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  1. Ah! mines the old 1.6 duratek one, maybe a mistake not picked up by previous owner. I agree the only 1.0L is petrol I believe.
  2. mine (1.6 petrol) was £185 last month, £30 is diesel + DPF
  3. I wondered what the REP meant. I am new to my area so don't know any garages, I bought Focus 2 years ago with 37k on the clock. So I booked in it for MOT and a Ford 4+ Major service, and this year a minor one, both times they found nothing, no advisories, so I kind of trust em. All the prices are fixed (click on repairs)
  4. Bill reads: Supplied and fitted timing belt, water pump, aux belt and replaced Anti freeze with three litres. Ford health check all ok (service a week ago) Kit, water pump rep anti freeze litre Kit drive belts kit timing belt bolt bolt lot of money for a piece of paper.. so that's not a new water pump then I guess? unless rep is replace, I was thinking repair.
  5. Agreed, my first black car so I had mine done, looked terrible. Clayed it and did it myself looked better, but not deep or sparkling. Clayed it again and used Zymol rain cleans car,always looks clean, no silly maintenance, I just reapply every six months. I think DiamondBright was made long before water based paint, I would never waste my money again.
  6. Hi Garage just called to confirm my booking, they told me they will replace the 'stretch belt'? Not long after I bought the car on full lock it was spraying power steering fluid over everything, especially that belt, they put s newer strong pipe on and it's been fine since but they didn't replace the belt. Thanks for the help.
  7. Hi I am trying to keep my car in Good condition and save unnecessary repairs. It's a 2009 2.5 100BHP 1.6 petrol model. it has 47k on the clock, I bought it two years ago and except a power steering house leaking and being replaced it has been good and still drives pretty much like a new car. Full Ford service history, brake fluid changed last year as it had a small amount of water in it, also had the air con regassed. As I can afford it now and I am off work, I am going to get Cam belt changed, I know the mileage is low but it's over 7 years since it was made and nearly 7 years since first registered, get it done and forget about it! It's going in Tuesday and I have asked for water pump to be replaced too. I know the coolant says replace on 8 years, do they need fresh coolant to do the job anyway? And if the auxiliary belt were to snap can that cause massive damage? I read it runs water pump? Trying to cover everything, it's got to last me a few years yet. Thanks
  8. How do you fit those? I have seen them before but there seems to be cowling and all sorts in the way?
  9. That's my engine too, I bought it because: It's really old! Tried and tested Tax cost a fortune and it's noisy, is the downside.
  10. grey area! it's officially 8 years or 100k whichever comes first. I know load of people with 1.6 Zetec, I have never known a belt go. Next door neighbour has same as mine but 2006, has never replaced cambelt and now says it's not worth the cost! I may hold out for next year, I think I may be slightly premature. Did you just hear a snap??
  11. my 2009 1.6 100 will need doing soon I guess, so will follow with interest. Only got 46k on clock and 7 years old next month..
  12. my 2009 is the same, looks terrible with the front seat pushed back, there's no water leaks.
  13. My Focus does that. An all the others at work do to! They seem to find their own level, Ford dealer said as long as there's some in overflow tank don't worry. So keep your eye on it and stop topping it up! Mine remains slightly higher since the cap was replaced by the way (they had to break original off)
  14. Hi I have a 2009 2.5 Zetec This seems to happen to all my cars, but with only 40k on the clock I am surprised Focus does it. If the drivers seat is raised by the lever it slowly sinks back to the lowest position after a few days, I'm 6'2" so it's not much of a problem, I raise it slightly as it stops the knock when I throw it round bends, when the knock comes back I know it's lowered again. I'm less than 13 stone. any way to wedge it? it's out of warranty and 2 dealers can't find a fault.
  15. That's why short journey's kill exhausts, they don't dry out and leave condensation inside the pipe that rusts.