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#525751 Diesels

Posted by 1979Damian on 23 September 2015 - 12:52 PM

VWs problems don't really affect the UK, it's to do with the lower NOx levels allowed in the US. They're basically allowing more NOx on the road than on the test rig - but that's irrelevant for anyone blocking the EGR anyway lol.

Personally I think diesels have had their day for private cars, I wouldn't be buying one new. With all the potential faults and the fact that the economy is worse than 10 years ago due to the emissions rubbish is making them non financially economical. In 2017 tax will be a standard price as well, so cheap tax is no longer a diesel benefit.

You will still need diesel commercially though...

I agree to a point but some modern diesels deliver an excellent balance of economy & performance.


I've been driving a diesel ST-2 for the last week & when driven sensibly it's been returning 49 MPG (confirmed at the pumps) but can still deliver performance (with an economy hit) if I decide to drive it like i stole it :driving:


I accept some diesel engines, especially some of the lower output units are a waste of time considering the hassles involved.


On a more depressing note my 7 day test drive is coming to an end tomorrow so this is what I'll feel like tomorrow once the car's been collected!  :lamo:

#518683 Focus Mk2 1.8 Or 2.0 Tdci

Posted by 1979Damian on 02 September 2015 - 08:45 PM

The 1.8 is pretty much bombproof.
Only things I ever needed doing to my old 1.8 was a new intercooler hose (very common) and ensuring I changed the fuel filter on every service (dirty filter can cause fuel pressure warnings and a limp mode).
The 1.8 is indeed a bit less refined but has excellent torque and cruises well on motorways.

Funnily enough I had to replace my intercooler hose last year due to the infamous hairline crack, a £35 silicon part ensured it'll never happen again.  The fuel filter change is a bit of a pain in the !Removed! though, not just seating the seal correctly but bleeding it as well.

#506584 Rear Drop Links Query

Posted by 1979Damian on 27 July 2015 - 12:45 PM

This will be an interesting conversation with the garage!

#470602 Help My Car Has The Red Gear With The !

Posted by 1979Damian on 28 March 2015 - 09:18 AM

The snowflake doesn't have a ! in the middle of it,its just a snowflake which as you rightly say changes colour.


Ah, I missed the ! part in the original post

#463604 What Mk And Oil?

Posted by 1979Damian on 10 March 2015 - 01:17 PM

The Ford brand oil is made by Castrol & you can often get good deals on it on ebay etc.  Usually a good bit cheaper than the other big name brands.

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#458904 Focus 1.6Tdci Display/stop Start Issue

Posted by 1979Damian on 26 February 2015 - 02:18 PM

I'd go for either a battery/alternator issue which is causing an inadequate power supply to the electrical systems.  I'd also check the earth straps are all secured properly as a dodgy earth can cause car electrics to go mental as can a simply loose wire/bad connection.

#456653 Bonnet Open, Erratic Rear Wiper And No Blower!

Posted by 1979Damian on 20 February 2015 - 10:53 AM

I've never had anything like that happen on mine in the 3 years I've had it.  I does sound like moisture has got somewhere it shouldn't, especially if you are confident the battery is solid.  You might want to check the earth straps as well, a loose 1 can cause havoc with the electrics.

#453094 Thinking Of Buying A Focus, Your Thoughts?

Posted by 1979Damian on 09 February 2015 - 08:04 PM



Im not sure if this is still current. but my turbo is fine. and its driven hard.



It wasn't the driving one that was the problem, it was the oil return which was too narrow & unless the oil was kept spotless had a nasty habit of clogging up.  One of my mates has a 1.6TDCI & hasn't had any turbo/engine issues (he does a full oil change every 6 months to make sure).  It's a shame really because the 1.6 has similar power output to the 1.8 but is smoother/quieter in use.

#452958 Thinking Of Buying A Focus, Your Thoughts?

Posted by 1979Damian on 09 February 2015 - 02:44 PM

The 1.6TDCI as mentioned is rather infamous for starving the turbo of oil & the turbo then going bang.  The 1.8TDCI is an older Ford design with the modern bits (common rail injection) added on top, enjoy block is cast not aluminium so the engine itself is pretty bulletproof, a bit rattly compared to the more modern designs).  2.0TDCI is a modern design without the drawbacks of the 1.6, is generally solid & it's more the general DMF stuff that applies to all diesels.


I've got the 1.8TDCI & I'm happy with it (I'd swap it for for a 6 speed 2.0 TDCI though!) lol

#160002 Mk2 Focus 1.8 Tdci Ghia/zetec Climate (Buying Advice)

Posted by 1979Damian on 07 January 2012 - 10:24 PM

Cheers chaps.

I've spent 3-4 hours every night for the last fortnight looking for a good 1.....SUCCESS

I'm now the VERY proud owner of a MK2 Focus 1.8 TDCi Ghia (4 door) (05) in silver, 3700, full FORD service history, 83,000 on the clock, the old guy who bought it from new even put Ford mudflaps on it stop gravel/pebbles stripping the paint at the front of the sills.

I've driven plenty of current gen Focus & Mondeo's @ work, always wanted one but didn't think I'd be able to drop on one so soon.

The missus likes it but is already complaining that 'it's too !Removed! big', lol :rolleyes:

Got a few touch ups on the front to do from stone chips, they even gave me the colour matched Ford paint, lol.

Oh & just to top things off the finance company initially thoguh it was a Mk1 so ballzd up the credit agreement, the dealer had to redo the HPI & I spotted the finance company valued it at 5,200 retail. Not that I plan on selling it anytime soon.

Just got to get around to contacting the Ford auth. dealer who did the servicing to see what jobs (if any) in terms of the biggies have been done yet.

56MPG on the motorway doing a steady 70MPG on the way home & 44MPG urban, fingers crossed its a solid as it seems.