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    Focus MK3 Champions Edition
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  1. On the Focus MK2/MK2.5 the boot light is controlled by a microswitch inside the lock. The boot light intermittently not working is often caused by dried out grease inside the lock. During time the grease inside the lock dries out and causes the microswitch to stick. This problem can easily be solved by disassembling and cleaning of the lock. Afterwards the lock must be regreased using a thin type of grease.
  2. The black box is not the rain/light sensor. The black box is the GPSM module which is needed for Emergency Assistance and on the SYNC 2 system the GPSM module is also used for GPS reception of the Sat Nav system. The rain/light sensor is installed inside the round mounting space in front of the GPSM module.
  3. I would just ask them. Being a recall/warranty issue the dealership can claim the new hose from Ford. If you install it yourself they simply save time. However they may need the old hose as prove. if the dealership insists on installing the hose themselves I would tow the car to the dealership. Being a recall the replacement hose and installation of the hose should be free of charge.
  4. The new type degas hose is a complete assembly including the clamps. This hose has Finis number 1829702 and part number CV61-BK012-ZA
  5. Personally I would not try to repair the hose. If the hose is already cracked it can split or develop a much larger crack which causes the coolant to drain quickly. this often results in engine damage. Personally I would tow the car to the dealership or take the hose and install it yourself (installation of the hose is basically an easy/5 minute job). Personally I would also inspect the coolant reservoir. The reservoir can develop (micro)cracks which can also result in engine damage. The reservoir is also easy to replace and pretty inexpensive. the recall for the degas hose was over 2 Years ago. If the car has been serviced by a Ford dealership the hose should already have been replaced.
  6. This is a known problem of many Ford models including the Focus MK3. The GPS antenna is integrated into the aerial base on top of the roof. As a result of water ingress the components of the GPS antenna corrode and the GPS antenna stops working. Because the aerial base is a sealed non serviceable part it needs to be replaced completely. There are basically two different solutions for the problem. The first solution is installing a new original aerial base. The part alone costs approximately €80,-. However there is a (relative large) risk that the new GPS antenna develops the same problem within a few years. The second much cheaper solution is installing an aftermarket GPS antenna with a blue Fakra connector. These antennas can be found on Ebay from about €6,- including P&P. These aftermarket antennas can be installed behind the passenger side A-pillar cover. Because this type of antenna is installed inside the vehicle you will never have the water ingress problem again. I use an aftermarket €6,- GPS antenna for over 2 years now without any problems. the GPS reception is the same (possibly even better) than the GPS reception of the original GPS antenna.
  7. The European Focus MK3.5 ST does not have a mechanical sound symposer like the MK3 ST. The MK3.5 ST has an artificial sound symposer were the induction sound is generated by the audio system (even when the audio system is turned off). In theory it should be possible to change the induction noise or turning the induction noise off by changing the configuration/software.
  8. In that case the car at least has door modules. However it is still possible that your door modules do not support power fold mirrors and need to be replaced. Next to this the wiring will for the power fold mirrors will almost certainly be missing and needs to be installed.
  9. The specifications and features of the different trim levels are different between most European markets. My car is a German spec. Champions Edition. Back in 2013 the factory fitted alarm system was a €375,- optional extra in Germany. This option was only available on the Trend, Champions Edition and Titanium trim levels. At that time the factory fitted alarm system was not even available in the Netherlands. The Champions Edition is more or less a hybrid version of the Trend (the equivalent of the Zetec trim level) and the Titanium trim level. The Champions Edition is based on the Trend trim level but also has a lot of Titanium features. My car has the Premium center console and the Titanium seats for example. However the upholstery is different from the Titanium and was only available on the Champions Edition.
  10. These wheels do indeed look awesom on the Focus MK3. The only disadvantage is the (lack of) rim flange protection. The Dunlop Sport Max RT2 tyres do have a relative small rim flange protection. Combined with the relative large rim flange design of the wheels there is only a minor rim flange protection. After the break in 2 weeks ago I decided to install the original alarm system for some extra protection. After I got my car back from the bodyshop last week I checked the wiring of the car. My car turned out to have most of the wiring in place. Only the single wire from the BCM to the bonnet lock is missing. I already ordered all parts that are needed to retrofit the original alarm system.
  11. The 3 seperate connectors on the 3rd picture should be inserted into the large which should be installed under the seat connector. The 3 seperate connectors suggests that the large seat connector is missing The 3 seperate connectors are color coded and also have locating tabs. They can only be inserted into the large seat connector at the correct position.
  12. Stay away from the 1.6 TDCI with the CVT automatic transmission. This combination is known for its problems. The 1.6 TDCI has a relative high torque output. This causes the CVT transmission to break down prematurely. Ford sells very few internal parts of this gearbox as spare parts. Problems with the CVT gearbox often result in scrapping the car or installing a complete new gearbox. The 1.6 Duratec petrol engine was also available with the CVT automatic transmission. This combination has very few problems because of the lower output of the petrol engine. The conventional 4-speed automatic transmission is pretty reliable but also outdated. Fuel economy is pretty poor and these gearboxes are not very refined like most newer automatic gearboxes.
  13. The ABS or IVD pump uses all wheel sensors to calculate the actual speed of the vehicle. Any of the ABS sensors can basically cause the system to stop working correctly.
  14. The Focus MK2/MK2.5 does not have a conventional speed sensor. On the Focus MK2/MK2.5 the vehicle speed is calculated/measured by the ABS or IVD pump and digitally (CANbus) communicated to the instrument cluster. I personally expect the instrument cluster or the ABS or IVD pump to be the cause of the problem.
  15. The stock 55 mm throttle body of the 1.8/2.0 Duratec HE engine has a different bolt pattern from the 45 mm stock throttle body of the 1.25/1.4/1.6 Duratec (including TI-VCT) engine. this means that the throttle body of the Duratec HE engine does not fit. There are no larger throttle bodies available for the 1.25/1.4/1.6 Duratec engine. If you want a larger throttle body for this engine it needs to be custom made. I did this on my previous Focus MK2 and it is definetely worth the money/effort.