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#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 :)


#493060 Suggestions For Sub

Posted by Hassen on 06 June 2015 - 03:51 PM

Sound deadening with something like Silent Coat would help.

#491666 Suggestions For Sub

Posted by Hassen on 01 June 2015 - 05:40 PM

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? :)

#490891 Timing Belt Expense

Posted by Hassen on 29 May 2015 - 11:26 PM

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.  

#488654 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 22 May 2015 - 11:10 PM

That's adorable! You are lucky he didn't go for a joyride :P

#487772 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2015 - 11:37 PM

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 :)

#487743 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2015 - 09:21 PM

Thanks. Leant something new today :)

I'm hoping to achieve that German feel this summer once the rest of the project is completed with more sound deadening. Can't wait for it :)

#487580 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2015 - 02:31 PM

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.