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    Fiesta 1.0 ecoboost 100CV
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    5001 to 10,000
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  1. Yes, I would echo that the gears can seem a bit weird but they do loosen up after a while although mine at around 15k miles has now started slipping sometimes when going in reverse. If it does it again I will take it to the garage. Overall these are really nice cars for the cash, I have had mine for a while and still enjoy driving it. Also they are pretty fuel efficient if you find the sweet spot speed wise. Plus a little eco-driving goes a long way... That said it is nice to give it a good spin sometimes :)
  2. Thanks Jezza54, ok well it is better than nothing I guess. Atleast they did not charge you which is a good thing as it seems that for certain things you may even receive a bill afterwards (e.g. keys locked in car). I also still have the equivalent of AA membership, which I may keep for a while.. just in case but will probably get cancelled if Ford Assistance can replace most of the same services.
  3. My car (Fiesta 2014) is still under warranty provided that each year I take it in for the Ford Service (which gets ever more expensive). However, I am curious to know what Ford Assistance actually covers (I live in Luxembourg). I can see that it covers mechanical faults etc and perhaps even accidents. However, what about punctures? If I ever call them out for that do I have to pay a fee? I assume they will not bring any replacement tyre either or am I wrong? Also what about other "small items"? I can see that locking my keys in the car is not covered. So far I have never had to use it but I do plan to do some rather long trips in Europe over the coming months so would like to know if I can rely on them to provide a service, even in the case of small issues which are not my fault. Fingers crossed that I will never need to use it.
  4. I cannot comment on the interiors as those specs are different here than in the UK. However, the 100 Ecoboost Engine is generally fine for most driving experiences provided you work the gears a little. I drive regularly in different countries across mainland Europe (as I live here) including on the famous German autobahns without speed limits. It has more than enough grunt to overtake and cruises fine. Provided you are not planning to sit on 140Kph or more for long trips the engine is fine and is perfectly smooth, it can feel a little less pleasant after that speed though. When driving in other countries with limits of 120 or 130kph it is more than adequate and remains fun. Just don't be fooled by the fuel economy which is at best 53mpg in my case. There are rarely times when I would say the engine isn't up to it. I have also driven a hired Polo with a similar engine on a long trip through Spain and it felt like driving a mobility scooter in comparison and had no power.
  5. I have similar problems with a 2014 Ecoboost. Normally this occurs as when others say, the weather is cold (probably also some dampness) or of the car has been sitting for a while and has not been used. For me I travel for work a lot so normally this is around after 1 week. As it is being used almost everyday right now the problem has largely gone.
  6. That is consistently what I am getting as well, if I am lucky about 53mpg. My trip is about 20km each way and about 1/3 is probably spent in some form of slow or stopped traffic.
  7. I have a similar whine in my 2014 Ecoboost Fiesta, mainly in hotter weather and when accelerating. According to others on here it could be an alternator issue, the fault is so intermittent that when I took it to the garage they found nothing. However, on longer trips it can sometimes be heard especially with the aircon on. As for gears Itend to find if the car has not been used for a while then 3rd gear is a little stiffer to get into, but that could just be me.
  8. With it being around 25 degrees here on most days the fan usually does take a while to go off when I have parked.
  9. Thanks for the tips. It seems more whiney now that the temperature here is about 23-26 degrees most days. The car is two years old and has done about 15km so slightly less than 10k miles. It's really used for sort commutes so around 20-30 miles per days kind of thing. Although I do plan to take it on a mini European tour soon, so I'd rather not have any issues.
  10. Here in mainland Europe the weather has suddenly got quite nice so the aircon is on in the car quite a lot. Anyway, I have noticed that again (like last year) there is a high pitched whine that sets in when driving. I went to the dealer last year about this but when they tested it of course there was nothing... Has anyone else had similar problems? I gather it is related to the alternator.
  11. I had a similar sudden loss of power today but with a 2014 Ecoboost (so a different model). It does not happen very often but usually at places where I do need a sudden burst of energy, e.g. while waiting at a roundabout. Basically this morning foot down (senibly), revs, engaged clutch then no power so car went forward about 1 meter into the roundabout then cut out. Even when I put the foot to the floor absolutely nothing. I lifted my foot off and tried again and there was power - thankfully. Has anyone else had similar issues?
  12. The aircon also has an impact, it was adding around 0.3-0.5l/100km when I did an entirely non-scientific test recently which is a sizable chunk of the fuel consumption..
  13. I have had occasional gearbox/clutch issues as well. A hill start (in reverse recently) caused some interesting noises. In the past the gears have often become quite odd when changing from to third, the usual smooth action not being the case and sometimes nearly ending up in 1st. These issues mostly (although not always) seem to occur if I have not used the car for a few weeks due to being away for work.
  14. I found that the brand of tyres seemed to have a major effect on road noise. That said even with my so-called better summer tyres road noise does remain.
  15. I'd stay away from Firestone, I was given them as the last place I was at was out of stock of many other brands. They really lowered the general ride quality and fuel consumption levels plus are noisier.