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Decision Time

05 July 2014 - 10:52 PM

Hi all

Purchased a 2001 Fiesta with 71k on the clock about a year ago for £650. Bought for daily drive taking daughter to school and driving to work. About 13 miles a day with the odd jaunt at the weekend. Main car is a 2009 focus which the wife uses (I must really love her)!

Fiesta has been ultra reliable starting first time every day. Bought 4 new tyres a few months after buying for about £150. Over the year a few things have happened. Wing mirror fell off after I scraped a pillar and is now held on by tape. Rear wiper has stopped working.

MOT today failed as we expected all down to rust. Garage has advised £300 to rectify in addition to £250 for a new clutch due to very high bite and also slipping over the last 3 months.

The decision is should I go ahead and get the work done or look to buy a new car for another circa £650?

My concern is the Fiesta is clearly mechanically reliable but the bodywork is failing. If I get the work done I an confident it will last for another 12 months. If I buy another car at that price it might not be so reliable.

Decisions decisions....

Radio Issue

04 October 2013 - 09:02 PM

Hi all

My wife turned the car on and the radio asked for a code. Being the buffoon that she is she put the wrong code on 3 times so now we need to wait 30 minutes with the engine on before I can put the right code in.

Is it a common problem that the radio suddenly needs the code inputting? I'm guessing it is an electric issue.

Air Conditioning Service?

14 August 2013 - 10:16 AM

Hi all


My car is approaching 4 years old and has 20,000 on the clock. Whilst the air from the air con is still cold it doesn't seem as cold as it used to be. The car did have a major service in March and the air con was given a green rating not suggesting any issues.


How often would you guys recommend having a service and re-gas of the air con system?

Tyre Advice

13 August 2013 - 07:26 AM

Hi all,

My 2009 Focus is fitted with Michelin Primacy HP tyres. The fronts need changing and I've gone for some Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance.

However I have read that the HPs are run flat tyres and I shouldn't mix them with non run flats.

The rears have plenty of grip left and I don't want to change them yet.

Can anyone let me know if the Goodyears will be fine?