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List Your Car Owning History....

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As the title says, tell us about your car owning history? What cars have you gone through to end up with your current Ford? Anything interesting? No leaving out the embarrassing ones!? haha :lol:

I'll start it off:

- '93 Peugeot 106 1.4 Diesel XND Graduate in White

What a beast!! My first car was incredibly cheap to run and never let me down but oh my was it slow and not to mention a little basic! Even a cigarette lighter was an optional extra! Good little first car though!

- '04 Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec MK1.5 3 Door in Machine Silver

Loved this car. My first Ford I was so pleased with after always admiring the Focus! Kept is for over 4 years with very few problems. Added a few subtle mods incuding ST170 wheels, ST170 upper and lower front grill, ST170 clear side repeaters, ST170 Air box, scoop, air deflector and K&N panel filter, Iridium plugs and upgraded ignition leads, full black leather interior with heated seats (retro fitted original factory spec buttons with illumination), HID headlight conversion and all other bulbs upgraded, pioneer bluetooth/ipod head unit and pioneer speakers all round, ST170 interior door handles, ST170 pedals, full colour coding of all outside black plastics, interior map lights retro fitted. I think that must be about everything. Sad to see it go!

- '07/57 Smart ForTwo 1.0 Turbo 84hp 451 in Black

Still have this as it's the wife's car although I drive it now and then. Took a little getting used to but have to say we both love it as a nice little run around. Surprisingly nippy and great on fuel/tax compared to the ST. Only put in a few upgraded bulbs and changed out the stereo to a pioneer as the original one sounded pants!!

- '08 Ford Focus ST3 MK2.5 3 Door in Moondust Silver

My current car and my pride and joy. Had it for more than a year and a half now and love every minute of it! Always wanted and ST and I have not been disappointed. Managed to find a tidy one with a few decent extras too. Mods so far include Bluefin stage 1 remap (what a difference!), K&N panel filter, de-resonated standard exhaust for a few more pops and a bit more noise, LED side lights and number plate lights to match the xenons, gloss black powder coated standard alloys, DMB gel overlays, bonnet lip wrapped in gloss black, bluetooth module upgraded to retro fit USB and bluetooth audio feature.

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So let's hear about your car history and what brought you over to the Ford brand?

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First car purchased in 2007

Nissan Almera N16 Saloon 1.5 N/A Petrol 2006 model

I didn't have a licence at the time :lol: bought it for the missus

Second car purchased in 2008

Toyota Starlet EP91 3 Door 1.3 N/A Petrol 1997 model

Learned to drive in it, top speed 109mph on the autobahn of course

Third car purchased in 2010

Ford Focus Mk2.5 5 door hatch, 1.6TDCi Diesel 2010 model

Started to mod it in December 2010 completed in September 2013

Fourth car purchasing this month

Toyota Levin BZR 2 door coupé, 1.6N/A Petrol 2000 model

The last of the 20valve twin cam engines and the last of the levins,

Finished production in 2000 and kicking out 170bhp from a naturally aspirated engine this ones a keeper ;)

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First car purchased in 2007

Nissan Almera N16 Saloon 1.5 N/A Petrol 2006 model

I didn't have a licence at the time :lol: bought it for the missus

Second car purchased in 2008

Toyota Starlet EP91 3 Door 1.3 N/A Petrol 1997 model

Learned to drive in it, top speed 109mph on the autobahn of course

Third car purchased in 2010

Ford Focus Mk2.5 5 door hatch, 1.6TDCi Diesel 2010 model

Started to mod it in December 2010 completed in September 2013

Fourth car purchasing this month

Toyota Levin BZR 2 door coupé, 1.6N/A Petrol 2000 model

The last of the 20valve twin cam engines and the last of the levins,

Finished production in 2000 and kicking out 170bhp from a naturally aspirated engine this ones a keeper ;)

Nice, not bad for only a few years!!

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Nice, not bad for only a few years!!

