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#31 catch

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 01:46 PM

Really pleased for you mate,

not a lot you can do in regards to MPG when migrating back to petrol. As to the turbo, well get saving the pennies and I can see you sat in a Mk3 Focus 1.6 SCTI in a couple of years. :D All that lovely turbo acceleration, and returning the same mpg as you get with a non turbo Ceed.

As I suspect you will be able to pick them up second hand at reasonable money. And being petrol they will be very reliable. Take my petrol Focus, five and a half years old and nothing ailing it, other than the washer jets needed upgrading, at £26. And I cannot see anything on the radar, failing components wise in the next six months, making it six years old, and out of warranty [if it were a Kia Ceed, well the latest variant]

Anyway jeeb, for now you enjoy that peace of mind your obviously getting with the outstanding 5 years warranty left on the Ceed. But I'm betting your diesel pain will dim to be a distant memory, and you will in time return to the Blue Oval :rolleyes: .................there again I could be totally wrong :D

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 02:36 PM

lol, yeah 6 out of 7 years warranty left is a god send and who knows I may return to Ford, but for now, I am enjoying my Cee'd more than I ever did the ford lol!

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 03:53 PM

lol, yeah 6 out of 7 years warranty left is a god send


Sorry yes it's six years left on the seven year warranty, does anybody give six? I know Toyota, Chevrolet and Hyundai give five.

and who knows I may return to Ford, but for now, I am enjoying my Cee'd more than I ever did the ford lol!


Well with the trouble you had, that would not be hard to do would it :rolleyes:

Anyway jebb, you keep us informed how your finding the Ceed compared to the Focus. I mean apart from the obvious, it not being a pain in the !Removed! like your particular Focus was. Because there are obviously thousands of Focus 1.6 TDCi owners out there well suited with their motors. I dare say if you had bought a one year old Focus 1.6 TDCi so would you have been. Anyway you have my special dispensation to tell us all about you Ceed on the Focus forum :D

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 04:49 PM

lol Thanks Catch - I suppose it is strange talking about a "competition car" on the forums, but then again, I dare say I am one of very few, if not the only one, who may end up buying a FOC sticker, and putting it in the window of the Cee'd!

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 10:14 PM

lol Thanks Catch - I suppose it is strange talking about a "competition car" on the forums, but then again, I dare say I am one of very few, if not the only one, who may end up buying a FOC sticker, and putting it in the window of the Cee'd!


Jeeb, having re read my last sentence in my last post, and me teasing you about petrol Foci, it may sound like I'm saying " it's not on you talking about Ceed ownership on a focus forum"

Well if you read it that way it is not what I meant, I really am interested in how you go on with the Ceed mate. I mean there are many Oval badge guys saying the new Mk3 Focus is a look alike Kia Ceed :ph34r: So we might as well hear how you an ex Foci owner gets on with the Ceed.....so don't go wandering off :D

And it's time you updated your avatar to display the Ceed :)

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 10:08 AM

lol, Dont worry catch I didnt take it as anything negative! I know you guys enough that I can see when a virtual b*tch slap comes my way :P

And I agree with the comment on the mk3 Focus vs the Cee'd, I parked up yesterday outside work and a mk3 focus parked up opposite, didnt have the phone out quick enough so couldnt take a comparison shot, but they do look fairly similar!

So far all is good with the Cee'd, I found a "marginal" disappointment, in that I found the wind catches the cee'd more than it did the focus :( so when going a little bit quicker, it does get blown a little more than the focus did (I suppose thats as much to do with weight, as wheel base and suspension) but so far, its all good, I cant find anything in the Cee'd to really criticise, and I still stand by my earlier comment of the Cee'd is a good contender against the Focus!

As for the Avatar, I have a few days off this week, Im hoping to get a few pics, and probably will sort that out, unfortunately my son requires a lot of attention at the moment, so the pics will take a little longer than usual! hopefully it wont be too long though!

So far not disappointed, and actually, I have been so impressed by the car, it actually made me shout "WOOOOOOO" in the car! Yes, "WOOOOOOO" never did that with the Focus?!? I came around a nice corner on a motorway sliproad at 50, and planted my foot down and actually got the same response as I did from the Turbo in the Focus! I was impressed indeed!

Anyway, I will of course update the Avatar soon, and I will expand this particular thread further with updates on the Cee'd rather than spreading it across the boards!

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 06:26 PM

HAHA = I just found my Focus on the tintyweb :) For anyone who cares to see - take a look at it! this is more useful if you live in Meddway, Kent!!!

http://www.autotrade...us/60?logcode=p

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:17 PM

why were you even searching for a focus again? :P

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:21 PM

I was sad lol and was looking specifically for mine :) I wanted to see how they advertised it and what sort of profit they were hoping to seek from it! I found out they put 2 grand on top of part ex price (no surprise) and they took the specs of the Titanium X car, and used it to describe my old one! (i.e. Perimiter alarm?!? I dont think so!) lol, plus they said its a spacesaver spare wheel! its all lies - its a 205/55 R16 V - Same as rest of the wheels - all it takes is a look in the boot and they would know

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 08:00 AM

For anyone who is interested: http://www.fordowner...album&album=587 pictures of my Cee'd!

