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The Dark Knight

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About The Dark Knight

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    The member the forum deserves but not the one it needs right now

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  • First Name Dave

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  • Gender* Male
  • Ford Model Fiesta ST-2
  • Ford Year 2014
  • UK/Ireland Location Derbyshire
  • Annual Mileage 5001 to 10,000

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  1. Fiesta 2008 Duratec 1.4 Diesel - Smoking When Warm

    The car was returned to the seller and refund given less the small deduction as noted. Thanks.
  2. Fiesta ST vs Maserati GranTurismo

    Dashcam footage topic here:  
  3. Fiesta ST vs Maserati GranTurismo

    Epic drive home from work! Once I had got past the annoying old bloke taking up half the road in the Mondeo,  I was able to follow the Maserati and have a bit of a play. No ridiculous speeds and we couldn't go faster even if we wanted to because of the traffic. The driver wound his window down as I pulled alongside so I followed suit. We gave each other the thumbs up and he roared off! As we went our separate ways at the roundabout, I pipped twice in recognition and he put his arm out of the window and waved. Some minor speeding at around 72mph along the way as acknowledged verbally in the video. Enjoy! (apologies for the glitches in parts - Not sure what happened with the recording there)    
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  5. Fiesta 2008 Duratec 1.4 Diesel - Smoking When Warm

    MAJOR UPDATE TO THIS TOPIC GUYS sazandy has been in touch to say this case has finally been settled. The seller who as we know from this topic did not want to know, wanted mediation because he was struggling for money and could do without going to court etc. The mediator went back and forth for 45 minutes and they reached an agreement (failure to comply with this would result in an application for a court order I should add) for him to take the car back and give a refund less a deduction (unspecified) to reflect that the problem was not reported within 30 days (it does help your case the sooner you report it). It was 5 days over. However, sazandy got the £170 small claims court fees back which is a bonus. The mediator advised that if they had gone to court, the seller would have to make weekly payments following a defeat as he is struggling for money. I believe that an out of court settlement like this does not give him the option of weekly payments so he would have to raise a lump sum from somewhere. Finally, the mediator advised that had it gone to court, sazandy had no proof that it was faulty. This would be because there is no independent report from a mechanic diagnosing the fault. All in all, we have a victory for the consumer and it is another case of a dealer boasting about it not being their problem and believing that he would not be challenged. He caved in out of court because he could not afford to lose. Please bear this in mind for future reference if you have a problem with anything consumer related. It is relatively cheap going through small claims court (£10k max for small claims) and sazandy paid £170 which he got back. This problem started way back in July but was pursued to the bitter end and resulted in victory. The reason dealers usually win is because many people do not want the hassle of it all. This is a prime of example of why it should be pursued. In this case, I could see arguments from the dealers side due to the mileage and lack of service history as per the Thain case I cited. If you have a car in better condition that a dealer is not interested in sorting a fault out on, just imagine how much stronger your argument would be. I'm always happy to help and advise if you need it. Dave
  6. Focus Mk2 1.6 Petrol

    £3k just isn't doable but I did consider a Mazda 3. I like the sort of funky interior but do they have heated windscreen on the model that was around from 04-08? I've heard that because they were owned by or associated with Ford, they would have it but I've never read anything concrete on that front. Similar to Land Rover which have had heated windscreens since the days of Ford ownership.
  7. Focus Mk2 1.6 Petrol

    I've been looking at those too. Trouble is, I've not spotted one without a manky steering wheel yet (posted a topic about that). Plus I was thinking that if a newer focus falls within my price range, it would make sense to go for it. Even though I prefer the looks of the Mk1.5
  8. Focus Mk2 1.6 Petrol

    I see what you are saying but I should have clarified that my 2014 Fiesta ST is on finance and being handed back in March. This is because I'm getting rid of finance as I save for my first house. £2k max for my budget which restricts me to pre-facelift. I'm ok with that though. Bigger fish to fry so to speak.
  9. Focus Mk2 1.6 Petrol

    Thanks for the reply. I must admit that having done a Google search, the normal 1.6 would be best. There have been problems for owners wth the other one and bills exceeding £500. I never felt the standard model was slow. With regard to spec, I like the idea of the ghia but there's more to go wrong with the added gizmos. Zetec climate might be the best model.
  10. Focus Mk2 1.6 Petrol

    Oh and one other thing! If I was looking at a 100bhp 1.6 side by side with the 115bhp 1.6, how can I tell them apart? Anything under the bonnet to give the game away perhaps?
  11. Focus Mk2 1.6 Petrol

    Guys, I've been looking up the Mk2 Focus on autotrader with a budget of £2k. Either Zetec Climate or Ghia spec. I used to own a 2005 reg Zetec Climate back in 2006 but it died in a crash. So I know what its like as a car but I had some questions about the engine. Mine was the standard 1.6 but there is a slightly more powerful 1.6 Ti-VCT. Does anyone have any experience of the latter? Is it worth it over the standard 1.6? I don't need diesel at about 4.5k miles per year so petrol is fine. Also, I would consider a HID kit so has anyone gone down the HID route with the Mk2? I've heard good things about them. Cheers
  12. Mk1 Focus Manky Steering Wheels

    Thanks for the input. Some seem better than others but some seem rippled and torn all the way around. I think the only way to be sure is to actually view the car as opposed to relying on photos
  13. Mk1 Focus Manky Steering Wheels

    Just been scanning auto trader for a Mk1 Focus and it appears from the majority of photographs that are clear enough, that the steering wheels are rather manky for want of a better word. Of course, wear and tear is to be expected but I was quite surprised by the state of some. I've seen older cars with better steering wheels. Any owners got experience of wear and tear on the steering wheel? I hasten to add that I realise there is a lot more to selecting a used car than concentrating on the condition of the steering wheel but I thought I'd ask. Cheers
  14. The Best Focus?

    Feeling a bit nostalgic today and recalling fond memories of Focus Mk1 ownership. In 2004 my 2nd car was a W Reg 1.6 LX. Great car and fantastic engine the 1.6 I later owned an 03 reg 1.8 TDCi Ghia 115ps. Great spec, smooth, quiet diesel and more powerful and faster in the real world than the 1.6 petrol. That being said, I preferred the 1.6 petrol. I also owned an 05 reg 1.6 Zetec Climate Mk2 for a while. More grown up feel with soft touch dashboard etc. for a quality feel. Despite this and having driven the latest Focus, my personal favourite would be a 1.6 Mk1.5 probably in Ghia spec. So, forgetting spec and engine choices, what is the best Focus? Consider looks, driving experience, general economy on offer across the range, performance, value for money and any other factors you consider relevant. Vote away and share your thoughts.