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  1. Mk2 Estate Interior

    Don't want to sound harsh, but what if you are wrong and this bloke is waiting for a new set of £300 seats that will not fit? I'm sure you know that back seats from MKI hatch won't fit MKI estate without modification and even with that modification it's not a perfect fit. I am also very interested in this topic, but want to be 100% sure before making any decisions.
  2. Mk2 Estate Interior

    Are you sure that the back seat from a liftback will fit an estate?
  3. Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi

    Common Rail or TDCI? TDCI was a test field for Ford and Delphi up to around 2006. - TDCI injectors failures that were only resolved in 2006, both in Focus and Mondeo. Famous flashing glow plugs symbol. Delphi and diesel specialist are making fortune - each for £100 minimum. - Delphi fuel pumps up to late 2003 failures due to wrong bearing material (it peels and blocks injectors which have to be replaced as well). Not a TDCI related but what about dual mass fly wheels that fail even at 70k miles? Delphi made a conversion kit to install a standard flywheel with modified cluch, both for Mondeo and now Focus. Forums are full of those so I don't have to prove it. Ford was a pioneer in CR technology so they had to make many mistakes, but is should have taken them less than 4 years to fix them.
  4. Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi

    hillmangimp -I guess your're right but 2.0 consumpion don't prove that 1.8 TDCI is economical. TDDI is older twin brother of TDCI so I compared both to show that going from TDDI to TDCI was a step backwards to Ford, especially that extra power is not very noticeable between both and TDCI is so faulty (injectors, DMF, fuel pump...). VW was just an addition to show that 115 in 2 cars means very different. thesilverfox - I've investigated TDCI consumption before making a decision about keeping my TDCI. I have found that most people struggle to get more than 51 MPG on the run comparing to 65 I am doing in TDDI. We have 3 TDCI Focuses in our company and all 3 are the same. But I decided to keep mine in hope that my driving will help to get more. I must say I am even more disappointed. I hope to get few MPG extra, but it will be no near TDDI.
  5. Focus rear brake conversion

    Great manual. Can you please advice cost of this modification? Can it be added as a sticky or moved to "How to" section?
  6. Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi

    This discussion is about 1.8 TDCI not 2.0 which is different unit. TDDI is doing around 65 MPG on the run and 50 MPG in Basingstoke. Can any 1.8 TDCI beat that? I investigated it and it looks like lucky 1.8 TDCI owners can do around 50 on the run and 40 in town. Anything above that is big advantage. Isn't it bit disappointing for a diesel engine when most developed petrol engines can go around that? And petrol engines don't suffer from expensive injectors, DMF or pump failures. Other thing is that I must say that these extra 25 BHP don't seem to make a big difference. I have both cars and drives them every day and 1.8 TDCI is not that much faster. Brother's 1.9 TDI 115 (the only reasonable) drives like rocket and leaves TDCI far behind... shame :(
  7. What to look out for

    I guess you're talking about the 1.9 engine? One thing made by Italians that actually is really good, I would say the best. BTW - Common Rail was developed by Fiat as well but due to financial problems and lack of optimism that this will ever get popular, CR was sold to Bosch... As a Vauxhall man I should defend them but must agree with you. I would never get a Vectra C.
  8. Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi

    Yes, I know that, but start pressing big button (is it “R”?) when on idle and find that average consumption will change few times and will go down to 5.5MPG. what’s that for? Saved readings from some time period (like last hour, last 3h, last day?) Manual doesn’t say anything about it. Vx trip computer is very easy. Reset every full tank and it will give you an accurate average reading, whereas this one showed 46MPG and real consumption was 40MPG.
  9. Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi

    Quick question. Does anyone have a proper trip computer manual? The one in User manual is crap as there ary many extra options, like when pressing right button, average consumption will change and might go down to 5.5 MPG.
  10. focus 2002 1.6 zetec 79k - oily spark plugs

    What kind of idle problems he has? What do you mean by “oily”? Are th3ey covered in fresh oil? If so, you need to check the rocker cover seal. If they’re black it either means rich mixture or burning oil (or compression problems). What year is it? I would start from checking if there was followers gap adjusted as most of Ford’s engines don’t have hydraulic tappets.
  11. mot failed ? help

