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#31 vinnyvangough

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 08:29 AM

Glow plugs on the TDCi fail making the car hard to start in colder weather. Once warm it's fine.



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#32 Stu9

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:30 PM

Y'know....reading all that, it's a bl00dy wonder we have them, they sound like heaps of sh1.t

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 10:09 PM

I have a mk1 1999 2.0 zetec with 158.000 miles , it still goes well and puts the boy racers in there place. The only grumble i have is that the windscreen mists up quickley and the blower sounds like a rocket taking off .

 



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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:22 AM

Didn't the '99 focus models have the heated windscreen? I know my 97 mondeo did.
I've always loved that about fords, heated screens are brilliant, blowers are always a pain.

Ooh that's another fault to check on the Focus, the electric screens connections are close to the wiper arms under the black trim above the the bonnet. They often get damaged by moisture and pollen filter swaps etc.
So if they don't work check and clean those


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#35 ZetecMike

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 09:34 PM

Hey guys. I didn't wanna start another thread when this is basically what we are looking for.

I've read all the above but wondered whether you could cast your eye over this link:

 

http://www.autotrade...page/1/usedcars

 

It's for my brother who's looking for a decent car for a few years.

This is a good price and says 36k genuine on the clock but in a way, it seems too good to be true. Can you offer any advice?

On the car or even on the garage if you've bought off them.

 

Cheers,

Mike



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:01 PM

if he wants a decent car for a few years dont buy a ford get a japanese or korean car



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 11:48 PM

My 2003-53 Focus TDCI(115) is cutting out when idling from cold



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 10:20 PM

Having read all the threads there must be something unique with my mk1 Focus Zetec year 2000 X reg, 38,000 miles, no rust anywhere, immaculate in and out, air con working as does heated screen, enginge clean as a wistle, elec windows all spot on.

 

Has only one problem and that is low idle speed which causes it to stall more often than not, unless car has a full tank petrol?

 

Just never wash a car with Daz soap powder....



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 11:23 PM

Mine was cutting out but that was due to the dual mass flywheel



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 11:37 PM

Oh don't get me wrong, I just got my 53 plate 1.8 MP3 with 88k miles on it and apart from one spot of rust at the bottom of the door and a twitchy throttle sensor (I think), it's otherwise immaculate inside and out and both these issues are easy to fix.

Any car is as good as its been treated at the end of the day.
So to those looking to purchase - just make sure you examine it hard and careful before you buy.
MK1/1.5 are getting to be old cars now, not to say they are no longer superb, but the last thing you want is to get stuck with a 'dog' as it could be a total money pit!
Find a good one though and you'll love it and spoil it like a child ;)


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 04:39 PM

I have a 2003 1.4 it suffers from a loud knocking from the rear on uneven/bumpy roads. the garage cannot find the problem. they have disconnected each shock in turn and driven the car. every other likely source has been discounted. any ideas anyone. the knocking is getting louder with each passing week

 

 



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 06:06 PM

go to a decent garage never heard so much rubbish they disconnected the shock and drove it it will be the rear upper bushes or the rear anti roll bar links needing replaced or a broken spring or the heat shield all are easy to check i can assure you they didnt go through the hassle of diconnecting the shocks nor would any garage let alone drive with a dangerous car due to the shock being undone theyre ripping you off mate



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 07:28 PM

Gerhas take arts advice though don't think they are ripping you off more like they haven't got a clue what they are doing. Also might sound silly but have you checked the exhaust pipe bracket? It holds the back part before the silencer

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 06:59 AM

Hi All Thanks for your interesting replies. However, I I probably did not explain very well in my post, but my garage had the car for 3 hours, they checked the anti roll links, both okay, could not find any problem with the exhaust or handbrake system, thoroughly tried to find a fault with the shocks. then as a last resort, disconnected each shock in turn and took car for short drive to eliminate which shock was at fault. Knocking was still there. They did not charge me, because they could not find the fault.  as I see it, if they missed the problem, only an expensive, changing parts, elimination process is left. But would welcome further thoughts



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:03 AM

knocking from the rear can only come from springs shock mounts or the bushes or anti roll bar links thats it



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