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  1. So...driving the other day, going straight on at a roundabout and a lady fails to stop, pulls straight onto the roundabout and hits straight into the side of my 5 months old fiesta st-line. Fair to say I was pretty heartbroken. In the garage now and Ford have told me it's probably going to be a whole new door and trim (to be fair I wouldnt settle for any less). Thankfully everyone was alright....but my car :'(
  2. Apologies in advance for the length of this post but there are a lot of issues to resolve and I’d really appreciate some advice, guidance and comments. This is my 2006 Focus Zetec Climate 2.0, Eve. I want to fit an ST body kit and get her looking fabulous once again. I got her in July 2006 with 6,000 miles on the clock, in seemingly immaculate condition. She’s now done 62,000 miles and is looking a little battered and bruised but is a great car, mechanically sound and very reliable. Here’s a tour of her various issues… The front bumper took a nasty wack and also has some scuffing on the corner: Options to fix: replace with either a new or salvaged ST bumper. The bonnet has a weird dent on the right hand ridge and four rusting stone chips: Options to fix: get it repaired by a body shop or replace with a salvaged bonnet. We had a fight with a multi-storey car park. We lost. The rear passenger side door is a mess: Options to fix: get it repaired by a body shop or replace with a salvaged door (I’d need to retain my current trim and speaker). The rear wheel arch also took some of the pain: Options to fix: get it repaired by a body shop. I reversed into a stupid hand rail in a hospital car park and created this lovely dent: Options to fix: replace with a salvaged tailgate (I think the dent is too close to the edge for a body shop to easily rectify). The rear bumper has a little scuff too: Options to fix: replace with either a new or salvaged ST bumper (I need to retain the reversing sensors). The rear pillar has some deterioration to the paintwork which has become gradually more apparent over the last few years. I guess there was a small touch-up job done here prior to me owning the car: Options to fix: get it repainted at a body shop or do nothing. The rear driver’s side door has two nasty stone chips, the one by the door handle has dented the panel. Options to fix: get it repaired by a body shop or replace with a salvaged door (I need to retain the trim and speaker). As additional issues, I’d like to replace the standard spoiler with an ST, add side skirts (which may cover up some of the damage to the wheel arch) and tidy up my wheels – I’m contemplating getting them painted black rather than replacing them. As I’ve been thinking my way through this project I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I should get the car vinyl wrapped. This would help with a number of the above issues and (as long as I had neat panels underneath) would give the car an “as new” appearance. I think my plan should be as follows: 1 - get quotes from a body shop for repair prices for the wheel arch, doors and bonnet. If I’m wrapping then paint finish isn’t important, I just need clean, dent free panels. Any recommendations of body shops in North London, Herts, Essex? 2 – source replacement parts that can’t be repaired economically in stage 1. Parts I may need: bonnet, 2 x rear doors, tailgate, ST front bumper and grille, ST rear bumper, ST spoiler, ST side skirts. If I wrap the car, it doesn’t matter so much what colour the replacement parts are… my gut feeling is that I should go for black doors and tailgate and worry less about the rest. I assume using salvaged parts would be considerably cheaper than new, can anyone give me a rough guide as to what I should expect to pay. Where are the best places to find parts? 3 – fit it all. I’m a proficient DIYer but not experienced with fiddling around with cars. I’ve got a decent tool kit and a Haynes manual, what can go wrong? From what I’ve researched so far I think I should be able to replace all of the various body parts (although I am a little nervous). 4 – get it wrapped. I’ve got a budget for all this of around £2,000. Thank you if you’ve made it this far! I really appreciate your time and any assistance you can offer. Dan
  3. I have a few imperfections in the paint work on my car - things like stone chips and small marks. Some of which are obviously unavoidable over time. There is one bigger dent / bulge damage though and I wondered whether anyone has any advice for me about what's the best / most cost effective way of fixing these? Thanks for any help!
