compensation. And still are today. Animals, and humans, may die, but memories, especially good ones, live on. Brandy was a very lucky creature. After a bad start, she found someone who would give her all the care she could want, right up to the very last possible point. But I am sure it worked both ways. In her way, as best she could, she would no doubt return that care with faithful devotion and companionship. Life and death are inextricably inter-twined. We have to survive the bad bits, and hang on to the good bits as hard as we can. The good times with Brandy, some of which I read about on this site, will stay with you, and with many of us, for as long as we can keep our memories! It is great to think that another dog may have the chance for a new & better life, like Brandy did. And because every animal is different, and every human, he or she will never replace Brandy, but will be different. You can have both, in a way, one in memory, one in real life!
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  6. Yes, that is very true I will grieve for Brandy and then I'll give another dog a new home, and hopefully another 16 good years
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  8. Fastlife, I'm taking my moderator hat off for a moment right now... I would never discriminate a member for any reason, especially with a disability and I am offended as an individual that after I catered for your difficulties by explaining several ways and detailed reasons as to how you can do these tests and dedicated a lot of time away from my family to support you, only to recieve your blatant rude retort below. If I was in a pub with you and you had said that, I would have flipped out or walked away yet you didn't understand how the below was potentially seen as an offensive retort to someone trying to help you. I supported you and your retort of **somebody kill me now** was where I had my problem, nothing to do with your difficulties but everything to do with your attitude problem in your response. Putting my mod hat back on, if you feel I have treat you unfairly, I invite you to complain to Steve and Trevor, detailing your concerns and your reasons for how I have treat you so poorly. In fact I would ask you to do this, as I will not be seen on this forum apparently abusing members and allowing that to be the case and having it going unrecognised by forum management. I will start the ball rolling by quoting@steve and@trevor in this reply. I have been a part of this forum for I believe 8 years now, have the highest post count of all members and have served as a moderator for I believe around d 5 years or more, in that time I have never treat any member unfairly, rudely or in any way discriminatory. On an unrelated moderator point, you talk about how you would want people to approach you, yet you start a rant in my direction on another public thread, after I explained what my problem was with you. I came from knowing nothing 8 years ago, to knowing all I do now mostly because of this forum, I preach how to save money because I was fed up being burned by dealers, and I would hope I have helped many more members over the years than you will have the pleasure of knowing. I'm offended I have been referred to as a troll though. Sent from my D6603 using Tapatalk
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  9. Humbug [emoji38] Sent from my SM-G930F
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  10. To be blunt here- You don't like the look, ride or sound of an ST? So why look at buying an ST? I have been in one and it was perfectly fine. Sent from my SM-G930F
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  11. Is that there them new anti-gravity fiesta's
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  13. So I've been on this forum for a little bit now and Joined the FOC today! I've had my little Vision Blue Zetec S for a little over three years now and I love it! I picked her up from a traders in Leeds in a pretty sorry state, unfortunately the previous owner had neglected her a bit. Overdue a service by about 15k, with that soon sorted I replaced the 16" alloys with some tasty 17" items picked up from eBay. Last year I decided to fit an ST180 rear axle, overhaul the braking system as it was in a pretty poor state, stainless steel exhaust system right the way through, sports cat linked to a Cobra sport non-resonated cat back system and a Pipercross panel filter oh and an ST rear end just to finish it off... So as she is sitting now I've decided to do a bit more work to her. Pipercross cold air induction kit, Piper fast road cams, ECU remap, ST180 front brake upgrade, fast road pads + disks all round, facelifted front end with Pumaspeed's RS look-a-like bumper, RS rear spoiler, Mk7.5 headlights, Mk7.5 bonnet, Bilstein B14 coilovers, Pumspeed ST180 tracklite wheels. Interior wise Ford satnav unit, with DAB headunit with Sync, facelift center console with armrest, Mountune short throw gear lever and short throw arm. Will hopefully be posting some updates in the new year. :-Nick
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  14. I work in an environment where coming into contact with people suffering from a wide and varied range of mental / physical conditions is a daily occurrence. I am an experienced Mental Health First Aider and have had instances of literally 'talking someone down from the ledge', not a nice situation to get into as it applies a great level of risk to me personally. I think that there is a tendency nowadays to label mental health and learning difficulty conditions too readily in order to pidgeonhole them, and satisfy the need to be able to audit or quantify the figures by people who just want to score points from within their company / agency / authority. There was never any labelling of ADHD or Autism in my school years, kids were just 'naughty'. Labelling someone with a particular syndrome (in my personal view) is counter-productive and serves no other purpose than to allow some authority a means to satisfy a culture whereby numbers (no matter how worthless) ensure that they have a job collating junk data, whilst tagging some poor sufferer that really only wants help not a statistic in a box on someones spreadsheet.
