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  1. BH!!! It's almost like the tropics here, compared to where you are!
  2. Timing belt must absolutely be done on the 1.6 belt-driven (100 PS) engine within 8 years (no matter the mileage), to be on the safe side. For car values, check auto-trader and compare cars with similar spec-levels/age/mileage. For the "normal" (100 PS) 1.6 Petrol engine, see my first post in this thread. It will be exactly the same in a titanium, zetec/titanium/etc. is only the trim-level.
  3. Yes, the 1.8 is a chain-driven Mazda engine (and a pretty decent one from what I've heard). Personally my car cruises at 2800-2900 RPM on the motorway at 70 MPH, but another gear wouldn't help much in the way of noise (as only wind and tyre noise is audible at that speed, covering engine noise), but would possibly save a bit more fuel.
  4. I have the 1.6 petrol of that vintage, paired to a 4 spd auto box (the manual one should be slightly quicker, as their is less losses incurred due as a result of the torque converter). Although it's by no means "fast", it certainly isn't slow at junctions, and makes a doddle out of overtaking people in town. Outside of town, it can still overtake people on uphill A-roads if you put your foot down. Petrol will give you the least headaches. Slightly outdated tech (no variable valve timing even), but extremely reliable engines. If your mileage is low (max 8-10K miles), then go for a petrol. If you'll be doing mainly town driving, 1.6 should be fine. If your journeys involve a lot of A-roads/motorways, then the 1.8 shouldn't get much worse economy than the 1.6 I would imagine, so go for that one. Note that there's two versions of the petrol 1.6: a 100PS version (the one I have), and a 115PS (Ti-VCT) version. I have been referring to the former - latter gets better economy and is newer tech, but don't know too much about them - someone else might be able to pitch in regarding that one.
  5. Join the club Jamie. Had a fever last night (>38C), and feeling very drowsy/weak - I don't know what I even have tbh. Spent most of the weekend lying down doing nothing, feels like such a waste. Being healthy/well is sooo underrated! Lol.
  6. No problem, below is an old picture I took immediately after installation, in case you're interested. (Sorry for the slight blur, I had a crappier phone back then.)
  7. I didn't bother with the DAB to be honest. I only really listen to music by plugging in my SD card to it, which has the majority of my MP3 library. Yes, I use my phone as a hotspot - the built in WiFi is pretty good - it autoconnects as soon as I toggle my WiFi hotspot on my LG G4, and never has dropped signal. EDIT: For pretty much any head-unit you'll need an external DAB antenna, which will presumably involve running wires down the A-pillar, but I'm sure you already know this.
  8. Speaking of puddles... I didn't enjoy last nights storm - kept me awake, and felt like a zombie at work today. Choosing to not work from home was also a big mistake - usual 40 minute journey doubled to 1hr20 mins. Insane traffic - even switched off the engine at one point. The car said I used > 40 miles worth of petrol for a 17 mile journey. Thought that the journey home would be better, but alas no. The A3095 was cordoned off by police (presumably due to flooding), and the whole area was a grid-lock, with most drivers not knowing what to do. Luckily Waze got me out of there pronto (and took me down some back roads and residential streets), but still added a good 20 mins to the journey time. @GMX - was Brandy able to sleep last night?
  9. May I suggest the below? I have the older version of that head unit (android 4.4 instead of 5.1) bought from the same seller (for 269 quid back in summer 15). Excellent head unit, and has served me perfectly well until now. Made my car 100x more enjoyable to drive. No major issues, and seller is very helpful. The audio quality is also noticeably better than the stock Ford head unit. Also, my version is reasonably fast (has a dual core processor), but the one in the link below has a quad processor, so will be even faster. GPS signal has been rock solid, never loses signal randomly. And it looks 100x better than the aftermarket Pioneer/Sony/whatever units - fits in very neatly and subtly into the dash. A lot of people who've I've chauffeured around thought it was stock (apart from the more techy people obv).I've installed Skype, Waze, and other Android apps onto it - you can even install things like Spotify if you want. Any questions, just shout :)
  10. I know right! Was in a Morrisons car park recently, and despite taking the turn very widely still failed the mission. Next time I will take it even wider (I will turn like a bus lol) and occupy the oncoming lane too.
  11. Mondeo. Faster & more fun. And less likely to cause troubles.
  12. nice car ben :)
  13. And yet Ford still insists on putting this prehistoric drum-brake crap on the new Focus.
  14. I think Sainsbury's Nectar scheme might be more generous in terms of points. But if you only want to use Shell's high-octane fuel in your car (i.e if you have a performance car - not a bog standard NA, or low-displacement turbo car!), then I guess it's worth it!
  15. Sorry to hear Ghana :( RIP. Don't worry, Bunty is off to a better place now.