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#1 JonS

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:43 PM

Greetings to all,
 
Have just joined the forum which I hope will help me keep my Focus on the road and reliable.  You never know, I may be able to help someone else as well!
 
Our 2008 1.6 petrol Focus is driven mainly by 'er indoors, but I do enjoy driving it myself and consider it to be a great little car.  Unfortunately, despite still having only 19k on the clock, it has proved somewhat problematic.
 
First problem was the heater matrix failed and apart from a full fascia out job to replace it, I was left with the problem of removing 4 litres of coolant from the inside of the car in the middle of winter.  This was a horrible job to do, but was over a year ago now and it hasn't leaked since.
 
Next was a clutch fluid leak from the master cylinder - probably caused by disconnecting it to do the job above.  This needed a new pipe from Ford.  After cleaning up the spilt fluid, which had soaked into the sound proofing under the bonnet I thought the job was complete.  Unfortunately, the local rodents - presumably attracted by the fruity smell of the washing up liquid that I used, climbed up and ate all the sound proofing!  That wouldn't have been so bad, but they started nibbling through the wiring loom as well. I got 3 of them as revenge though.
 
Next to go was the top engine mounting, which I discovered was oil filled when it started leaking.  A second hand replacement from ebay has sorted that for the moment.
 
So, while a great car to drive, this has been the most unreliable modern car I've had for a long while.  I just hope it will now settle down and give us some reliable service.
 
I've always tried to maintain my own cars and other vehicles at home at the moment are a 2000 Jaguar S-Type, 2009 Nissan Xtrail and a 1986 BMW K100RS motorbike, which only comes out on very hot days.
 
I look forward to contributing to the forum.
 
JonS.

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#2 DanGersFord

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:48 PM

Hi and welcome to the club. Please take the time to have a quick glance over the forum rule and refrain from posting offensive language even *'d out the way that you posted it. Thanks :)

#3 Preee

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:36 PM

Hi and Welcome to the Forums , nothing worse when you fix something and then get a problem after you have fixed it



#4 TDCiST

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 06:57 PM

Hello, Welcome to the Forum!



#5 Stoney871

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:18 AM

Welcome to the Forum John.




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