  4. Good afternoon all, First time poster here, so apologies if I'm repeating anything that's already been discussed! I upgraded to a late 2014 plate Fiesta back in January of this year in colour Deep Impact Blue. It had a couple of very minor chips upon purchase but nothing standout for the 12,000 miles it had covered. I've now owned the car for just over 8 months and covered around 6000 miles, but the paintwork damage seems to be deteriorating rapidly, with the paint seeming shockingly soft. I've been meticulous about handwashing the car - so it isn't subjected to any sort of jetsprays - and I have waxed and sealed the paintwork every couple of months. It's covering around 120 miles a week on a combination of motorway and city road driving. The main problem seems to be a massive amount of bodywork chips; the car is literally peppered to the point where it now looks dull and unwashed in areas. A large number of these chips have also gone straight through to the metal underneath. I've paid close attention when driving, and at no point has the car been showered by stones or taken any hard hits. If anything, I'm driving ultra-carefully because I'm so aware of the problem. I've had a smart repair guy come out to touch up the worst of the chips as I'm conscious of the salt on the roads over winter doing more damage to the exposed metal. He's done what he could, but stated that he absolutely would not polish my car as the paint would lift right off it! He reckoned that the paint hasn't been cured properly between coats, but that's his opinion and nothing concrete that I could take up with Ford, I don't think. From reading other people's posts, everyone on here seems to be very well informed and informative (thank you!), so I wanted to see whether anyone else had suffered such issues with the MK7.5 Fiesta paint, or whether anybody has got anywhere with Ford complaints when out of warranty (unlikely, I know)? I know that a large part of it is the water-based paint, but I'm looking at having to respray my whole car within the next 6 months or continually shell out for chip repair if it continues like this, which is pretty gutting for a car that's two years old, especially when it's brilliant in so many other respects A big thank you in advance for any advice that anyone can give. Having arrived at work this morning to find another deep gouge in the door panel, I'm getting to my wits end with it now, so all answers are very gratefully received!
  5. Just thought i would share this with you all. How to make a claim for damage to your car or bike if caused by Pot holes etc. Well worth a read or book mark for later reading should you be a victim of pot holes in the future. http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/pothole-claims?utm_source=MSE_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=30-Aug-16-v3&utm_campaign=nt-hiya&utm_content=40 It always pays to be informed on such matters.
  6. Just thought I'd ask if any other Focus owners have had this issue... Basically I was driving about 10-15mph over a those raised rumble strips within a town centre and stopped at traffic lights just after. The engine sounded like it was going to stall and as if I had a boy racer exhaust fitted. I pulled off the road (with some loud scraping and banging sounds), opened the bonnet, only to find the engine had collapsed on the passenger side! The screws are still in the engine mount, but the actual metal appears to have broke off from the engine block? - I'll post pictures later today). It's a Ford Focus 1.6 TDCI 2010, with only 54K miles on the clock. Getting fed up now, had the timing belt changed at 30K as that was about to fail...should a car so young have such problems? Got towed to the local Ford garage and it's now waiting to be looked at tomorrow. Whilst in tow, again those scraping and loud banging noises were even more noticeable. I have no idea what damage this would have caused, or the cost to get it repaired...if it can be repaired at all! Has anyone experienced or heard of this happening?
  7. Hello all, Back again after a mainly trouble-free year of motoring. Long story short, on Saturday evening, my car broke down while I was just about to pull out of a petrol station forecourt. The exit was blocked, so I was coming to a stop and putting my car into reverse (clutch in, obviously) to turn round and go the other way. The car then cut out and wouldn't start again. I called my friend, we checked all of the obvious things and couldn't find a cause or solution, so called out the AA. He arrived and identified very quickly that the timing belt had gone. I couldn't believe my ears, considering I'd had it, the water pump and tensioners replaced only 2 years and 10,000 miles ago. I have a fairly bad relationship with the garage that carried out the work and since the issue with the core plug last year, I've vowed never to use them again. The car is currently being looked over by the mechanic that I currently use. The added complication, is that the garage that I have a bad relationship with is actually run by the best friend of my uncle! I very reluctantly called up the garage that did the work in order to "test the water" and as expected, no sympathy and didn't seem very interested in helping. The only thing I got from them was the possible supplier of the parts - Andrew Page, Gates or Euro Car Parts. My question is really about where I stand / how others would proceed with this? I imagine that it depends on whether the root of the problem is poor / faulty parts or poor workmanship or a combination of both? My current mechanic said that he will tell me if anything seems out of the ordinary. In any case, I am inclined to get the work done because the car is in great condition and has only done 60,000 miles. Let's say the repair bill was £1000 - am I really going to be able to buy something comparable, for that price? I'm not convinced. Any input would be much appreciated! Cheers
