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Member Since 14 Jun 2013
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Fuel Economy/engine Size

06 September 2013 - 08:21 PM

I currently drive a 53 reg Mondeo 1.8 petrol. I'm averaging about 30mpg.


I cover about 8000 miles a year. 1000 of that is a blast up to the Scottish highlands, all the rest is made up of picking the kids up from friends, driving to work in bad weather (3 mile stop start commute), and nipping to Asda (1 1/2 miles).


I'm looking to get something newer, and more economical. I'm tempted by a Focus or a Focus C-Max, and have a budget of about £5k.


Most people I've spoken to say diesels don't like constant short journeys, and buying older diesels is a bad idea as they get expensive to maintain, compared to older petrol models.


Looking at the figures mentioned on Autotrader, petrol cars almost always do about 30 - 32 mpg. I've looked at the Focus 1.6 (32.5)  Focus 1.4 (32.5) C-Max 1.6 (31.7) and even a Fiesta 1.2 (34.2).


The main reason for the change is economy. Am I really about to spend 5 grand to get a smaller car that will only save me about £100 a year? Or does anyone reckon that they average better mileage than that?


6000Cd Stereo Gone Silent

14 June 2013 - 10:11 PM

I've got an 03 Mondeo with a standard fit 6000CD stereo.

Dimwit that I am, I managed to leave the keys in the ignition overnight, with power on. oops.gif Not surprisingly I flattened the battery. I disconnected it, charged it for a few hours, then reconnected, and managed to get the engine fired up.

I put in the radio's code, and it switched on ok - but has no sound. It is spinning disks, apparently reading them fine, the radio tunes in ok, but still no sound. If I turn it up to 30 (max) and stick my head next to the speakers, I can just hear sound - so it is playing the disk.

Does anyone have any idea what is wrong, and how I can fix it? I'm off up to Scotland in a couple of weeks, and a 14 hour drive with no music is not a nice proposition!

Many thanks!