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Phil 87

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#421312 Mk7.5 Bulb Help

Posted by Phil 87 on Yesterday, 07:29 AM

Yes they pull straight out but can be quite stiff. It's best to let them cool down for a while first because they get very hot, but apart from that there's no problem pulling them out when they're on.

#420698 Uk Winter 2014/15

Posted by Phil 87 on 19 October 2014 - 11:12 AM

This video not only shows the yawning gap in snow performance with winter tyres over summer tyres but also shows the difference in the rain below +7C.


Thanks for sharing that, I didn't know the difference was quite so huge. I think the thing that stood out for me was the braking test on snow from 30 mph, at the point the car with winter tyres had stopped, the one with summer tyres was still doing 25 mph  :o


I think I'll seriously think of getting winter tyres fitted once temps fall into single figures. Better go look at some prices. Does anyone know if some particular winter tyres are known to be better than others?

#420625 Uk Winter 2014/15

Posted by Phil 87 on 19 October 2014 - 07:50 AM

Driving in snow stopped being fun when front wheel drive cars became the norm!

Not that I ever did anything I shouldn't do anywhere I shouldn't have been doing it........honest! ;)


I've only ever had FWD cars but certainly had some fun in the snow. A couple of times turning right into a road at what I thought was a safe speed (one time barely moving at all), suddenly noticing the car doesn't want to steer, and after a brief moment of panic it regains grip again lol.



My old BMW (all three of them) were absolute crap in snow. The one that had traction control was the worst, had to switch it off to get anywhere!


Yeah my dad had a 3 series and had to borrow my old MK6 Fiesta for work when it snowed lol.

#420621 My Fiesta Mk7 St3 Panther Black

Posted by Phil 87 on 19 October 2014 - 07:44 AM

Looking good, I'm just glad mine's blue so I don't have to bother changing the standard blue badges :P

#420620 Mother Chuffing Corsa!

Posted by Phil 87 on 19 October 2014 - 07:43 AM

My dad did the RoSPA course when he was a driving instructor.

Does teach you a lot about reading the road ahead, little things like looking for phone lines and the direction of hedges so you can gauge where the road is going, and obviously a lot more.

I might do one of the advanced driving courses in future, I definitely think that some sort of pass plus at a minimum should be required for new drivers. There is so much that it is not taught before being given your licence and getting in your rust bucket corsa...


I'm also thinking of doing the Rospa course soon, I even joined their local group about a year ago and went to a few meetings. I was all ready to get assessed and start training when I decided to order the ST, and thought I'd put it off til I have the new car and am used to it, but just kept putting it off because this car makes me want to drive in ways that Rospa might not agree with lol.


I need to get the training started really, everyone I've spoken to says it's well worth it, including my dad who did the IAM course a long time ago. It seems unfair that insurance companies don't usually offer reductions for advanced drivers though. What was the statistic they mention, something like 35% less likely to be involved in an accident? Surely that deserves a reduction in insurance costs, then more people would get the training too.

#420161 Uk Winter 2014/15

Posted by Phil 87 on 17 October 2014 - 01:42 PM

It's all about driving without throttle to get moving, and light throttle when you do.


I find setting off in 2nd works quite well, and then changing up as soon as possible. One time my dad and I cleared away some snow  just outside his house so we could build up some momentum to get up the hill :)

#419195 Do You Trust Leaving Your Car At A Garage?

Posted by Phil 87 on 14 October 2014 - 12:53 PM

Sadly we can't get dash-cam installed from day one room taking the keys so it's a trust basis.


Yeah it's a shame you can't get a dashcam as an optional extra, maybe you can in some cars but I don't know. I think car manufacturers are missing a trick here, they could build in a dashcam equivalent to a Mobius or other cheap camera very cheaply and charge something silly like £300 for it, and people would pay it.

#418843 People's Preferences For Headlight Bulbs Fiesta St180

Posted by Phil 87 on 13 October 2014 - 10:54 AM

Does anyone know if the W5W bulbs that come with the Crystal Visions are sold seperately? I used them for the number plate and they look good, almost as white as LEDs, so I might try them as interior bulbs if I can find them.


They probably aren't road legal but I've decided I don't care about that any more :P. I'm sure there are loads of Audis, Mercs etc driving around with white number plate bulbs.