  8. Thank you for checking out this thread, it would be much appreciated if you could spare the time to read over this post, and if possible any replies that people have left and maybe leave some input of your own. There will be a poll for this, asking people to tick which alloy wheels they have had buckled, corresponding with their car model. I am completely aware of the mass of threads about this topic, however most seem to be just complaining about them rather than actually grouping together on the matter in hand. There are steps we can take! However, let's discuss the topic first. Basically it seems there is a large number of us here (seems mainly to be the Zetec S and Titanium owners) who're having hassle with our alloy wheels buckling and getting flat spots, now sometimes these are repairable, sometimes they're not serious enough and then other times the only action is to replace the wheel itself, now even with the first 2 options, should we really be going through this? Did you buy your Fiesta to be messing around every few months about the alloy wheels? My story is this; I felt a vibration through the steering wheel of my Fiesta and within a couple of days went to Kwikfit to have what I thought was my wheels rebalanced as I and my dad (a mechanic for 40+ years) thought I'd lost a wheel weight. To my horror, when the wheels had been inspected, one wheel was terribly buckled, and the other had a less serious but unrepairable buckle as well. I was advised not to drive hard and to avoid motorways, effectively meaning really I need to get new wheels or take the car off the road as it's unsafe. My problem is, I don't just have £400 odd in my pocket to splash out, and also I only have 1 spare wheel. The thing is this wasn't all Kwikfit said, the mechanic said he see's Fiesta's in all of the time, and when I said about Corsa's he says they're fine, it's just the Fiesta's. To back this up, a lot of us on here have posted multiple threads. So, I take the car in to Evans Halshaw (who in all of this I can give no fault too) to have their verdict, 2 new wheels and tyres. So I then go back home and give Ford a ring, well let's just say I have never had such an experience with a company, who takes £15,000 off someone, just to treat them like they're something off the bottom of their boot? They said there is no problem with the wheels and that I must have hit pot holes. Well, in that case why do I have two front wheels gone? To which the person on the phone said 'Exactly, why is it only the front two and not the back?' To which I replied, 'Well after all, the front wheels do have the full weight of a diesel engine over them...' and then there was a momentary silence from them, followed by being told I would have to find the money to pay for the wheels myself if I wanted the problem sorting, and when I said about not having heaps of cash lying round, that I would either have to borrow the money from friends and family, or take the car off the road. I genuinely couldn't believe what I was being told, I was being told that because they're putting wheels on cars that are unfit for purpose that I would have to take a 9 month old vehicle off the road? So, here I am now. I'm posting so hopefully we can get together and do something about this, I'm thinking of contacting trading standards and hopefully Watchdog if we get enough support here. I aim to keep this thread alive so that anyone can chip in and hopefully get some help with the issue, so please post your experiences and thoughts on this, and let's try and get somewhere! I have also posted on Ford UK's Facebook, which I urge anyone to do over this; https://www.facebook.com/forduk Thank you for your time. Posts to read; antman99 - Post 2
  9. So, I've noticed some really bad vibration/wobbling coming from the passenger (left) wheel area recently when driving above 50mph, and it gets really bad above 60. The steering wheel isn't vibrating, so I don't think it's an issue with the wheel balancing (i.e. a weight fallen off). A few days ago, I bottomed out on a back road, which I think might have caused it. I was doing about 45/50mph, there was a dip in the road that I didn't notice, and bottomed out on the incline (it was the passenger side that bottomed out). What sort of damage could this cause? Any suggestions to what is causing the vibration/wobble?
  10. Car Mark