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  16. last day working on vauxhalls tommorow, horray. lol
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  17. First mods completed thanks to my wife and son Christmas presents Before After And finally shark fin aerial replacement
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  18. I Googled "Granny Sooker" and it brought up various Gilfs performing a sexual act? Be back in a bit, might as well watch it now!
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  19. Came here just as a one off for bit of advice, now it's bookemarked in my phone and looking every other day. your all such a happy bunch and thanks for the support n welcome. have a fab Christmas and new year peeps 👍
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  20. Yeah, having had -5 yesterday morning, I arrived at the station to see a pillock in a Saab obviously going home from night shift completely iced up, looking through a slot about 6"x4" in the windscreen... Where's the old bill when you need them?
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  21. I do like how supportive FOC members are, since I posted up the loss of Brandy tonight I also like our vets and what they did and laid on for Brandy They can't be worse than either the Italians or the Portuguese surely Lidl bought Focus DIY site down here and that was some time ago
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  24. Indeed, only the bluntest of tools would buy a new Vauxhall
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  25. Welcome to the forum Gazza, I've saw your post on my profile page there aswell thanks for the kind comments & getting directly in contact, it's a better organised layout if i respond on this thread rather than my profile page. Before you invest in this project mate I suggest saving funds for the planned future project as I've spent over 12 euro on mine and it handles just like an ST but in terms of performance its still not an ST, it takes copious amounts of your money and you won't notice because it will always look good in exchange for your cash, next thing you realise; give spent 2 grand on modifcations. Now with that said I'll answer your question; Everything from the ST both inside and out will fit your focus 100% except engine parts & exhausts. The seats bolt in no problem, to remove front and rear seats you will need a TX40 and a TX50 bit available from Halfords both for around 16 pounds or the key set is available for around 12 pounds I couldn't decide at the time and I'm forever dropping tools so I bought both 😅 I've created a few guides including fitting the ST pod here: http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/68214-full-list-lennys-guides/ My six year long build thread is also here: http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/41443-taking-oval-to-blue-horizon-lennys-build-thread-2010-2015/ Regarding the Body kit: The best place to get the ST parts is from the breakers on eBay, your focus is a Mk2.5 model 2008-2011 the zetec part doesnt matter its just spec. Regarding the wheels👇 🙊Bigger is not always better when it comes to fitting 18's alot of people don't mention increased "unsprung mass" Unsprung mass is basically everything which is attached to the vehicle that is not supported by the springs. The less weight of the unsprung mass; the faster the vehicle will be or atleast more responsive. Fitting bigger rims or bigger brakes discs or even calipers all contribute to the unsprung mass of the vehicle which reduces the free rotation and can wear out the clutch prematurely aswell. I've gotten first hand experience with increased "unsprung mass" when I upgraded my 16x7.5 wheels to 18x8 wheels the larger heavier rim looked the dogs swingers for sure but truth be told they also reduce the take off speed and responsive acceleration, The 8" wide rim reduces the vehicles tight turning angle causing you to dip left before turning right at times much like a formula one driver to take tight turns. Tyres are at minimum 100 pounds each if you are expecting them to last you 12 months, there's no option of purchasing a partially worn 225/35/18 neither that don't happen like it do with 205/55/16 sized tyres. On the positive side though; 18x8" wheels offer fantastic handling on the road when combined with good tyres you can get up to 45mph on a medium sized roundabout the lateral