Posted by Jake90087
on 18 December 2014 - 12:04 PM
One thing to add- for the central locking, just push the door handle into the door and it will lock them all. The drivers or passengers will activate the central locking this way. Also there is no issue with the gearbox. It's a common thing with the IB5 transaxle as there's no synchromesh on reverse.. Just select neural, lift the clutch, put the cluch in and go for reverse again. The steering on the fiesta is heavier than the Clio and hydraulically assisted, not electrically. Everything else is subective really. I prefer how the fez drives to a clio and driving them back to back the fiesta is a better handling car to me. Have an alignment done and check the tyre pressures also, that could be the reason for the tramlining.
Posted by Jake90087
on 06 December 2014 - 02:21 PM
Sounds good buddy. Everybody goes on about a N/A engine haha. What actualy is that?
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An N/A engine is naturally aspirated. As in the engine just sucks in air. Forced indiction would be like a Turbo, supercharger or both. With a forced induction engine they can be re-mapped easily to increase the boost from the turbo/supercharger, but Naturally aspirated engines can't.
M guess would be no as the adjustment switch is different between powerfold and non-powerfold mirrors. Plus they would need coding. One thing you can try is splicing the same coloured wired between the cars loom and the mirrors loom. They would most likely work and the extra two wires are only for the folding motor. However I have no experience with this and it may not be worth it. But it could be worth a shot!
Looks great! Lots to be done on these cars to help them. Not sure on the Zetec S bodykit on non Zetec S cars, but that's just me. A rear spoiler looks good though! Also I'm sure you know as a mk3 owner but clean out the rear arches, it helps stop the rust forming then rusting through. A set of vented discs that come on the 1.25's also will help on braking at high speeds.
This would be a big help for you pal, since it's all done on a mk 5 finesse it will work on yours! Then you can whack some miles on it to keep them off of the mk 3. You could keep the mk 3 on a classic car policy if funds allow then keep driving it on nice days?
As an owner and somebody who's done a lot of looking look for these:
Make sure it has been services every 10,000 miles and has had a cambelt done. Expensive job to to and it will kill your engine if it breaks.
Check for rust. Top of the arches isn't too serious, and affects a lot of cars. However check the sills, they can go and will cause it to fail an MOT.
Start the engine and listen to it from cold also, they're a bit clattery when cold, should be quiet when warm.
When in neutral lift the clutch too. Check how low it bites to see how good condition it is in, but also listen for a whine when it's up. This is the release/thrust bearing. They get noisy but make sure there's no big rattle when at low revs pulling in gear.
Check for any overheat or anything like that, and make sure the heater works and any other electrical items. The rear wipers can break due to the ground not working also.
Check for leaks around the sunroof (if it has one), and in the boot. This means slight rust around the bolt that lowers the spare wheel if water has gotten in there... Also with a smell. My back doors used to let water in since they were used so little, also.
Finally check the tyres on it. See how they're worn, if it's even and the brand. If they're all different no name tyres the car wasn't loved very much, and can have had a hard life meaning possible issues down the line.
Finally, take a look at the the overall condition and any more signs of a careless, abusive owner such as kerbed wheels, and bits that are broken and parking dents and such.
Good luck! The MK4 and 5 fiestas are great cars, handle well and the 16 valve engines love to rev.
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EDIT: As mentioned, it should has 2 keys. If not they're a lot to replace. And people that cut the parcel shelf up to install speakers doesn't sound like little lady owner who treated it like a member of the family.