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#504740 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 21 July 2015 - 09:23 AM

Cheers man. I forgot to ask it to be moved as it started as 3 different threads. Some useful information in here for anyone considering a sound system overhaul.

#504718 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 21 July 2015 - 08:24 AM

And IMHO, it's ugly and the shape was dictated by drag coefficient rather than what would make a good looking car :)

#504717 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 21 July 2015 - 08:23 AM

Toyota Prius
Has battery in the back,
Large boot space,
Rear wheel drive,
Whisper quiet when driven at speeds under 50mph
Cruise control,
Auto headlights,
Auto wipers,
All as standard and guaranteed over 50mpg


Thought the Prius was FWD? Or I'm I mistaken?


I don't think it would be any good on a motorway as it was designed for city driving. Noisy and not fuel efficient at motorway speeds, if and when it decides to reach 120km/h :P

#504682 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 20 July 2015 - 10:14 PM

If you fancy a rwd then the beemer IS the one to go for. It is possible to put 6.5"ers in the beemer. Just some metal removal needed and possibly a spacer. Battery in boot is brilliant for hifi installs. I'm remembering an old 3 series back in the 80's where it was ALL Alpine gear. 8x8" subs in the back firewall. Tweeters in the front air vents. Numerous amps and yes it won the sound off back then. I offered to swap my then audi quatro coupe turbo. He bottled it unfortunately. Go beemer. After all they are more fuel efficient than the mondy.


Good to know that 6.5" speakers is doable in the Bmw with some work. Battery in the boot is something I would be looking forward to such that there is no more long wires running from the front to the back of the car! 


The 3 series you are describing sounds sweet. I wouldn't mind an Audi Quattro turbo now these days as well lol. 


And yea, fuel efficiency is a must with the next car. It needs to do better than 50mpg. 

#504375 Dohboys St220 Wagon

Posted by Hassen on 20 July 2015 - 11:45 AM

Oh yea, I forgot to mention how the stopping power is much improved now with the braided line and the Mtec discs. Definitely worth it mate :)

#504360 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 20 July 2015 - 10:20 AM

You nailed it there James. My heart is saying keep it and my head is saying that it's time to move on. The automatics in the BMW make life so much easier along with cruise control for motorway driving. Plus, it can be overridden for enthusiatic driving :)


The biggest selling points for me for the BMW is the noise isolation, driving dynamics and relaxing motorway drive as a result. I don't really care about the badge or what it says about me. The drawbacks are a smaller boot compared to the Mondeo, higher running costs( tax, servicing) and the issue with transferring my current sound system which will need a few bits and bobs. Nothing major there and I just need to find one within budget, drive the Mondeo and the 320D back to back, and then make a decision :)

#504344 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 20 July 2015 - 09:35 AM

Thanks man. Not really a new new job as we move jobs within the HSE every 6 months. It's a new experience for me and I am looking forward to it as I didn't really like my previous posting. 


The Mondeo is still a definite maybe as well due to the hatchback boot being very practical. It would mean that I could get away from driving an estate car for another few years lol. I was thinking about the Titanium/Titanium X, 2L diesel, 160bhp. From reviews I read, it is refined, quiet on the motorways, has plenty of poke(albeit that I will probably remap it either way and gut the dpf) and has good driving dynamics for a FWD car. 


What is the main difference between the Titanium and the Titanium X for the MK4/4.5 Mondeo? The Mk4.5 has got really nice lines and looks very good on 18 inch rims. It's big without being too big, doesn't stand out which I like and is very practical with the hatchback boot. Plus, all of my sound system could be transferred over a weekend without too much hassle to the car. This is going to be a bit of an issue with the BMW as it uses 4 inch drivers for the speakers


#504336 Dohboys St220 Wagon

Posted by Hassen on 20 July 2015 - 09:06 AM

Another option in the same line as Lenny's are Mtec brakes, dimpled and grooved. Got them for my car along with the Goodrich braided line. The work well, look good and didn't break the bank. I also waited till my discs were on the way out before I upgraded them ☺

#504291 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 19 July 2015 - 11:11 PM

Just wanted to hear the thoughts of other members about this: I have switched jobs and will be moving houses around mid August. My commute will become a 200km return journey 4-5 days/week from the 80km that it is currently. The car at present has 116,000 miles/186,683.904 km on the clock. I will roughly put on 25,000 miles/40,233 km (work and social trips) over the next 6 months on the car. This means that I will have to service the car at least 2 more times with all the wear and tear that it will go through, which will need changing. I know that the shocks are on the way out and my other concern is that, on the motorway, the car is fairly noisy still. This will definitely annoy me on the journey to work everyday. At present there are not forseeable major repairs to be done. Timing belt, water pump, brake discs and brake pads are all done. Next service is at 120,000 miles. 


So, do I keep the car, bear with it's inherent flaws and take the depreciation hit or cut my losses and get a car of similar value with lesser mileage? Also, the other issue is that our family has now grown with a 2 boys aged 4 and 6 weeks. The boot of the Focus is starting to feel small and I don't think the next car will be a Focus. At the moment, I am very tempted to get a BMW 320D E90 if I can find one within budget. 

#501350 Dohboys St220 Wagon

Posted by Hassen on 08 July 2015 - 04:02 PM

I always love the way you subtlety modify the cars you own to great effect while retaining the originality.
At the recent car show in Terenure College in Dublin the past weekend, there was a silver version of your car and it was not as nice as your one ☺

#499404 Dohboys St220 Wagon

Posted by Hassen on 30 June 2015 - 01:49 PM

It's cool to have the little people drive in style :)

#498396 My Mk3.5 Titaniumx Focus ☺

Posted by Hassen on 25 June 2015 - 07:26 PM

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.

#498165 My Mk3.5 Titaniumx Focus ☺

Posted by Hassen on 24 June 2015 - 11:22 PM

Sweet looking ride. Very tidy and with the new infotainement system, it's a very well rounded package. How's the boot space in the new ones? Same as the Mk3? 

#496456 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Hassen on 18 June 2015 - 04:29 PM

P.s: Time to rename the thread :)

#493204 Suggestions For Sub

Posted by Hassen on 06 June 2015 - 10:28 PM

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 :)