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    Fiesta Titanium Ecoboost 125PS
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  1. Damn, VAT free offer back, I bought my Bluefin a month ago Never mind I did manage to negotiate 10% discount so it was around £366. For the benefit of those members considering the Superchips upgrade I have no regrets whatsoever, the extra power is addictive. This morning I drove from Essex to Warwickshire via M11 and A14 around 180 miles in less than 3 hours including a quick coffee and comfort stop halfway. The mid range punch is so much better and makes 5th gear overtakes a breeze. Just have to watch the speedo especially with all the cameras along this route. Negatives? Well economy has definitely suffered but I put that down mainly to the fact that I am using the extra power so bound to use more fuel. However even when I try to drive economically before I managed over 47mpg now best is around 40. This morning my average was 39.3 mpg on Shell V-Power Nitro+. I have also noticed that the engine note is a bit deeper and more gruff sounding but maybe that is intake noise as obviously more air is being sucked in together with the extra fuel. I have no other engine mods other than the Bluefin remap. I hope these comments will be of help to members considering MORE POWER!
  2. Three weeks ago I installed a Superchips Bluefin remap and I can honestly say you will definitely notice the difference. Especially mid range pull between 2500 to 4000rpm in fifth is vastly improved, I have embarrassed quite a few BMW and Audi outside lane bullies by how quickly I can leave them behind. It added about £50 to my annual insurance premium and cost less than £400 which was definitely money well spent.
  3. Don't get too focused on fuel consumption, for me covering 7000 miles in a year the difference between 42mpg and 48mpg is around 20 gallons of fuel, so about £100. Well worth it, now I've bothered to work it out I will drive harder all the time
  4. I've not had time to do an accurate full tank to full tank refill check, but the trip computer over the last 360 miles averaged 43.3mpg compared with my pre-remap average over the same journey of around 47.5mpg. Its not really a fair comparison as I was driving harder than usual with quite a few spirited overtakes. I use Shell V-Power Nitro+ super unleaded as I have done for the past year as I find the engine runs more smoothly and pulls better at low rpm. To be quite honest with you Damian I am not really too bothered about slightly worse mpg as I only do around 7000 miles a year and in the grand scheme of things the fuel cost difference pales into insignificance compared with the dreaded depreciation. Bottom line, the car is far more enjoyable to drive and well worth the extra cost.
  5. I decided to go for the Superchips remap last week, no regrets whatsoever. Very easy to install with the Bluefin plug and play unit, (many thanks Willy for your video guide and other useful information on this forum). A fast cross-country trip up to the Midlands from Essex yesterday (M11/A14) revealed far punchier acceleration without loss of bottom end flexibility. Fuel consumption was a bit heavier but that was mainly due to me exploiting what was now on offer and well worth the penalty. 31bhp increase on top of 123 is quite a lot, however my annual insurance premium only went up by £52 (Esure) so again, well worth it. Mind you I am an old codger of 66 so maybe younger members will get penalised more heavily. My Ford warranty expires in September anyway so I wasn't so concerned about that aspect. I think used sensibly this is an excellent upgrade to go for at less than £400, but make sure you get your insurance quote before you buy!
  6. James I did try some fairly heavy braking tactics to try and clean up the discs when I first noticed the problem but it didn't really improve matters. If anything they gradually got worse rather than better. I think the root cause was that the previous owner was probably fairly light on the brake pedal and maybe did a lot of short trips. If the car stands for long periods corrosion and pitting can build up on the discs. I originally intended to use aftermarket discs and pads, I had used EBC before and had always been happy with them. However parts would be around £120 so I didn't think the Ford fully fitted price was too bad. I believe they use Motorcraft parts and although I did have some reservations about using the same as original this didn't appear to be a widespread problem with later Fiestas, so I put it down to the fact that maybe Ford had a duff batch of discs at the time of build.
