Matt Alsop

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    Fiesta Zetec S Red Edition
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  1. Fiesta St Line Spoiler Water Holder

    I've recently bought my Zetec S Red Edition which is basically the same as the ST Line as far as I know. I noticed within hours of buying it that I get the puddle of water on the spoiler every time it rains. Seems to sit there for days if the car isn't used. I've not had the water run into the boot I must admit. May depend on what angle the car is parked when you open the boot. I did wonder why there is no drain hole for the puddle I must admit. I've not found a solution yet sadly............but yes, I've certainly noticed the problem and wondered what Ford were thinking when they designed that spoiler.
  2. Yes, I'm following the break in procedure and have looked at general advice on the same subject from the AA. General consensus (petrol engine) is to limit revs to 3000 during the first 1000 miles...........then 4000 revs limit for the next 1000 miles etc. I'm at about 500 miles now so am still being very careful. I'm always careful with a cold engine regardless of the mileage of the car. I didn't ever think about waiting for the engine to warm up before driving away though. I normally just start the car and immediately drive away carefully. I'm aware not to rev the engine before switching off as that'll spin the turbo up then starve it of oil as the engine stops.
  3. Hi Luke, Thanks for your reply. I do tend to drive away immediately but slowly as soon as I've started the car. I'll try waiting a minute as you've said especially if that's good for the engine.
  4. Hi, I have a Zetec S 140 Red Edition that I've very recently bought pre-registered with 25 miles on the clock (17 plate) so it's basically a new car. It's a fantastic car but I just wanted to ask about a strange characteristic I've noticed. When I start the car on my driveway (a downwards slope) for the first time on any given day I find as I pull away onto the road at the bottom of the driveway that the engine seems extremely hesitant to deliver any power for the first five seconds then it's fine after that. It's like I have about 20% of normal power for that first five seconds and the car just refuses to accelerate then it shudders a bit and accelerates away normally after that. Is that normal (possibly a safety feature where low power is available until a certain oil pressure is reached) ? I always start the engine, roll down the driveway and pull away immediately without waiting for the engine to warm up or without touching the accelerator until actually on the road. Any ideas ?
  5. Hi, It's not that easy to tell from the photos as you need to inspect all four of the pads and they may be worn unevenly. The pad that I can see in one picture looks reasonably worn but I'd certainly not say it looks in need of "urgent" attention yet. If you can change pads yourself then you can save yourself £100. I tend to allow the main dealers to service my car whilst under warranty and then once the warranty expires I do all the servicing myself and sign the service booklet (attaching receipts for parts). If at a warranty service they tell me I need new brake parts I just say "thanks for telling me.....I'll do that myself". I certainly change my own brake pads and disks and have done that many times on many different cars that I've owned. It may be that the dealer is alerting you to the fact they think the pads won't last until you bring the car back for it's next service. I'd certainly not pay £140 to have them changed though. It's not really possible to comment on how long pads last as it depends where and how you drive. These days I tend to find myself changing the disks more often than I needed to years ago. I guess the pads are made of a harder material these days and the disks wear quicker than they used to.
  6. Mud flaps for Fiesta Zetec S Red Edition

    Thanks Danny. I did have a suspicion the Ford ones won't fit and that confirms it. Thank you.
  7. Hi, Does anyone know whether there are any Ford mud flaps that fit the Zetec S Red Edition ? I've just bought the car and I do usually fit mud flaps due to the area where I live. The car has side skirts and I have a feeling that if I buy the Fiesta mud flaps that they won't fit. Does anyone know for certain one way or the other ? I don't want to buy generic "aftermarket" ones as I've never found them a good fit.
  8. Any good pulling up hills

    Hi, I've just bought a Zetec S Red Edition which has the Ecoboost 1.0 140 horsepower engine. I've had a diesel car for the previous six years so was worried about the Fiestas ability to climb hills given I live in a hilly part of the country. I'm very pleasantly surprised with the new Fiesta........yes, it certainly does pull up hills very well and I can increase speed even half way up quite steep hills.