Car Not Performing As Good As I Think It Should!
Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:06 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:27 AM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:39 AM
I used the STP one and filled my tank with BP fuel.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:04 PM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:41 PM
Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:21 PM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:21 AM
JDford: Give it a really good service. Run the STP oil cleaner through it before you drain it to help get rid of a lot of rubbish in the engine then fill it back up with Castrol Magnatec 5W30 change the oil filter and the spark plugs and you should notice a big difference. I do mine every 6 months because i do high mileage but when i do it i can keep up with my mates 2l Hyundai Coupe until i go to 4th gear.
Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:47 AM
The 106 had 60 HP and was very light and nippy - it did around 50 MPG
The Mk6 1.4 had 80 odd HP and was very heavy - did around 39 MPG
By comparison my current 1.4 Mk7 (petrol) does around 47 MPG
Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:52 PM
Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:49 PM
A k&n panel filter does not add much power possibly 2hp, a new clean stock filter will outperform a dirty, old K&N
New plugs (even NGK platinums) do not add power, worn ones can loose power, if they have not been done in a while, a new set of quatity plugs, properly gapped, may make your car run sweeter/ rev better
A fresh oil (quality - synthetic can reduce friction- its expensive though) change may make your car run/ rev better and help protect it
The spare wheel is heavy so if you can live without it this can make a noticable difference (i run with a can of foam and a pump) - just don't get a puncture
I remember the Fiat uno turbos were 1.4 litres and very fast, the new 1.0L Ford engine is very powerful, - as others have said - it all depends - its all about the power to wieght ratio rather than the ccs - the 1.4 Fiesta was not designed as a performance car
If you really need to go quicker you may be better off saving up for a quicker car, if you just drive slowly and keep out of trouble you can build up your NCD, the lack of performance won't matter then, a small capacity NA would be difficult and expensive to tune, with small gains for the money spent
Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:55 AM
YEAH MATES! I gave her a right good service, changed the oil, filled up the windscreen washer etc.... I also took out all the head rests... What a difference!!!! The car is twice as fast and the handeling has improved dramatically! It must just be because the car is lighter??? Thanks for all the help guys!
Happy to help!
Exept the headrests don't weigh very much (about 600 grammes each - just over 1/2 a kilo) - so filling up the widscreen washer probably negates this (1 litre of water = 1 kilo)
A full size spare steel wheel (16" 5-stud - Mondeo/ Focus etc) weighs 17.4 kgs, wiith the jack and brace this brings it up to about 20 kgs - if you remove 20kgs you WILL notice the difference - removing it off the back can help traction (eg taking off from junctions etc)
The MPG is improved (thats why many manufacturers don't supply spare wheels as standard - makes the MPG figures look better/ and saves money/ but mainly for the MPG) - a 5 - stud 16" spacesaver weighs 11kgs
Also increases the payload (starting minus 20kgs means there can be an extra 20kgs before the vehicle is overloaded)
Can make a surprising difference to the handling
thats just the spare wheel, you can go to extremes but sensible options are fitting lighter parts (eg you can save about another 20kgs on a sports exhaust) 6kgs on a lighter battery 8 kgs on lighter wheels - it all adds up
to put it into perspective what if you had a Galaxy duratec HE - how do you make it faster? simple put the engine in a Fiesta ST150 - exept they have exactly the same engine - the ST 150 is a lot quicker because it is lighter (thee is a BIG differens between 10.7seconds to 60mph and 7.9seconds on the road)-
Ford Galaxy duratec HE........ 0-60mph...10.7secs 1697kgs
Ford fiesta..ST150................. 0-60mph... 7.9secs 1137kgs
Taking power to weight ratios to more extremes - a 180kgs motorcycle with 60/70/60 hp would be much quicker than most cars and would probably have a sub - 5 second 0-60mph
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