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My Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci - To Maintain Or To Upgrade To A Mk3 Focus

25 March 2015 - 11:43 PM

Hi guys.


My current Ford Focus 1.6 TDCI has been working well for me for just over 2 years. It has over 108,000 miles on the clock and when I got it, it had 55,000 miles. It averages around 47-50mpg on my normal routes. 

It had a major service done today, which I was expecting. Cost €301. The car has only been serviced at Ford dealerships while in the uk and with me here. There has been a good few things that are up for repair/changing now:

1. Brake pads all around front and rear

2. Right rear swing bushes worn. Will probably need replacing for both sides

3. Timing belt

4. Water pump


Total cost of above will be over €1000.


As from July of this year, I will be averaging around 640 miles per week in the car. 


I am now face with a conumdrum: Repair the above, keep the car and it will keep on depreciating as now the miles are adding up or cut my loses, put €2-3k towards another car along with part exchanging the Focus. 


I was planning on keeping the car for another 2 years but with this sort of mileage I am currently doing, the car will be close to 160,000 miles by the time I try to trade it in, which would result in it losing a fair bit of value. 


Trying to find a Mk3 Focus for that budget but not getting a lot of results. Thinking of getting a broker to find me a nice clean UK car. Zetec S would be the ultimate goal but doubtful to get one within budget.


Would love to hear your thoughts and options.


Thanks  :)

Ford Focus Mk 2.5 - 2015 Upgrades

12 January 2015 - 11:39 PM

2015 upgrades planned for the car. Would love to hear your thoughts:


1. Upgraded disc pads from EBC Green stuff. If anyone has any experience with these, I would love the hear them. I decided I might as well get something better than the stock pads. Any other suggestions or alternatives?




2. Upgraded brake discs as my ones look a bit worn and have a lip at the edge. Thought about these as they are drilled and grooved. Alternatives to this one welcomed.




3. New battery as my current sound system is putting a strain on the stock battery of over 4 years and it's starting to take a little longer to star the car on cold mornings and I fear that the battery is on the way out.

Lenny suggested the Bosch S5 battery. My current ICE setup has 2 amps running and I would need a better battery than the current one to cope with the increased demand. 


4. Summer time, I will strip the car interior and apply Silent Coat sound deadedner and Dodo Mat sound barrier on the floor and boot area to further quieten the ride.


5. Timing belt and water pump due at next service.


6. Bisltein Eibach B12 Pro-Kit still on the cards at the tail end of this year.


7. If there's any funds left, planning on remapping the car and getting rid of the DPF since the car is at 103,500 miles and I fear the DPF as well might be on it's way out. 


8. Whiteline rear Anti Roll Bar - still debating the benefits of this one. 



Egr Blanking Plate Already Fitted?

16 September 2014 - 10:32 PM



So, I recently purchased an Egr blanking plate and today got the time to follow Lenny's guide and tried to fit it. After much twisting managed to get a good view where the plate is supposed to fit. Upon closer inspection, there seemed to be already a much thinner plate, with a ?lip - bit sticking out so you could hold it in place while fitting on it. I couldn't manage to get a picture of it in place.


My question is, what is the likelihood of an egr plate already fitted in my car given the fact that it's Uk model, was part of a fleet of cars and regularly serviced in the Uk by Ford only?


I also realised that I will definitely need help from someone mechanically minded to be able to fit the egr plate if required still. 

Irish Meet August 2014

09 August 2014 - 09:55 PM

Hi guys.


Just thinking if anyone living in Ireland (North and Republic) would be interested in a meet somewhere in the Republic of Ireland at the end of August. All members welcome. Would be nice to finally meet other members in person.


Thoughts, ideas and recommendations would be appreciated :)



How To Set Up A Car Sound System Properly?

26 July 2014 - 11:15 PM

Hi guys.


I finally completed the install of speakers, amps, subwoofer and sound deadening. Thread linked here:




Now I need to tune the whole system for it to sound the best to me. I know sound is totally subjective but would like to hear the different ways to tune the whole thing for it to sound as cohesive as it can be so as to extract the most of it. 


If anyone has any methods or pointers, I would love to hear it :)