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About 1979Damian

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    MK2 Focus 1.8 TDCi Ghia (Saloon)
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    5001 to 10,000

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  1. I also thought the 1.8 TDCI stopped as MK2.5. Diesel for MK3 was 1.6 & 2.0 TDCI, MK3.5 now also has 1.5 TDCI.
  2. Blanked my 1.8 TDCI about 18 months ago, no issues, runs a bit better at low revs than before.
  3. The De-Carbonising one.
  4. I can only speak from my own experience but my 1.8 TDCI engine with 121 miles on the clock (at the time it was Terracleaned) was running crap (rough idle, didn't rev as freely as when I bought it, lots of soot when booting it, pipes coked up (thanks to the wife running it on Morrisons diesel which has more crappy BIO-diesel in it than other brands). I had it done at a garage that has a good reputation locally for doing a Terraclean properly, in the 9-10 months since I've had it done it still runs great and I've not had any issues due to having the old carbon build up removed. I'm confident the basic science behind it works because I took at picture of one of the inside of one of the pipes which was constricted by about 50%, afterwards it was how it should be.
  5. Assuming you're driving it similarly to when you had a Focus ST 225 then the difference seems about right (both seem a little low but it depends on how you drive and the type of journey i.e. stop start in lots of traffic isn't good for MPG). The Mondeo is a lot bigger and heavier than the Focus so it's always going going to be worse on fuel when it's the same engine, same driving style, same journeys etc.
  6. The 1.8 TDCI is pretty bulletproof and also doesn't have a DPF, however in 2008-2009 Siemens supplied Ford with a large and very crap batch of injectors for this engine. The injectors are rather expensive to replace or refurbish so I'd give the engine a miss unless you were looking outside of cars with build dates in this range.
  7. I use 16" Nokian Weatherproofs (205/55R16), usually around £65 each inc delivery online, decent dry weather grip, very good wet weather and awesome snow grip. I've had them fitted for around 15 months and there is still plenty of tread remaining, despite my preference for cornering on 2 wheels
  8. What was the issue with the original unit? Did it behave similarly or did it just 'die'?
  9. I did this a few weeks ago and it improved reception significantly
  10. In experience at least, that kind of behaviour was a symptom of the alternator being on it's way out (it didn't help that the alternator had been trying to charge the original 10 year old Motorcraft battery). If it's only done it once then it might just be a glitch and you'll probably be fine driving it, although if it does it again it might be time to start looking at solutions. (you don't want to be going round a corner and have the ECU decide the PAS isn't getting enough juice and turn if off)
  11. Nice one. Also to test the alternator you need to put some load on it i.e. front and back heated screens on (if you have both), all lights internal and external on, a/c on with the engine running. The smartcharge system should keep the reading around 13.8-14v if memory serves me correctly. Before I replaced the alternator, running this test dropped the voltage to 11.5v with the engine running
  12. Wow, 230K miles. I assume the clutch and DMF have been replaced at least once?
  13. The fuel type and engine size would be helpful, as well as confirmation that your car is a MK2 i.e.looks a bit like a 2004 Mondeo from the front? (2nd half of 2004 was the cross over from MK1 to MK2).
  14. Mine started to do that intermittently when the alternator and battery were on the way out. If the ECU doesn't think that any electrical system i.e. ESP, PAS etc isn't getting sufficient power it will disable it rather than have the system fail to function correctly whilst driving. It might just have been a one of glitch but it might be worth getting your alternator and battery tested (you can use the dashboard trick to check the alternator output).
  15. I've seen a few MK3s kicking about with a lower valance on the rear that is styled a little bit like the ST. It's clearly not the ST valance, maybe it's 'Zetec-S' or some sort of 'appearance pack'. I drive a MK2 but I'm sure a few of the many MK3 drivers on here will be along shortly to help.