Sadly the reduced boot space is tempting me away from the next upgrade being a MK3.5 to a Mondeo Titanium X Sport. The more I look at the Mondeo, the more it looks like a good fit for our growing family.
Great to hear you like the JL Audio sub and enclosure combination. It's a big difference I reckon from your 12" subwoofer. I was in a similar situation and I still smile everytime the new sub kicks in. Enjoy
If planning to spend at Halfords,
I recommend signing up to premium membership on the forum here to receive a 10% lifetime Halfords discount card,
Use it every time you go, helps alot
10% off all automotive
15% off all bike
Thought it was 15% off anything and 10% off bikes?
I had a very similar experience recently and mine was for swing arm bushes, timing belt, water pump and front brake pads, rear brake shoes from my local Ford dealership. After getting the quote, for the first time, I switched and got my car booked at the local indie garage. Their quote was about 1/3 of the price and used good quality parts. Since then, I have returned to the local indie garage for further aftermarket parts fitment and would trust him with my car.
I have to say though that my local Ford dealership have been very good to me over the last 2 years and the level of service is exceptional. Recently, I had been having issues with a tyre losing air and the car went back to them a few times, where it was fixed for free as that's part of the deal servicing the car with them. They fix a puncture for free if it happens in between services. Plus, with the Ford Motorcraft deal, the service cost €129, which is decent when considering. I still will bring the car there for the service but due to the cost of parts/labour, will get repairs done by the local indie garage.
Clean the area well with white spirits, use a roller to apply and wear gloves as the metal bits are razor sharp. Take your time and don't rush it as it will stay there for a long time. Plenty of Youtube videos available to get an idea on how to apply the product. Have fun
You will definitely hear the difference as mine is a diesel too. At present, I can barely hear the engine unless under load. Cruising on the motorway the 2 types of noise are mainly wind and road noise from tyres. Hoping that the combination of Silent Coat and Dodo Mat on the floor will cause a significant drop in noise levels and increase comfort.
Just wanted to share my own experience. Last year I did my sound system upgrade over the course of months and I used Silent Coat on my doors, bonnet and boot.
Here are a few pictures:
With the amount of Silent Coat I used, the noise on motorways and national roads(100-120km/h) has decreased by about 5-7Db (measured with the phone app). The car feels more solid and quieter but it's not BMW/Mercedes level of refinement...yet. I am planning to add more Silent Coat on the floorpan along with a Mass Loaded Vinyl/Closed Cell Foam layer branded Dodo Mat. I used nearly 2 packs of Silent Coat so far and plan to buy another one(24 sheets) to put on the floor pan during the summertime.
I would highly recommend the Silent Coat if you are looking to reduce vibration. For airborne noise, Mass Loaded Vinyl decoupled with a Closed Cell Foam layer is what would work best from the research I have done so far. I have no experience with the flash tape but some people have had good results with it.
So today after a bit of delay due to me only ordering 1 drop link rather than 1 pair from Micks Garage, I got the rear anti-roll bar fitted at Whites Garage in Tullamore who had previously done the timing belt, water pump and rear swing arm bushes. They had been cheaper than the Ford dealership and the quality of work was excellent.
Here are a few pictures of it all:
1. Whiteline BMR78 22mm non-adjustable rear anti-roll bar bought from Demon Tweeks.
2. Meyle Stabiliser Links 7160600015 bought from Mick's Garage
The results from the new parts is that the car barely rolls in corners and turns in much sharper. I was quite taken aback on how much it has reduced the roll going round the round about. Today it was raining pretty bad and you can feel the rear of the car much more planted. All of this is subjective, but I think it was worth the upgrade. Also, an unforeseen welcomed side effect was that the noise coming out of the rear of the car while driving has reduced such that it is noticeable. Will update with more feedback over the next week when I give it a good running in