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  • Birthday 12/08/1992

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    Focus Titainium
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    20,001 to 25,000
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    Bridgend, South Wales
  1. Unfortunately I've had loads of issues with it, one issue is the engine intermittently bogs down and/or cuts out for a split second when you go to accelerate Ford admit they currently have no way of repairing but won't offer me a replacement car or a refund. It always happens when you've used little to no throttle for a bit and then start to feed in some more throttle. Sometimes the engine bogs down and feels like someone is applying the brakes before it picks up, sometimes nothing happens for a few seconds before it shoots off (almost feels like turbo lag) and sometimes the engine cuts out quite harshly for a split second before it starts to go. The latter almost feels like you hit something in the road. The fault is intermittent, most of the time the car drives fine but I hate having anything wrong with my car and this really frustrates me. The car has been returned to Ford 13 times, the last time it was returned I was advised by the tech at the dealer that there was a few others complaining of the same thing and it is a programming glitch with the EGR valve. As so few people were complaining of it there was nothing they could do and no repair available. I have recorded live data of the fault happening. The graph shows in order of top to bottom... Throttle Position (%) in RED Engine Speed (RPM) in GREEN Road Speed (KPH) in LIGHT BLUE Fuel Delivery/Flow (L/H) in PINK Fuel Desired (MM³) in YELLOW Fuel Rail Pressure (Volts) in BLUE Inlet Manifold Pressure (kpa) in PINK Mass Airflow (g/sec) in ORANGE EGR Position (Volts) in RED ECU Volts in GREEN. At 1549.06s (about a third of the way across from the left) you can see on the top red line I have increased my throttle position. At which point the fuel delivery (PINK) and the Fuel Desired (YELLOW) have both nosedived to nearly zero before they start to increase. You can also see where my RPM (GREEN) dropped slightly as a result. This is the cutting out/bogging down/hesitation I'm feeling. I'm now 100% sure this is a calibration issue as all the sensors are still reporting perfectly acceptable readings. And again at 1850.58 and at 1858.88 (half way)... But yet where I accelerate just before 1880.39 the car pulls absolutely fine with no hesitation what so ever. I've finally decided to stop getting stressed about it and to just live with it. Constantly chasing it up with Ford Customer Relations (who are a complete waste of time should I add) to be let down or fobbed off was making me more and more angry. The paint was always dull, hazy, full of imperfections and there was dirt in the paint all over the car. I was told by Bridgend Ford that there was nothing wrong with it, it would be unreasonable for me to expect the paintwork to be perfect and that I was just being picky. The car covered in masking tape... In the end Newport Ford flatted the paint back and polished it up and it came up an absolute treat. Couldn't believe the difference. It had a few buffer trails and swirls so I run over it today with a finishing polish with a DA and tidied up the tarnished chrome. Tarnished Grill... After... Tarnished chrome around the fog lights... After... And my cat... So I've given up caring about the hesitation issue now. It's obvious Ford aren't in any rush to fix it. I can hope it gets fixed within the next 2.5 years but I'm not convinced. My main issue now is getting a goodwill gesture out of them for the lost earnings, courtesy car costs and stress the car has caused me the past 6 months during the 14 times it's had to be returned. This means lots of slagging them off on their Facebook page and a few bad reviews here and there. As soon as the car is out of warranty it will be having DPF & EGR removal with a Stage 1 remap. It should be around 150bhp with 380nm, enough to keep me amused for a few years. To be fair, it goes well now! Ford have agreed a repair for my broken heated windscreen and some loose trim in the boot so I need to get the car booked in soon to sort that. Handy that I'm getting a new windscreen, saves my excess getting it replaced since I already have 6 chips in it! So now I'm pretty convinced I'm going to be keeping it I thought I'd start doing a few things. I stuck my Missus personal plate on the car because, why not? It can't go on her lease car and it was a waste just having it on retention. And I bought some silver lamps to tidy things up. Unfortunately while I was changing the