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#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.




#319372 So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

Posted by vibeone on 08 January 2014 - 05:10 PM

I think once the I get the car back, I may post it.  Aviva haven't told me not to, and I had to post it publically for them to download it.  I'm just being over-cautious really.

 

It's a good video though, so I'll definitely be posting it, and going on and on and on and on about dash cams no doubt.

 

Other than a few aches and pains I got away with a HGV motorway crash, and that doesn't happen very often I guess.

 

Agree re:blindspots.  It's so common now, the mirrors etc should be made law.

 

Just me in the car - though my girlfriend is not far ahead and saw it happen in the rear view mirror - think she suffered as much as me to be honest!