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About lloydyyy

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    Ford Fiesta Style Climate
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    5001 to 10,000

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  1. Thanks for the advice. My ex had a Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost (99bhp) which was fairly nippy. I had a Fiesta Zetec S 1.0 EcoBoost (123bhp) as a courtesy car about a year ago and that was a flying machine compared to the lesser-powered 99bhp engine - it pulled uphill really well and was great fun to drive. My step dad, being a lifelong Audi owner, is rooting me on to get the A3 but I'm reserving judgement. I have seen a Fiesta 1.6 EcoBoost ST for sale - tempting but may be overkill.
  2. Hey folks. As per the title - I'm thinking of changing the car. I currently have a Ford Fiesta Mk6.5 1.25 Style Climate. I've had it for about 6 years since about 15,000 miles - it's currently on about 75,000 miles and it's almost never set a foot wrong (apart from both window regulators failing). I'm after something with a bit more power and better looks (the Fiesta is mauve, so I get ripped into a lot by my friends ). My current commute is 50 miles round trip 3 times a week which is mostly motorway and dual carriageways, and it can sometimes feel like a bit of an ache with the 1.25 Fiesta. My estimated annual mileage is roughly 12k a year. I like my Fiesta because it costs peanuts to run but change is good. Just trying to work out if perhaps the novelty of a different car would wear off. I've got 3 cars in mind: Audi A3 2.0 TDI Black Edition, Ford Fiesta Zetec S 1.6 TDCi or Ford Fiesta Zetec S 1.0 EcoEoost. Would be grateful for opinions and especially thoughts from owners of these cars - comfort, economy, running costs, etc.
  3. Really appreciate the advice :) Thanks, all. I've ordered the Bosch AeroTwin front blades and the rear wiper from I found a 10% off voucher so I had a discount on top of the 20% off sale at the moment. The blades including delivery were £24.70 - not bad! They didn't stock the Valeo blades for my car so I went with Bosch instead.
  4. Cheers for the replies, folks. I'll stick to the Bosch blades. have a 20% off sale at the moment, so it's cheaper for me to buy the blades from them In fact, have the H282 rear blade whereas CarParts4Less have the SP11 rear blade which is much cheaper. Is there any difference between the blades?
  5. My Bosch AeroTwin wiper blades are starting to squeak when wiping the windscreen. They're a year and a half old and I've tried polishing the windscreen, cleaning the blades, etc. but no luck. I think it's time to replace them. I've seen the cheap Aero Vu ones from Ace Car Parts on eBay for £6 delivered - seems too cheap but a few forum threads have suggested that these blades aren't bad. I've also seem's own brand which is tempting. I would go for the Bosch blades again but I would've expected them to last longer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Hi folks :) The NSF window regulator on my Fiesta Mk6.5 has started chewing its own cable (sigh). I thought it may be worth just replacing the regulator as the motor seems fine. But also, the door speaker seems to sound like its blowing now and again; sometimes when the radio is on, the speaker is fine, but then at other times it sounds like it's blown. I thought while I'm replacing the window regulator, I may as well change the speaker as well. I've searched the forum and can't find a guide for replacing the window regulator and speaker on a Fiesta Mk6.5, unless I've missed it (apologies). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  7. My car is running Kumhos on the rear and front axles. The rear axle is running 195/50/15 82V whereas the front axle is running 195/50/15 82H. I queried the rating of the front tyres when I had them changed at my local garage and they said the 82H tyres were a little cheaper. I notified my insurance, just in case.
  8. Thanks for the replies. I like the sound of the Toyo Proxes CF2 but I think the only speed rating available for my tyre size is 82H whereas my Fiesta's tyres are rated to 82V. Would it not be recommended to fit a tyre with a lower speed rating?
  9. I'm after new tyres (195/50/15) for my Mk6 Fiesta. Both axles are running on Kumhos at the moment but the fronts will need changing in the next few weeks. In all honesty I can't remember how many miles the fronts have done but they've lasted quite well - I'll have to check the mileage I wrote down when they were fitted. I'm after a tyre that will last well but won't compromise on grip; no point in having a tyre that will last but doesn't grip well on the road. Any recommendations are appreciated
  10. Just thought I'd post a reply. The garage took a chance and replaced the driver side caliper for cost price of the part and no charge for labour. It worked. Then the passenger side caliper went a few days ago and they replaced that free of charge.
  11. They bought the car in straight away as soon as we handed it back. The V5 was signed to release the car into the trade. I'll speak to the sales manager and get a price as close to £7300 as possible.
  12. I've been keeping an eye on my better half's old Fiesta which is currently up for sale. She had it on a Ford Options plan and handed it back in July this year. Since then, it's remained unsold. The settlement figure was £7300 - I could've paid that and walked away with the car. At the time I didn't see the point in paying all that money only for the novelty to wear off. I went down to Day's in Plasmarl last weekend and had a chat about a deal for cash. The salesman said there was no discount and 4 other families have expressed an interest in the car. I wasn't buying his tactic of saying other families were interested for a second. My counter-argument was that the car has remained unsold since July and they had already dropped the price from £9300 to £8900 because they can't shift the car. The salesman had none of it, so I walked away. Any advice on how to haggle for the best deal? I can always approach my local Day's branch and discuss a finance deal in order to get a discount on the car, and then pay the balance off after a month.
  13. I started to have second thoughts this morning about whether the novelty of having a new Fiesta will wear off
  14. Just a thought: I plan to buy my new car and then sell my Fiesta on Gumtree. I've checked the prices of insurance for a basic policy just to cover the car for someone to test drive and the first instalment is £40 and then the monthly instalments are £38. It seems sensible to SORN the car but then it would mean a potential buyer couldn't test drive it. Edit: I changed the oil on the car last Monday and noted the mileage. I've travelled 239 miles since then. That works out as 12,428 miles a year. My average mileage calculation a few days ago was about 12k miles a year.
  15. Looking at past MOTs, I travelled 14k mikes for one year. Between the last couple of MOTs I travelled 10k miles. Since this year's MOT I've travelled on average 1k miles a month (I think!)