grip is fantastic, also on the motorway 140mph is as stable as 20mph there's no feeling like your coming through the Ozone layer in a space ship type judder it's plain sailing all the way. overall if your prepared to spend 400 per year on tyres and don't mind losing the ability to spin the front tyres outside McDonald's on a Friday night then 18's are definitely fun especially on the bend's. perhaps take up oven tray drifting instead😉saves the tyres Regarding Lowering If your persistent on doing somthing to improve your focus in terms of both style and performance then I highly recommend lowering springs. I've had the Ford approved eibach lowering springs fitted and it takes a few weeks for them to fully bed in but when they do; they make every journey more fun, the vehicle becomes very predictable in corners and doesn't sway like an elephant on a tricycle the top doesn't lean as much aswell as a reduction in understeer, being ford approved lowering springs they don't cause the chassis to scrape on anything ever, I've toured the country done over 100,000 miles lowered and never scuffed the body. The only negative point about lowering the car is the camber😁; some people are not aware of the excessive negative camber which needs to be corrected, Correcting the front camber can be done without changing any stock parts, however the rear camber bolts need swapping out for a set of eibach adjustable rear camber bolts, they cost under 30 pounds and allow the hub to be adjusted so as the full surface of your tyre is making contact with the road but with a marginal offset lean towards the sky which is ready for the lateral G when doing 35-40 on the roundabouts without slipping out on you. After lowering the vehicle and fitting the adjustable rear camber bolts; i highly recommend have the laser tracking alignment carried out at your local tyre specialist, The service costs around 40 pounds takes about an hour and prevents your tyres prematurely wearing out on only the inside which looks like this👇 😥Regarding the exhaust: The ST exhaust won't fit a regular focus because of the spare tyre well consuming the space where the ST or RS muffler resides. A full catback exhaust which replaces everything from the catalyst back to the tip or tips will cost you between 400-450 in T304 Stainless steel. You currently have a single exit mild steel exhaust as standard, the exhaust your looking for is a duplex, here's one available off the shelf from Piper Performance in the UK built from T304 aircraft grade stainless steel making it super light and never rusts. It's designed to fit to Focus ST exhaust hangers which do bolt straight in to your focus and replicate the genuine ST exhaust, there are a range of tips available including ST replica ones if desired. If you need any more advice feel free to post it on Here or if it's relating to one of the guides just post the question in the relevant guide and myself or a fellow member will respond within 24hr's 👍
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  26. So I've had the RS for a month now and thought I would share my initial thoughts and opinions good and bad about this much anticipated car. This thread will only be for my on-going thoughts and opinions rather than any mods or other upgrades that I complete. If you are interested in those please see my other thread Philf1's Nitrous Blue Focus RS. This is my daily driver so it has to be able to do everything any other car can do as well as having the performance abilities the RS is best known for. In my first month of ownership I have covered just over 1200 miles of totally reliable driving. The car has not missed a beat once. I have driven a mixture of roads, motorway, A roads and country B roads. All have been handled impeccably. The steering is very precise point it where you want it to go and that is exactly where you end up. Acceleration is savage, when required, but more than able to be driven sensibly in built up areas. It's almost like having two cars in one. The ride is really comfortable compared to my previous car, the Fiesta ST with Mountune 215 power upgrade, in normal mode. Power is put down well no drama in any gear and brakes are quite amazing. The standard seats certainly help in the comfort area as well as being heated which isn't an option on the shell seats. However put the car in Sport mode and the it is transformed into something quite different. Throttle