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  1. To diesel, or not to diesel.....that is the question!

    It is a fantastic cruiser, it's just a shame they softened it maybe a little too much and lost the magic. That said, in the US Ford allow customers the option to spec adaptive suspension so you can stiffen it up a bit, shame UK (and I assume other EU countries) don't get that choice. (Not that I'll be able to afford one any time soon in any case!)
  2. Degas hose Ford focus problem

    As @iantt said Ford should pay up, if they say otherwise then dig your heels in. Don't forget to post and let us know how you get on.
  3. Dials stuck briefly at startup

    So 12 volts at rest is as good as dead then! I got 9 years out of the original Motorcraft battery on my MK2 1.8 TDCi, if the Op's car is still on it's original battery then it's done fantastically well to last that long.
  4. Ford focus tdci 1.6 2005

    Modern diesels definitely don't like the fuel filter not being changed on time, plenty of reports on here of drivers having engine issues that were fixed with a fuel filter changed. Regarding the point the Op made about cleaning the tank out, modern fuel tanks are plastic so there really shouldn't be any significant "crap" in the tank I wouldn't have though.
  5. To diesel, or not to diesel.....that is the question!

    I had a MK5 2.0 TDCi on demo for a week and also it's a lovely, quiet, relaxing motorway cruiser it's now just another "big land barge" and has lost the "magic" of the MK4. I guess it depends what you want from a large car in that class, I'd trade a bit of weight/refinement etc for a bit more of the MK4 handing magic. Titanium X Sport with the 2.2 TDCi engine was like a cruise missile that could corner like I couldn't believe, even at high speed. I'd be a happy man if I can 1 day drop on a MK4.5 TitX Sport TDCi.
  6. Dash cam advice!

    How the hell do you reverse into the same car twice in less than 3 minutes?!?!? Someone REALLY wants a good SLAP! The 2nd one sounds like a heavier impact I really don't see how the driver wouldn't have known they had hit another car, so I assume they just drove off!...and we all know what 4 letter word starting with "C" describes people like that
  7. Nice one, thanks for posting back to confirm the solution as it may help someone else in the future!
  8. Battery

    Ah, one of fun engineering decisions made on most modern cars to maximise MPG, personally I think I'd rather have a fully charged battery!
  9. Mondeo 2.2 TDCI Titanium X Sport - Minor Mods

    No sure if the MK4 Mondy has the rear plate light(s) on a CANBUS system, I know that on many of Ford's older model such as my MK2 Focus I seem to be able to fit whatever bulbs I want without any flickering as the rear plate lights aren't on a CANBUS. I might end up with a MK4 Mondy one day so I'd also be curious to know which (if any) exterior lights on the MK4 Mondy are on a CANBUS).
  10. Kpgs Mk3 Focus Titanium

    I feel your pain mate, I had the dash out a few months ago for the same issue (MK2 Focus). I took it out on my own which took a good couple of days to do the job end to end, prior to doing it myself I got prices from a few garages and just the labour was floating around the £500 mark (indy not main dealer), 2 garage declined to quote for the work apparently due to the difficulty and chance of something else getting bust/things not going back together properly. What a pain in the A**E!!! I recall a thread from a while back where someone managed to fit new rubber washers and reattached the black plastic collars that can be seen in your pics but I think that might have been for the MK2 although I think the principle is the same. I tried to fix it in situ but found that I couldn't generate enough pressure due to VERY limited access to push the 2 pipes back together sufficiently to get the collars back on so had to do the dash out solution (didn't fancy 45 minutes on the M1 twice a day commuting to work in December with no heating!) I probably suggest having a look for the other thread as it may be worth trying or getting the garage to try to do it before paying for the dash out. Edit to add the link to the thread mentioned in my initial post - MK2 heat matrix pipe leak fix thread
  11. To diesel, or not to diesel.....that is the question!

    I reckon to achieve the official 0-60 time you'd struggle to get 20 MPG!
  12. To diesel, or not to diesel.....that is the question!

    Wow, I bet that feels similar in terms of "making progress" to the 99 BHP 1.6 petrol in the MK2
  13. To diesel, or not to diesel.....that is the question!

    I suspect in standard tune the 1.0 EB engine suits the lighter Fiesta perfectly where as it's MPG and performance are blunted slightly in the heavier Focus. I still enjoyed driving the hire cars (I often got a MK3.5 Focus) with the 125 BHP 1.0 EB engine but the 1 time I drove a Fiesta with the same engine it "felt" noticeably more lively than in the Focus, to be honest it felt like a perfect match in the Fezza.
  14. To diesel, or not to diesel.....that is the question!

    Yup, I think his is the pre-facelift version.
  15. To diesel, or not to diesel.....that is the question!

    If I remember correctly @iantt 1.0 EB Focus is the 100 BHP 5 speed that has been remapped, not the 125 BHP stock 6 speed. I'd be curious to see how the 100 BHP version and the 125 BHP version differ is terms of MPG when driven similarly on the same journey (not sure if there are any other physical differences between the 2 other than the gearbox).