    High HC indicates burning oil. Is your tail pipe black inside? There are 2 main reasons for burning oil: -broken stem seals - piston rings. Both are not the cheapest to fix, but can be done. Stem seals can be replaced without taking the head out but it requires removal of camshafts and cambelt.
  12. Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi

    There is a massive difference between TDDI and TDCI consumption. TDDI can do 65 on the run and I can only get around 37-38 from TDCI. My colleague has the same problem and is also doing 37-39MPG. These engines are just !Removed! thirsty. I will readjust timing belt in mine and recode injectors. You can also try disconnecting MAF sensor (connection on pipe going from air filter) and check if there’s any difference. It should have less power, but if there’s no difference, your MAF is knackered. I have also noticed that the trip computer is showing instant consumption of even 5MPG when the car starts moving. It’s odd, but this computer is more or less useless..
  13. What to look out for

    Must have been something wrong with your Focus as turbo kicks in around 1600-1800 and torque is relatively smaller after 3500 revs. TDCi revs better than TDDI but is even more gutless in low revs (900-1500). 1.9 tdci engine is Fiat construction which in my opinion is the best engine ever (even better than 1.9 TDI by VAG group). Don’t ever go around Vx 2.0 or 2.2 DTI. I was a Vauxhall man but must defend Focus sizing and disagree that it’s smaller than Zafira, which really is only a topped Astra with more headroom. I had a Vectra B and C and both are far being in ergonomic design. I bought my first Focus just for profit but was stunned with amount of space inside. It’s well clever designed car and apart from faulty TDCI engine and rust problems is well in front from Vx. And another thing - most of petrol engines, 2000 onwards can be diagnosed with standard OBDII interface cable, whereas diesels only from 2004 and I must admit that I had problems even with 54 plate ones!!
  14. What to look out for

    TDDI is bit gutless, that’s right but apart from failing pump circuit board (common VP44 pump problems) which was solved around 2002 is bullet proof. TDCI is on the other hand very prone to injectors failing and set of 4 is around 650-700 +VAT or 500-600 when reconditioned. These can fail anywhere from 90k miles to 150k, depending from fuel. It’s also fitted with the dual mass flywheel, very good solution, accelerate like petrol engine, but very faulty. Also fails from 70k onwards. Some people managed to do even 150-170k miles but I would call them lucky. DMF is around £500. TDDI is fitted with solid flywheel and only clutch needs replacing around 100k. Anything else? TDCI pumps have failure of peeling material and first clogs injectors and then damage the pump. Another big issue is consumption. I have both, TDDI and TDCI, both estates, both about 95k and both silver . TDDI is doing 65MPG on the smooth run, TDCI can get up to 55MPG. In town TDDI is doing around 50, where TDCI can go down to 35 (I know few TDCI drives that can do even 31 MPG!!). On average TDDI is doing 52MPG, and TDCI 41 MPG. Big difference. Depending from what you’re looking for, If it’s just a family cruiser, i would go for TDDI, if it’s a quick car I would go for...2.0 16V. TDCI is just too thirsty and very unreliable.
  15. Oil question

    I have recently bought a Ford Focus 1.8 TDDI. It runs ok (just changed clutch) but I have also found that the last oil change was done by KwikFit. I know that they frequently use cheap and out of spec oil and even worse it’s overfilled. I went to Ford and was quoted ca £30 for a 5l can. I assume its a full synthetic 5W-30 Formula F (SJ/CL spec). I can get a 5W30 full synthetic SL/CF from Vauxhall for less than £20 with my trade discount but I’m not sure if this will meet the specs. SJ/CF is much better oil but as far as I remember, Formula E (SL/CF) was used in early Focuses thus same oil should be used. Is there any requirement to change oil and use this high spec one? Can you please advice on this? Second question is regarding manual gearbox oil. I was told that a full synthetic 75W90 has to be used while local autofactors informed that Ford have downgraded oil to semi. I think that oil was changed from burgundy to yellow but I don’t know if it went from full to semi synthetic. I would also appreciate your help.