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#478767 Automatic Boot Opening Kit Anyone?

Posted by BHeart on 22 April 2015 - 11:54 AM

Hi Lee, when you have successfully concerted you tailgate to auto lift, will you be posting details and prices of where to get the springs from, info on how to install and also what else is required to complete the job?

#478398 Automatic Boot Opening Kit Anyone?

Posted by BHeart on 21 April 2015 - 08:15 AM

Hi Lee

I was really interested in what Paramanic had to say about the auto boot opener and was about to order the kit until I saw your reply.

Both methods look so simple but your method is cheaper so I'll look forward to further details from you.

I can't help thinking that if you were to replace the telescopic door Rams for a set with just that little bit more force/push, then the tailgate would open right up when you press the remote tailgate button.

Ford could have easily done this during build?

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#477556 Has The Dealership Broken My Radio And Sync?

Posted by BHeart on 18 April 2015 - 01:54 PM

Don't worry m8, you're not alone.  I had my previous 63 plate Fiesta serviced last November and after I had paid, I started the car and was just about to pull away when I noticed that my radio had not come on when I started the car so I went back in to the service department and told him; he came out to the car, had a look and simply pressed the "ON" button and all was well again.


TBH, I was lost for words :oops:and just said, sorry about that. 


They had obviously turned off the radio after the service and I don't normally turn it off when I leave the car and it never occurred to me that there was an "on/off" button.

#475854 New Owner Noon Question

Posted by BHeart on 13 April 2015 - 12:27 PM

No, the 2010 Fiesta models like Zetec and upwards, did not have Ford SYNC but most had "Bluetooth with hands free calling including voice control and USB".

My 2010 Zetec had the above I was able to make hands free calling/answering but, to call family and friends hands free, a voice tag for each contact needs to be created as stated in my last reply. The radio station could be changed and CD tracks could also be chosen using voice control.

And, if I remember correctly, to make a call, change the radio stn or choose a CD track, you would press the little voice icon which was on the left hand stalk and, to answer/end a call, you pressed the "M" in the middle of the left hand steering wheel buttons.

The OP should put his reg number into Ford Etis and check if features mention the following:


BT/VC Phone Interface + USBVoice activated module - British and, With AV jack and USB


If he has all of the above features then, unless any of the module are faulty, he should be able to set up hands free calling and voice tags.  This was a great system for it's time so I'm hoping that the OP does have these options.

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#474992 1St Time New Car Owner

Posted by BHeart on 10 April 2015 - 05:35 PM

As already stated by other members, you don't need to ask to look at the car; you check the car over inside for general fit and finish, including the seats, carpets, door panels and headliner for any marks and don't forget to check under the bonnet, and in the boot space for the repair kit or, spare wheel and tools if you chose that option.


 Also check all round the car outside; stand back from the car and walk around it ensuring that the doors, panels, boot door and bonnet all line up and check for scratches/marks on the body paintwork, alloys and tyres - if you have alloys fitted, make sure the sales person show you the wheel locking nut.


If you are not sure about how something works, ask for a demo and if your mobile has Bluetooth, get the salesperson to pair your mobile with the car and, if you have the satnav option, ask for a demo it and put in your post code so that you can try it out on the way home.


It really should be a great day when you take delivery of your new car but don't let that blind you from checking your car over, as above and do this before you sign the paperwork or hand any money over.


Take your time when looking over your car because, once you leave the dealership and you discover a problem then, depending on what the problem is, it will be very hard for you to prove that it was done before you drove off the forecourt so, I would advise you to take a second pair of eyes with you when you check the car over.


I know it must all seem a bit daunting but you'll be fine.  Good Luck, have a great day and enjoy your new car.  :)

#465096 * Ford 'factory Fitted" Satnav Sd Card?

Posted by BHeart on 13 March 2015 - 08:35 PM

Yes, Phil is correct. If you purchased a Fiesta Titanium with built in SatNav, then the SD card should have been provided to you.

After all, the SatNav is useless without the card so, go back to the dealer and ask them for the SD card - if they don't have the card that should have already been in the slot, then they need to provide you with a card containing the map version that was originally sold with the car when new, or provide you with a new and up to date SD card.

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#449362 Another Insurance Thread

Posted by BHeart on 28 January 2015 - 04:12 PM

Hi Adam

Yes I know if 1st Central!

This was about 2 to 3 years ago and they had only been going for about 2 years at the time.

I got a quote for my daughter and they were the cheapest so we went with them.

They were fine until my daughter changed addresses and they charged her about £110 pounds which was

When I challenged them about this extortionate charge, they said it was because that postcode area was a higher risk area. I disagreed with them but it was either cancel the policy or pay the £110 which was cheaper than cancelling the policy which had only been running for a couple of months.

I checked with Tesco and Zurich Ins and they said that there would have been no additional charge for the new postcode.

"Over a barrel springs to mind".

I guess being a small company, that's where they make their mark up.

So, there you have it; if it had not been for the address change, we would have had no problems with them.

Hope that helps you make up your mind?

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#446246 Ford Fiesta Intermitant Fault Loss Of All Dash Lights Power Steering

Posted by BHeart on 19 January 2015 - 07:56 PM

From the info you have given, I would say that even though it only lasts for 10 seconds, that is a serious and dangerous fault, especially on icy/wet roads where over steering could cause the car to go into a spin.

On any road, especially a busy road like d/c or m'way with multiple lanes, the consequences of that happening are unthinkable.

You've only had it for a few weeks, take it back it tell them to sort it out and supply you with a car until they do.

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#443381 Service Plan, Again (Sorry).