lamp in the O/S mirror unit I was a bit too rough on the mirror housing, the back popped off and landed on the floor. There is very little damage but I can see it from the drivers seat which is !Removed! annoying. I'll have to paint it soon. :supafrisk: It had an oil change a month or two ago at 6500miles. It'll be having it's first service soon at 12,500miles. Currently showing just shy of 10k. I bought a roof rack and two bike racks at a cost of... £272 for genuine Ford items. To be fair even the Halfords aero units were coming in at £257. I decided to pay the little bit extra. And que a ride up the Afan forest on the weekend. I need to get a list together of what I want to do to the car in order of priority and what is warranty friendly and what isn't. Warranty Friendly - Towbar with car specific module which talks to the ESP to stabilise the trailer during snaking. £470inc VAT. - Zetec S front bumper £318 + Painting & Fitting - Zetec S Side Skirts £306 + Painting & Fitting - Zetec S Rear Bumper £293 + Painting & Fitting - Zetec S Rear Spoiler £282.99 + Painting & Fitting - Zetec S Fog Lights £102 - Ford Accessories Illuminated Gear Knob £121.38 - Ford Illuminated Scuff Plates £228.99 - Eibach Lowering Kit 35mm £170.38 - Ford Umbrella Holder £24 - Climair Load Protection Pack (a bit of plastic to cover the bumper just before the boot) £97.71 - Climair Wind Deflectors £77.62 - Wheels. I want 18" alloys of some sort. It will be a case of whatever I can find for a good price. Those prices are Ford RRP. I'm hoping some parts can be purchased much cheaper second hand or even with big discounts through Ford. I certainly won't pay RRP for any of them. The towbar is from Bank Farm Trailers. I won't be able to get that any cheaper. Out of warranty it'll be the usual intake, intercooler, DPF & EGR removal, custom exhaust and a stage one remap. Just like I did with my Mondeo. I fancy a decent sound system again, haven't had anything other than standard systems since my last Focus. I will keep the standard Ford SYNC head unit but fit a 5/6 channel amplifier with high level inputs powering a set of door components front & rear and one 10" or two 8" subwoofers. I think I will have to strip the interior and sound deaden everything. The amount of rattles for a 6 month old car is unreal! I've had the passengers door card off twice already. I do fancy a Focus ST interior too. It would have to be a full leather one though.
  2. I have a 1.5TDCi. I have a software issue where the EGR stays open too long and sometimes when you go to accelerate the car bogs down or cuts out before it starts to pull. It's an extremely annoying fault that among other issues mixed with extremely poor customer service from Ford Customer Relations has insured this will be my last ever Ford. However I'm wondering if anyone else on here is experiencing the same issues I am? Have you reported it to Ford? Ford have told me they need 50 reports before they will take action but it's still in single figures. Bailes.
  3. Scott, Is your neighbours a 1.5TDCi also? My bogging down isn't so much when I'm pulling away but when I'm already moving and try to accelerate.
  4. So I purchased a brand new Focus Titanium 1.5TDCi end of last month. I have a few issues with it. When driving at a constant speed with very little load from a few miles and then push the accelerator a bit the car jerks harshly as if the engine cuts out for a split second before it picks up and starts to pull. Sometimes (mainly when pulling off a roundabout) when you press the accelerator the car seems to hesitate and almost start to slow down before it pulls. Also the engine revs jump up 250rpm when changing gear as if my foot is still on the accelerator. The car has been back 3 times in 3 weeks and the dealer admits that it's not right but we took another 2 brand new 1.5TDCi's out and they were doing the same thing. The mechanics seem to think the first two issues are down to the programming of the EGR but there is no PCM update available right now and they've told me to live with it. The second issue is a bit of an unknown, but again I'm being told I have to wait for a PCM update. The car should hold it's revs for a second before letting them drop and then holds them where the engine would be in the next gear making the gear changes smoother but it seems to be over compensating and revving itself when you put your foot on the clutch. I really down know what to do now. The car annoys the hell out of me as I know it's not right. The dealer doesn't want to know, and I got totally fobbed off when I asked them if they'd replace the car with a 1.6TDCi. I seem to have spent £21,500 on a car that is still in development. Bailes.