  7. Hi James I had exactly the same issue as you when I bought my 9 months old Ecoboost 125 with 9000 miles on the clock. I assumed the same as you and thought it may be rust on the discs. I also suspected an ABS issue but as the pulsing rate varied with road speed it was more likely to be run-out on the discs. Sometimes it was more noticeable than others, and I had the slow speed pulsing as well. I had the local dealer check it out when in for service and he said there was corrosion and pitting on discs, and offered to skim the discs for £200. No thanks! Eventually I found a Ford main dealer that was willing to fit genuine replacement discs and pads at Ford's £175 fixed price repair price (normally only applicable to cars more than 4 years old) and the problem was solved. The car has been much nicer to drive since then. Incidentally when doing the job they found that one of the front brake callipers was partially seized so they had to free that off as well. Hope this is of help to you.
  8. Nick Not a smart idea to try to hide this information from your insurance company. You are only 17 and at the start of your motoring career. Better to build up your no claims bonus over the next 3 or 4 years and then look at performance upgrades, but if you are anything like I was at your age (fifty years ago!) I was always getting bored and changing cars every few months . Mainly old bangers bought from the local car auctions and rarely costing more than £100, and often making a profit when reselling them.
  9. Why bother mucking about with things that are more likely to cause problems than prevent any? Regular oil and filter changes are the most important factors in extending engine life and if you are worried about oil contamination your time and money would be better spent in carrying these out more frequently.
  10. Second service carried out three weeks ago at Ford dealer, assistance cover certificate arrived in the post two days after the service. Same procedure happened after the first service. Easiest way to check if your vehicle is covered is to give the Ford Assistance number a call and ask them to verify that your registration number is on their system.
  11. I am looking for advice on whether I am likely to encounter any problems if I disconnect the battery for 2 months or so whilst I am not using the car. The last time after I left it parked without being used for a few weeks the battery was completely dead on my return as there is always a small drain on the battery. I don't think there is a code for the radio on the Mk7.5 to worry about but I am unsure about other electronics such as ECUs giving problems after having power removed for long periods. I could of course keep a trickle charger connected but am worried about the fire risk whilst I am away. Any guidance would be very much appreciated.
  12. Hi Jason Mine has the same 3 seconds delay before extinguishing the oil pressure warning lamp after a cold start, and is a bit rattly before the light goes out. Its never got any worse over the past 12 months, I mentioned it to the service manager at the first service and he reckoned the oil filter is mounted at an angle on the back of the engine and it can take a few seconds to fill with oil after a cold start if the anti-drain valve in the filter isn't doing its job 100%. The new filter did improve matters but there is still a slight delay. I've stopped worrying about it and carried on enjoying driving this very capable little 3 pot powered little car. Alan
  13. Thanks Allan for your reply, I don't have satnav but my car has factory fitted rear parking sensors. I did a search around on here before I posted but didn't find anything
  14. After parking my car whilst away for 4 weeks came back and the battery was completely dead. Not even warning lights on the dash. AA guy came and measured only 3 volts across the battery terminals. After starting ok with his booster pack he tested the battery and charging system and after leaving it running for 15 minutes he pronounced the battery ok. I have never had this before with previous cars that have had batteries much older than 18 months. The car has start/stop system (which I usually turn off) so the battery is quite a large high capacity type so shouldn't drain so quickly to such a low level. I am always careful to turn off the interior lights and entertainment system completely before I leave the car for more than a few days. If any members have ideas on what else to check it would be much appreciated. Also I thought that home trickle chargers could not be used with these EFB batteries used on cars with start/stop, but the AA guy seemed to think it was ok. The charger I have is a Ring Smartcharge 4 amp, the small electronic type about the size of a cordless phone.
  15. I've always been sceptical about the benefits of premium fuels, however after a couple of tank refills of Tesco Momentum 99 I swear that the little 1.0 Ecoboost motor runs better and pulls more cleanly from low revs than on the regular supermarket juice. Not noticed much difference in economy though, not that I monitor it too carefully anyway. Always seem around mid 40s mpg.