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Sam C

Member Since 07 Jul 2011
Offline Last Active Feb 04 2012 09:12 AM
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New Car (Zetec S Tdci)

02 October 2011 - 08:57 PM

My 2012 model Zetec S TDCi finally arrived (well, three weeks early which I was quite happy about). I ordered the car with leather, bluetooth, interior pack one and keyless start. Today I washed it, clayed it, applied two coats of Dodo Juice Purple Haze, gave the wheels two coats of Poorboys wheel sealer, dressed the tyres, hoovered it and cleaned the interior. Here are a load of pics that I took of it....

Contents of my deliver from I4Detailing....

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The car..

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So far, I am really happy with the car. It drives nicely and seems to be loosening up nicely and will get a few more miles added this week with another trip to Chester as well as Preston and possibly York. The ride is much better than expected - a lot of people on this site mention how hard the ride is on the Zetec S, but I think its fine and the seats are good, offering more support than those in the Edge that I had previously.

I have been really impressed with the technology on the car; the bluetooth works will with my HTC Desire for both calls and streaming music to the stereo. What I have found really good so far is voice control (for the commands that I can remember) and I find myself using it more than I thought I would. The DAB radio is great as well, especially being able to see what song is playing by pressing the info button.

I have already added some red LED bulbs to the footwells, but it was too light for them to show up in my attempt to take some pictures.

New

09 August 2011 - 08:39 PM

After selling my beloved 325ti due to doing a lot of miles, the massive cost of running a petrol car and the general cost of running the thing, I sold it and opted into the company car scheme. I have ordered a Frozen White Zetec S 1.6TDCi with leather, bluetooth, keyless and interior pack 1. Unfortunately because it has been spec'd up it is not due to be delivered to the dealer until 10th September. In the mean time, I am working my way through the various pool cars....

The first one was an 08 plate Clio 1.2 petrol, in full on poverty spec. This is an awful little car (made worse by the fact that it has had a very hard life). It rolls like jelly round corners, has a driving position that is far too high, very light steering, some of the worst seats I have ever experienced (way too soft, too flat, no support, not bolstered enough) that make cornering even worse because they sink as the car leans, a gutless engine that sounds rather strained at motorway speeds and a sh!t gear box. Anyway, the lease was up on Monday so it has now gone and has been replaced with a 10 plate Fiesta Edge 1.4 TDCi.

I was a bit worried about it being an entry level model, however having done a 100 odd miles in it already, I have realised that it really is a fantastic little car and so much better than the Clio (I am not anti-french cars, my old Clio was great and so were the RS versions that friends and family have had). I am genuinely very impressed with it - it has a good driving position, reasonable seats with lots of adjustment, a lovely gearbox (better than all three MINI's I had and my BMW), good handling, its a nice place to sit, OK fuel economy (56mpg at the mo) and it is a lot quicker than I expected having come from a 193bhp straight six. Downsides are an engine that sounds agricultural on start up / idle and a few bits of interior plastic that feel a not cheap. I found the Clio easier for eco driving because it was so bad to drive, whereas the Fiesta handles well and feels quite eager.

I'm really excited about getting my Zetec S now - I'm hoping that it will build upon all of the positives, especially with an extra 28bhp. September seems like a very long way away! Anyway, here are a few pics after a very quick wash - it is in desperate need of a proper clean (clay, polish, seal, wax etc ) which I am hoping to do this weekend.

Here are a few pics (sorry for the rubbish pics, I only had my phone to hand as it was getting dark and the camera battery was dead).

Cheers


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Fiesta Manufacture / Delivery Times

08 July 2011 - 05:24 PM

Hi there guys,

I have just placed an order for my new (company) car - a Zetec S TDCi with the following options; leather, bluetooth, keyless and the interior pack 1. I have have been given an estimated delivery date of 30th September, which is ages away! I had to finally give up my 325ti and opt into the car scheme due to the ever increasing costs of running your own car, especially when doing 20k pplus per year.

I was just wondering what you guys have experienced in terms of delivery times for your cars.

I assume that it is the leather that is slowing the manufacture down.

Hi There, Newbie From The Midlands

08 July 2011 - 05:15 PM

Hi there,

Thought I would join this site as I am just embarking on the long wait for my new car...well, its not strictly my car because it's a company car. I had to finally opt into the company car scheme because my 325ti was costing too much money in repairs, insurance and tax. I try not to think about it's appetite for super unleaded too much, but doing 400 plus miles a week it was getting very expensive.

Any how, I have ordered a Fiesta Zetec S TDCi in frozen white with full leather, bluetooth, handsfree and interior pack I. The leather has lead to rather long wait though - estimated delivery is 30th September which is a bit of a bummer because I'm pretty excited about getting it even though it is not strictly my car. The other downside is that I am stuck with a poverty spec Clio pool car until its arrival!

I drove one a few weeks ago and was pretty impressed with the interior quality and way it drove. It wasn't fast by any stretch, but it handled really well. Small cars seem to have come on a long way since the other half bought her Corsa in 2005. The other thing that I liked is that did not sound too much like an oil burner from inside the cabin.

Anyway, that's enough from me.