response is quicker, steering stiffens as does the ride, quite considerably and more like the Fiesta. The throttle response is so sharp that you have to take extra care in town driving. The stiffer suspension makes for far better cornering than normal mode but can be switched back to normal ride whilst still retaining sport acceleration and steering. Sport mode also gives you the infamous pops and crackles from the exhaust, always fun when unsuspecting pedestrians are around, or in tunnels. The cabin is a good place to be. Not very much different to any other Focus except for the flat bottom steering wheel with RS logo and blue stitching. However everything is there in easy reach and familiar to any Ford driver. I was fortunate enough to get Sync 3 due to delivery delays and I'm please with that. From all accounts it seems to be better than Sync 2. The large touch screen display is clear and relatively easy to navigate and set up. Sound system, I have Sony speakers and sub-woofer in the boot, is clear and good quality. DAB reception is as good as the signal so a bit hit and miss, I use a mini usb for my own music and sometimes my iPhone as well, all are good. and the display shows not only track information but a the album cover for the track being played. The sat nav is straight forward and includes 3D rendering in town centres. Also displays the current speed limit and has speed camera locations and warnings, very useful. Directions are clear if sometimes a little close to the actual junctions. I previously used TomTom and don't think this Ford system is as good but it is certainly capable. All the instruments are well laid out and clear. The heating is extremely efficient getting warm really quick even on the coldest mornings. Auto lights are good but not convinced about the auto wipers yet. I've not really found a satisfactory setting for the sensitivity yet. The bi-xenon headlights are very good. Excellent beam pattern that adjust dependent on external conditions they also feature an adaptive cornering feature at low speed. I was initially sceptical about 4 doors but they are actually a bonus you don't realise how much you missed the rear doors until you get them again. Rear passenger space is good with plenty of leg room and according to my passengers is a comfortable ride. Boot space is limited due to the 4 wheel drive system and the sub-woofer with the floor being level with the rear bumper. However coming from the Fiesta it is still large enough for my needs even including getting my fathers wheel chair in laid flat rather than stood up blocking the rear window. When I collected the car the salesman told me to keep a close eye on the oil level. Evidently oil consumption is high, I've read about a litre every 1000 miles. So far I'm at about mid-way between max and min levels. I will need to keep checking this every time I wash the car. It uses fully synthetic 0w40 so a trip to Halfords with my discount card will be required soon. The tyres supplied are Michelin Pilot Super Sport and seem to be fully capable of handling the performance in all conditions. I've never really a Michelin fan but these might change my opinion, time will tell. There are only two real issues I have with the RS, one is the turning circle. It is appalling how bad this is. It's actually embarrassing when parking or trying to get through gateways etc. Obviously Ford decided that the RS would never be driven into a Sainsbury's car park or around mini roundabouts. I really don't understand what possessed them with this aspect when everything else about the design is so good. The second is the size of the fuel tank. This is small, only about 52 litres and at the rate the car guzzles this is meaning two fill ups a week. Good job the sat nav has petrol stations as a POI. I'm not going to discuss MPG figures yet for a couple of reasons. Firstly it will only upset me. Secondly the first 1000 miles don't really give a true reflection of what it will achieve long term. So far I've not had the opportunity to try Launch Control (roads are too greasy), Track mode or Drift mode (not something to try on public roads) yet but will update this thread as I do. Overall I absolutely love the RS. It hasn't disappointed me once so far and every time I get in it makes me smile, what else can you ask from a car? If you have any questions please ask below and I'll try to answer them honestly for you.