Posted by BHeart on 10 January 2015 - 01:44 AM

Nope, a 125 Tit. I think the theory is, keep upping the price until enough punters tell'em where to get. That then sets the price.
(£177 mudflaps apparently take 1hr to fit, presumably with tea-breaks).
I don't mind being ripped off when I don't realise it.

Ford charge £100 to supply and fit a full set of mud flaps - at least, that's what they are charging me and 2 different dealers gave the same price.

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#440798 "happy New Year"

Posted by BHeart on 31 December 2014 - 11:38 PM

Hi to all, I'm just counting down the minutes until midnight so I thought I'd take the time out to wish ALL members of the FOC and future visitors to it, a Happy New Year and all the best for 2015.

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#432453 Extended Warranty

Posted by BHeart on 28 November 2014 - 02:33 PM

Hi Mariner


With some dealers allowing customers to buy the warranty and many others who don't, It appears to be hit or miss and it really should not be that way.


My dealer said no and I complained and said that when I bought the car last November 2013, the salesman did not offer me the extended warranty and that was not my fault but they were not interested so I called Ford Protect and explained that to them and the lady I spoke to said that she would happily sell me the warranty but added that it was not up to her and advised me to go to the dealers sales manager because he was the only person who could do something about it.


I complained again via email to my dealer and I got a reply back saying that they may have a way to sort the warranty out which would involve "back dating a supplementary invoice" and, if I was to call in tomorrow, they are sure that they could sort this out for me.


Sounds a bit ridiculous but, that's probably the sort of thing that the lady at Ford Protect meant.  i.e.  The dealer has ways of working around the rules - if it works, then I'll buy it.


I'll post back with an update tomorrow afternoon.

#425031 Mudflaps

Posted by BHeart on 03 November 2014 - 12:00 PM

No, you are definitely not on your own; I've spec'd mud flaps on every car I've owned, including my present and previous Fiesta cars. Apart from protecting the bottom of the car (including doors and sills), the car does look better with fitted mud flaps.

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#322483 Fiesta Mk7 Display Not Turning Off?

Posted by BHeart on 16 January 2014 - 06:29 PM



Quick query about my new Fiesta:


I arrived home in my new Fiesta Titanium Mk7 and turned off the ignition then withdrew the key and was surprised to see that the radio display remained on (it normally turns off when I remove the key?  This is unusual behaviour which I've not seen happen before.


I pressed the on/off button on the top left of the unit and the radio went off but the display remained on so I waited a few minutes and then got out, so I don't know how long the display remained on.


I've had the car since late November and this has never happened before so what's changed?



#136384 Disable Esp On 5Dr Zetec 1.6 Tdci

Posted by BHeart on 18 July 2011 - 12:55 PM

How long it took?

Hi Tato

Once I had removed the gear stick trim which was easy, I then started to pull off the aircon/controls trim and i started at the bottom but after pulling it away from the bottom two clips, the silver trim kept pulling away from the little cubby hole below the card holder and I was worried that the vertical silver narrow parts would just break, so I pushed the trim back in again and then went to the top and removed the silver lid below the radio (hidden compartment)and that was easy. I just used a knife covered with a soft dry cloth and gently levered it from either side of the centre.

Once I had done this, I was then able to remove the aircon controls trim starting at the top (the location of the clips are clearly marked in the link provided) and I again used a covered flat eating knife to gently lever off each side and worked my way down to the cubby hole below the card holder and this time, I had no problems.

If you look at the link from the German forum (page 5), you can clearly see where the clips are and what order to remove the trim.


Start by removing the silver lid below the radio, then remove the gear stick trim and pull it up (but not off) over the gear stick and lay it to one side. Then start removing the aircon controls trim from the top and, as stated, I used a flat bladed eating knife covered with a soft thin cloth. Insert the knife at each point and gently prise the trim out on top, each side and then move down to the middle and finally to the bottom and you can then pull away the trim but don't remove the cable that's attached to the bottom half of it - there is no need to.

It took about 20 minutes Tato.

I hope this helps when you get around to fitting you switch.


#133992 Buckled Alloy Wheels

Posted by BHeart on 29 June 2011 - 08:32 PM


I'd just like to chip in my two cents worth over this buckled alloy wheels issue.

I've been driving for 36 years and for the last 20 years, I've owned Vauxhalls, Fords and Citroens and all have had alloy wheels fitted. I owned each car for three years and over and we still have the Citroën which is over nine years old. During ALL of that time, we used the cars mormally and we took care to avoid potholes and drove slowly over speed bumps but, now and again we did clip the odd pothole and went a little fast over the speed bumps but not one of those cars was EVER picked up for buckled alloy wheels during a service, MOT or whilst having a tyre fitted.

My present car is is 2010 Fiesta Zetec Mk7 and I am a very good driver and don't go racing over speed bumps and driving over potholes, so it will be extremely interesting to see if my Fiesta is picked up for any buckled alloys during it's first Ford service.

If it is, then it will prove not only to me but also to thousands of other Fiesta owners that we were damn right to blame Ford and their 'crappy' alloy wheels. So my little Ford Technician friend, it does not matter that you have qualifications galore, facts are facts and there are just too many Fiesta owners out there who have found or been told that, they have buckled alloys on their 'pride and joy'. You cannot argue with numbers like those who have reported this issue in these forums so, please do not come into these forums spouting in true and time honoured Ford fashion, that it is us, the Fiesta drivers who are at fault here.

The alloy wheels fitted to some Ford models and, the Fiesta in particular, are manufactured from 'sub-standard' materials and it's about time that Ford owned up and admit that there is an issue here and then fully compensate all Ford owners who have been told that they have buckled alloys on their cars.

Rant over!