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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:09 PM

Drive the new Eco Boost Focus today and impressed ! Very tempted to chop in my Titanium for one !

Edited by Mark M.K, 20 May 2012 - 05:36 PM.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:45 PM

Drive the new Eco Boost Focus today and impressed ! Very tempted to chop in my Titanium for one !


im shocked to see your considering trading mate, it must have been good
was their much noise from the engine when driving and is air conditioning available on the eco boost model ?
and what was the acceleration like and the mpg what do they reckon it will do?

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:55 PM

Miles to the gallon better than my 1.6 petrol and also it's the same bhp at 125 ! Slightly more torque on pull off and well impressed !!!!!!

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:58 PM

Miles to the gallon better than my 1.6 petrol and also it's the same bhp at 125 ! Slightly more torque on pull off and well impressed !!!!!!


thats excellent mate and best of all no DPF
ford could probably fit the spare wheel next to the engine too and save more luggage space lol

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 06:44 PM

Suggest any doubters tho go test this car as I was a doubter but ford nailed this !

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:59 PM

Suggest any doubters tho go test this car as I was a doubter but ford nailed this !


I couldn't agree more. Just picked up my 1.0 125 Estate today, which I ordered sort of blind (mix up during initial order, was originally a 1.6 125 petrol, then had to reorder due to Ford no longer supplying that engine for manual cars and no demo car available) and despite folks saying the 1.0 was a great engine I was a little worried I'd made a bad choice.

It's very very quiet, which ironically has been a slight issue as I'm used to knowing when to change gear by the engine noise and now have to use the rev counter. Also had complaints on the dash I'm in the wrong gear a couple of times because it's happy to cruise at 40mph in 3rd gear and I've been driving thinking I put it in 5th with no engine note to tell me otherwise. I've not had a proper test as yet but flat open motorway, 15 mile journey, current avg mpg at 60-65mph was showing 50 at lowest, 80 tops so probably around 60 ish mpg at those speeds. Little change at 70mph although I need to test at that speed further to be sure.

I also couldn't resist putting my foot down, even tho I had only 40 miles on the clock, and it really does fly. You really do have to remind yourself it's only a little 1L 3 cylinder engine, because the performance is just indicative of a much larger engine. The engine/exhaust note is nice too when you floor it, with it sounding a lot like a nice meaty lump under the bonnet.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a 1.6 Ecoboost; that's obviously a higher performing engine. But there is a marked difference well over the old 99bhp 1.6 duratec and over the original 125 1.6 it replaces; especially noticeable on the motorway when you go to overtake. Was at 60, pulled out in 5th gear and you can still feel the torque as it quickly increases to 70. In 6th gear it lacks torque but for eating through the miles it should be good on the mpg.

Around town it's just as lively, although I have found I've needed to give it a few more revs than I expected to get it off the line as it were. Once it's started moving though, it pulls cleanly from low revs and feels nice and torquey as you get past the 2200rpm mark. The start-stop works well too.

Anyone looking at a MK3 Focus needs to take one of these for a test drive, and take it on the motorway if possible, because it really is suprisingly good.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:23 PM

I couldn't agree more. Just picked up my 1.0 125 Estate today, which I ordered sort of blind (mix up during initial order, was originally a 1.6 125 petrol, then had to reorder due to Ford no longer supplying that engine for manual cars and no demo car available) and despite folks saying the 1.0 was a great engine I was a little worried I'd made a bad choice.

It's very very quiet, which ironically has been a slight issue as I'm used to knowing when to change gear by the engine noise and now have to use the rev counter. Also had complaints on the dash I'm in the wrong gear a couple of times because it's happy to cruise at 40mph in 3rd gear and I've been driving thinking I put it in 5th with no engine note to tell me otherwise. I've not had a proper test as yet but flat open motorway, 15 mile journey, current avg mpg at 60-65mph was showing 50 at lowest, 80 tops so probably around 60 ish mpg at those speeds. Little change at 70mph although I need to test at that speed further to be sure.

I also couldn't resist putting my foot down, even tho I had only 40 miles on the clock, and it really does fly. You really do have to remind yourself it's only a little 1L 3 cylinder engine, because the performance is just indicative of a much larger engine. The engine/exhaust note is nice too when you floor it, with it sounding a lot like a nice meaty lump under the bonnet.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a 1.6 Ecoboost; that's obviously a higher performing engine. But there is a marked difference well over the old 99bhp 1.6 duratec and over the original 125 1.6 it replaces; especially noticeable on the motorway when you go to overtake. Was at 60, pulled out in 5th gear and you can still feel the torque as it quickly increases to 70. In 6th gear it lacks torque but for eating through the miles it should be good on the mpg.

Around town it's just as lively, although I have found I've needed to give it a few more revs than I expected to get it off the line as it were. Once it's started moving though, it pulls cleanly from low revs and feels nice and torquey as you get past the 2200rpm mark. The start-stop works well too.

Anyone looking at a MK3 Focus needs to take one of these for a test drive, and take it on the motorway if possible, because it really is suprisingly good.


Recently Ford have been a bit mean and stopped fitting alarms to some models, have Ford fitted a full Thatcham Category 1 alarm to the car you have bought?

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 10:18 AM

ndsussex: I believe so, but I will check/test and make sure and report back later today.

I do know that when I turn the engine off, the trip display does put up a binary choice option for an interior scan on-off. This if I recall from the manual is the "Ask on Exit" function of the alarm; you can set the alarm to Reduced Guard if you have dogs/kids/moving objects in the car and it will reset back to full gaurd the next time you arm the system.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 10:28 AM

Yep, that will be cat 1

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 11:56 AM

It's good to hear that Ford are doing the right thing at last!

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:22 PM

Recently Ford have been a bit mean and stopped fitting alarms to some models, have Ford fitted a full Thatcham Category 1 alarm to the car you have bought?

Ford have stopped fitting alarms on the 1.0ltr to keep the weight down but imoboliser yes !

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:30 PM

Ford have stopped fitting alarms on the 1.0ltr to keep the weight down but imoboliser yes !

I don't think an alarm can't make a significant weight difference, it's more likely to be cost cutting. Eating one less pie would do more good. :D

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 02:48 PM

Don't even kno if mine has alarm fitted ? The alarms never on my list of musts when I buy car - now the stereo system is ! Lol

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 02:58 PM

It should be! the car is worth more than the stereo and the stereo is also protected by the alarm, and if the car gets stolen say goodbye to the stereo as well. :wacko:

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:46 PM

True but mate its only a car to me - a decent head unit / good exterior looks and I am easily pleased but very bored already of mine soon the look out .....

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