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Member Since 27 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 26 2014 11:30 PM

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In Topic: Buying Used Ford

20 August 2014 - 08:14 PM

In the end, I found a 2006 Focus Ghia with 30,000 miles. Full service, full years MoT, and alloy refurb thrown in. Made the switch to the 1.6 petrol engine.

Should get it by end of week. First thing on the list is to swap out the walnut fascia for a nice silver one, and upgrade radio to oval using the excellent guide elsewhere on this site!

In Topic: Buying Used Ford

15 August 2014 - 09:38 PM

That's very true. I had a 1.6 tdci back in 06 and did around 20k a year motorway and had no problems. Loved it. Only positives, until it has a crash. That's why I went for one again last month.

I am unfortunately many miles from that dealer. I did call a Glasgow ford dealer about another 1.6 tdci 110, looked a cracker but wanted to see if the DPF had been renewed at 75k - guy didn't know what a DPF was, checked with a technician and said they only had them in the 1.8s! (I'd already checked etis so knew it had one) Also couldn't tell me if it had a service history or not!

In Topic: Buying Used Ford

14 August 2014 - 08:21 AM


Although we did focus on a 1.8 tdci, we ended up going for a 1.6 tdci which had good mileage, service history and was a 90bhp so didn't have a DPF. Car was spotless and ran great.

Had it little more than a month until it had a small bump and was written off as Cat D.

I'd got it serviced by ford not long before the accident and got hit with a big list of work required that came to £700, and that there wasn't much travel on clutch so that would need done too. Luckily I waited so I could shop around.

So back to square one. Still thinking about the 1.8 TDCi but the seemingly higher maintenance and repair costs of the diesels are putting me off a bit - I've seen many say petrols are cheaper to maintain.

In Topic: Car Vacuum Recommendations

14 August 2014 - 08:07 AM

Sometimes its unavoidable for us. But never anything that could stain. When I bought my first Focus my wife's wee sister spoiled a cherry smoothie over the back seat - had to bite my tongue on that one lol

Any way it's all academic now as my car got written off!

In Topic: Car Vacuum Recommendations

10 July 2014 - 06:25 PM

Cheers guys, found a handheld corded Hoover on eBay that looks like it will do the job for the big messes! Also got a 12v from Halfords for the wee on the go jobs. Best of both worlds hopefully!

Even if the boys aren't eating in the car they can still make crumbs appear somehow!