How many HID threads does one forum need??? It's second only to 'Which bulbs do I need for <insert location>.
The OP didn't even ask about the legality (which always end up being the talking point).
well that simply isnt true. you can retro fit HID's as long as the output and beam pattern are set correctly they will pass and MOT as plenty of people I know have done. As for washers and self levellers...if your car came out of the factory with them or you have retro fitted them they must work, however they are not required to be fitted,
Welshy, some of what you say is true but levellers and washers are still required to be fitted aftermarket (along with a new headlight housing). Its just that the MOT doesn't check for them...
I agree that MOT stations WILL generally pass a car with HIDs. I haven't tried it but their test requirements in this area are so wooly that they would have no choice to pass what is an illegal mod.
The important bit is "Vehicles equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) or LED dipped beam headlamps may be fitted with headlamp washers and a suspension or headlamp self levelling system." The wording "MAY be fitted" insinuates that these items do not need to be in place so I can understand why HID conversions get through an MOT.
The MOT guidelines are not the bible of roadworthyness though. The Department for Transport clearly state that fitting HID lamps aftermarket is illegal without also:
- Changing the headlight enclosure for one designed for HIDs.
- Fitting self levelling to the headlights or suspension.
It explains why retrofit HIDs should not be judged soley on the beam pattern cut-off. (I suspect this is what the MOT test looks for?)
The MOT test is therefore not doing it's job in keeping vehicles roadworthy but it's something we all have to live with until the government gets its act together. The police are not guided soley by the MOT rules so if you come across a clued-up copper, you might still have a problem.
Insurance companies agreeing to insure HID conversions only serves to muddy the waters even further. So an MOT pass does not mean HID lights are legal to use but you will probably get away with it.
Hi im new on here so i hope someone can help, i have a Fiesta Titanium ecoboost , i have rain sensors fitted but they don't seem to work it was raining today & they didn't come on , i switched to manual i have activated it on the settings along with the auto lighting they work ok but not the wipers , any ideas ??
I have the autowipers and to be honest, its a pretty poor system. The autowipers in my last car were so much better. Just make sure you have turned the wheel on the stalk so that the marker is to the top. This will set them to maximum sensitivity.
Thanks, would you say driving the ST gently (to achieve 40ish mpg) is likely to still be quicker than hammering the 1.0 123bhp and getting roughly the same mpg?
This comparison ^ is starting to go out with the realms of common sense.
What do you mean by "gently" for a start? Gently to me would mean barely any throttle to get up to speed slowly and doing 60-65mph on motorways / national speed limit roads. "Hammering the 1.0" to my mind would be full throttle starts, hard acceleration to get up to speed and 80-90mph on motorways. In this case I have no doubt the ST would probably get BETTER fuel economy than the 1.0T. So when you ask which would be "quicker" in the stated conditions, the answer is probably the ZS. Both in terms of 0-62 and your chosen cruising speed. But it’s a totally ridiculous comparison!
Driven the same (which is the only meaningful comparison) I have no doubt the ZS would better the ST's fuel consumption by at least 10mpg.
You sound like you are trying to find arguments to justify buying an ST (or maybe trying to find justification for SWMBO???)
Be under no illusion... If you buy the ST you will not drive it 'gently' everywhere to get good mpg.
Posted by Dave-2912
on 14 September 2013 - 01:21 AM
I took my Z4 for its first service even though its gonna be traded in for my new ZS in a couple of weeks. Thankfully it didn't cost me anything except a morning off work. One thing I will miss about BMW is the level of customer service... I was booked in for a "while you wait" service and from giving the dealer the keys to getting back into my fully serviced and valleted car only took 70min. Never experienced such quick and efficient service with any previous brand.
Looking forward to my Fiesta's arrival at the end of the month though. :-)
Posted by Dave-2912
on 14 September 2013 - 12:59 AM
So, I've forgotten to update you all, I'm sorry!
I bought an ST-2, delivery date is 2nd November :-)
Will keep you all updated, thanks very much for the kind words everyone, means a lot that everyone took interest!
Congrats Kyle. I think you made the right decision.
Just make sure you take it easy and enjoy having such a decent car at 17. Im sure you know most 17 year olds can't afford an ST, so just having one is cool enough. You don't have to show off when driving it to look cool. Be safe, take care and be proud of what you have achieved. You'll feel like a right !Removed! if you crash it. Trust me, I've been there!
Pretty poor that they still arent standard though. I see them as pretty essential on a 3 door car.
Could so easily be scratched by someone careless squeezing into the back.
Gave a friend of a friend a lift once and instead of stepping straight into the back she stood on the door sill first. I think because she was so... rotund and inflexible. I soon let the fatty know I wasn't happy with her.
Posted by Dave-2912
on 03 September 2013 - 10:12 PM
I wouldnt automatically assume its been involved in an accident. The panel gaps on my Z4 were pretty awful out of the factory! I could fit my little finger in the gap between the wing and bonnet on one side while the gap on the other side was less than half that. Im sure the alignment of most panels can be adjusted.