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About fiestalux

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  • Gender* Male
  • Ford Model Fiesta 1.0 ecoboost 100CV
  • Ford Year 2014
  • UK/Ireland Location Other/NonUK
  • Annual Mileage 5001 to 10,000
  • Interests Classic Cars
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  1. What's Your Winter Mpg Loss?

    I am not sure what the temperature is the UK but here we were about -3 to -8c recently, when you add in windchill I was warned it would often feel like -15c. It's worth keeping in mind that tires also have an impact. I now have winter tires on (it's the law) and not only do they decrease ride quality but also worsen fuel consumption. It may be possible to offset some of the drop by driving in higher gears (so being more eco-friendly) as I read this also is advised when icy - so it has safety benefit as well.  
  2. What's Your Winter Mpg Loss?

    For me in MPG terms it seems to be about 47 in summer and 42-43 now.
  3. What's Your Winter Mpg Loss?

    I seem to be down by about 0,6L per 100KM, which is the measure here. So around 8-10%, I spend a lot of time in and out of traffic jams so the mpg l/100km is never anywhere near the claims. I will test it on the open road when the weather improves.
  4. Damsel In Distress - Ecoboost Reality

    Hi Everyone, I have a 100PS Ecoboost and to echo other points here I can highly recommend it, sometimes I do miss the better acceleration of the 125 but 95% of the time it has enough juice even on the German autobahn. I live in central Europe and have driven it through Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland on relatively long trips and was significantly impressed with the fuel economy and performance. However, when it comes to city driving it is not in my view what it is cracked up to be that said I am still happy with it as its nimble around town. In terms of driving experience, it is easy and responsive but above all fun to drive. It handles great and is comfortable on longer trips so say I and my follow passengers. My mileage is very low so I cannot comment on reliability, but so far there are no issues.
  5. New Tyres

    Hi Jerry, Ok, thanks again. Please find the info below: 1) summer - 195 50 15 82H (Han Ventus S1 EVO) - these came with the car 2) winter - 195 50 15 82H (Firestone Winterhawk 2 Evo) 3) No it was a tyre company here 4) It's an Ecoboost 1.0 couple, 100HP, so nothing flash. All tires have a lot of tread left on them. I will stick with the tyres for now as so far I have only been a very low milage driver, also right now we are getting 11-16 degrees C most days. Also they all have a good bit of life left in them yet. However, once they come up for renewal I will look at something better. Also I should say that so far I have not felt unsafe with the Firestones, its more the car feels a lot less fun than before. Cheers, rod
  6. Importing Fiesta Sedan?

    Hi, you may also want to check out Luxembourg if you plan to import. There is an annual car sale in Jan/Feb with big savings although its always worth checking out pricing in Germany too as often Ford list prices can be a bit lower there. Ford dealers here include Pirsch, Wengler and Luxmotor Ford. I have direct and indirect experiences of all of them, they have all been recommended. Luxmotor tend to have slightly friendlier service. Many dealers here are familiar with importing as they often sell cars to people in the surrounding countries. I am not sure of the rules for importing though as I am actually a resident here - and not for tax purposes!
  7. Fiesta Vs Polo Decision

    I am not sure about the rules on importing cars into the UK from another EU member state or even if you can get the wheel on the "correct" side. However; there are big discounts every year in Luxembourg on new cars in January until about the first week of February. I paid about 30% less than the list price and exchange rate differences within brands can result in even more savings. If you are prepared to order a wait a bit then it may be worth considering.
  8. New Tyres

    Hi Jerry, Thanks for your detailed reply. I am based in Luxembourg. The Firestones I currently have (and have done since Winter 2014 but were put on again yesterday) were the same prices as all the others, indeed there was no option for more or less expensive. I will ask my dealer when the car next goes for a service. The ride of the car just becomes much firmer and also road noise increases. Cheers, Rod
  9. New Tyres

    On the subject of tyres can anyone recommend good winter tyres? At present I have Firestones which frankly reduce the cars ride quality quite a bit. Fortunately new tyres here are quite cheap, typically €250 including fitting for most major brands. ps. Winter tyres are compulsory here.
  10. Fiesta Vs Polo Decision

    I don't have the models mentioned but I do own a Fiesta Ecoboost and recently I did a lot of driving in Spain in a rented Polo for work. The Polo does have a more solid feel to it but otherwise as others have said it is nowhere near as fun to drive. The Polo just felt more vague and less engaging and even my rather weak Ecoboost engine felt a lot more impressive on the motorway. In general both cars should have been comparable in terms of price and specs. If you are also interested in reliability it's worth checking out the German ADAC car reliability index - an English version is online. In general Fiestas start off lower than Polos in the rankings. However, in the longer term (after two years) Fiestas are higher.
  11. High Pitched Whine When Accelarating

    Well the garage couldn't find anything wrong and I also went out with them for 30 minutes on the motorway and no whining sound... anyway it may reappear again soon on a longer trip.
  12. Reliability

    Until recently I was a light driver and had no problems, but then I did about 5000kms in the last few months. In general no problems until a week or so ago when a high pitched whine developed. It is going into the dealer soon and the problem has not affected the cars performance in any way. For reliability across all brands after 2 years check out the German TUV website below. As you will see Fiesta's are similar to Skoda in the early years and for older models often start off a bit worse but hold their place whereas Skoda etc drop quite far down the table.
  13. Service,,,,what To Do???

    Sounds like a rip off but here in the EC if you take out the standard Ford service you also get roadside assistance thrown in for free for the next 12 months. I had done about the same milage when I took my Fiesta in for a service as the equivalent roadside assistance would have set me back about €150 which was slightly more than half the servicing cost.
  14. As I am in a shared garage with no water or power supply I need to buy a portable cleaner. I did think about using a local automated car wash but one colleague had his Skoda's paintwork badly damaged. Anyway can anyone recommend a good one? Preferably one which can also take shampoo/detergent although good water only ones can be considered. Using 100ms of extension cables is not an option hence why it should be mobile.
  15. Any1 Here Selling There Ecoboost

    If you are prepared to have a steering wheel on the other side then come to Germany or Luxembourg... I paid about 8500UKP new for my Ecoboost, so I guess you can get some bargains on used ones too. That said not everyone is happy with a wheel on the the other side... :-)