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ShinyAndy

Budding Enthusiast
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About ShinyAndy

  • Rank
    Settling In Well

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  • First Name
    Andy

Profile Information

  • Gender*
    Male
  • Ford Model
    Focus 1.8TDCI Titanium (mk2.5)
  • Ford Year
    2008
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Other/NonUK
  • Annual Mileage
    0 to 5000
  • Interests
    Motorsport & Racing
    Food & Drink

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  • Location
    Marbella, Spain
  1. Sorry about the boat, I just took advantage of someone I worked with! They did get some upholstery done on it though, I'll rack my brains and see if I can remember where they went. Does your mate have a garage or is he mobile? I need a wheel bearing doing on mine, plus I want someone to give the car a proper going over as I'm not convinced everything is quite right (I know it was in a light accident that required some damage repairing to the offside front suspension). I'd been taking mine to "The Garage" (the place that was on TV) as I was sick to death of being ripped off at Spanish places and it's only 5 minutes down the road from me. I was recommended Sterling Automotive in Fuengirola but they couldn't be bothered to return my calls - clearly the crisis isn't quite so bad as they make out! Just threaten to denounce the other garage that did the work, that generally seems to do the trick!
  2. You forgot the; I've just seen my mate in a car approaching a roundabout, I know I'm going around the roundabout but I'll just stop here and have a chat with him for a few minutes until the sound of horns gets so much I can't hear him any more. Gotta love his place
  3. Mine is in great condition, no dents or scrapes at all yet - yet being the operative word here! To me it looks like the Spanish tend to look after their cars but don't care about anyone elses. They'll park about 5cm away from you in a carpark and then bang their door into you without a thought. I've lived here long enough now to know where to park though and now live just outside the town so parking isn't such a problem. You don't even want to know what my old 206 GTI looked like after 4 years being parked on the road right in the middle of town! With my Elise I wouldn't even take it out if I knew I had to park in a town!
  4. Wasn't my boat thankfully, great to play with - awful to own, and yes I think we'd just come out of Benalmadena marina on the way back to Cabopino where it was berthed! Out of interest where are you taking your car for the work? When I got my car the oil looked like it had done about 50K miles and had allegedly just been changed too, I've learnt to take everything I was told about the car with a pinch of salt now!
  5. Must be something to do with being in Southern Spain I reckon!! Mine sounds like there is no oil in it most of the time, I just put it down to it being a nasty old fashioned diesel engine!
  6. Depends on the pad really, standard stuff just drive them normally. If you've put some performance ones in then follow the manufacturers guidelines - the Pagids RS14/15 I used in my Scooby and VX220s/Elises went something like this : 1.) BASIC BEDDING IN To initiate some heat in the brake discs and pads. 4 to 6 stops with medium brake pressure from approximately 150 km/h (90 MPH) to approximately 80 km/h (50 MPH). Distance between each brake stop approximately 300 - 400 meters (300 to 400 yards). The pads should not reach temperatures above 400° Centigrade (550° Fahrenheit). No dragging! Blocking of the air ducts might be helpful to reach appropriate temperatures quicker. 2.) IMMEDIATELY AFTER BASIC BEDDING IN AT HIGH SPEED Simulating race conditions One stop with medium to heavy brake pressure, without allowing brakes to lock from approximately 180 km/h (110 MPH) to approximately 80 km/h (50 MPH). No dragging! Recovery stops with light brake pressure 3 to 4 times. (Cleaning procedure) Repeat the high-speed stops including recovery stops 2 to 3 times. Allow a cool-off distance of approximately 500 m (500 yards) between high-speed stops.
  7. I can see no switch on the doors - at least not on mine anyway!
  8. I have exactly the same problem with my interior lights too, still no idea why!
  9. I fitted one of these (not a bad price given you get two) a few weeks ago. Unfortunately the tint to the rear of my car is so dark it hasn't really made much difference to reversing but it is definitely brighter http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-7w-Blanc-1156-BA15S-Cree-Q5-LED-SMD-Feux-Arriere-Tuning-Frein-Ampoules-Lampe-/280845238161#ht_4009wt_1397
  10. Candles would do about the same job as standard bulbs
  11. Osram H1 & H7 Night Breaker Plus Completely (and I mean completely!) transformed the lights without being stupidly blue or stupidly blinding (no one had ever flashed me)
  12. Fitted some Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 (in 225/45/17 as couldn't get them in 205/50/17!) last week. My God, what a difference.. that's 600€ well spent indeed :D No more horrible road noise, no more crashing over potholes, no more constant traction control light blinking, no more understeering off on a roundabout at 10mph (the roads here are something to behold, more marble than tarmac in an attempt to stop the roads melting). I'm actually looking forward to some rain so I can see how they perform in that!
  13. Cheers but I'm not planing on changing the wheels! The wheels are OEM Ford and came with the car, I will assume the correct size is 205/50/17
  14. I was more worried about what tyre was actually supposed to be fitted as OEM as you can fail the MOT test here if things don't match your paperwork. I assume the wheels are 6.5x7 so is fitting a 225 wide tyre across the rim pushing things a bit?
  15. I have a 2008 Focus 1.8TDCI Titanium which has 17" wheels, according to the "ficha tecnica" which is an official document similar to the logbook in the UK it says that the car should have 205/50/17 tyres. It has a most distressing collection of cheapy TDFs fitted at the moment but they are all 225/45/17 and I am keen to fit some decent tyres (probably Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 - good enough for the ST then must be good enough for a Satan's fuel powered shopping car) but want to make sure I get the right size. It appears that the 225/45/17 is a much popular tyre and so cheaper and probably why it has them on. I know it might knock the speedo out a bit but wondered what should really be fitted if anyone knows?