Thanks James,

Nice focus you have there mate,

You may like SME of my guides, such as dual cree reverse,

Click on my profile picture to see my list of links to the guides.

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When i was 17 i had a Peugeot 206 1.1l petrol - 2001 - (kept breaking down)

When i was 18 i had a kia picanto 1.0 - 2003 - (kept breaking down)

When i was 19 i had a Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0TDCI - 2005 - (Brillaint car - still got it)

So i stuck with ford

20 years of age - Ford Fiesta ecoboost 1.0 ZS - 2013 - (love it)

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When i was 17 i had a Peugeot 206 1.1l petrol - 2001 - (kept breaking down)

When i was 18 i had a kia picanto 1.0 - 2003 - (kept breaking down)

When i was 19 i had a Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0TDCI - 2005 - (Brillaint car - still got it)

So i stuck with ford

20 years of age - Ford Fiesta ecoboost 1.0 ZS - 2013 - (love it)

That's quite a few cars for only 3 years :)

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2004 VW Golf 1.8 GL

Was driving my folks Passat before, but this one I bought outright for £3,300. Gutsy growling engine, very fast and looked sweet. Spent quite a few ££ on it over the years as VW's are expensive to maintain.

Only major issue was the gearbox going on the M4 and a big oil slick left behind me. lol

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2013 - Ford Focus Zetec 1.6

My current car and 2nd love of my life lol. Bought outright for £4,400 with 47k on the clock and 2 previous owners. Not as nippy as the Golf ( i do miss the punch of a 1.8) but better in so many other ways, and modification options brought me to this forum :rolleyes: . I get so much grief when I go to visit my mum as I spend more time modding the focus, than I do with her. lol

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2004 VW Golf 1.8 GL

Was driving my folks Passat before, but this one I bought outright for £3,300. Gutsy growling engine, very fast and looked sweet. Spent quite a few ££ on it over the years as VW's are expensive to maintain.

Only major issue was the gearbox going on the M4 and a big oil slick left behind me. lol

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2013 - Ford Focus Zetec 1.6

My current car and 2nd love of my life lol. Bought outright for £4,400 with 47k on the clock and 2 previous owners. Not as nippy as the Golf ( i do miss the punch of a 1.8) but better in so many other ways, and modification options brought me to this forum :rolleyes: . I get so much grief when I go to visit my mum as I spend more time modding the focus, than I do with her. lol

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Nice Focus Ben thanks for sharing!

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These are the ones that I can remember dating back to 1979/80. I am sure there were others plus around 10 motorbikes.

Sunbeam Imp

Ford Escort Mk1 1.3

Chrysler 180

Ford Corsair 2000E

Ford Cortina Mk3 1.6L

Hillman Imp

Ford Cortina Mk3 2000E

Audi 80GL

Ford Cortina Mk3 2000GXL

Audi 80GL Auto

Rover SD1 3500 Auto

Ford Capri Mk3 1.6GL

Ford Escort Van

MG Metro

Nissan Sylvia Turbo

Ford Sierra 2.0 Ghia

Mini 1000

Ford Escort Mk3 XR3I

Ford Fiesta Mk2 1.1L

Rover 800i

Audi Coupe 2.0GT Auto

Ford Sierra XR4X4 Ghia Estate

Honda Civic Aerodeck 2.0EXI Auto

Ford Sierra Sapphire 2.0 Ghia

Ford Mondeo Mk1 2.0GLX

Rover 800 Vitesse Sport Lux

VW Mk3 Golf Driver 1.8

Vauxhall Nova 1.1

Ford Focus 1.6LX

Mazda RX7 Series 2

Peugeot 405SRI

Rover 416

Renault Laguna 2.0

Mazda 323 1.8SE

Ford Escort Mk7 Cabriolet Calypso

Ford Ka

Ford Mondeo Mk3 2.0 Ghia

Alfa Romeo 2.0 TS Sportwagon

Ford SportKA

Ford Focus Estate 1.6 Style

Renault Clio Mk 2 Phase 2

Ford Focus Sport

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These are the ones that I can remember dating back to 1979/80. I am sure there were others plus around 10 motorbikes.

