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#1 stevewright

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:19 PM

Hi, literally just joined ford owners club (just posted a little hello in the intro section)

Im a bit of a ford virgin, ive only owned it about 2 or weeks after owning my previous car for 10 yrs....

In fact, this is my second car, ever!

anyways, its a 2007 ford focus titanium in black, but my ford experience so far has been a little disapointing..

The car came serviced by a ford authorised dealer who forgot to put two bolts back on one of the wheels, theres a rattle coming from what sounds like behind the steering column that i cannot find the source off and is driving me insane, there was water in the boot and the floorpan discolouring brown (start of corrosion) and i just found out other night theres a multichanger under the passenger seat, but missing the cassette!

on a slightly brighter note though, it did come quite highly specced, including the ford denso sat nav touch screeen thing, sunroof etc.

I am keen to do bits to it to take it away from an ordinary looking car - ive just ordered a nice set of black wolfrace wheels with an orange rim, and will probably lower it a little, but is it just me, or does the front of the car look quite dull? I really like every other angle, any tips what i can do to smarten up the front a wee bit? (not keen on body kits)

I was looking at maybe an ss mesh grille, but its a black car, just ordered black wheels, so im keeping the kinda black theme, and not sure about sticking stainless on the front...

any of you guys have some suggestions?

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#2 DeeBe

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:59 PM

Hello! I personally think that some S/S on there would look very nice, a lovely contrast to the black.

Hope you get the rattle sorted out too, because I know they do my head in (but I'm lucky to not have any!). I'd go to the dealer and demand a new cassette from them for the changer, by way of an apology for 'forgetting' to put wheel bolts in (wtf?!).

I'm sure you'll love the car. I'm not a fan of change, but I adore mine!

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 06:05 PM

Hello! I personally think that some S/S on there would look very nice, a lovely contrast to the black.

Hope you get the rattle sorted out too, because I know they do my head in (but I'm lucky to not have any!). I'd go to the dealer and demand a new cassette from them for the changer, by way of an apology for 'forgetting' to put wheel bolts in (wtf?!).

I'm sure you'll love the car. I'm not a fan of change, but I adore mine!

the best start is get some underseal with waxoyl added and treat the floorpans and maybe a new seal for the boot as for the rattle check the heat shield that covers the bottom of the steering rack theres 1 along the top of a metal beam and tyhe main one as these start to touch and cause the rattling you described if its solidly stuck down just bend it slightly so it doesnt interfere with the other heat shield if its loose the good old cable ties come in handy simply pierce a small hole to fit the tie through.as for mods keep it simple stick to the black theme with the odd dash of colour for example you get orange ford badges which would tie in with youre wheels google them youll find plenty personally ide leave it at that so many bodykit cars going round that are lowered to death with tinted windows do something different paint the calipers orange 2 either with engine enamel or heat proof paint as you rarely get caliper paint that colour

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 07:30 PM

i thought i was doing something a little bit different, then found this

the focus black, looks lovely....

i particularly like the little orange trims on the bumper :P

http://cache.jalopni...db944314a_o.jpg

was it actually produced?

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 02:05 AM

Sorry to sound stupid but whats S/S supose to mean. Anyway my Mk1 I have a black and green them going on. I got two 12" cathodes in the boot. bout it at the minute as i'm bit short on money at the moment.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 11:54 PM

Slight deviation on the modding topic but closely related. If, for example, I installed different style bumpers and not let my insurance know that I have modded it. How will it affect my records (insurance and/or legal) if I was involved in a crash?

My cousin has a yaris with lowered springs, side skirts, front and rear bumpers changed, tinted windows, rear spoilers, rear frosted tail lights and chrome exhaust, but I recall him saying he registered the car with his insurance as an original with no mods.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 06:26 PM

hey, appologies i meant stainless steel (ie ss)

the orange theme has kinda went to pot now, the wheels i was after they couldnt get in and wolfrace themselves cannot even source them! still, im getting a good deal on another set that i think look nicer, still black multispokes, with a red rim on the inside...

interesting actually mickfree, i often wonder myself.

eg, im changing the wheels and will be lowering the car. I have been told that if its not a performance mod, or dramatically altering the car in a huge way i should be ok.

afterall, i am simply replacing the springs..... they just so happen to lower the car 30mm ;)

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 06:36 PM

At last - another focus owner with the touch-screen head unit. Sucks the changer cassette is missing - mine came with it okay and it loads discs way faster than my ST170 headunit changer did! What other toys did you get?


Okay, rattle behind steering column could be the wheel arch flapping about. Common issue and fixed in 5 mins.

Water in boot - make sure the rear windscreen has had the recall to fit some strips to stop water gushing in when opening the rear hatch.

Any mods externally WILL require the insurance company to know about, especially lowering and different alloys (not to mention different bumpers etc).

