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About mikeo

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  • Birthday 11/09/1955

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    Focus ST3
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    5001 to 10,000
  1. Makes my two and a half weeks sound like a long time (ha ha).
  2. Anyone buying a new car (what ever the make) on any sort of finance, would have to be MAD not to take out GAP insurance (VRI being the best). As pretty much all cars drop a ton of money over the first couple of years! As pointed out, third party GAP (EG. DirectGAP) will be "at least" half the price that a dealer will try and sell you. For example. A mate of mine had his brand new RS Clio trophy written off by some idiot T-boning him (think it was around 2/3 months old). Insurance offered around £17.5k for a car with a retail price of around £23k (with a couple of extras). Thank God he had GAP insurance. OP... the figures you quote are really because there are HUGE discounts to be had on Ford's with little or no effort. Where I'm guessing Lexus don't discount any where near as heavily. In my case, got almost 20% off a brand new Focus ST3, almost every option box had been ticked as well (cancelled order). Most people don't push any where near hard enough when negotiating for a new car (worked in the motor trade for a while, so I have first hand experience here).
  3. Decided to bite the bullet and get one any way. Managed to pick up a cancelled order. Focus st3 in race red. Did want Tangerine Scream, but that would have required a factory order. While the red one was already built and sat in the compound in Holland awaiting a new owner. Bought via CARWOW, so got a decent discount. Had it a couple of months now and can't really fault it. Handling and performance spot on (though it does have the Mountune stage one upgrade). If being picky... The Sync2 system wants an overhaul (sync 3 available soon I guess). And why no front parking sensors? And why do the doors not auto lock when you walk away from the car? (my previous two motors had key-less entry and did this!). And why do the doors not auto lock when you drive off? (to prevent car jacking etc.). Only real complaint about the car, is the paintwork! Not the best paint job I've ever had on a car!! There are a number of small patches where there are "bits" under the paint (something obviously got on the body shell during spraying). Not really visible unless you look hard while cleaning the car but never the less... Not too worried, as the car is only on a 2 year PCP. I did have a moan about it to the supplying dealer and Ford themselves (more because I like a good moan than anything). Other than the above, probably one of the best cars I've bought. Be nice if it did more than 26/28 MPG though. Can't have everything I suppose (ha ha). Though I have seen 36 MPG on a restrained run. But what's the point of having a car like this and driving like Miss Daisy.
  4. "yes" that old chestnut! Not been around for a while... as my last couple of cars have been "shock horror" not Fords. Suzuki swift sport and now Renault RS Clio 200t (yes, there are actually some of us out there that actually rather like these cars). Could really do with something a bit bigger now (well that's my excuse). So was thinking around the lines of a Focus ST3 (+ a few tasty extras). But was wondering what sort of lead times there are from ordering a car and getting delivery these days? Could ask a dealer I suppose, but they do have a tendency to just pull a figure out of the air (or that's what it seems like at times)! I had sort of assumed 3/4 months from order to delivery but have been a little surprised to see on the Focus ST forum, that some folks appear to have been waiting 6 months + (especially for an ST3)!!! I had sort of assumed, start looking late May / early June for an October delivery. But now starting to think this might not be early enough...... Just wonder what peoples experiences are at the moment. As the current Focus has been out a while now, you would sort of think that things should have improved a bit. Thanks in advance :)
  5. Bought the Fiesta 1.25 as a stop gap until I could decide on what to purchase next for the long haul.... Did give serious consideration to another Fiesta, either a metal or mountune. But decided in the end that I'd like something a bit different. So after much deliberation, I pick up my new Suzuki Swift sport tomorrow (a late Christmas present to myself). The current generation Fiesta is a pretty decent motor in any engine/spec and rightly deserves it's place as the UK's top selling super mini. Can I thank all the folks that have offered help and assistance on a couple of issues. A nice friendly forum this is. Thanks again, enjoy your cars and have a great New Year Regards Mike
  6. Must admit that I have wondered about this myself. For what I assume is a pretty small cost (relatively speaking) I consider this is a major omission on the Fiesta. You get heated rear/front screens and heated mirrors but no heated washer jets! Doesn't matter how strong you mix your screen wash... with exposed washer jets like this.... your ambient -5C (like this morning) is God only knows what with a 50/60+ mph wind hitting the jets!! A much better design would be to recess the washer jets down by the windscreen wipers. I've had this on other cars and they don't freeze up half as much.