Sunbeam Imp

Ford Escort Mk1 1.3

Chrysler 180

Ford Corsair 2000E

Ford Cortina Mk3 1.6L

Hillman Imp

Ford Cortina Mk3 2000E

Audi 80GL

Ford Cortina Mk3 2000GXL

Audi 80GL Auto

Rover SD1 3500 Auto

Ford Capri Mk3 1.6GL

Ford Escort Van

MG Metro

Nissan Sylvia Turbo

Ford Sierra 2.0 Ghia

Mini 1000

Ford Escort Mk3 XR3I

Ford Fiesta Mk2 1.1L

Rover 800i

Audi Coupe 2.0GT Auto

Ford Sierra XR4X4 Ghia Estate

Honda Civic Aerodeck 2.0EXI Auto

Ford Sierra Sapphire 2.0 Ghia

Ford Mondeo Mk1 2.0GLX

Rover 800 Vitesse Sport Lux

VW Mk3 Golf Driver 1.8

Vauxhall Nova 1.1

Ford Focus 1.6LX

Mazda RX7 Series 2

Peugeot 405SRI

Rover 416

Renault Laguna 2.0

Mazda 323 1.8SE

Ford Escort Mk7 Cabriolet Calypso

Ford Ka

Ford Mondeo Mk3 2.0 Ghia

Alfa Romeo 2.0 TS Sportwagon

Ford SportKA

Ford Focus Estate 1.6 Style

Renault Clio Mk 2 Phase 2

Ford Focus Sport

Goodness me, Did you have a showroom at one point in your life ;)

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Bruce's list of motors never ceases to amaze me!

me, I had a 95 Citroex AX, 4 forward gears, 1.0 petrol engine, first car after passing my test in around 2007.

Second was a 54 plate fiesta finesse, 1.25 petrol in midnight blue, was an excellent motor, but I got a job with a lot of driving and a small car with a small petrol engine was costing too much fuel wise. this was about 2008

Third car was a 55 plate Focus Zetec Climate, 1.6 TDCi, this was the motor that seemed best to replace the Fiesta, it was a good car when it worked, but began the tradition of Jeebob + any diesel Ford = money draining from every crevice possible! This was about 2009

Fourth car was a Kia Cee'd, 1.6 petrol, 124bhp, not a bad motor at all! handled as well as the Focus and was a pleasure to drive, was nimble, quick and all round a very good motor, I bought it in 2011 and had to ditch it new year last year, it lost money hand over fist, but we needed a bigger car for the family.

Current Car: 55 plate Ford Focus CMAX 1.6 TDCi CVT, for a cat D writeoff, its generally its a lovely motor to drive, its continued the tradition that the prior Focus commenced. It has cost me a fair few quid in repairs already, but the Auto side of it has benefited my health, and the diesel (even though its auto) has been rather economical. The car is just about on top form. all mechanical repairs have been completed, however (and heres where the expense comes in!) Ford made a terrible lapse in judgement.... The 1.6 TDCI CVT gearbox cant cope in the long term with the amount of Torque that the engine throws out. I am now on the edge of my seat, with extended warranty in hand, just waiting for the day that the gearbox finally gives up... and when it comes, it will cost me a few hundred quid to fix, and thats with the warranty in hand.

I do like my Ford's, but they dont seem to like me!

5 cars in 6 years, I dont think thats bad going!

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2009: '04 Citroen Xsara Picasso

Once I saw this car I had to buy it, always liked the size of them! I was 19 at the time and got a lot of stick from colleagues :p

2011: '57 Ford Focus 5dr Ghia

Loved it, but lost my job at the time so had to sell it on for a diesel.