Wheels: don't discount the Ford rims :) see my sig.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:19 PM

it was the touch screen sat nav was the reason for me geting the car! :)

my boss has a mondeo st220 with it in, and always thought it looked kinda fancy, now i have my own one to play with.

funnyily enough too, in my focus the sat nav is wired into the dash display also, which has a little bar that shrinks when your appraching your turn off, and arrows/roundabout symbol with number to indicate which turn off. The boesses 2005 st mondeo doesnt have this.

i thought they all came with bluetooth though, so wasnt to pleased when i realised it didnt...

i mean come on ford, when the car was knew the sat nav was a very expensive optional extra, then they made people pay yet more if they wanted bluetooth aswell?!

Really like the oem look (not a fan of massive screens that dont fit properly in the dash) plus love the aircon controls all nicely fitted together in one unit.

anyway, regarding the multi changer casette, already sorted!
i noticed on the back of the unit that although its a ford part, its actually manufactured by alpine. quick call to an audio specialist who told me most of the alpine casettes are the same. took a chance, and it works! 29.99 compared to lord knows how much ford would have charged me.

not really sure what other things on the car that arent standard, cruise control, electric sunroof, privacy glass, auto lights/wipers?

think it has some style interior pack too, with ss sills, ally handbrake and gearknob.

was pleased with it, just disapointed im now having to chase rattles and leaks on a nearly new car...

Ive booked the car into Ford next week for the rattle and water in boot. Ill see what they come up with, otherwise ill end up taking the car to pieces to find the rattle.

The standard wheels are 17's and quite nice, but with it being a focus theres so many of them around, so thought an alternative set of wheels would look nice.

Not into modifying in a massive way, i think a motor with nice wheels, lowered tinted windows can be set of nice.

though, i have seen some very nice audi r8 style front headlights....

not a cheap hobby though, i also have a motorbike which i enjoy adding bits and pieces too :P

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:22 PM

actually just noticed you also have the 1.8tdci, is it just me, this car, or normal for this engine, but when i change from first to second, it feels very notchy?

I also done a little experiment with the sat nav unit. I noticed ford were banging on about it being dvd navigation, and as it plays mp3's i wondered if it would play a dvd full of mp3's!

it doesnt though :lol:

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:24 PM

The pre-facelift didn't have cruise control as standard or the sun roof. Privacy glass, auto lights and wipers, ss scuff plates, smoked headlights, wing repeaters, aluminium effect gear knob and handbrake are however all standard on the Titanium. I'm glad mine has the heated leather though - a god-send in this weather.

I guess Bluetooth was an option. I love it :) couldn't be without it now, and makes voice control pointless otherwise (for me).

Get some pictures up :)

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:26 PM

one more thing actually, i always thought the titanium came with leather or half leather seats? but mine doesnt!

to be honest i wasnt that fussed about it, would have been nice though

Do ford have a habit of changing little details often to try and make every car different or something?

IVe also noticed chrome or black grilles, chrome or black headlights, different variations on rear light clusters and some cars have the front bumper corner moulding strips (Above the foglights) colour coordinated, whilst others dont

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:28 PM

The pre-facelift didn't have cruise control as standard or the sun roof. Privacy glass, auto lights and wipers, ss scuff plates, smoked headlights, wing repeaters, aluminium effect gear knob and handbrake are however all standard on the Titanium. I'm glad mine has the heated leather though - a god-send in this weather.

I guess Bluetooth was an option. I love it :) couldn't be without it now, and makes voice control pointless otherwise (for me).

Get some pictures up :)


my side repeaters are on the wing mirrors though, and i dont have smoked headlights?

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:29 PM

actually just noticed you also have the 1.8tdci, is it just me, this car, or normal for this engine, but when i change from first to second, it feels very notchy?

I also done a little experiment with the sat nav unit. I noticed ford were banging on about it being dvd navigation, and as it plays mp3's i wondered if it would play a dvd full of mp3's!

it doesnt though :lol:


Gear change is fine here, though the 1.8TDCi is a gutless heap. Great efficiency and fairly refined, but so damned slow that I wonder how people ever thought it was 'quick'.

Nope, the dvd player in the glove box only reads the satnav disc.

Out of interest, what year is your satnav disc? I went to update mine and Ford wanted like, 200.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:31 PM

one more thing actually, i always thought the titanium came with leather or half leather seats? but mine doesnt!

to be honest i wasnt that fussed about it, would have been nice though

Do ford have a habit of changing little details often to try and make every car different or something?

IVe also noticed chrome or black grilles, chrome or black headlights, different variations on rear light clusters and some cars have the front bumper corner moulding strips (Above the foglights) colour coordinated, whilst others dont


I thought leather trim was fairly common, but definitely not standard.

Ford do change details a lot. There are a large number of Aquarius blue Titaniums that lack mirror repeaters and smoked headlights for example.

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