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  1. There's a bit of talk about the boost being limited in 1st and 2nd gear normally, but this restriction being removed with BlueFin. That Thread is here: Unfortunately the people I've heard about with issues have been scattered around other threads and even other forums, so I don't have a link to anything comprehensive about it. Searching for the word "synchro" on this forum, did find this thread which seems highly relevant:
  2. Dan222 Are you using Superchips BlueFin ? Quite a few have had synchro issues after applying Bluefin - probably the vastly increased torque in the lower gears the synchros can't handle. My 2013 ZS is running fine btw. But it's only done 12.500 miles.
  3. Both mine are Ecoboost, one is a 125ps Zetec S, the other is a black edition (140ps). My colleague has a 125ps Titanium (so also ecoboost). Haven't tried the clutch in a non-ecoboost Fiesta.
  4. Mine is still the same, but yes it's heavier than on other cars I've tried (which were not Fiestas mind you) I've got two Fiestas and both have a heavy clutch, a collegue also has a Fiesta, and his clutch is the same as well. So I'm pretty certain it's just how it is (still annoys me a bit though, causs I have sore feet, and it hurts to hold the clutch down on prolonged trips with lots of city driving)
  5. This is quite interesting, considering I've heard of at least 3 people with Bluefin who had their 1st and 2nd gear syncro break down. I'd expect the limitation from Ford is there to avoid exactly that problem - the torque churned out by the gearbox is after all higher in lower gears. On a side note the ST also limits the boost in 1st and 2nd. Furthermore my stock Black Edition (got both a ZS and a Black Ed.) feels quicker in 3rd than in 2nd, I suppose this is also down to limited boost in 2nd gear.
  6. I've got a black edition and a ZS as well (my wife has the ZS) I'll say the black edition is somewhat more "eager" to drive than the ZS, it seems to have a much quicker throttle response, and pulls more willingly when above 2. gear. Do note however that the black edition has lower gear ratios, so it sits at rather high rpm at motorway speed. In Denmark the speed limit is 130 km/h (I think that corresponds to 80 mp/h) and I'm pretty sure the black edition sits around 3.500 rpm at that speed. Can't remember for certain because I rarely use the motorways. MPG wise I hit around 40 in each, but we mostly do short trips of less than 10 miles, so that's why. It's still much better than the other cars we've owned (Toyota Aygo, Ford Ka, Honda Civic 1.8 to name a few) So if you do a lot of motorway I'd take it for a test drive there, to see if you can live with the lower gearing. On any other road I'll say it's far superior to the ZS :-) (And I'm loving every minute in mine) Edit: Haven't gotten around to put a picture of the black edition on my profile, so the blue one is the ZS :-)
  7. I must admit I'd like to disable it competely too, but I've gotten used to disabling it first thing after starting the car. I can't put my finger on why I don't like it, it just makes me feel uneasy when it stops LOL.
  8. My manual says to avoid high speed (but doesn't state what speed that is, stupidly enough) for the first 1000 miles. It also says to not labour the engine for the same 1000 miles (running at too low revs) But like alex says it's already been tested at the factory, and manufacturing processes today are much better than they were 20 years ago, so I doubt you'll break anything as long as the engine is well warmed up before you trash it. (Do note that just because the cooling water is warm, it doesn't mean the entire engine is - so don't rely on the temp gauge in the car as that's just the water)
  9. My SportContact5 have done about 5.500 miles and have 5mm left both front and rear. I'm pretty sure you can't get tyres with great grip that lasts long as well, since part of the great grip comes from the rubber being slightly softer, which in turn means it wears down faster.
  10. Sounds like I will need to wax it if I use the tar remover. Thanks for your help :-)
  11. Well Spoken Waffle > I always say "no thanks" to the lego, I just want the fuel :D
  12. I actually always run on V-power 98 octane, not because of the octane level as that in itself does little to no good, but because of the cleaning additives. The alternative is of course to run some bell aid through it every now and then, so I suppose it's largely a matter of taste. Furthermore I change the oil and oil filter after around 700-1000 miles of running in, to get rid of any metal splinters in the oil. Again many will say it does nothing, but then again some says it does, so I do it just to be sure.
  13. I've got a lot of tar spots on my 2yrs old ZS and bought some tar remover on a spray can. However in the instructions on it, it says to: - Wash the car using their soap (obviously to sell more) - Spray on the tar remover and let it work for some minutes (can't recall how many) - Wax the car using their wax - this one is my problem, I can't figure out if it's just to sell more of their stuff, or if the tar remover actually harms the paint enough to need wax right after. So does anyone know if tar remover is harsh on the paint ? I haven't dared to use it yet since I'm completely in the dark as to how to wax a car
  14. Just a quick update - it seems Willy was indeed right. The car has dropped to 62.5 cm (so it's dropped a cm compared to when I originally wrote) A few more miles and it'll sit at exactly the same height as my ZS. Once again thanks everyone for your time :-)
  15. Sorry for the late reply - the Black Edition does indeed run on 205/40-17, but I fitted mine with 195/45-16 for winter (and thus 16 inch alloys) - my summer tyres are the original 17 inch. I think Willy is right that it's just because the springs have been wedged up, hadn't thought about that. So I'll give it a couple of weeks and see what happens. Thanks for your help everyone :-)