samjprobinson

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  • Ford Model
    Fiesta Titanium X 1.6TDCi
  • Ford Year
    2013
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Hampshire
  • Annual Mileage
    15,001 to 20,000

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  1. I regularly got over 70MPG from my non ECOnetic 1.6TDCi (95) Fiesta before I sold it and try running it on Shell V Power diesel. Below is part of a previous post I have done comparing my fuel costs and consumptions whilst I had my 11 plate Mk7. Over 20,000 miles of driving in two years I averaged 69.8... "I've always been a big fan of the Shell V Power Diesel; will always put it in the car unless I'm at a garage where they don't sell it. I haven't had my new Fiesta long enough yet to be able to comment on the MPG or differences on the Mk7.5 but I can base it on my previous Fiesta, Mk.7 TDCi. I swore by the V Power Petrol when I had my Honda Accord Type R, and Honda recommended running it on 97+ octane rating so the V Power Petrol covered this. However I never saw the point when I first got my Fiesta diesel to continue running it on V Power. I mean diesel is pretty much the same whatever you do with it. I ran the Fez on standard diesel for about 5,000 miles averaging 500 miles a week in commuting (long motorway stretches, little stop start around a town and that was it) and was averaging 58.4MPG. I am reasonably sad but I keep a log book of every time I fill my car up, the cost of the fill etc so I have some form of long term record. After 5,000 miles I started to use the V Power Diesel. First impressions were not noticeable, along with no let down of diesel smoke from the exhaust. There was also no change in MPG or range of the tank along with it actually costing me more per mile to drive as the V Power is generally 8p/L more expensive. The improvements starting coming around after 4 tankfuls of VP Diesel. The first I noticed was the lack of emissions from the exhaust pipe on hard acceleration which was a suprise as the good old Pug engine does like to smoke. I also noticed that the MPG improved a little and I got about 30 miles extra out of the tank. Now this could be associated to lighter traffic on the drives etc or my driving style changed which is possible. But confirmation came over the next few tankfuls as I continued to get better MPG and range from the car. After 20,000 miles of running on VP Diesel in all manner of conditions along with my commute every day I have averaged 69.8MPG. I think that is pretty impressive over 20k miles of running on VP. If I didn't have any changes to my commute, I would be regularly exceeding 70MPG and getting nearly 700 miles from the tankful of diesel. Compare this with the average over 5k miles on standard diesel; Fuel £p/L Avg. MPG Pred. Range Total Cost Pot. Saving Diesel 1.389 58.4 584 62.50 N/A VP Diesel 1.469 69.8 698 66.76 114 miles ( £10.88 better off) I know that this is only based on my data available and I am sure that people have had other differences from using the differing fuels that are now available but I only needed a few extra miles from each gallon before the VP actually started costing me less per fill up. If you do start using VP don't expect any changes straight away, you need to give it a few tankfuls and start keeping a fuel log and try to keep to the same style of driving so you can get a comparision from the two different fuels. I will do an update in a few thousand miles on the new 1.6TDCi comparing it with my old 1.6TDCi however it does seem to be exceeding 69.8MPG regulary without having to really think about it and pushing more towards the 80's. This makes me very happy! "
  2. I know this is probably a bit out of date now, but the joys of only just joining the forum. Back in the end of January 2013 a large car carrier hit one of the linkspans in Southampton Eastern Docks rendering it useless and out of service for approximately 6 months (MCA report into the contact) and it is still not yet fully operational. This has had a huge knock on effect for the Port of Southampton as they only have a couple of linkspans for RoRo vessels and to take the fully automated hydraulic one out of service meant that a lot of ships were cancelled or re-routed. This (according to my friend who works for CPS Stevedores) is one of the major problems Ford is experiencing with importing of the new build Fiestas from Germany! Probably not what people want to hear but that's the way it goes! I believe the linkspan is still out of service which is probably still having a knock on effect for deliveries.
