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Phil 87

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#518048 Spot The Poor Vauxhall!

Posted by Phil 87 on Yesterday, 06:56 AM

I saw what I thought was a new Corsa yesterday, with the most horrible alloy design I've ever seen. It had one spoke on each alloy coloured red. Also one of it's front DRLs didn't work even though it looked like it was almost new haha.

#517159 Hot Ecoboost Engine / Bonnet??? Zetec S

Posted by Phil 87 on 29 August 2015 - 02:35 PM

I suppose it would make sense for the bonnet of any car to get hot. A lot of the hot air from the engine will get trapped at the top of the engine bay, and the bonnet being metal will conduct a lot of that heat.

#517051 Mobius Dashcam (on 24/7)

Posted by Phil 87 on 29 August 2015 - 07:40 AM

Phil am sure if you had a protector and a piece of string with a weight at end you could find the angle of the cars windshield and say to home to reverse his design with this adjustment and in black lol


Yeah that's good idea, and I didn't think of mounting it to the windscreen, was just thinking I'd mount it to the plastic bit that covers the rain sensor. But on the windscreen might work too if the angle is right.

#516816 Focus Vs Fiesta!!

Posted by Phil 87 on 28 August 2015 - 11:46 AM

^ I don't really like diesels myself and haven't driven a Fiesta diesel so don't know what the engine is like. But I can say that the 1.6 petrol in the MK7 is a really nice smooth engine, so that's the one I'd go for if you want to enjoy driving the car. I'd go and test drive whichever cars you are considering anyway and see which engine you like best :)

#516743 Focus Vs Fiesta!!

Posted by Phil 87 on 28 August 2015 - 07:33 AM

You might be able to get a MK7 Fiesta Zetec S for not much more than your £5k budget, judging by my experience selling my MK7 Titanium 1.6 about 16 months ago. I struggled to get £6k for it selling privately and had to go to We Buy Any Car.


So over a year later I would think the prices will be even lower, and that was an 09 Fiesta with just under 30k miles on it. Going from a 1.4 with 80 bhp to a 1.6 with 120 was a big leap forward, not to mention that the MK7 is a much better car to drive in general.


Edit: I just had a quick look on Autotrader and there are loads of MK7 Zetec S around £5k, including some sold by dealers so you would get a warranty. There was even one just over 4k which had been modified, but that sort of thing might be a good idea because obviously you can change the mods to whatever you want.

#516617 Dashboard Rattle

Posted by Phil 87 on 27 August 2015 - 07:47 PM

Another update, I think it's finally fixed :D


They said it was the gear linkage cables if I remember correctly. They had the master mechanic investigating it with audio equipment to find exactly where the sound was coming from, and he repositioned something to do with the gear cables and lubricated them, also fixed a couple of other rattles while he was at it.


They only charged me £10 which was something to do with the insurance on the courtesy car, so overall a very good service. I took the ST for a spin on some local country roads to celebrate it being fixed haha, and haven't heard that horrible creaking noise. So (touch wood) that noise won't be bothering me any more.


Hopefully this will help anyone else who has a similar problem.

#516380 New Tyres

Posted by Phil 87 on 27 August 2015 - 09:29 AM

^ It's 205, not 215. The continentals are available in that size, but a lot of other tyres aren't. Last time I checked the Michelin Crossclimates don't come in that size which is a shame.

#516242 I Hate Courtesy Cars

Posted by Phil 87 on 26 August 2015 - 07:03 PM

It's just this ongoing problem with the creaking noise that I've complained about in several threads on here lol. It's been looked at 3 times so far by the local dealer, so now it's at a bigger dealer so hopefully they have a more "skilled" mechanic who can sort it.


I just took the the ecoboost for a drive on some country roads and I'm very impressed with the engine and the car overall. Even though it's only the 100ps engine it really has some pull if you use the gears properly. And the extra body roll compared to the ST only adds to the amusement lol, and means it has a really nice ride. I love that 3-cylinder sound as well, although most of the time it's so quiet you can barely hear it :)

#515909 I Hate Courtesy Cars

Posted by Phil 87 on 26 August 2015 - 08:03 AM

I was going to create a new thread after picking up a courtesy car this morning but found this one.


Actually I don't hate it at all, I think I've been quite lucky to get a 15 reg Fiesta Ecoboost (100PS). It has just less than 2000 miles on it and is very nice to drive. It's my first time driving the 1.0L so I was very happy when I walked up to it and found the Ecoboost badge on the back lol.


I'll take it for a proper "test drive" after work and give it a proper running in for them, but so far just driving through Leeds to work it was very impressive, doesn't feel down on power after getting out of the ST, which is usually the case with courtesy cars.

#515894 Where Do You Work? To Afford This :p

Posted by Phil 87 on 26 August 2015 - 07:54 AM

I could use somebody with a knowledge of chemistry.... Not for anything dodgy either which is always a selling point!


Sounds like someone's been watching Breaking Bad lol.

#515203 People Favourite Car Films

Posted by Phil 87 on 24 August 2015 - 09:11 AM

I'd have to say the first two Fast & Furious films because they are basically what got me into fast and modified cars (I was only 11 or 12 when the first one came out but didn't see it til a couple years later).


Plus Pixars Disney Cars :D


As long as you're not talking about the 2nd one lol, but the first one was great :)

#514513 Mobius Dashcam (on 24/7)

Posted by Phil 87 on 22 August 2015 - 12:01 PM

If you want to have your mobius in the car all the time I suggest you get a "super capacitor" for the mobius, it's an easy 1 minute switch and it replaces the battery. The lithium battery will get hot sitting in the car especially on a hot day and could expand/explode/stopworking. The capacitor will give the mobius enough power to shutdown safely without losing any footage.


The capacitor is a good idea if you don't want to have the camera recording from the battery while the car is parked, but I've had no problems with the battery so far even on the hottest days in summer. But obviously the capacitor will last for years without wearing out.


I don't think it's getting dangerously hot, because I would often touch the case of the camera after a drive in hot weather and it's not any hotter than the case of a laptop would get. The heatsink gets very hot but that just means it's doing its job.

#514299 Should Door Hinges Be Greased?

Posted by Phil 87 on 21 August 2015 - 02:45 PM

They are right, not on 1st service, but is on the 2nd and 4th etc. Hinges yes , check strap no


In that case I might just leave it unless they start creaking.

#513999 Fiesta St Loud Tapping Noise

Posted by Phil 87 on 20 August 2015 - 07:41 PM

That's good, so maybe the engines are designed to work properly with a little extra oil in them.

#513909 Fiesta St Loud Tapping Noise

Posted by Phil 87 on 20 August 2015 - 04:36 PM

^ It looks like it's saying only "GTDi" engines are overfilled, so I assume that means diesels. Or is that just a funny abbreviation and it's actually talking about the 1.5 and 1.6 litre Ecoboost engines?