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  1. Focus mk2.5 H7 led Headlamp bulbs

    Agree, 9 times out of 10 when I'm being blinded by a car's headlights, it's always either an audi or mercedes built in the last two years. Almost as if they have their high beams on.
  2. Things I Don't Like

    I guess this could be classed as a 'don't like.' I don't like witnessing a driver taking punches at another while driving this morning. Previously, I'd only seen this level of road rage on youtube. Not sure whether I should bother sending the police the footage.
  3. Tbh you could just get a naturally apsirated petrol (1.6), and any additional cost in fuel would be offset by the numerous problems you would have later down the line with the tdci unit lol But it's no longer 2003, so I'd go for a turbo petrol. Pretty sure the recent ones have had most of the bugs ironed out.
  4. Things I Don't Like

    That sucks mate, doesn't really seem fair. Especially considering the fact that motorhomes can do 70, but vans can't.
  5. May be leaving ford :( is this a good deal?

    The biggest conks on the road seem to be Audi A3 hatchback drivers - usually GTD, GTI, or GTE spec. Just my personal observation of driving around my area of the country and also being the passenger in other people's cars. I just don't get the appeal of Audi hatchbacks, at the end of the day it's just another hatchback. For that kind of money, I'd much rather lease a nice Jaguar XF saloon, like this recent deal: https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/jaguar-xf-20i-prestige-auto-lease-pch-16399month-initial-147593-524768-select-car-leasing-2872513
  6. Buying advice for a 2005 1.6 petrol

    Ensure that the timing belt has been replaced. Otherwise it will be costly for you to do later on.
  7. Liverpool Echo Fire!!!

    Shame about the poor dogs that perished, and the mustang as well. Stupid landrovers, they're all junkers.
  8. Things I Don't Like

    Speaking of profiling, Oracle is one of the biggest in the business. See what they know about your interests and viewing habits on here, it's actually very interesting. Most of my interests are right. http://www.bluekai.com/registry/
  9. Things I Don't Like

    don't like having the flu on the first day back at work... anyone else down with the flu at the moment?
  10. 1.6 Ti-VCT or 1.8 Duratec HE Engine - choose ?

    Official is something like every 10 years by age (off the top of memory), but most owners including myself would advise to get it done at the 8 year mark. 80,000 miles should be OK, but change it a bit sooner for total peace of mind.
  11. 1.6 Ti-VCT or 1.8 Duratec HE Engine - choose ?

    1) yes - duratec is essentially the name for an upgraded sigma engine, with marginal improvements in emissions, fuel efficiency, torque, etc 2) yes, aluminium block. warms up and cools pretty quickly make sure of all the usuals when looking around - regular servicing, frequent oil changes, no blue or white smoke etc. also make sure the timing belt's been replaced (with itemised invoices to prove), else factor at least 300-400 quid into the cost of your purchase.
  12. Replacing Mk2.5 1.6 TDCI Titanium

    Just don't see the point of replacing a 1.6TDCi DPF car with another marginally newer/better 1.6TDCi DPF car, sorry. Chances are the new car will throw up expensive problems too. Better to go with the devil you know. At least if you can squeeze your budget a little extra, you can end up with an EcoBoost that's far more reliable than the TDCi, and will cost less to service and maintain. Also, if you intend to keep your next car a long time like your current one, then it makes sense to buy a petrol, with the way things are going, and the government's/public's increasing dislike of diesels. So my friendly advice would be to: 1) Keep your current car as long as it hasn't got serious issues OR 2) Stretch budget a tiny bit more to upgrade to a well looked after EcoBoost example. If you're desperate for a shiny new car, and want to abandon your old diesel, then you can always still get a old Duratec/Ti-VCT Mk3 petrol lol. Will cost a bit more to run, but it will be trouble free motoring if you can find a good example :)
  13. 1.6 Ti-VCT or 1.8 Duratec HE Engine - choose ?

    Another option could be the 1.6 Duratec (non VVT) - i.e. the non Ti-VCT engine. It's pretty much bulletproof, and really doesn't have any issues like the other two as far as I'm aware. Pros: probably the most reliable out of the three, better MPG than the 1.8 HE Cons: less powerful than the other two, belt driven engine, so needs replacing around every 8 years or 80,000 miles. For the record, my preference would be the 1.8, however be prepared to pay more at the pump lol.
  14. Replacing Mk2.5 1.6 TDCI Titanium

    Are the Mk3 1.0 Ecoboost's in your price range? They're pretty cheap... EDIT: But to echo the poster above, I'd keep your current car IMO, unless you're having serious issues with it.
  15. Disable automatic air con and recycle air?

    I have the 100 PS 1.6 (non VVT) engine. Fuel economy sucks with it, but at least it's bulletproof reliable. In terms of power, of course short of a dyno run (or perhaps a 0-60 run), there is no accurate way to determine the loss of power. But the throttle response definitely feels less sprightly, and the car feels like it's got a 10 or 20 PS weaker engine. The smaller CC engine you have, the more noticeable the effect of A/C will be. On a 2L engine, it will be far less noticeable I would imagine. I've done the same circa 50 mile journey several times with and without A/C. With A/C on seems to decrease the MPG by 2 or 3, out of a total of around 40 MPG. However the biggest difference is winter v.s. summer - in winter I struggle to achieve above 40 MPG on this journey, whereas in summer I can easily get 45 MPG. I've noticed that wet weather also further increases fuel consumption. Appreciate the CO2 figures, I'll keep it in mind, and try to use recirculation less, at least in less built up areas. What I've noticed is a lot of taxi/uber drivers seem to have it permanently on in and around London, which isn't surprising, but it makes you wonder whether they get any oxygen lol.