  3. No it is only a recommendation that they should dim or extinguish completely. It all depends on the proximity to the indicator bulb; as the video shows in this case the two are combined so the DRL extinguishes before the indicator comes on
  4. Yeah no comment with Hendy... for now! Good luck with it all sounds like a complete farce though and having been in a similar situation I know how frustrating it is! Ford CRC is also a complete waste of time. If I wanted to know what the dealer had to say I'd call them not Ford CRC to sit on hold for half an hour to be told what the dealer would have told me! Typical! All this quoting of law reminds me I've still got 5,000 words to write in my law assignment for the Merchant Navy - damn!
  5. I see you're in Hampshire. You didn't get it from Hendy Ford did you?
  6. Yes I have had the pleasure of driving a 1.25 60PS Studio with wind up windows, stick the key in the door to unlock it and the woeful performance. As you say it is bordering on the verge of dangerous; completely gutless and painfully slow to get to 60MPH. I know it has probably been made to satisfy the Insurance Group 1 rating, but it is downright dangerous. Trying to go up a hill on the M3 towards London saw me down to around 45MPH with lorries overtaking me!
  7. Mmm well that is interesting that it left the factory with it fitted and now you have it it doesn't work! Maybe the software in the menu didn't think you had DDS and therefore didn't install it into the menu? Might be something that Ford can do using an ECU update or replacing the OBC
  8. Have you tried checking ETIS to see if your car even left the factory with it installed? http://www.etis.ford.com/vehicleRegSelector.do;jsessionid=AAF6DDFD17E59D89CA6B1866CAA0FCCC.fcvas507 Try inserting your Reg Number and see what comes up. My old Fiesta was specified when I bought it as having the Sony DAB however when I got it, I couldn't find any reference to DAB in the radio menu. Checked this and found it didn't even have it listed on the build sheet! The Sale of Goods Act was mentioned to the Ford Dealer and a large gesture of goodwill was sent my direction to "keep me quiet"!
  9. It is a very good setup displayed here; LED bulbs as the indicators which double up as white DRL, wiring gubbins which control everything and a lot of patience by the looks of things! I considered doing something like the LED strip on my old Fiesta Titanium like the new facelift version and bought all the parts I needed to do it too. I also got some old headlights off the breakers to "play" with by heating them up in the oven to break the seal between the lens and the unit itself. A DRL controller is required and to comply with the EU Law, it must be able to control the coming on of the LED strip (or whatever you use for DRL) when the ignition is on and the choice of turning the DRL off when the sidelights are turned on OR dimming by a minimum of 50% and can be used as a sidelight if no separate side light is fitted. The Law also advises that the side you are indicating should dim by 50% too to assist other motorists in being able to see your indication rather than the DRL. I did complete my DRLs in the headlight but never got round to fitting the DRL controller to the car before I sold it.
  10. There's a newer update for it which was released early 2012 after all the complaints from the mid 2011 ECU software. Get Ford to remap it with the latest available and it should be solved. There are some that haven't had the very latest software and hence the hesitant acceleration. The latest version is much better and isn't anywhere near as flat as it used to be up to 1800RPM! Trust that helps if not let me know and I'll get the info sheet of Hendy Ford and post it on here!
  11. Ah ha slightly missed the point then! Doh! I used to work on product tankers that carried 55,000 tonnes of processed petroleum products, most of which was made into Shell V Power. I am currently running VP Diesel Nitro and have been since it has replaced VP Diesel so if there is any difference between the two MPG wise I should see it reflected in my fuel log. I will also flick back through my old carriage notes from when I worked on the product tankers to see if there is actually any difference in the composition etc and if so what quantities and the benefits that could be associated with it. Got bored of dealing with VLCC's and their turning circles along with the grotty dirty life so decided cruising was more fun!
