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#31 Tynesider

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 08:35 PM

Hi FOCA, that's good info to know and I only wish I had read that somewhere before I purchased it, and is it posted anywhere else thats easy to find?

Saying that, I am not a car person and I know naff all about them. I did do my homework as far as I could by going to various good websites such as Whatcar.com and they all give the Fiesta's top marks and that's where people like me who know little about cars go to for advice.



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#32 GraniteGirl

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:53 PM

I'd been fancying a Fiesta for a while as couldn't wait to get rid of sluggish Astra. Did think about downsizing to a Ka, but the one I took on a test drive was sluggish as hell. Made sure I gave the 1.0 ecoboost a bit of a thrashing on test drive and was really impressed. After reading reviews, went for the 99 hp. Having had some issues changing gear recently (broken wrist recovery) I found the car coped going from 1st to 3rd gears going up hills!
Car has easily handled a trip to York and has another long trip ahead of her this weekend! So far, glad I opted for the 1 litre, no road tax and nippy for running around town. OP, definitely try and convince your wife to take your car, but don't let her drive your new one ;)

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:39 PM

I feel rather sorry for Eric (Fiesta 1.25).   I know how he feels when he steps on the accelerator and the response is poor.  I bought my Fiesta Titanium Automatic 1.4 Petrol in December 2011 and I am not at all happy with it's performance.  It takes ages to pick up speed and when it does, petrol consumption is at it's highest.  Like Eric, I feel rather disgusted when trying to keep up with smaller cars 1 Ltr.  



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:44 PM

The thing is, while the ecoboost is only a 1.0, it is turbocharged and that makes all the difference. It has the same torque figures as the diesel and coupled to that is low running costs and free road tax.

 

Stock vs stock, the new ZS is faster on all fronts than the previous ZS which was a 1.6 NA engine. Turbos and smaller engines are the future lol



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 04:50 PM

I would agree that the Fiesta 1.25 Zetec is underpowered but it certainly is a much better drive than say the Corsa 1.2, 1.4. I was forced to drive a 63 reg some 600miles last week. Stir it and keep the speed up seemed the best policy. It did feel like a bit of a come down from my usual 2.0tdci Focus, just had to plan more and not be so opportunistic with the overtaking. I've yet to drive anything with the 1.0 ecoboost engine.... It still fills me with dread with 3 cylinders.... Fiesta with a 1.6tdci engine sounds better to me. However, by the time this 63reg got handed back to hertz it's willingness to rev seemed to have improved with just over 4k on the clock. I think yours will improve,

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 05:24 PM

Unless you do enough miles to justify the diesel scotsfocus, ecoboost is the best plan. Cheaper to buy, economical and free to tax. It's also faster in 125ps guise and matches torque of diesel. You would think differently after driving one. Feels like a diesel with the turbo but it revs well too.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 08:55 PM

I only travel about 8 miles a day to work aqnd back and around the doors on my day off. We go to the lake district about 4 times a year and even that is only 100 miles each way so a diesel wouldnt be any good for me.

I had my car looked at by Ford Service yesterday just to clear my mind that the car was ok and as I thought they said there is nothing wrong with it and it really just needs running in. I must admit the longer I have had the car the better it is performing and that coming down from a 1.6 to a 1.25 takes some getting used to where the gears are concerned.

I really like the car,it's comfortable and is driving better and it looks great.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:50 PM

My partner has the same 1.25 82ps and its terrible when compared to my 1.0 125ps it's like stepping back in time. My car however managed a full load with full roof of too no problem in the lakes. I'm imagining it'll be much better when I've picked it up after a remap.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 09:19 AM

How much have your insurance company charged so far for the exhaust and remap? Or are you with a specialist insurer that accepts mods?

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 10:23 AM

Insurance before exhaust £319 post exhaust £327, remaps only going on today but the insurer though a 25bhp gain would push my insurance to around £350. So £30 ish, and their not a specialist insurer by any means, perhaps they'd not accept high end mod ie hardened internals, twin turbo or superchargers etc.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 03:47 PM

Insurance before exhaust £319 post exhaust £327, remaps only going on today but the insurer though a 25bhp gain would push my insurance to around £350. So £30 ish, and their not a specialist insurer by any means, perhaps they'd not accept high end mod ie hardened internals, twin turbo or superchargers etc.

 

Many insurers find it difficult to catogorise rare/ "high end" modifications, and the mod(s) may not cost more at all & it depends what  you call it/ them - strengthened internals could be catogorised as safety/ reliability

 

That seems very reasonable for a 25HP gain  

 

I Just thought you might want to know that the "ram air intake" in your signature makes no difference on a road car and at legal speeds or even when your car is "flat out" the effect is insignificant and it may even have a detrimental effect if it collects flies/ dirt or has an additional filter/ grille - even on an F! car it only supercharges the air by 3% and thats at 180mph and thats with a big intake scoop with no filter  - the shape of the air intake and the intake air temp  makes a much bigger difference (without "ram air")



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:32 PM

I have the same complaint at times I find my fiesta is a bit sluggish.now have a new eco boost on the way.



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