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vibeone

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#435964 1600 Or 1800 Diesel

Posted by vibeone on 11 December 2014 - 04:38 PM

I ran a mk1.5 on original injector until I sold it at 145k - still without any issue.  I realise you'll always hear odd stories like this, but I agree its a beast of an engine - in every meaning of the word.  Looks like an old engine too once you find it under the common rail and other modern bits bolted on.

 

Agree it's not as refined, but theres something pleasing about driving it.  I went for 2.0 because it had the bits I required on it, plus 6 speed.  But given the choice of 1.6 or 1.8... I'd go 1.8 everytime.  If it had the 6 box, I'd probably not miss the 2.0!

 

One thing to add... on the mk1.5 there was 2 version - 115bhp and a 100.  Get the 115!




#402657 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by vibeone on 28 August 2014 - 06:09 PM

I noticed today when picking up a hire car for work that the Ford Galaxy (13 plate) is very similar inside to the mk2.5 focus...

Gear stick/nob the same
Oval radio same model
Dash screen also the same/similar

Hardware buttons for the dash are different and the menu differs partly, however the 'shift up' indicator is part of the display rather than a lamp.

I wondered if this was the same dash and whether the firmware is compatible.

Would take a brave sole to try and get it, and flash it (and I'm not offering!) but it this post is more to try and start a discussion as to whether the kit is the same, or my plan is a non-starter?


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#401896 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by vibeone on 26 August 2014 - 07:56 PM

Had a better experience todsy buying £5 of stuff.

Bloke said 'only £5? Nice' (clearance deal), and I said hopefully less shortly.

He then replied 'oh you have a discount card'. Then a bit of banter about no one knowing about them and he said it was the first card he had seen and asked how to use it!

I said he had to work the discount out himself and scan it as a coupon code which he did without fuss - and was very happy that it was an easy discount to add up!

So in summary: show them the barcode and tell them it's a coupon code.


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#401087 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by vibeone on 23 August 2014 - 10:12 PM

Sorry must have missed that.

No card doesn't need activating - really low tech.

Press coupon on the till, enter the value, scan or type in coupon number.

The coupon number I guess prevents halfords staff from discounting everything - there is at least a record of the coupon number which they know should give 15% off


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#401084 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by vibeone on 23 August 2014 - 09:31 PM

To be fair the halfords staff in my experience were happy enough to investigate and help sort it one way or another

There was a resignation that the card was probably valid, and as usual head office hadn't told anyone

I can't believe the guy above had to walk out without the discount - why didn't the store at least ring the number on the back of the card?! (Halfords business services I think)




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#400598 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by vibeone on 22 August 2014 - 02:13 PM

 

15% yeh? How in heavens name is 15% of £30 = £5.50 ???

 

Maths is something I love, I'd say I'm 'good' at it, but not great... I get that it's not everyone's cup of tea. But for crying out loud, if you're smart enough to work out 10% it's not hard to then half that to get your 5%.... Even with a calculator..

 

I mean of course I'm all for Halfords stuffing it up and giving everyone bigger discounts :D I just find it incredible...

 

,,,maybe I've just spent too much time playing around with maths..

 

There are 2 different 'incredibles'

 

1) I can't believe halfords have left this discount to be worked out by staff.  You have tills for that.  While its not exactly difficult - why not just auto-knock 15% off.

 

2) Unbelievable how people  can't work out 15%.  The rounding up to £30 isn't required - just move the decimal point to find 10%, half that figure and add it to the 10% figure.

 

Obviously this isn't a critisism of the deal or FOC, and its not really a critisism of halfords - thanks for the deal! But... just wow!




#400520 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by vibeone on 22 August 2014 - 08:17 AM

So I used my card yesterday...

 

Not a clue what it was - but that was also true of the trade cards back in the day.  Looked for it under Corporate --> Ford but couldn't find it so called a manager.  I mentioned I had read it was Coupon + number, and he looked at the card and said it was definitely a coupon code.