  12. I've always been a big fan of the Shell V Power Diesel; will always put it in the car unless I'm at a garage where they don't sell it. I haven't had my new Fiesta long enough yet to be able to comment on the MPG or differences on the Mk7.5 but I can base it on my previous Fiesta, Mk.7 TDCi. I swore by the V Power Petrol when I had my Honda Accord Type R, and Honda recommended running it on 97+ octane rating so the V Power Petrol covered this. However I never saw the point when I first got my Fiesta diesel to continue running it on V Power. I mean diesel is pretty much the same whatever you do with it. I ran the Fez on standard diesel for about 5,000 miles averaging 500 miles a week in commuting (long motorway stretches, little stop start around a town and that was it) and was averaging 58.4MPG. I am reasonably sad but I keep a log book of every time I fill my car up, the cost of the fill etc so I have some form of long term record. After 5,000 miles I started to use the V Power Diesel. First impressions were not noticeable, along with no let down of diesel smoke from the exhaust. There was also no change in MPG or range of the tank along with it actually costing me more per mile to drive as the V Power is generally 8p/L more expensive. The improvements starting coming around after 4 tankfuls of VP Diesel. The first I noticed was the lack of emissions from the exhaust pipe on hard acceleration which was a suprise as the good old Pug engine does like to smoke. I also noticed that the MPG improved a little and I got about 30 miles extra out of the tank. Now this could be associated to lighter traffic on the drives etc or my driving style changed which is possible. But confirmation came over the next few tankfuls as I continued to get better MPG and range from the car. After 20,000 miles of running on VP Diesel in all manner of conditions along with my commute every day I have averaged 69.8MPG. I think that is pretty impressive over 20k miles of running on VP. If I didn't have any changes to my commute, I would be regularly exceeding 70MPG and getting nearly 700 miles from the tankful of diesel. Compare this with the average over 5k miles on standard diesel; Fuel £p/L Avg. MPG Pred. Range Total Cost Pot. Saving Diesel 1.389 58.4 584 62.50 N/A VP Diesel 1.469 69.8 698 66.76 114 miles ( £10.88 better off) I know that this is only based on my data available and I am sure that people have had other differences from using the differing fuels that are now available but I only needed a few extra miles from each gallon before the VP actually started costing me less per fill up. If you do start using VP don't expect any changes straight away, you need to give it a few tankfuls and start keeping a fuel log and try to keep to the same style of driving so you can get a comparision from the two different fuels. I will do an update in a few thousand miles on the new 1.6TDCi comparing it with my old 1.6TDCi however it does seem to be exceeding 69.8MPG regulary without having to really think about it and pushing more towards the 80's. This makes me very happy! (Edit: realignment of the table after posting)
  13. Heated front seats are pointless unless you've got full leather pack as the seats are freezing in winter! But just the cloth seats, no point; use the £175 and put it towards the camera. Its brilliant and well worth the extra! Guide lines and everything. It is a superb extra!
  14. I've got pretty much every option you have listed as standard on my Titanium X, apart from the Sat Nav system, ACS and the dress up kit. I have got the sat nav and love the fact you don't have to do anything to it when you get somewhere. No taking it off the windscreen and putting it in the glovebox and all that fad. Also all the cables running around with my old Navman was an annoyance! ACS works well (tried it with a willing friend ) and it stopped the car about a foot off his big rubber bouncy castle! Love using the DAB and the Keyless entry is nice to have as standard but if I'd gone for the Titanium I wouldn't have coughed up for it. The EATC I leave in the Auto mode at 22c all the time just without the AC on, so its just running as a climate control system without AC. Pretty good however had to resort to turning the AC on today on my commute home in the traffic! Interesting to hear about MPG and cruise control. I use my cruise control all the time on the motorway and I get better MPG than using the old right foot. Averages on my daily commute about 78.8 over 80 miles on the cruise control and only 72.4 without cruise on. I also use V Power Diesel which has greatly improved fuel consumption so will put that in as a recommendation!
  15. On my old Mk 7 Titanium with the Auto Lights & Wipers the system used to fail quite a lot. I found out in the end it was the connector in the back of the sensor behind the centre interior mirror. There is a connector behind the large bit of plastic which if you pull out disables all the Auto function and the wipers go back to normal intermittent style of lesser spec'ed Fiestas. However it will chime and show a message every time you start the car after about 5 seconds to tell you that there is an Auto Lights / Wiper Malfunction. The chime can be disabled but the message and the orange 'i' will be lit up. The lights, if you leave them in Auto mode will come on automatically when the engine is started as unplugging the sensor makes the car think its permanently dark!