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  27. On a mk25 focus you will first need to remove small rectangular plastic trim that says Airbag on it , which will reveal 2 phillips screws .undo these , pull away door rubber. Now you will need to undo torx sealtbelt bolt on bottom of c- pillar. Then slide belt out of trims slot. Btw if 3 door i have black St225 trims to sell . Yunii Sent from my SM-G925F using Tapatalk
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  28. You're not the only one with mental issues on here Mark, it shouldn't make any difference... The main problem is your lack of searching though, multimeter use for example, isn't something we can teach you in 2 minutes, if you don't understand basic electrics (resistance etc) you need to learn that first, from YouTube videos or googling would be a good start. Rather than just immediately asking on here all the time. Btw, Im a sarcastic ***** to everyone, it is meant in jest and I would hate to think anyone took it seriously.
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  29. Well it has taken what seems to be an age but the RS has finally arrived. And god it's awesome. Here's the back story of order to delivery which I decided to keep pretty much to myself as I knew the wait would be hard enough without sharing the pain with you guys. February 2016 - Never thinking I could ever afford an RS and that the Fiesta ST MP215 would be the pinnacle of my Ford ownership I saw an advert on a Ford dealer website offering repayments of almost exactly what I was paying for the ST. But wait what about the insurance I here you ask? OK that's what I was asking anyway. So I did a quote and found that the premium was actually a few pounds less than for the ST. Oh god that makes it feasible. So off I trotted to my local Stoneacre dealer to see my friendly salesman Steve. We sat down and placed the order. RS mk3 in Nitrous blue, standard seats with blue bolsters, lux pack, 19" forged alloy wheels, sync2 nav system and door edge protectors. Fantastic everything I want and expected build date to be October 2016. £1000 deposit paid. Only problem is that RS orders can only be placed at Ford Stores and my local isn't one. So the order is placed via the Doncaster branch, he can't see anything on his system so will have to ring Doncaster for everything. Two days later Steve rang me. "Good news and bad news" he says. "Good news is we have a cancellation with a build date of May 2016, bad news no door edge protectors" let me think...I'll have it!!!! March 2016 - Then the horror stories start to come out of the forums and Ford themselves. Oil leaks on the production line no cars being released and many a potential owner getting ***** off. Then I get the dreaded call. "Your build date is being put back to June but you can have the door edge protectors" Well that's OK one month extra but everything I wanted, I can live with that. April 2016 - bad news continues. Build date back to July. June 2016 - Build date back to October. News on the RS forum that the winter pack, (heated seats and steering wheel) not previously available in UK but was in Spain, I don't understand either, is now available in UK. Get me that I tell Steve but only if it doesn't delay the order any further. He gets it on the build schedule, happy days. I also find out that one of the reasons for the delay is that Ford have run out of Nitrous Blue paint. Seriously? Sack the guy responsible for that. August 2016 - Ford Fair is quite painful as all I can see are RS's at ever turn. October 2016 - Sent an email to the RS team at Ford UK. Can you confirm my build date please? Reply states it might be December but two week shut down over Christmas means it might be the New Year. Enough is enough now. I'm very unhappy and seriously considering cancelling my order. So I march off to the dealers. Steve checks and is told that they have a build date of 10th November. Another email to Ford UK later that day to be told, "actually yes build date is 10 November and here's your VIN number. Whooop. Straight onto ETIS and there it is and they started building on the 8th two days early. November 2016 - Over the next few weeks I watch the car being built including an upgrade to Sync 3. Then I remember we've never actually sat down and worked out the finance in detail. Better get that done then. Off to see Steve, he's nowhere to be seen. Off sick I'm told he's had an operation and not due back till the New Year. *****. Anyway Paul says don't worry we'll sort it. What did Steve arrange for you. So I told him. "Seriously? That's a cracking deal." says Paul. I'll see what I can do. December 2016 - 5th - Paul rings. Car has landed at the dealers. If we can sort the finance you can pick it up on the 10th. God I'm nearly wetting myself now. Problem is they can't find any of Steve's paperwork, great. We discuss the finance and of course the screw tightens, your ST is now 9 months older and has 10k more miles on it so its only worth......f*** all. Jeez what now? A bit of hard talking and I get another £2k out of him. That's better. But I still need to find a bit more cash and the payments are £50 more per month than the ST. Just before Xmas, not good timing. So I juggle some finances around cancel the wife's Xmas presents, joking, and no problem I'll come in tomorrow to sign the papers. 