  5. I sent my trusty MK4 Mondeo in for a new DMF and flywheel. Even with 149k on the clock I was always convinced it was on the original flywheel and clutch. I was quite smitten with my Mondeo. It went well, was awesome on fuel and I always trusted it to get me where I needed to go. I never worried that it wouldn't make it anywhere! Infact I've been all over europe in it. I should have known the DMF and clutch couldn't possibly be the original. It done a track day, many hill climbs and had a remap at 122k. I had no paperwork off the lease company that owned it prior related to a replacment DMF so I can only assume it was done under warrenty. I had a phonecall 7pm one evening when the mechanic stayed on to work on the car telling me there was an issue. The flywheel had been replaced previously (was Sachs not FoMoCo) and whoever had fitted it as badly cross threaded two of the bolts. Our options being to tap and thread the hole which had very little metal left, pop some threadlock on it and hope for the best or fit a new crank. Being that the car was only worth £2500 at most I decided to cut my losses and sell it spares or repair. It had been a good workhorse and always got me where I wanted to go, I never had to worry about it and if I started bodging things now I'd be constantly worried that the bolt would come loose. So it was time to find a new car! My plan was to get something old, run it for 18 months and buy my Fathers F30 320d when the lease was up but I decided against that. I do 25k a year so running an old car wasn't practical. It was a shame as I had a 5 or 6 cylinder itch that required scratching. I went to a Ford dealer first and was amazed at how nice the new MK3 Focus' are! Not just by how well they are built and look but the amount of spec on them. There was a few availible in different colours and spec's and I went for this one! So after a week with the focus I thought it was time I got some better pictures up. So it's a... 2015 Ford Focus Titanium 1.5TDCi (120ps) Appearence Pack Sat Nav with SYNC2 Spare Wheel I'm actually really impressed with it. I was expecting it to feel like a downgrade from the Mondeo but it really doesn't. The Sat Nav with SYNC is a great bit of kit and really easy to use! The only confusing bit is the fact you can control the climate with it even though there is a separate heating control panel? I feel they done it just to fill a corner on the screen! Only gripe with it is the fingerprints! One of the handiest features is the two USB ports and the Line In. One USB port located under the climate control panel... And the rest of the connections in the armrest... It's also got a small colour display in the instrument cluster where you will find two separate trip computers and a verity of different setting and information about the car such as tyre pressures etc. The engine? Well it's based on the old PSA derived DV6. It's has a shorter stroke which reduces the cylinder capacity to 1.5 litres. It's actually the quietest and smoothest diesel I've ever driven. No sign of turbo lag and It has a lovely power band from 1200rpm all the way to 5000rpm with a nice smooth and even pull right through the rev range. I'm impressed with how quick it actually feels! I do have a few niggles as you expect with a new car. Sometimes when changing gear the revs hold for a bit too long or increase slightly even though my foot is off the accelerator. Also when you're doing a constant speed around 1750-2000rpm and you put your foot down a bit the car can hesitate and sometimes jerks before it starts to pull. I suspect both issues simply require a PCM update with some newer software for the ECU. I was expecting this sort of thing as it's a brand new engine for ford. Other issue is there's a little dirt under the paint on the bonnet. I'm unsure if it's even worth mentioning to ford? Afraid it'll come back from Fords bodyshop with even more issues. I don't think anyone would even see it without being shown it. And there's a bit of etching on the grille. It will come off with some polish but none to happy about it! But all in all I'm very happy with the car, and so is the missus which is a bonus! :cheesy:
  6. Dunlop Sportmaxx RT not good on wear? The set I had on the car when I bought it lasted 40k!
  7. I'm anal about my Tyre pressures and after a bit of asking about and googling Goodyears are very bad for going out of shape! Also noticed since my Fathers F30 320d has had it's Pirrelli P7's replaced with Goodyear Eagle NCT5s there is a bit of vibration around 50mph!
