I have the same scepticism as above, but for slightly different reasons.
Hi thanks for your reply, i know i’m a bit late on the answer but I don’t check the email i used for this account that much.
I do agree on many of your points as they are quite similar to the thoughts I had myself. But some of the things you mention should not be a problem.
Wheels, actually the standard tire on my model was a 215/60-16 and today the 163 hp engine do sell with the 205/55-16 tire. But besides this I run 18” in the summer so that should not be a concern except for the fact that I need to get tires with a higher speed grade for my winter tires.
8 valves, this is not an issue my engine is 16 valve. It was only the 1,8 tdci that was 8 valve (at least when I bought mine)
Intercooler, as far as I know I have a intercooler on my car, but I agree it might be smaller than the one on the 163 hp edition.
Turbo I do agree that this might be one of the ways ford could have saved some money by fitting a smaller turbo. Unfortunately I cannot find any sites selling original turbo or intercoolers so I cannot do a check on those parts.
I have compared other parts such as suspension, brakes etc and most of them seems to be identical on all 2.0 TDCI’s
FOCA>>I it would be nice if it was actually true but I would tend to believe that the 140 hp version is the standard as the 163 version was introduced later.