2012 (now): '58 Ford Mondeo Zetec

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These are the ones that I can remember dating back to 1979/80. I am sure there were others plus around 10 motorbikes.

Sunbeam Imp

Ford Escort Mk1 1.3

Chrysler 180

Ford Corsair 2000E

Ford Cortina Mk3 1.6L

Hillman Imp

Ford Cortina Mk3 2000E

Audi 80GL

Ford Cortina Mk3 2000GXL

Audi 80GL Auto

Rover SD1 3500 Auto

Ford Capri Mk3 1.6GL

Ford Escort Van

MG Metro

Nissan Sylvia Turbo

Ford Sierra 2.0 Ghia

Mini 1000

Ford Escort Mk3 XR3I

Ford Fiesta Mk2 1.1L

Rover 800i

Audi Coupe 2.0GT Auto

Ford Sierra XR4X4 Ghia Estate

Honda Civic Aerodeck 2.0EXI Auto

Ford Sierra Sapphire 2.0 Ghia

Ford Mondeo Mk1 2.0GLX

Rover 800 Vitesse Sport Lux

VW Mk3 Golf Driver 1.8

Vauxhall Nova 1.1

Ford Focus 1.6LX

Mazda RX7 Series 2

Peugeot 405SRI

Rover 416

Renault Laguna 2.0

Mazda 323 1.8SE

Ford Escort Mk7 Cabriolet Calypso

Ford Ka

Ford Mondeo Mk3 2.0 Ghia

Alfa Romeo 2.0 TS Sportwagon

Ford SportKA

Ford Focus Estate 1.6 Style

Renault Clio Mk 2 Phase 2

Ford Focus Sport

Awesome list there Bruce, I hope to be able to have a list that long one day! :lol:

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Bruce's list of motors never ceases to amaze me!

me, I had a 95 Citroex AX, 4 forward gears, 1.0 petrol engine, first car after passing my test in around 2007.

Second was a 54 plate fiesta finesse, 1.25 petrol in midnight blue, was an excellent motor, but I got a job with a lot of driving and a small car with a small petrol engine was costing too much fuel wise. this was about 2008

Third car was a 55 plate Focus Zetec Climate, 1.6 TDCi, this was the motor that seemed best to replace the Fiesta, it was a good car when it worked, but began the tradition of Jeebob + any diesel Ford = money draining from every crevice possible! This was about 2009

Fourth car was a Kia Cee'd, 1.6 petrol, 124bhp, not a bad motor at all! handled as well as the Focus and was a pleasure to drive, was nimble, quick and all round a very good motor, I bought it in 2011 and had to ditch it new year last year, it lost money hand over fist, but we needed a bigger car for the family.

Current Car: 55 plate Ford Focus CMAX 1.6 TDCi CVT, for a cat D writeoff, its generally its a lovely motor to drive, its continued the tradition that the prior Focus commenced. It has cost me a fair few quid in repairs already, but the Auto side of it has benefited my health, and the diesel (even though its auto) has been rather economical. The car is just about on top form. all mechanical repairs have been completed, however (and heres where the expense comes in!) Ford made a terrible lapse in judgement.... The 1.6 TDCI CVT gearbox cant cope in the long term with the amount of Torque that the engine throws out. I am now on the edge of my seat, with extended warranty in hand, just waiting for the day that the gearbox finally gives up... and when it comes, it will cost me a few hundred quid to fix, and thats with the warranty in hand.

I do like my Ford's, but they dont seem to like me!

5 cars in 6 years, I dont think thats bad going!

It's a shame that your Fords don't seem to like you given the fact that you appreciate mine. Both my Focus's have been great (keeping fingers crossed!!)

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2009: '04 Citroen Xsara Picasso

Once I saw this car I had to buy it, always liked the size of them! I was 19 at the time and got a lot of stick from colleagues :P

2011: '57 Ford Focus 5dr Ghia

Loved it, but lost my job at the time so had to sell it on for a diesel.

