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About 1979Damian

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    MK2 Focus 1.8 TDCi Ghia (Saloon)
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  1. Heads Up! Cheap Oil and Stuff in Tesco

    LOL Sad thing is some people will actually buy it at that price
  2. Heads Up! Cheap Oil and Stuff in Tesco

    Everything from a Shell garage is a rip off, in my area (and surrounding areas) they are always the most expensive for petrol/diesel, even worse than BP. £20 for 1 litre is ridiculous even by petrol station standards.
  3. Air Con Issue, Not working

    The AC gas is under massive pressure, even a microscopic gap could be enough to gradually leak the system dry. Also it's wise to run the AC for 5 mins once a month (or so) as cycling the system contents stops the rubber seals from perishing and the contents leaking out. The refill kits from Halfords and such like are frankly a bit crap IMHO, seeing as most places that regas AC do it for about £30-£35 (there is pretty much always an offer on Groupon for one of the big chain to refill and clean the system for less than £35) if you're going to refill the system I'd be taking that route rather than the refill kit. Also if you do go to have the system professionally recharged they will do a mandatory pressure test before proceeding, if you have a significant leak this should flag up and the recharge won't proceed (in this instance if you have taken a Groupon offer or similar you can get the cost of the coupon refunded due to the vehicle not passing the pressure test). If you do have a leak (as seems likely if you have so little gas in the system) it might be wiser to have the root cause identified and fixed, although you could just get the system refilled and see if it drains itself again. Incidentally, when you press the AC button on the dash does it illuminate and does the engine fan fire up?
  4. focus brake caliper spring

    Don't get copper grease on any of the rubber seals it can cause the seals to rot/expand and a seized caliper is not something you want on a icy December morning
  5. Ford Focus Zetec MK3 Upgrades - Bodykit Alloys Remap

    You should take a look at PistonHeads, the amount of brown stuff that people chat on there each day is ridiculous.
  6. Show Us Your Mk3.5!

    You don't want to know
  7. Phil's Build Thread

    Too late
  8. Ford Focus Zetec MK3 Upgrades - Bodykit Alloys Remap

    I'm not sure I'd want much more torque than standard running through the 5 speed box.
  9. Phil's Build Thread

    Must have been a bit cold
  10. Correct oil for MK2.5 1.6 TDCi (DV6) engine

    My father in law was always impressed with my MK2 saloon from the day I got it (handling and the quickclear windscreen) even though he has driven BMW's for the last 15 years. I got him over the Ford in the end
  11. Correct oil for MK2.5 1.6 TDCi (DV6) engine

    Problem with RWD in the UK is when we get a proper winter you need a 2nd car for getting to work i.e. a FWD vehicle. The Focus ST (MK2 and MK3) are great for lift off oversteer
  12. Correct oil for MK2.5 1.6 TDCi (DV6) engine

    The bad news for Ford is their patent for the QuickClear windscreen has expired so other car manufacturers could make an exact copy now and there wouldn't be anything Ford could do about it. They still have DAMN GOOD chassis engineers though!
  13. Correct oil for MK2.5 1.6 TDCi (DV6) engine

    It's a shame really because most Ford models are great to drive, look good and most parts aren't too expensive. But they make odd decisions like the fuel filter choice and not doing recalls when they should do to save $$$$$$. If Hyundai/Kia ever manage to produce cars that are a good to drive as a Fiesta/Focus I'd say they'll be in trouble. Then you'd have similar cars to drive but one has a warranty that is more than double the other. (Warranty length isn't the only important thing obviously but it sure would reduce the chances of any unexpected big bills).
  14. Correct oil for MK2.5 1.6 TDCi (DV6) engine

    I noticed! A top quality fuel filter for my 1.8 TDCi is just a few quid, the cost of the filter for the DV6 was a bit of shock to me. (It'll be a bigger shock to the father in Regarding what main dealers might use, Ford has a history of not giving a crap when design elements of the vehicles are below par. I can just picture the conversation with Ford "customer services" when a customer who is still within warranty calls about a blocked DPF. "Sorry sir, it's a consumable so it's not covered under warranty. Sorry sir, it must be your driving style" They had loads of issues with the clutches leaking fluid onto the clutch plate on MK3's, never recalled them and just played dumb when people had problems. "No sir, no-one has EVER contacted us about this issue, there is definitely not a design fault/common issue, it's not covered under warranty so that'll be £1000 thanks". Don't get me wrong, I love driving Ford cars but Ford UK's approach to customer service is appalling (the filter won't let me put what I really think) although I'm not sure any of the other manufacturers are any better when it comes down to it! (RANT