  8. I personally would avoid Goodyears. I've had Goodyear Efficientgrips and Eagle F1 Assy 2's on my Mondeo. The Efficientgrips had decent grip but the sidewalls were too soft which made the car feel disconnected. They also caused steering vibrations which I never got to the end of. They also wore out at an astonishing rate! I had 4 Eagle F1 Assy 2's fitted and 2 of them went out of shape after just 3000miles. The tyre shop insisted this was something I have done and wouldn't replace them! They also had very soft sidewalls and made the car feel very 'floaty'. But they did last much longer than the Efficientgrips! I still have 2 on the rear, one of them is out of shape but has been balenced out so I feel no vibrations. I would reccomend Dunlop Sport maxx RT's or contisportcontact 3's. They last well, are quiet and offer good all round performance. I always pair up tyres on axles. Never just replace one tyre on an axle. If I have an irrapairable puncture on the front of my car I would replace both front tyres. Might be worth getting 4 new tyres and rotating them every 3000miles (Which I believe the manual reccomends if you have a look).
  9. My parents got me a Richbrook gearknob as my standard item is worn. Had a bit of hassle getting a half decent insert for the top of it but richbrook sorted it out after a bit of a nag! I also have a new heated windscreen switch as the paint on mine is falling off. And I have 6 litres of oil, a Hengst oil filter and a new sump plug sat on my floor. Just need to pick a day with decent weather to fit it all!
  10. My Father had two years ago! It's what got me interested in cars. This is an 05 plate on LPG with 100k on the clock. It'd be a straight swap for my 08 plate Titanium 1.8TDCi. I like the thought of it being a simpler engine, more reliable too! But the age it putting me off.
  11. mine passed 123456miles a few months ago. Today is passed 130,000miles :( Still goes like a train though and feels like new! Am considering going up to Leeds friday and chopping it in for an ST220
  12. I've yet to start wearing a jumper. It's been far to warm for that! My Missus thinks I'm insane and I should start wearing one "because it's the middle of !Removed! December and people are looking at you like your an idiot" Quite dissapointed as I love the freezing cold, dry cripsy mornings. Leave my house at 5:30am to get to work the other side of the Bridge at 7:30am and get to watch the sun rise all the way there! But alas... all that we've had to far is clouds and rain. It's still to warm to consider winter tyres usefull! They don't come into their own till 7°c and blow. Today it was 8°c when I woke up and got in the car!
  13. Errr what? The Oil filter on the Lynx engines is a screw on canister oil filter. There is no way to bypass it. Are you sure he didn't mean oil cooler? That's located underneath the oil filter. If so then I assume he would have removed the coolant hoses and joined them together. This is located on the back of the block. Simply unjoin them and connect them back upto the oil cooler.
  14. The car has a DNA map. The car pulls much harder when it's colder. I've heard it off several people on the Talk Ford forum who have fitted bigger intercooler a to the 1.8TDCi MK4 that it makes quite a difference! I know for sure that the car pulls MUCH harder when outside temps are below 10c or so. I can only assume having a bigger intercooler would be like driving on a colder day!
  15. The 1.8 in the MK4 jams the EGR wide open when cold to warm up the coolant. This makes the engine nigh on undriveable! You need to pull off at 2500rpm+ or it will bog down and stall! I was worrying for ages about the warm up times but have finally settled about it. I decided that the cleaner oil, smoother power delivery and stopping the engine bogging down when it's cold will be better for the engine long term. I also dropped down to a 0w30 Fully Synth oil for better flow when cold. Also carries an A5/B5 grading so should take abuse better than the Ford spec 5w30. I currently change it every 6k/6months but as the 0w30 oil is a bit more expensive than the Ford stuff and having the EGR blanked off keeps the oil much cleaner I'm wondering if I could stretch the intervals out a little bit. Apparently a bigger intercooler makes quite a difference on the MK4 but it's quite far down my todo list at the moment!