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 08:26 AM

it stands well mate, nice easy clean alloys, non of those 20 /30 fins to clean independently like on the Mk2.5 Focus Titanium. Is it disc brakes all round, or like on the 1.6 Focus on the rear.......drums :rolleyes:

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:03 AM

it stands well mate, nice easy clean alloys, non of those 20 /30 fins to clean independently like on the Mk2.5 Focus Titanium. Is it disc brakes all round, or like on the 1.6 Focus on the rear.......drums :rolleyes:


Discs all round :) making maintenance a hell of a lot easier!

Will do some interior pics and upload them later!

EDIT: Just wondering, why although I have updated my Photo / Avatar my Focus is still my picture :|...

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:26 AM

EDIT: Just wondering, why although I have updated my Photo / Avatar my Focus is still my picture :|...


Not this end, when I replied to your first post today it was your Ceed in your avatar.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 12:00 PM

Not this end, when I replied to your first post today it was your Ceed in your avatar.


That was me being a moron, and was put to rights by DanGull! it would appear my internet cache didnt clear... all good now :)

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:19 AM

So for anyone who is interested, I have had the car for 1500 miles now and thought I would post a review on how I found it so far.

Car is now 56 weeks old, has covered just less than 22000 miles in its lifetime.

Faults:
No Faults or problems on the car.

Handling:
So far the car handles brilliantly, throwing it around slip lanes on roundabouts at 60mph it handles as well as the focus. Power responsiveness on the out of that replicates the power of the focus well and has no noticeable lag, even compared to my TDCI.

Economy:
So far I have done three tanks, first was combination of foot down all the way, and some gramps style driving. Managed 360 miles out of the tank, even with 45 miles estimated remaining on the tank.
Second tank was gramps style driving, estimated 425 miles, and achieved 387 with 40 miles left on the tank to go. Fairly accurate trip computer
Third tank, averaging 70 - 80 (where law permits) so far clocked up 197 miles with an estimated 200 miles to go. It seems that a 30 mile journey currently costs around 45 miles of fuel according to the range on the trip computer, so there is some cost to the foot down approach. There is no granddad style driving at all on this tank!
Currently averaging 36 - 52 MPG dependant on driving style / speed. Currently costing around 18p per mile!

Capacity:
Plenty of leg room under the steering column, with a good amount of leg room for rear passenger, even with the driver seat quit far backwards, the Mrs can sit in the back comfortably. Boot is lacking compared to the focus, missing 40 litres, so thatís a disappointment, but so far, not had any issues squeezing in the little ones buggy and the shopping from the town!
Not quite storage capacity, but when the doors are opened, they open to about 80o wide, leaving more than enough room for the Mrs to get out of the back carrying the little one, without squeezing anywhere.
Plenty of space in the bonnet, maybe I should put some pictures, but there is plenty of gaps to get your hands in and fiddle, without slicing ribbons into your fingers!

Functionality:
Trip computer is split into Total ODO, Trip A ODO, Trip B ODO, Miles to Empty, Average Speed, Average Fuel Consumption, Live Fuel Consumption (I think thatís everything!) so no different to the focus handbook (although most the MK2ís came without the Live readout, although they should have had it!!!)
Stereo is good quality, built in AUX and USB connection as standard. Has a clear display, easy to use buttons, steering controls, overall only used half the functions but impressed none the less!
Access to Fuse Box is on the driver side, got to open the driver door, and then slide out the panel that sits between the door and the side of the dash to get access to the fuse board. Easier to get to than the Focus, but not brilliant if you need to change a fuse on a motorway!

What do I miss?
So Far, I miss the turbo as it was always fun to have it kick in, but the power of the engine is an extra 9 bhp, so other than losing a bit of torque, there isnít much loss of power. (Also I was hoping to up the power, but without a diesel you canít really use a tune box over a remap, so there are fewer options for upping power at a lower price!)
I do miss the big boot, may need a roof box when we take the little one away on holiday, or if we go with the in Ė laws, we might have to get them to turn there hatchback into an estate with the seats down, and load them up!
Fuel Economy has suffered slightly, but still getting as many miles out of the petrol as if I still had the focus, most likely the focus needed a good sort out, and I just gave up in the end!

Overall I am overly happy with the car, and I have yet to regret buying the car over keeping the focus! I have heard a few people looking at what alternatives they may choose over the focus, so I hope this is something that may sway people to believe that the "Reasonably priced car" - really is reasonable only in monitory value, but is !Removed! good otherwise!

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