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Near Miss!

24 March 2015 - 07:51 PM

So today, ended up driving on one of the most obscure, narrow, bumpy, and bendy country roads - not a vehicle in sight. (Stupid satnav!!!)


Anyway, lots of tight bends, so I kept my speed quite low & turned on my headlights for maximum visibility. Rounding one of the corners, a huge truck suddenly emerges from a tight corner, driving in the middle of the road at an unsafe speed (considering the road conditions & visibility).


In a split second slammed on the anchors and swerved into a small ditch, the ABS system grumbled, and I narrowly avoided a collision. Not bad for almost no sleep in the past few days, and having got on the roads at 5 this morning.




On a side note, I learnt that my mate was not so lucky over the weekend. He drives an Astra (yes I know!!) & got rear-ended today at a roundabout at a not so slow speed. Result: suffering from whiplash, and the car got totaled (6k repair quote).


Anyone have any near misses today? Or witness a near miss?






Best Route To Take?

20 March 2015 - 07:36 PM

So this week I will be making a trip from Godalming to Newbury (for a job interview). Since I don't want to be late, I will leave a bit early, however I am still worried of running into points/locations of potential gridlock.


For anyone that has experience with these areas, which of the two routes below are better? Or is there a better route than the two?


Possible options:


(1) via M3 + A339

(2) via A322 + M4


Alternatively, I could just take the train, if the chance of getting stuck in a traffic jam is too high. A friend suggested that I should just take the train and not bother. Any advice?




EDIT: It will be midweek, early in the morning, around 7:00 - 8:30.

Rust On Bodywork!

16 March 2015 - 03:49 PM

Hi all,


So when checking fluids today, I noticed some rust on the bodywork inside the engine bay. The photos of it are attached.


Has anyone had rust in a similar location? Also, is this a serious problem that requires urgent attention? 


I have searched through some old threads about rust on the Mk2/Mk2.5, and if this is a serious problem I might approach Ford and try to get a free repair.

Low Mpg - Fuel Brand??

13 March 2015 - 07:23 PM

Hi all,


So within the past week or two, I have been getting lower than usual MPG on my 1.6 petrol (non-TI-VCT duratec) Focus MK2.5.


Also I have noticed that when idling - the trip computer reads 0.3 gallons/hour most of the time, when the engine has warmed up. In the past, it has ALWAYS read 0.2 gallons/hour.


Usually it has always been Shell or Esso unleaded fuel for me, however my last tank was filled mostly with Sainsbury's fuel. So I don't know if its just my car, or whether the Sainsbury's fuel is subpar.


So my question is:


Does anyone have any MPG variations with a similar engine to mine, while using supermarket fuel vs. BP/Shell fuel? 

Will I Get A Fine??

03 March 2015 - 10:23 AM

Hi guys,


So was in quite a rush this morning. Popped out for a urgent 15 minute drive, and when I came back, found that the spot I left was taken. (I park on the street, with a residential parking permit from the council. Parking is almost impossible to find during certain hours of the day.)


I found only one empty spot upon returning, but there was this idiot Volvo estate driver, who had parked almost in the middle of a bay intended for two cars.  :censored:


As I was in a rush, I reversed into the spot, and parked my car there. As a result, my front wheels are now completely over the bay boundary.


Am I likely to get a ticket? Any chance of appeals if I do get a ticket? Kind of worried now...  :wacko:


I will be returning to the car in the afternoon (around 2PM).