 

Working it out was interesting... the value was £28.68.  He rounded it up to £30 to work out £3 was 10% so the total discount was £5.50 (!!!!)

 

Great deal!




#399335 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by vibeone on 19 August 2014 - 08:17 AM

 

Mark, lately the cards/packs have been getting sent out in a once a week batch on a Friday, although this week I'm planning to send them out tomorrow so that people get them for the bank holiday  :)

 

Cheers James... They keep stuff for a week usually, so I'll perhaps give them a ring and say I'll get it at the weekend.  It's only £30 worth but £4.50 straight off the £16 :P

 

I can't emphasise enough how much of a no-brainer this is.  I know Halfords isn't the cheapest  sometimes but its available everywhere, open 7 days and you can pick stuff up without waiting... I'll spend over £100 in a year easily and that's without the other discounts.

 

Also, I do a lot of mountain biking, and halfords have started price matching (automatically online) evans cycles, chain reaction and all the rest on parts, accessories... everything really.  With 15% off the matched price it makes halfords a lot cheaper!




#399077 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by vibeone on 18 August 2014 - 06:31 PM

By the way are the cards still being sent out immediately?

No problem if not, but I have a reserve and collect held til next Monday. Wondering whether to wait and see or if there's no chance of it arriving, I'll just go collect.


#398879 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by vibeone on 18 August 2014 - 10:35 AM

I'm doing this now.  Shame there's not an online code as I'm about to buy!

 

Excellent deal.

 

Edit: Done!




#396430 Mk2.5 - Flywheel Hell - Same Old Story??

Posted by vibeone on 11 August 2014 - 01:42 PM

Well if you fancy quoting :P I'm not even joking - considering the costs involved, what's a trip to scotland gonna cost!

 

Just trying a specialist (ford warranty repair place) for a maybe half and half price.

 

Asked me whether I wanted genuine parts or not.  Any thoughts on either?




#326374 Dashcam Videos

Posted by vibeone on 27 January 2014 - 09:27 AM

So my focus is back on the road again, and 2 days later this happens

 

(Advanced warning: it's not that exciting, but it **** me up a bit!)

 

 

(jump to 20 seconds in)




#325731 So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

Posted by vibeone on 25 January 2014 - 03:51 PM

Oh it's working now! Weird

Yep got it back mid week and gave it a mental over the top wash, snow foam wash, wash again, dry, polish, wax!

By the way if you're in Yorkshire, links, humberside - check out MSM REFINISHERS in Winterton.


#319945 So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

Posted by vibeone on 10 January 2014 - 09:33 AM

I'm not sure any rear facing camera would capture a side impact very well personally.... though I accept it would be tough for my method to work - I guess the interior 'taxi cams' are too washed out.

 

Maybe this is the solution we're all after...

 

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#319943 So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

Posted by vibeone on 10 January 2014 - 09:16 AM

I think some common sense must be applied.  As people have said, sat navs are very similar - and yes, if you plonk your sat nav smack bang in front of you, you deserve to be pulled over.

 

I've been trying to find a pic on google of the mk2.5 rear mirror/rain sensor to show where the camera was located but not found anything suitable.  Technically though it doesn't attach to the windscreen so I may be ok anyway.  From a normal drivers position, you can barely see the camera as its hidden behind the rear mirror.

 

As for backward-facing  cameras, I've actually got one of the plate-light + camera reversing cameras, and could attach a recording unit to that, though the angle isn't the greatest obviously.

 

It's worth pointing out though that such a camera wouldn't have caught any more of the accident in my example.  The best camera would have been a rear facing from front screen camera (looking through the car) as a wide angle would potentially show the HGV impact.

 

As for phone cams... I messed about with similar apps.  They are great for some people, but I'm lazy, and no doubt would forget/not bother to put the cam up especially for short journeys.  I prefer set-and-forget.