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#1 Emma727

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:36 AM

Hi guys,

My names Emma and I'm new to the forum, I've just turned 25 and live in sidcup kent.

I work for sony uk as a digital imaging expert (even though i use canon gear).

 

I don't currently have a ford but am looking at buying my first focus in the next couple of weeks, any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

 

I'm looking at a diesel manual as i do lots of motorway miles and like the look of the mpg, is there anything to look out for on the diesel engines from 06 onwards? (i'll probably end up with an 08-09 model).

 

Thanks in advance

Emma



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:42 PM

Hi.

Welcome to the group Emma



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:44 PM

Welcome to the forums Emma :)

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:53 PM

Id watch out for the egr valve either buy one without one or get it blanked when you buy it

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:26 PM

Welcome!

 

Good luck in your search, the cars are great to drive.

Theres plenty of guys here who can advise you on what to look out for with the diesels, i had a 2008 1.8tdci Zetec which was great; The engine is a bit old school but it turns out to be the more reliable one!

I had a dodgy clutch from the start too but i accepted that being a one off as no one else appears to have suffered from it!

 

Is there a particular spec youre looking for in particular?



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:14 PM

I'm looking at zetec upwards, but I've found a really nice one in uxbridge, its a 2011 1.6 tdci 110 zetec with 25k on the clock so going to have a look tomorrow and may bring it home haha.

I like older style engines there easier to work on and bits are generally cheaper haha.

 

Thanks for the tip on the egr valve dan, it's something i had on a diesel pug a few years ago that done my head in.

 

Also thanks for the warm welcome so far guys :) 



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:19 PM

They just cause more hassle than theyre worth from what ive read from our fellow deisel owners on the foru

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:01 PM

Nice! it is a nicer smoother engine but see how you feel on the motorway as some find it can run out of puff at those speeds.

 

The more experienced ones can elaborate but on the face of it:

 

blanking the egr valve seems a good call,

 

it may have a dpf  - so put your foot down (ie: give it a good prod) in the lower gears on the test drive to see how much soot you can see out back - gives you an indication how clogged it is!

 

and i think regular oil changes (i cant remember miles - 10k? some have chosen to go as frequent as 6k) seem to keep the turbo happy :)

 

Happy hunting!

 

p.s i prefer Canon gear to Sony too :P



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:10 PM

To be honest I'm currently driving a 1998 1.6 8v petrol astra that has no go whatsoever bless it so I'm sure the focus will surprise me haha.

 

As for putting my foot down in low gears i know all about that as my dad is a mechanic and I've been round cars all my life thanks to him so I've picked up a few tips from him over the years, I think the best one though was don't do what your sister done and put fairy liquid in your washer tank... made my day  :lol:

 

canon gear rules  ;)



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:15 PM

To be honest I'm currently driving a 1998 1.6 8v petrol astra that has no go whatsoever bless it so I'm sure the focus will surprise me haha.
 
As for putting my foot down in low gears i know all about that as my dad is a mechanic and I've been round cars all my life thanks to him so I've picked up a few tips from him over the years, I think the best one though was don't do what your sister done and put fairy liquid in your washer tank... made my day  :lol:
 
canon gear rules  ;)



BOOOOO! V@#*+%l driver! Lol some old woman gave me a bottle of soapy water for my van washer n I was like thanks...... Lol

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:22 PM

BOOOOO! V@#*+%l driver! Lol some old woman gave me a bottle of soapy water for my van washer n I was like thanks...... Lol

Dan i had an escort mexico for 5 years until some idiot of a vauxhall driver wrote it off, i needed a car quickly and had literally £400 to spend the astra came up so i bought it, I can honestly say I'll never have another vauxhall again, it's uncomfortable, handles like a tree on ice skates, looks tosh and is generally horrid BUT it got me out of a tight spot for 6 months and for that i am grateful to it.

 

It was quite funny because my sister came running indoors shouting that something was wrong and she couldn't see when she used her washers, me and my dad went out there and both fell on the floor laughing at the look on my sisters face and her car covered in bubbles



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:22 PM

To be honest I'm currently driving a 1998 1.6 8v petrol astra that has no go whatsoever bless it so I'm sure the focus will surprise me haha.

 

As for putting my foot down in low gears i know all about that as my dad is a mechanic and I've been round cars all my life thanks to him so I've picked up a few tips from him over the years, I think the best one though was don't do what your sister done and put fairy liquid in your washer tank... made my day  :lol:

 

canon gear rules  ;)

 

Ahhh no way, my old housemate had that car too! one of a kind, it sounded like it needed an inhaler :)

 

:lol:  you are kidding about the fairy liquid?! windscreen wipers get a foam party every now and again do they? I can see that tip sticking for some reason.....or it'd make a good prank ;)



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:26 PM

Ahhh no way, my old housemate had that car too! one of a kind, it sounded like it needed an inhaler :)

 

:lol:  you are kidding about the fairy liquid?! windscreen wipers get a foam party every now and again do they? I can see that tip sticking for some reason.....or it'd make a good prank ;)

According to my other half mine sounds like an apache helicopter even though it's only on 52k and is full of castrol gtx haha!!

 

Nope gods honest truth it was hilarious, my sister couldn't work out what we were laughing at, the fairy bottle in her hand was it for me I just burst into laughter and was on the floor in seconds closely followed by my dad doing the same, when we could breathe again we both turned and said "please tell me that bottle isn't really a fairy bottle" when she said yeah we started all over again hahaha!!!



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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:26 PM

I cant talk I used to have a corsa trip :( lol first car and all that lol.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:28 PM

my 1st car was a suzuki swift beat that hahaha



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