J i m

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About J i m

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  • Birthday 12/12/1982

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    Mk1 Focus 1.8 TDCi Zetec
  1. Or if you go about it the way I did, and buy a used car of 5+ years old, you've got yourself a car that still drives well, but without the hefty "diesel premium". For town driving my fuel consumption in the 1.8 Focus TDCi may not be drastically better than my 1.6 Petrol Fiesta of the same age, but it certainly isn't any worse. Much better for the longer haul, cheaper road tax, and with petrol and diesel having such similar prices at the pumps, the better economy turns into less money spent per mile. So even as a mostly short haul town driver.... I have now got car that costs less to run. Sure, the Finance deal to buy it kind of negates that for a little while, but I'm sure I could do something to pay it off quicker.
  2. Finally got to the fuel light... took me over 6 weeks since my last fill up! Anyway... after a few calculations to work out how much fuel I'd used, and how far I'd driven on it, the results are 417.6 miles of mostly town driving (with the odd country road thrown in) at 39.4 miles per gallon. I mixed some careful short shift driving (which was actually counter productive at times because I accidentally stalled it at low revs pulling out of junctions) with some more frisky driving at times. Since the specs say 39.2 mpg for urban driving, I'm fairly pleased with this result.
  3. I recently bought a 2003 1.8 tdci zetec which has done a little over 100'000 miles. And it drives really pretty well. I've just about been getting 40mpg with town driving as well.
  4. I haven't used a full tank in my Focus yet (I'm a low mileage driver) but so far I have cause to believe the manufacture mpg claims. My gauge needle is at about halfway between the 3/4 & full marks, so guestimating that I've used about 1/8 of the tank, and with the trip computer telling me I've done just 80 miles since my last fill up, throwing together some quick calculations suggest I've got 54 miles to the gallon so far! I actually think that is a little optimistic because I've done mostly town driving so far, with the odd country road thrown in, but even adjusting my calculations to say I've used 1/6 of the tank still comes up with just over 40mpg. Of-course I'm not really going to be able to make a decent mpg calculation until I next fill up and get a reliable figure for the amount of fuel used, because it's a bit hit n miss reading of the gauge, but I'm encouraged that I'm hitting the mpg that ford say the car should do.
  5. What ever floats your boat to be honest. Personally I've just activated it on mine, took a couple attempts but got there in the end. :) I envisage it being especially useful during "Mad Friday" at Le Mans where the frivolity traditionally sees the mob (did I say mob? I meant crowd) crowd the roads, urge cars to do burn outs and open random doors to splash drivers and passengers with water and in some cases nick the shopping out of their boots. Another small touch I really like about my Focus is the way the interior light comes on when you unlock the car and also when you switch the engine off, I find that nice and useful touch.
  6. And I've got it! :D Very perky engine feels pretty much as responsive as my Fiesta, has the inevitable lag in 1st and 2nd gear, but is very torquey there after. A little bit noisy on idle, but again to be expected. Has lighter steering and sharper brakes than I was used to on my Fiesta, seems to handle as well as I'd expected but feels a little bit detached at the moment. I'm putting that down to first drive in a new cars feeling like riding your mates bike kind of feeling. Takes time to settle into the feel of it. Not particularly comfortable in the driving position yet, but I'm not too worried about that as my Fiesta felt very strange for the first days and it eventually felt like a well worn pair of shoes. Haven't had the time to give it a properly long and varied test drive yet, I guess I'll wait until my next day off work.
  7. Diesel always used to sound rubbish... and loud. But in recent years they are getting quieter and quiter. Take Audi and Peugeot at Le Mans racing for example... the best engines, the most powerful, the most economical... and unfortunately the most silent! Seriously... the Audi R10 and R15 sounds a bit like an extra quiet vacuum cleaner. As far as I'm concerned though if you want a loud car on the road... change the exhaust.
  8. That would be true if petrol was still significantly cheaper than diesel. But it's not, in many stations it's now the same price, and in some cases the diesel is actually cheaper at the pumps. That could change again, but for the meantime diesel is making good financial sense.
  9. In my Fez the wheel is fixed. And believe me I had that drivers seat in every single possible position. But I never liked or bought it for it's ergonomics. Before the fez I had a 1991 year Vauxhall Astra 1.6 si. From a ergonomics point of view it was spot on, just absolutely perfect very very comfortable. I only got rid of it because the body was rapidly rusting away, and because due to poor modding (not on my part) It took corners like the titanic. When I first got in the Fez it was like sitting in a mini bus compared to the Astra, very very weird. But ignoring the ergonomics and concentrating on it from a driving and handling point of view then my fez is easily the best car I have ever owned. It's very responsive and very chuckable and also easy to rescue if you get out of shape. (I'm expecting the Focus to a step ahead). But remember we have opposing driving styles... you seem to be the Mr Gilles Villeneuve advocate, flat out sideways everywhere whilst I'm more like a Jim Clark advocate, very smooth but also very quick for it :P The best thing for me though... about changing to this Diesel focus is that with my commuting to work... the larger tank and better fuel economy is going to mean that I'll be able to commute to work and back for more that two weeks longer than I can in my fez without re-filling. I'm quite a low mileage driver.
  10. It's a 115 bhp. Both more powerful and more torque than the 1.6 petrol in the fez. But probably more due the extra weight a slightly slower 0-60 time. But if it feels anything like the fez in terms of engine feel then I'll be very happy with it. This will be the first time I've driven a diesel since passing my test back in 2001. And experience of that diesel Corsa led me to expect a heavier feel to the controls. Not a bit of it! Yesterday when I was sitting in it and playing with the interior I noticed that the clutch pedal was actually lighter than the clutch in my petrol fez. Plus from an ergonomic point of view, one thing that has always really annoyed me about the fez is that in pretty much any driving position the steering wheel blocks the "60-70mph" part of the speedo... I sat in the drivers seat in the Focus and that was the first thing I looked for. Not a bit of it. I think I'm going to enjoy this car :D
  11. I'll finally be taking ownership of my 53 plate, Focus 1.8 TDCi Zetec on Monday! :D Flame red.... back to "Rosso corsa" after 5 years of "BRG" for me It will actually be my 3rd red car, having had 1 white, 1 blue & 1 green in my previous history.
  12. Put down a deposit for a Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi Zetec 3dr, (mileage 103112) today. Deal is about 50% done I think.
  13. The five doors are good if you have a family. Practicality ftw. However if you're single and vain like me... 3 door all the way.
  14. I'll give it a go. I'll be selling mine soon, to trade for a Focus. And I want there to be as few excuses as possible for haggling the price down! So service, mot + tax to do, minor touch ups, renewing the "ford" badges which have faded, replacing cracked rear cluster etc... just little things that complete it really.
  15. Yeah, that always annoyed me. Funny thing is... now even with my engine turned off, my boot button does not work.