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Will We See 99.9P Per Litre Again?

07 January 2015 - 12:32 AM

Going by this email I just received, I wouldn't be surprised!

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When prices went up to over 130.9p per litre last year I thought it could only go up, or at best stay where it was. Never would I have imagined it going below 110p!

Who knows, driving may even become affordable again.

Is It Just Me?

01 January 2015 - 10:22 PM

Or is a 43AH 390CCA battery far too low for a MK1 Focus with the 1.8 Zetec engine?


Recently the Focus has been a little sluggish to start first thing in the morning and upon topping up the water I noticed that it is only 43AH with 390 Cold Cranking Amps. 


The battery was already there when we bought the car and I've never paid that much attention to it, however had I replaced it I would never have used anything that low. 


Am I just being a bit overcautious or am I right in thinking that it is risky having such an underpowered battery in a car with a 1.8?  So far it has never failed to start so I can't really say it has been a problem, but I can't help but think that it is taking a bit of a risk.

5000Rds Radio Code - Changing Battery

29 December 2014 - 11:52 PM

Hello folks,


The battery on the Focus (2000 1.8 Petrol LX) is starting to get very weak and I want to replace it before it ends up flat one morning, but the only problem I have is that the original manuals for the car were never transferred to us upon taking over ownership and I don't want to end up locking the radio without knowing the code.


Aside from hooking up a battery booster to the clamps (which I can't do as I don't own one and don't want/can't afford to buy one just for this purpose) is there any way to change the battery without losing the radio code?  Or alternatively, to find out what the code is before disconnecting the battery?


I know I am clutching at straws here but I am in a dilemma as I know that I need to get that battery changed ASAP but don't want to end up with a non-functioning radio.


P.S. It goes without saying, but I won't be putting the car to a mechanic to pay £70-80 for a new battery when I can do it myself for £40!

Removing Mk1 Door Panel

25 December 2014 - 11:06 PM

Hello all and merry Christmas!


I was just wondering if anybody has removed a door panel from a Mk1 Focus and if so could perhaps advise me if it is difficult or not?


The lock motor of my N/S/F door has been burnt out (I suspect) since the time we bought the car as the central locking only works if the said door is locked manually prior to using the remote.  If not, the three remaining doors will lock and immediately unlock again.


I have checked eBay and can source a replacement for circa £20 which is fine, all I need to know is if I can change it myself or not. 


Thanks in advance.

Any Vista Users Still Out There?

19 December 2014 - 04:37 PM

I hate change and therefore only upgraded from Windows 2000 to Windows XP a few years ago. 


My old Viglen which ran XP had recently got to the point where it took at least 5 minutes for Mozilla Firefox to load after clicking on the desktop icon and even for a patient person like me that was too much.  It couldn't be helped though as the hard drive was over 90% full.


I did actually buy a brand new laptop (Emachines E520) back in February 2009 which had Windows Vista Home installed.  Despite the negative reviews of the operating system I never had any issues with it whatsoever and despite getting rid of it in 2012 due to the laptop itself failing, the OS worked fine right up to the end.


Therefore when I decided a few weeks ago to replace the desktop PC I opted for the most cost effective option - a Dell Optiplex 760 (Ultra Small Form Factor computer) with Windows Vista Business.  The price was under £40 which sold it for me immediately.


All I have to say is the memories I have of Vista are still 100% true, the OS is very fast, smooth running and reliable. 


At work we use full size Acers and HPs with Windows 7 installed and not one of my colleagues has not complained about the slowness of the operating system.  Personally, my work PC is almost as slow as my Viglen I just got rid of and that was manufactured in 2004 with Windows XP!! 


I'm not saying Windows 7 is bad, on a higher performance PC it may be brilliant - but if you are looking to buy a low spec PC then in my opinion Windows Vista is the best OS to install even in 2014.