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Kentish Man

Member Since 26 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Oct 16 2013 04:58 PM

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In Topic: Dealer Or Independent Service?

06 October 2013 - 06:11 PM

I have just paid my main dealer £215 for a two year old minor service. Realy it is no more than a oil change. Parts Oil and filter were £21.98, £157.19 was the labour cost the rest was the V.A.T. You do get a free years Roadside assistance through the AA and if you have a necter card you get 2 points for every pound spent. Next year it will be due a main service costing £315, they offered me to have this years service for £175 if I signed up to their service plan, £293.68 paid over 8 months which would of saved overall £66.32 . I did not want to tie my money up so I said no. For cars over 3 years old and out of waranty they do cheeper services of £99 and £150 so why do they have to charge the high prices for the newer cars, it's a rip off. 

In Topic: Car Mats

03 July 2013 - 08:44 PM

When I bought my Metal a year old I asked for a set of rubber mats, a tank of petrol and a spare wheel instead of the repair kit. Well I got the spare wheel they only gave me half a tank of petrol and they exchanged the carpet mats in the car for rubber ones. When I asked about the missing carpet mats they said you only get one set of mats with a car. That's Ford for you.

In Topic: Alarm / Security System?

03 July 2013 - 08:18 PM

After having my Zetec S stolen I realised that to a pro car thief the ford factory fitted alarms, immobilisers are not very good.

I now have a Metal. Which I have had the OBD/ECU port moved and protected. The modern day thieves use computer software to take cars, especially if you have keyless start which I had on the Zetec S. Also a good idea to get a dislok steering wheel lock.

Anything electronic can be over ridden. 

In Topic: Alarm System?

27 January 2013 - 11:50 PM

the litle yellow light in the middle of the dash, on the lock button is only on while the canbus system is live, the little red flashing light is the PATS Passive Anti Theft System light, or in other words, the immobiliser

whether you have an alarm or not is not dependant on the deal locking feature

one click of the lock button just locks the doors from the outside (if you have an alarm it activates at this stage after about 30 seconds)
second click activates the dead locks, hence why you hear the clunking noise from the latch units in the doors and also the visual confirmation of this y flashing the hazard lights

Thanks for this info. I did wonder if the alarm actually worked after having the Zetec S stolen.

In Topic: Alarm System?

27 January 2013 - 10:30 PM

Isn't it the flashing LED in the dash, that's there regardless of if you have an alarm or not.

I have had a Zetec S and now a Metal both have the little yellow light on the dash not a flashing LED. I deadlock the doors the yellow light comes on. When I return later the light is out. If you press the lock again it comes on. Not sure if the alarm is engaged or not anybody know?