    Hi all. I came across this mark on my car after shampooing and waxing it. It seems to be under the paint as the paint or gloss/shine isn't damaged. could someone advise/help me to what it is?
  11. Paint Damage

    Hi, So I need some help. Basically someone was getting out of my car and smashed my door into a brick wall and although the door is not dented the paint has been very badly scratched. I was wondering if anyone knows any way of fixing this as it doesn't look very appealing at all so yeah. This is also my first car so I'm quite new to all of this.
  12. Someone had scuffed my car in parking lot tried to look at cctv to no avail does anyone have an idea of what it would cost to repair this scratch?
  13. Hole Drilled In Grille Surround

    Hi all, Noticed something on my grille surround today (chrome part, mk2 Focus). Took a closer look and it seems someone has tried to drill a hole, almost dead centre below the Ford badge. Not sure why, surely too low to affect the bonnet lock etc. No other damage on the car!
  14. Hey guys :) ...... I bought my 2000 Ford Focus Zetec last year around mid summer for my first car, however i only received one key which was a 3 button FOD (i think i am new to keys and names and stuff) however from i bought it none of the buttons on it worked.. I looked up a few tutorials on the internet of how to reprogram it and changed the battery, all that good stuff but still nothing, have the car over a year great we car and i would really like to have the key working but don't want to pay 100+ for a new one... is there anything i can do help on this would be greatly appreciated ... i have attached a picture of the car in case ya need to know what it looks like :P hahaha
  15. What Alloy Is This?

    Hey guys! Bought my car second hand and need a another alloy as a tyre was flat and now that alloys got a dent in it. Anyone got a name or product number for this alloy as i can seem to find it? There off a Fiesta Zetec (59) 1.2 I don't think they are standard zetec ones buy who knows? And how much I should pay for a new or a used one? Thanks guys!
  16. My husband took both our 2013 Fiestas to an automated car wash. It looks like the brushes have caused microfine swirly scratches on both vehicles. Is there any way to fix this? What a bummer :(
  17. Tyre Sidewall Damage

    Hey all. I noticed some tyre damage on my sisters Fiesta yesterday. She told me when Ford did their 3 month check, they said the tyre was fine. To me it looks like it needs changing. Thoughts?
  18. Will My Fiesta Pass It's Mot?

    Hi all, My fiesta has it's MOT due soon and there are some points which are causing me worry. These things are: Broken Door Mirror (Near Side) - It's still attached to the car, wobbles around a little and the glass is smashed. You can't tilt the mirror because the motor is damaged, and this makes the mirror pretty much un-usable... (No picture) Damaged Bumper - It's very small damage... There is a crack in the bumper, but it leaves part of a metal bar slightly exposed (not sure if it's the chassis). See picture below... Broken Headlight Connectors - The headlights function perfectly, but the brackets or screws near the front bumper are snapped. See pictures So... does it have much chance of passing the MOT? Hopefully someone here will know the answer ;)
  19. Accident Damage

    Got a bit of a dent in my fiesta! Still waiting back on hearing from Ford with a estimation on the extent of the damage! What do you people think, write off or fixable?
  20. Hey guys, I've just bought an 04 black fiesta flame that's only damage was a dent to the rear bumper just behind the exhaust - as though it has reversed into a tow bar. I've been quoted pretty high prices by nearby garages for repairing it (nearly £200), which I was surprised at given it's a plastic bumper... I wondered if there was a reasonably straight forward way of mending it myself? I've heard that it might be possible to heat it up and spring it back out - is this a good idea and does anyone know the best way to do this? I'm worried that the paint may melt and I'll make it even worst, any advice would be much appreciated! Cheers, James