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Hole Drilled In Grille Surround

25 March 2015 - 05:40 PM

Hi all,

Noticed something on my grille surround today (chrome part, mk2 Focus). Took a closer look and it seems someone has tried to drill a hole, almost dead centre below the Ford badge. Not sure why, surely too low to affect the bonnet lock etc. No other damage on the car! Attached File  WP_20150325_012.jpg   68.57KB   51 downloadsAttached File  WP_20150325_013.jpg   76.36KB   52 downloads

Whir/whine Which Stops When Clutch Pedal Depressed

02 September 2014 - 07:43 PM

Got our second hand Focus a few weeks ago now, but one of my annoying habits is hearing things like rumbles and rattles etc. Today I just noticed a slight noise which stops when I press the clutch pedal down. Noise stops about half way down. Best way to describe it is its a little like an electric motor, or a whir/whine.

No problems on gears, don't feel shudder, no knocks etc..

Any ideas on likely cause and if its anything I need to worry about?

1.6 Petrol, 2006 31k

Car Vacuum Recommendations

07 July 2014 - 02:48 PM

Hi all,

Really need to pick up a vacuum for the car. My two boys (1 and 2) can make a right mess with crumbs, etc.

Any recommendations? As the wife says I'm tight fisted- so looking for sub £30/40 vac.

I've got a plug socket at front door, so doesn't have to be a 12v. Was looking at the Halfords 12v which was recommended by Auto Express a few years ago, but reviews were very different -either it's great or it picks up nothing!

Buying Used Ford

08 June 2014 - 05:25 PM

Hi all,

I'm looking let go of my 53 plate Mondeo 2.0 TDCi for something a little younger and with less miles on the clock (it's approaching 200k).

I've had a look at some of the posts here and a buyers guide from auto express but would like some opinions. I've had Mk 2 Focus in the past but some of the things I've read are putting me of a bit.

Do the diesel engines really have the most reported problems? I'd be looking at a 2006/2007 example with average mileage. I've read that the DPF can need replaced at cost around that kind of mileage, and that the dual mass flywheel can go if the car has been used for short journeys. What's peoples experiences of this age of focus?

Are petrol models of that age less likely to suffer costly faults like that? And if so is it worth taking the hit on roads tax and choosing a 1.4 or 1.6 petrol instead?

Any thoughts or opinions welcomed.