  7. First thing I bought myself was a full size spare alloy, loads of companies selling them on the internet (some are even Ford suppliers). Just make sure you get a bi-directional tyre fitted (IE. can be fitted either side of the car). As comment by other folks, it fits perfectly in the boot. A simple jack can easily be obtained from a breakers yard, or in my case... off good old Ebay.
  8. Rattle back. So tried the "electricians plastic tape" as per magenta and now appears 100% sorted. Hard to believe that much noise was emanating from such a small thing. Quiet at last......
  9. Yep... I've had this problem since I purchased my 6 month old MK7 and it's been annoying the hell out of me. Other than this, the car is surprisingly quiet of rattles / noises (never did sort a similar noise in my Ibiza!). Totally agree that it's the back hatch locking mechanism. Mine would appear to be fixed by adjusting the "striker plate" (IE. the steel plate that the hatch locks onto when you shut the back hatch).Took a fair bit of fiddling (and a T40 bit for my wrench), as the plate adjusts up/down and left/right and any combination of these! And you have to adjust it "just right" to line up with the locking mechanism in the hatch. I found you need it so that the hatch requires a fair slam (without over doing it of course)to shut. Only tried a quick test drive tonight, but hopefully sorted. Funny thing is... the rear hatch (on my car at least) is not 100% square and true. Even just resting the hatch on the locking mechanism (without actually shutting it), you can see that the "shut line" between the bottom edge of the hatch and the car "rises slightly from left to right". Not that its that obvious, but if you look closely you can see it. Just a hinge on the hatch not 100% aligned properly I suspect. Fingers crossed that's sorted it for me.
  10. Slightly confused here. The 1.6 does appear to be available already but only in Titanium spec. Though I agree with "and the 1.25 and 1.4 while less fun to drive are quite good for a car this size and weight". No disrespect ... but not sure though that I would describe the Fiesta as a "city car" myself. Think I would put it in the supermini class. :)
  11. Hi Just a quick query. As title says.... Has the 1.6 engine ever been available in a trim other than in the highest spec. level? or is this just something that's started with the MK7? It's just that I originally wanted a MK7 1.6. But it had to be a 5-door. And on looking around, it only appears to be available in the top spec. And most of the extras in Titanium spec. are things I'm not interested in (other than maybe auto air-con / climate control). Plus it adds a fair bit to the price. So it came down to a choice between a 1.25 and a 1.4 and I'll be damned if I could really tell / feel "that much" difference in performance between the 2 engines!So decided to get the cheaper car, also happened to be in the nice light blue that I wanted. The plus side I suppose is that it gave me enough left over to upgrade my gaming PC. Be nice if they added the 1.6 to the zetec line up in the MK7.5 / 8.
  12. Here you go. Difficult to get a really decent picture, what with them being very shiny. They do the job though and look decent enough to my eyes. Though I suspect the Lockwood ones are probably just as good. Now I wonder if the 2-door ones are slightly longer? The 5-door ones can't be any longer, as the sill starts to curve upwards at the outer edges (if you see what I mean).
  13. 1. I 2nd moving electric window switches to a slightly less arm breaking position. 2. Do something to reduce glare / distortion from sun shining off dash onto front windscreen (I suspect made worse by it having a heating element in it!). 3. 1.6 engine available in Zetec spec please (IE. not interested in a lot of the extras in the Titanium spec). 4. Add an option to the list for a full size spare (with a choice of alloy or steel wheel). It's just cost me the better part of £200 to buy a spare alloy (didn't want a steel spare), tyre and a jack! 5. Rear electric windows on 5 door models please.
  14. Exactly why I purchased a set myself (IE. marks on drivers sill from previous owner). I got the Ford stainless steel ones with "Fiesta" written on them for £50. I'll take a snap tomorrow and post a picture for you. PS. I see you are in the Dumfries area as well.
  15. Thanks for that. I sort of assumed as much but thought I'd check with some more knowledgeable folks.