Well, I am pleasantly surprised to how much of difference this kit has made. Some nice turbo noises, but not only that the exhaust is noticeable louder to, as a neighbour noticed I had changed something yet they didn't know I was planning of fitting this..
!Removed! down with rain so haven't opened it up, but the torque increase is very noticeable, at low revs.
Expensive for if you think purely on the bhp gain, but overall I am happy
Oh and as for comparing top end speed and power against others for me is pointless. I brought my fiesta cuz I like how it looks I love the Orange colour, and more importantly how it handled! And now how it sounds lol. The Vxr and clio just arnt as fun!
It depends on the car though, or even the version of the ECU components / software. Some cars might be set up to log changes to the map, others might not. But even then the change could be detected, it just depends on how the dealer's equipment checks for any changes.
From having dealings on my last car the parking sensors failed the day after buying the car again from new.. Apparently they have to connect the car up and someone from ford's head Europe checks the data to approve repairs.
I'm currently with Admiral and I can say that they will try to charge you more for having an ST3 rather than a 2 so it's worth haggling. I asked about the mountune upgrade and they said it would add just £14 to my premium so give them a try
Just got one from them, and are actually quoting me the cheapest insurance i have ever had!
Just reading the fine print between the 3 different quotes. :-)
You can, but maybe not with ease.. If your deposit is too small you may end up having to pay another large sum in a years time. I just traded up a year early the car covered finance and put a small deposit towards my current one..
Options is just a form of credit.. Providing the car is worth more then the total finance which would include the final balloon payment then yes. The dealer pays ford then gives you anything left after.
Which cars were used in those tests? I saw a video where they tested different fuels with a Golf GTI, and they did see some significant power increases so I definitely believe these turbo engines can benefit from higher ron. I only use V-Power in my ST too.
As Darren said it won't harm the car, but you have hardly any control when coasting which I think is why it's illegal. Also if you let the car slow down in gear you save a bit of fuel because the engine is being pushed along so doesn't need any fuel.
Yeah it still amazes me how fast it warms up, I've barely driven 3 minutes up the road and it's up to temperature lol.
Edit: I've averaged about 36 mpg for the last 10 months, worked out each time I fill up.
Back in the day I had heavily tuned rover.. The guys running turbos at time had a group session to remap the engines. Was the golf vid a 5th gear thing? Plus there's guy in America that retuned a fiesta st to run 100ron.. Americans don't have it on there's and saw 5bhp gains. Smoking tyres on YouTube.
You right about the lack of control from coasting, not just braking but putting car back in gear. The Volvo system was automatic so would re-engage when needed.
Hmm I'd be very happy with 36average tbh.. But I honestly thought there was something amiss with mine to start with.
Edit forget to mention the rover boys 3 of my mates had custom ecus with switchable maps for 95ron and 102ron race fuel.
Had the 1ltr 100bhp for 2 yrs aircon on all year round.. Was always around 38-40mpg used only v-power from 26miles to 7500miles (except first tank which got 32mpg) mainly town and back road driving. Did have a month of longer motorway trips that saw 45mpg. (Edit that's 38-40mpg average for the 7500miles I had the car for.. Individual tanks between 36-48from memory)
My brother has the same car normal cheap fuel and only gets around 30-31mpg. Pretty much same trips as mine. Was just 6months newer then mine. (He never resets trip)
My dad also has one and see low to mid 40's on cheap fuel, but does lots more motorway miles then me. But pretty equal in yearly mileage. Again 6months newer then mine.. Again never had the trip reset.
I Recently changed to the st and now getting 33mpg and improving with every trip, only just filled up with v-power after running the dealer supplied tank dry.
(Still under 500miles on the clock) so think that's pretty good, on par with my first tank in the 1ltr
In comparison I think the 1ltr should do much better then it did.. Oh another thing, I tend to leave mine in lower gears for longer then my both my dad and brother.. Really think the ecoboost bennifits from some revs, plus should bennifit from v-power it's the highest Ron rated fuel out there, as it's a turbo and double knock sensor'd, and is mapped to run on it, just turns itself down for cheap stuff..
Just remember it will most likely take more then one tank to see the increase.
Been to rolling road tests that proved 3-8% increases in bhp by using 102ron fuels, over 95rons
I watched those and the videos on turbos and variable geometry turbos, very interesting . The stuff about exhaust manifold pressure kind of went over my head lol, but I can see how the twin scroll is designed to spool up faster at lower revs.
So it looks like a variable geometry turbo is best in terms of the overall boost, and the twin scroll reduces lag at the expense of high-RPM boost, is that correct?
Pretty much.. but what that video fails to mention is vgt are only really viable on desiels, as its crazy expensive to make vgt for petrol cars due to higher exhaust gas temps, which damages the vanes. Hence the use of conventional, twin scroll or sequential turbos (later being giving good spool times and higher rpm boost) being the main the stay on petrol engines. Porsche for example has used them, but £2,000+ (x2) for a replacement turbo.. not really a viable option in most consumer applications.