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#498778 Meet Jez... The Focus's Replacement

Posted by jmurray01 on 27 June 2015 - 04:20 PM

Well, the bumper is secured back on to the car again (no parts required) and the local mechanic only charged £10 for 30 minutes labour.  The benefits of an old car and a trustworthy mechanic!

#498671 Meet Jez... The Focus's Replacement

Posted by jmurray01 on 26 June 2015 - 09:34 PM

Not too bad! Same age as me. B)

Is there no way you can keep the Focus? Have you decided it's fate yet? :(

Unfortunately there isn't.  I already have the Fiesta which is going to cost around £400 itself to get through an MOT, and I just can't justify spending that on TWO cars, let alone one.  Given that the Focus has already failed two previous MOTs badly resulting in repair bills in excess of £300, it is just not viable to repair it again.  The Fiesta on the other hand has cost us £90 to buy and nothing in previous repairs, so it is a different story.

#498661 Well, She Failed...

Posted by jmurray01 on 26 June 2015 - 09:13 PM

I completely agree with you Christopher, and it will be a very sad day for me when the Focus goes to its new home, which will probably be somewhere it'll be parted out or scrapped, but there was no other (financially feasible) option.


Tonight it's replacement was driven home and you can see the thread of that here.

#496884 Chris Evans.... Really?

Posted by jmurray01 on 20 June 2015 - 01:53 PM

I am very glad that I don't watch Top Gear anymore - as if I did I certainly wouldn't after this news.


There are words I could use to voice my opinion of him, but I don't want to activate the swear filters...

#493845 How The Chuff Did You Manage To Crash Like That?!?!

Posted by jmurray01 on 08 June 2015 - 10:08 PM

Was the car an auto by any chance?


Some parking accidents happen with autos when people hit the accelerator instead of the brake which obviously floors the pedal.

If you are liable to mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake then you need to either switch to a manual or stop driving!!

#493078 Corsa Review!

Posted by jmurray01 on 06 June 2015 - 05:38 PM

Mindel is back and showing the rot box how to own the road :-D

It's always a relief to get your own car back.  Nothing else is quite like it, good or bad.

#493015 The Focus Now Has A Companion...

Posted by jmurray01 on 06 June 2015 - 11:21 AM


Yeah you're probably right, like if the tyres were nearly down to the legal limit it would still pass, but would that be an advisory? I'm thinking more about corrosion and stuff that would need work doing shortly, should that also be an advisory or could a car fail the MOT if they think it'll start falling apart within a year?

The simple answer is no, with regards to whether it should fail if it will start falling apart within a year. 


As long as the underbody passes the inspection at the time of the test (I believe it is just a visual inspection and then knocking it with a metal tool to see if it makes a metallic sound or a dull thud) and is deemed to be satisfactory then how long it will remain satisfactory is not taken into consideration.


Mind you, I could be wrong.

#492950 The Focus Now Has A Companion...

Posted by jmurray01 on 05 June 2015 - 10:55 PM

^ I'm going to guess they didn't spot the problems, because maybe they weren't so bad back then. But I thought that's the point of an MOT, to check that the car is roadworthy and should still be roadworthy in a year's time.

Well to be honest, the purpose of an MOT is to prove that the car is roadworthy at the time they are inspecting it, so technically it could become un-roadworthy within 1 mile of the MOT station and the tester would not be at fault.  It just depends on the tester and how much they pay attention to things that may become faults, rather than just the things that actually make a car an MOT failure at that moment.


I'm not that bothered to be honest, and am actually quite relieved that no corrosion was mentioned, although I am well aware that it could still be an issue this year.


We will see what happens, but I will do everything I can to keep one more Fiesta on the road.  Too many have gone to the scrap heap and that will not be the case for this one I'm sure.


I have to laugh at the fact they marked the oil leak as dangerous!  Yes, it leaks oil - just like our Focus does, but I'm going to bet that a few drops of oil per night won't cause the car to explode upon start-up... 

#492286 The Focus Now Has A Companion...

Posted by jmurray01 on 03 June 2015 - 05:31 PM

As some of you who have followed my posts for years will know, my mother used to own a 1997 Ford Fiesta Ghia 5dr 1.25 (as seen in my avatar) which I always thought would be mine when I got around to learning to drive.  Unfortunately that was not to be as in 2013 it failed its MOT for the 2nd year in a row on underbody corrosion and the overall cost to bring it back up to road worthiness would have been almost £500, and that was at a CHEAP garage we knew.  That car was sold for £150 and as the registration number no longer shows anything on the DVLA website I'm lead to believe it has since been scrapped. 


In April 2013 we bought the 2000 Ford Focus LX 1.8 which is still running and despite looking like it belongs in a scrapyard it has never once broken down.  A true Ford, what can I say.


Anyway, the point of this thread is that we, or rather I, have purchased a Ford...  Since last year I've had my provisional licence but never really had the money to invest in lessons so of course a car was the last thing on my mind, but yesterday a listing appeared on Gumtree with no photos, simply advertising a 2001 Ford Fiesta that needed brakes and an exhaust for sale for £100.  Needless to say within an hour I'd secured the sale and last night we picked it up, but me being me I didn't pay the full price (although it was a bargain), but rather handed over £90 for the vehicle. 


As I am still only on a provisional licence (although that will hopefully change in the next couple of months) my mother drove it home with me as a passenger and believe me, the brakes are shot.  Only the offside seemed to be operating (the car pulls violently to the right when braking) and even at full pressure the car barely slows down. 