#417286 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by Phil 87 on 07 October 2014 - 09:17 PM

Yeah I'll have to try something like that, but at the moment I'm a bit reluctant to pull any trim off until I know exactly how I'm going to do it. Still need to try out that hidden USB port and see if that's the best place to connect it.

#416074 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by Phil 87 on 03 October 2014 - 06:58 PM

Phil the St sounds amazing, me wants.


Yeah the Mobius picks up the noise from the Symposer really well, it seems to have a decent microphone :). Overtaking that lorry just after the start of the vid, that was full throttle in 5th, just couldn't resist lol.

#416053 New Fiesta Titanium Or Titanium X - A Couple Of Questions

Posted by Phil 87 on 03 October 2014 - 06:10 PM

My next fiesta (when It arrives) doesn't have any of that stuff either because I didn't want any of it. Reverse sensors would drive me banana's & I don't like the idea of keyless entry & push button start (heard about a brand new ST that had a very temperamental push start button).


Yeah I know what you mean, the parking sensors seem to be a real love or hate kind of thing, I love mine though, same with the keyless entry/start, and luckily my start button works :)

#416052 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by Phil 87 on 03 October 2014 - 06:06 PM

Here's a daytime video, well early morning at least. Not much bad driving except an Audi cuts me up just after 3 mins. Feel free to criticize my driving though :P




The mobius can lock files using one of the buttons while recording.  I think the newer firmware automatically locks the previous file if you are close to the beggining of a new file, or the next one if you are close to the end which sounds like a good idea.  I haven't tried this as I haven't updated my firmware but with 4 hours recording time I think I would have time to copy the files I need before they get overwritten anyway.


Thanks for the correction :)



The stuttery frame in dark scenes is fixed in the most recent firmware (thankfully!). I don't have mine recording audio because who wants to listen to my music (and me occasionally having a conversation with myself?)


That's great, thanks for letting me know. I'll get the firmware updated and try it in the dark again. And the audio could be useful if someone crashes into you (you might hear tyres squeeling off screen etc).



The average USB lead uses 4 connections where a power usage only uses 2 of the 4. This is how the camera knows the difference between 12v and pc


I just found out there are cables that can solve this problem such as this: http://www.amazon.co...able power only


Basically it only connects the power, so whatever the Mobius is connected to it will record. It's just a problem if you want to use the same cable to get videos off it. I still need to try that hidden USB port on the Sync module, so we'll see if it activates the auto record.


Edit: I especially like this part of the description: "Will not put your device into 'data transfer' mode when connected to a computer, acting as a 'USB Condom' to prevent data theft / viruses when charging from an unknown USB socket" lol.

#415891 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by Phil 87 on 03 October 2014 - 08:03 AM

I'm surprised the Mobius doesn't have a g sensor!


I assume it doesn't anyway. It's not designed primarily as a dashcam but certainly does the job well. From a couple of dash cam reviews I saw on Youtube, G sensors can be a bit unreliable, being activated by harsh bumps etc. I mean if someone rolls back into you that would probably be less of a jolt than going over a pothole, so it's probably not the most reliable way to detect a collision.

#415769 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by Phil 87 on 02 October 2014 - 07:38 PM

Here is the sd card bought and tested in a mobius by Ben.

Buying the same card elsewhere may produce different results sadly so here is the link


That looks identical to the one I just took out of my phone and tried in the Mobius, and it seems ok. I'll have to wait til tomorrow to try it while driving but just did a quick test and it seems to no longer make those buzzing noises I mentioned. Any other issues and I'll try updating the firmware.


I've had an idea about what to do if you're in an accident and catch it on film, what I'd do is take the camera off the windscreen and continue filming while I get the details of the other car and argue with the idiot that drove into me lol. That's a good reason to just use the standard battery instead of the capacitor, but with the auto recording you would have to remember to turn the camera back on again after disconnecting it (I have mine set to auto record when either the cable is connected or power button is pressed).

#415661 Tax Disc No More

Posted by Phil 87 on 02 October 2014 - 02:50 PM

Just taken mine off...not sure what to do with this now though?


I had the same one except in red. It got scrunched up and binned :P



Stick it back in the window, the message hasn't changed you just don't need to display it lol


Yeah I was thinking the same thing before I scrunched mine up, the message still works even without a tax disc in there.