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Phil 87

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Help With Changing Bulbs

13 September 2014 - 08:14 AM

I'm trying to change my bulbs today, so here's my first question, do both headlight units need to come off, and in the photo below does the part highlighted in red need to come off?

 

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And the little plastic scews / clips, what's the easiest way to get those off? I find I have to pull them up a bit before the screw will come out.

 

And I see the headlight units can be repositined slightly when they go back on, what did you guys do about that? I've marked where they are now so I think if I get them in the same position when they go back on that will be ok.


Dash Cams

08 September 2014 - 01:36 PM

I've been thinking of getting a dash cam but I'm not keen on the ones that are mounted to the windscreen and obscure your vision. Do any of you use dash cams and what setup would you recommend?

 

I saw another thread where someone hid a camera behind the rear view mirror, but I don't know if I can do that because the rain sensor is in the way. Unless I can get a tiny camera and attach it to the mirror somehow.


Fiesta Sts Around Leeds

02 September 2014 - 02:13 PM

I saw 2 red Fiesta STs on the way to work in Leeds this morning, one in front (63 reg) and one that followed me for a while (14 reg), it was almost a convoy but we ended up going different ways :). This was coming off the M1 at junction 45 and heading up the A63. The 63 reg one I see quite a lot, must go to work same time as me.

 

Also often see a blue ST going through Swillington. Are any of these you or someone you know? It would be good to see how many STs there are around Leeds.


Mountune Mp215 Review

30 August 2014 - 11:20 AM

I've had the MP215 upgrade for a week now so it's finally time for the review. Hopefully I can help some of you decide if it's worth the money. I had the upgrade done at my nearest Ford dealer and it cost £677 including fitting.
 
First let's talk about the performance. We all know that Mountune claim the MP215 gives an extra 15 PS and 30 Nm, so that's +7.5% power and +10% torque. I haven't had the car on a rolling road yet so I'll take their word for it, but as you might expect the difference is quite subtle. The extra torque in higher gears is what is most noticeable; 5th and 6th especially seem to pull a bit better. Also to me it feels more urgent, I don't know if that's because of better throttle response or less turbo lag, but in 3rd it seems to pick up more suddenly when I floor it. It's hard to be more specific without having a standard car to jump into and compare but it certainly feels a bit quicker.
 
Then there's my favoirite part, the sound. It's becoming addictive driving around with the windows down just to hear the turbo whoosh (or is that the intake?) and the hiss of the recirc valve, both of which seem more pronounced than on the standard car. It makes me want to get wind deflectors just so I can always hear the engine in all its glory. The problem is with the windows up there isn't a huge difference compared to the standard car, except the engine note sounds a bit deeper at very low revs. The noise from the Sound Symposer sounds more or less the same; it still sounds great but the whooshing and hissing sounds are much more muted, or inaudible. You'll sometimes be able to hear the turbo whine especially when flooring it in 4th, and sometimes there's a faint hiss from the recirc valve, but I wish the symposer could bring in more of the sound that can be heard from the outside. That's a minor issue though, and I know some of you might prefer to not be bombarded with loud engine noises when you're just trying to get home from work.
 
As for normal driving, it doesn't feel any different to me until I put my foot down. The remap doesn't seem to have had any unwanted effects, and the car is still just as easy to drive around town as any other Fiesta. And more good news, the economy doesn't seem to have suffered at all; I got 36 MPG (measured from filling up) over the whole week which is around my average, and this is with Shell V-Power. That was 300 miles of varying road types including at least 100 miles on the motorway.
 
The only thing that's missing is the yellow Mountune badge, which I've been told will take about 4 weeks to arrive. The car feels incomplete somehow without it, and I want other hot-hatch owners to see it and be jealous of my slightly faster car.
 
So now the question is, is this upgrade worth £600+? For me I think it is, especailly with the warranty. It just feels like this is how the standard car should be, and I know if this was a £600 option from the factory I would have taken it no question. For others it might not be worth it because of how subtle the difference in power is. For some reason I was expecting it to be a really noticeable difference, probably because everyone's been raving about it including the magazines. I think it's down to personal opinion in the end, and I'm not going to urge everyone to go and get this upgrade. Overall I'm happy with the MP215, and I hope I've been able to explain what it's like. It makes me want to drive the car even more often, and I guess that's the best endorsement I can give it.

Do I Need To Set The Clock Manually?

27 August 2014 - 08:31 AM

I've noticed my clock is a few minutes out, and up to now I assumed that it would automatically get the correct time from the satnav or when connected to my phone, is there any way to get it to update automatically like a standalone satnav would? Or does it have to be set manually, including daylight savings like most other cars?