Secondly, he also very accurately said that the exhaust needed replaced as the mid-to-rear pipe has completely detached from the rear silencer due to corrosion which results in the 1.3 Endura-E engine sounding like a mixture between a tractor and a boy-racer whilst ideling, and under even slight acceleration it is deafening.  That isn't helped of course by the fact that the pipe is resting on the rear axel so of course it is reverberating through the chassis.


Once we got home and after I'd cleaned out all the discarded drinks cans and cigarette packets I did something that I really should have done at his house and opened the bonnet.  Fortunately there was no visible corrosion in sight, but it is obvious that the car has not been cared for.  The dipstick was completely dry except for a DROP on the very bottom and what a surprise - the brake fluid reservoir is almost completely empty!! 


Nevertheless, the engine runs and the clutch and transmission (5 speed manual) are in good order so all is not bad.


I have had a look after it being parked overnight and cannot see any obvious brake line leakages so I'm not sure how the level got so low and thereby the brakes are barely usable.  That said, there has to be a leak somewhere but for the purposes of testing the system I will top up the fluid this week and see if the brakes return to normal (albeit with obvious air in the lines), in which case it is just a simple leak somewhere that needs to be resolved.  If with a full reservoir the brakes are still non-existant I may have more serious problems on my hands.


Before I do anything mechanically though I had to clean up the interior which I did when I got home from work this afternoon as it was complete and utter filth.  The ash-tray alone was stuffed full of cigarette butts and when that was full it seems that the previous owner decided to just throw them on the floor.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a smoker too and will smoke in the car, but is emptying the ash-tray every now and again really that hard?


The bottom line is though that for £90 I've bought myself a 2001 Ford Fiesta Flight with the 1.3 Endura-E engine and 90,000 miles on the odometer.  It needs work both mechanically (which I will regrettably leave up to a mechanic as I have no off-road space to work on it) and also some bodywork repairs to be done which I will work on this summer.  One big positive is that aside from the rust on the rear arches and a few spots along the bottom of the doors, there are NO scratches or dents anywhere, which is very rare for a Fiesta which usually has scuffs and bumps all over the place.


Right, I know that I've rattled on for a long time and I'll be surprised if you've made it this far!  If so, then I'll leave you with some pictures of the car and although it may just be a 14 year old Fiesta, to me it is both a project and once I get my drivers licence it'll be my means of travel back and forth to work, also meaning I'll be able to accommodate longer hours and thereby earn more money!!  And of course, being a Fiesta it'll easily attain 40MPG when driven at 50-55MPH in 5th gear. 

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#465890 Finally

Posted by jmurray01 on 15 March 2015 - 09:58 PM

Brilliant, I have noticed that middlelane hoggers are all the same people - they sit 3" from the wheel and always look terrified  :lol:

Well they will be even more terrified now with the prospect of a fine! :lol:

#462288 Things I Don't Like

Posted by jmurray01 on 07 March 2015 - 06:07 PM


Yeah that ruins a good car. Even worse if there are kids in the back and they think it's ok with the window cracked open.

I agree with you regarding children being in the back, but I think it is a basic right that if you have paid for a car that you can smoke in it! 


How is a person smoking in their own personal vehicle affecting anybody elses life?  It isn't!! 


On the bright side, I just found another thing I don't like :lol:

#459683 Things I Do Like

Posted by jmurray01 on 28 February 2015 - 06:32 PM

  • Red wine
  • White wine
  • Beer
  • Whisky
  • Rum
  • Brandy

Yes, there is indeed a bit of a pattern forming... :lol:

#459593 Things I Don't Like

Posted by jmurray01 on 28 February 2015 - 01:31 PM

This is a risky question to ask me today...


  • The fact fuel went down to 104.9 for weeks and just increased to 106.9 THE EXACT DAY I NEEDED TO FILL UP
  • People who do not understand that they are not your only client
  • The fact that I had to pay the government £230.00 today to drive a car worth £300 for 12 months
  • People who cannot do the job they are paid to do
  • Drivers who overtake you on blind bends when you are already exceeding the speed limit
  • Drivers who think that cars already on the round about should give way TO THEM
  • The government taking away the right to smoke in OPEN PLACES
  • The fact that after smokers have practically been burnt at the stake, alcohol will be the next thing to be "restricted"
  • Bigots who think that they can run your life better than you
  • Drivers who seem to think that you can drive on either side of the road as long as there is no on-coming traffic
  • Decaffeinated coffee (I sure as hell don't drink coffee purely for the taste!)
  • The fact that my MK1 Ford Focus was not fitted with a low washer fluid warning light
  • Any modern music, and most other music unless sung by Roy Orbison (the best singer in the world)
  • Burger King


Sorry about that!

#441500 Only One Reversing Light !

Posted by jmurray01 on 03 January 2015 - 01:21 PM

Both our '97 Fiesta and '00 Focus have only one reverse light, as do most other Fords as far as I know.


I really don't see it as a problem...

#438019 Writing Emails Whilst Very Enraged/sleepy..is It A Good Idea?

Posted by jmurray01 on 19 December 2014 - 04:23 PM

Seeing as the majority of emails I write are done at my work I usually only send something if it is pleasant because any complaints as a result would have a negative impact on my position.


On a personal level I don't actually notice a significant difference in my responces to emails when tired/irritated however I do of course become more officious and point out issues that I would have ignored previously.