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  1. Enabling Automatic Lights

    I reckon a run of "bet you wished you bought the Titanium now" stickers should be a standard feature of any toolbox!
  2. That's the annoying thing with electrical connections being a bit loose. They often result in intermittent faults. All it takes is a slight knock (bump in the road) or for it to be disturbed (opening the boot) and the problem goes away again...
  3. Cameras can act strangely in low light conditions. But that's not the sort of noise I'd expect. At work, our interview room cameras go to black and white in low light. They also get more grainy. My DSLR gets the grainy appearance. My money is on a loose connection or bad lead, or dodgy camera. Would explain why it was fine to start with and progressively gets worse. The camera itself would be warming up as the picture simultaneously getting worse.
  4. Sounds like a faulty camera or a dodgy connection.
  5. If you ran the wire in the roof trim and it's passing the aerial? Long shot admittedly... Can experiment with it and see whether FM radio or DAB is doing it? Could be as simple as a loose connection though. Or maybe a device reset?
  6. I found that having the calls recorded when dealing with the 'Trust' Ford stealers and the CRC most useful. What with them refusing to put anything in writing and all. It's also useful in terms of reminding yourself of what was said sometimes, as it's easy to forget stuff when you're worked up. I use ACR. You can even exclude calls with certain numbers, so you don't start getting your family and friends' calls recorded.
  7. 2013 1.0l Ecoboost engine rust. Problem?

    Whilst I agree that at first glance the number of cars affected may appear small, I suspect that a large number of engine failures don't even make it onto forums or into interest groups. This is because people may well pay the £5 - 6,000 of a new engine because they think that as the warranty has expired, they have no recourse. This simply isn't true. In addition, from what I have seen, the 1.0 EcoBoost issues are well known across the motor industry and in Ford dealerships where owners have caught staff off their guards. The argument of "if people are happy, they won't report issues on forums" simply doesn't hold water. Many here will defend positive aspects of their cars, even when they were originally brought here for answers about a fault of their own. It works both ways - some are happy, some are not. Some will vent online, some will not. Now, for minor faults, I agree that we should all expect some regardless of what our car is. But, what people who quote "they sell loads, of course some will go wrong" don't accept is that catastrophic engine failure is exceptionally rare. Even on a production run of something as common as a Fiesta or Focus, catastrophic engine failure should still only be in single figures. Dozens at most. It really is that rare - or at least it should be. But with the 1.0 EcoBoost, there's a record of failures which goes into the hundreds. Compare this to Honda who have had zero/zilch/no engine failures in recent years. Even if you still wish to dispute that this is within your tolerances for a major engine run, it's beyond doubt that the 1.0 EcoBoost is particularly prone to destroying itself when it runs without coolant even for 2 or 3 seconds. This is, in my opinion, a fatal design flaw and anyone who has a 1.0 EcoBoost should be aware of how highly strung their engine is. Even Ford has unwittingly supplied evidence that it knows its 1.0 EcoBoost engines have issues. Why else would they be changing the parts (or their specifications) used so frequently during the production run? Even on this thread, someone has said that the turbos have changed. Plastic coolant pipes changed to rubber. Different head gaskets. A temperature warning switch now being in the engine. All these things are items that Ford has modified in a relatively short production run. Moreover, there are hundreds of cases of Ford leaving customers high and dry. This is unacceptable.
  8. 2013 1.0l Ecoboost engine rust. Problem?

    I personally wouldn't want to drive it given that coolant loss usually kills the 1.0 EcoBoost faster than you can stop the car and switch the engine off. And now that Ford know your car's got this problem, if you drive it and it dies, suddenly their poor design is your fault... Your choice of course though.
  9. 2013 1.0l Ecoboost engine rust. Problem?

    I will keep my fingers crossed for you, but be prepared to have to be aggressive with Ford. Personal experience, and the reading of many others' experiences, suggests that Ford will be extremely difficult to deal with. You aren't the first person to have issues with the coolant system on a 1.0 EcoBoost and I consider it lucky that you spotted it before it killed your engine completely.
  10. 2013 1.0l Ecoboost engine rust. Problem?

    I've been banging on about the 1.0 EcoBoost for ages now... It isn't fit for purpose. I could be miles off the mark here, but isn't it odd that a system which has water in, is not made of rustproof materials? I mean, water is one of the necessary components for rust to occur...
  11. How Low can you go

    Getting over speed bumps is the least of his worries. How the hell will he overtake? He'll scrape that nice body kit on the road markings!
  12. Emissions very high

    I don't deny there's a bigger problem than supermarket vs branded fuel - but a cleaner burning product will certainly help. I also said that his driving pattern is potentially contributing to it. Most people's driving doesn't warrant having a diesel engine and in three years, averaging just over 12k miles a year, I respectfully suggest that frund is one of them. I had a diesel car before I got my Fiesta and did maybe around 6-7k miles a year. The DPF becoming clogged was a regular occurrence and I had to adapt my driving and fuel to suit. I found that premium diesel meant I could go further without having to take a noisy blast down the motorway. This could be in part due to the fact that the supermarkets don't actually sell premium diesel, but it didn't feel like that. I found Sainsbury's diesel would make it smoky, Tesco's fuel would make it idle lumpy from cold. I then went to Shell as there's one near home and one near work. This is why I changed to a petrol. Just wish I had held out as there are some healthy scrappage deals coming about now!
  13. Emissions very high

    That statement presumes that they are getting all of their product from UK refineries. 27% of the UK's energy imports are petroleum products. They just get them ashore and transport them to wherever they need to go.
  14. Emissions very high

    Whilst I agree that some people don't notice any problems arising from the use of supermarket fuel, there are problems that come with its use. It's all to do with the supply chain. Supermarkets will source their fuel from the cheapest supplier possible and due to market forces, this will change quite often. It also depends on locality - their supplier in the north east is probably different to the one in the south east. There is potential for variation in the quality of supermarket fuel that doesn't exist with branded fuels. Shell won't be buying its product from someone like BP now, will it... Branded fuel sellers will have much less extensive supply chains as they will probably use their own rigs, their own refineries, their own transportation, their own garages, their own additives, etc. Yes, Tesco might end up having Shell fuel, but similarly it might end up having a product supplied from some obscure wholesaler. And whilst both products might meet minimum standards, the same can be said of bottles of washing up liquid. Fairy lasts longer and cleans my dishes better than ASDA smart price. Even though they're both essentially the same product fulfilling the same need.
  15. Emissions very high

    Where on earth did you get that from?