6th- Where's Paul? His day off! Ahmed will sort it, he's the sales manager. We sit down and he gets the finance details up on screen. Your payments ill be £330 a month! No they f***ing won't be, says I. He's only quoted me on the current increased list prices not the cost when I ordered back in February. So panic over. Finance signed, Collection agreed for 11am 10th December. Saturday 10th December- The BIG day - Drove the ST, on fumes, to Doncaster, it needs 4 new tyres, current ones are like slicks, and the 3rd year service which I never got done and saved myself over £500 in total, so if you buy it make sure these have been sorted. I'll miss that car it has brought me 3 years of driving pleasure and many great memories. I arrive at the dealers to see the car in the showroom covered with a Ford car cover but the profile is unmistakable. I sign what seems to be every page of the bible hand over the ST keys and V5. OK sir if you'd like to take the cover off your new car? ***** hell not half I'd like to; Right that's all the buttons explained, phone paired let's get this show on the road. Hope I like it? Like it, it's chuffing amazing. What a car, like brown stuff off a shovel, more comfortable than the ST and sport mode transforms it into something else. I'm never going to tire of this. Here's a couple of photo's on the way home. And it's first wash That's all for now guys. I'll try update this thread over the coming weeks and months but it's hard when you never get out of the driving seat.
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  30. The v3.10 will be availabe soon for download. A friend of mine is testing it right now. But only one lang. pack will be available: Language Pack 2 - German, English (British), Polish, Russian. When the download link will be available i will post it here.
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  31. No need to swear, that's bad attitude cheerio, I'll know if I get a reply you haven't deleted your account lol
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  32. Someone up here lost one on Christmas day! Brand new Chrimbo pressie and decided to try it out.........in the middle of Storm Barbara! You shouldn't laugh, but......
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  33. I like the view from the office window AKA truck windscreen, this morning.
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  34. Paint all sorted and happy with the results. Here's a little piccy out in the wild
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  35. Best wishes to all Sent from my iPad using Ford OC
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  36. Merry xmas .best wishes to all Yunii Sent from my SM-G925F using Tapatalk
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  38. 1.0 ECOboost: Old type of coolant return hose. New modified type of coolant return hose. 1.6 ECOboost: Old type of coolant return hose. New modified type of coolant return hose. These pictures are copied from the Dutch Focusclub forum. Next to the coolant return hose the coolant reservoir is also a point of concern on the 1.0 and 1.6 ECOboost engines. The direct injected, turbocharged 1.0 and 1.6 ECOboost engines have a relative high coolant temperature. The coolant temoperature of these engines is significantly higher than the coolant temperature of a conventional naturally aspirated petrol engine. The relative high coolant temperature causes the material of the coolant reservoir to deteriorate prematurely. This results in microcracks and discoloration of the reservoir. Eventually this can also cause engine damage as a result of a cracked coolant reservoir. The coolant reservoir is pretty cheap so in case of discoloration or microcracks it should be replaced.
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  40. I've 5,415 likes though, So I'm happy with that figure, although I doubt they even pay half that figure per year in taxes
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  41. You seriously need to work on your negotiating skills Lenny, where are you going to go from 1p? Shouldve started at £1 at least!
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  42. 😯Are we going to get 1p for every liked post
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  43. Brandy licks everyone except small scruffy men that dress in black and have a passing resemblance to Russell Brand
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  45. Its always nice to be licked! Edit - Liked!
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  46. Was thinking of this for next year. Cat proof Christmas tree
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  47. I have done so many over the years that i fitted one of these in my shed
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  50. On the bright side, they may have had a security fault, but most thieves would rather walk than steal a Vauxhall!!
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