2012 (now): '58 Ford Mondeo Zetec

Can't think why you would have got a lot of stick for driving a Citroen Picasso at 19!! :lol:

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It's a shame that your Fords don't seem to like you given the fact that you appreciate mine. Both my Focus's have been great (keeping fingers crossed!!)

know what you mean, I just want to be loved by them! lol, or if nothing else, just not hated!!

I like them but maybe I need to buy a next to brand new one for it to appreciate me?

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I just wanted to say that in the 80's cars were so cheap it worked out cheaper running a car for 3 months or so and then getting another one. I normally have two cars on the go but the last two Focus's are the only ones I have bought from new. The current one I bought in April 2011 is the longest I have ever owned a car.

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know what you mean, I just want to be loved by them! lol, or if nothing else, just not hated!!

I like them but maybe I need to buy a next to brand new one for it to appreciate me?

haha maybe warranty would help! But in all seriousness you have probably just been unlucky...

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I just wanted to say that in the 80's cars were so cheap it worked out cheaper running a car for 3 months or so and then getting another one. I normally have two cars on the go but the last two Focus's are the only ones I have bought from new. The current one I bought in April 2011 is the longest I have ever owned a car.

The Focus must be keeping you happy then! :)

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I have been unlucky, there's no doubting that, its the one time I dont mind giving money to an insurer! (warranty direct) for £20 a month or so.

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The Focus must be keeping you happy then! :)

It just fits our needs perfectly. Plus the missus has been made redundant so I may be holding onto this baby for a good while yet.

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(May 2012-present)

2006 Ford Focus 1.6TDCi Ghia Hatchback.

Bought with 65,000 on the clock, now on 79,000

... Thats it lol.

Previously, I'd driven my mum's 2003 Rover 25 1.4 Impression, and then her 2004 Vauxhall C**** 1.3cdti.

Saving for my wedding atm, but soon after that I'm hoping to upgrade. (The car, not the wife! :P.)

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(May 2012-present)

2006 Ford Focus 1.6TDCi Ghia Hatchback.

Bought with 65,000 on the clock, now on 79,000

... Thats it lol.

Previously, I'd driven my mum's 2003 Rover 25 1.4 Impression, and then her 2004 Vauxhall C**** 1.3cdti.

Saving for my wedding atm, but soon after that I'm hoping to upgrade. (The car, not the wife! :P.)

Got to start somewhere and a MK2 Focus is a great start! Beats driving a Rover and a C**** lol

What is it they say...?

'It's all over with a Rover!' :lol:

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Got to start somewhere and a MK2 Focus is a great start! Beats driving a Rover and a C**** lol

What is it they say...?

'It's all over with a Rover!' :lol:

Yeah, I was very fortunate that my parents helped me out a bit with buying it. I'm not complaining at all! Its a ghia too so loads of gadgets. I'd love to get a Focus ST soon but my Fiancee and I want to get a small caravan as we go to quite a lot of motorsport for the weekend, and setting up a tent for one night is a pain. Unfortunately, the ST can't tow, so I'll be looking at a Golf GTi, Octavia VRs, BMW etc.

To be fair, the rover was absolutely brilliant, however we wanted a more modern car that was only £30 road tax (my mum barely uses it) and, more importantly, safer.

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Yeah, I was very fortunate that my parents helped me out a bit with buying it. I'm not complaining at all! Its a ghia too so loads of gadgets. I'd love to get a Focus ST soon but my Fiancee and I want to get a small caravan as we go to quite a lot of motorsport for the weekend, and setting up a tent for one night is a pain. Unfortunately, the ST can't tow, so I'll be looking at a Golf GTi, Octavia VRs, BMW etc.

To be fair, the rover was absolutely brilliant, however we wanted a more modern car that was only £30 road tax (my mum barely uses it) and, more importantly, safer.

You can't go wrong with £30 a month road tax!! :D

Yes the Focus ST is an awesome car but if you need to tow then it's not so good! :(

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