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  • Ford Model Mondeo
  • UK/Ireland Location Cambridgeshire
  1. You seem to be having problems that most people don't have. I 'd guess that there is something different about your situation or car but you don't give much to go on.
  2. Tyres

    While I wouldn't want to advise you to only think about the brand of tyres (the 'big brands' tend to sell different variants with different balances of properties), you shouldn't ignore it either. However, it is difficult to give you worthwhile advice if we don't know what size the existing tyres are and what the exact description of the existing tyres is. For example, telling you that Conti Sport Contact 6s aren't too bad for fuel economy isn't very worthwhile if you can't get SC6s in your size (and you probably can't if you haven't fitted 21 inch or larger rims and you probably haven't done that yet).
  3. Best security

    'Best' will always make this difficult to answer so it is probably 'best' to ignore it. One way - and it is only one way,so it may not be appropriate to think 'job done' when you have this - particularly for cars with keyless functionality, is to use the OBD port to set the car up the way you want it, and given that a practised tea leaf can do this quite quickly, you want something that, at the very least, slows them down so that they are hanging around with the alarm going off, for an appreciable time. Thatcham is essentially a test house, and, if it says 'Thatcham' it will have been tested to some standard. That doesn't quite mean it is the best - some of the standards have different levels or classes, and there can be perfectly good products that haven't been 'Thatchamed' (but you'd have to ask why? Maybe for a non-UK product they didn't realise how people see Thatcham here, for instance. Or, maybe, it is too new. But mostly 'Thatchamed' products will be average or above). Also, if the Tea Leaves come up with an entirely new way of stealing cars - and this has happened - the 'old' Thatcham standard may suddenly become nearly pointless. But it is a good indication, possibly a better indication than anything else. As far as the OBD plug is concerned you probably need something that means the Tea Leaf can't do what they intended (plug in their 'alarm incapacitator' quickly). If it takes them by surprise, then that might add to the effect, but it is likely to add to the effect once they have smashed the window, which isn't ideal. On the other hand, if they can tell what it is from outside, they can prepare for what they'll be confronted with, so you pays your money and you takes your choice. In the end you got to make the Tea Leaf walk past your car and on to something else.
  4. Well, it shouldn't have overheated and that suggests that there is an underlying fault that you haven't cured (unless you have done something to cure it and not said anything about it). That said, maybe if you don't get stuck in bad traffic and maybe if you don't drive it on such a hot day (!) maybe the underlying fault won't make its presence known to you.
  5. Well you could fit a switch as a measure to allow the radio to be used. More seriously while than it is more probable than not that replacing the radio would work it is difficult to be certain.
  6. touring cars

    Particular thanks for not giving away the result because I've recorded but not yet watched it. Anyway good that you enjoyed it...look forward to seeing it.
  7. Assuming this isn't a dealer's problem (which it usually would be if you bought it from the trade)... When you say '-56C' what do you mean; Oil temp water temp or air temp? In any case that's probably a sign that a sensor is not being read. The sensor itself has failed the wiring has failed or the module reading it has failed. The wiring including connectors is probably the easiest so start there. AlsoI'd guess that you might get a reset by disconnect the battery for a while but ensure that you have any radio code first.
  8. Castrol vs Quantum oil

    Does it meet the appropriate Ford standards (there are probably some Quantum oils that do and some that don't)? Neither Ford-branded nor Castrol-branded oils to the -C and -D standards are particularly expensive, particularly if bought in bulk, so there probably isn't a big saving in it (even if my favourite is the Mobil Super 3000FE, which Halfords often have on offer).
  9. Thinking of getting Mondeo

    You are asking about stuff thatI don't have experience of however: The powershift auto seems to be ok if you keep up with the services but many people don't (a bit expensive!) and have problems until they get the oil changed. Ithink there are two HUs with Sat Nav.
  10. Thinking of getting Mondeo

    No reason for that; the usual considerations of service history mileage and condition apply of course. I think it may have been an option but I'm not sure on that. Shouldn't be difficult to fit but you'll need an appropriate HU and that might be more of an issue depending on what the car is fitted with. Which auto?
  11. Windscreen Washers

    That sounds as lf the jets are misaligned. What alignment procedure did you follow?
  12. Perhaps just USB power (eg charging) for a SAT NAV?
  13. 4000RPM @ 70 MPH 5th Gear

    Your 4000 figure suggests a ~10% error your 70 mph figure suggests ~50%; perhaps it is something other than a straightforward error? It seems that before you got the car someone fitted a wrong part, or something. Possibly someone had a gearbox failure and replaced with parts from some other model (a Fiesta van, which would have different sized wheels, for example). Could be the transfer gears could be could be stored parameters in the ECU or Dash Electronic Module.
  14. Wheels

    Have any of the balance weights flung off?
  15. DAB Radio

    Happens a lot I'm afraid; better to think of that as something that might help rather than guaranteed to work. There are a lot of different possibilities; the cheapest/smplest is an add-on adaptor that just adds DAB to your existng system but if you real objective is to improve sound qualty that won't really help much. You could get a new Head Unit, which would, eg, include DAB, but I'm not sure about the physical layout of the existing system (picture?) but a dealer would be able to help there. If you don't do something about the speakers as well you probably only make a limited improvement to sound quality. You could also go a lot further and get a new head unit, external amplifiers and new speakers and by then you should have a pretty good system, but also a quite expensive one so you have to think about how much you want to spend and what your objectives are. Preferably do that a little before you visit your local dealer and don't let them tale you to a place (expense!) where you don't want to be.