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Intermittent Starting Troubles

16 November 2015 - 09:39 PM

Hi all,


My 59 plate 1.6 petrol (auto) has difficulty starting every once in a while. It ticks, but does not crank. When this happens, you have to retry & turn the key twice or three times.


Any ideas on what it could be? Battery? Starter motor? Alternator? I'm tempted to replace the battery (still on original battery), but don't want to waste £££ if it's not the cause.



Ford Servicing Prices

19 October 2015 - 04:56 PM

Hi all,


It is that time of the year again - time for the annual service. Been quoted £249 for a minor (motorcraft) service + MOT + brakefluid replacement. Is this a reasonable price for a Ford dealer (or in general), or have people had it done at a dealer for much cheaper?


Thanks :)


EDIT: Any recommendations for dealers/garages that offer a good service in the Berkshire area would also be appreciated.

The Dreaded Corsa...

02 September 2015 - 07:46 AM

Has returned as a police vehicle  :rolleyes:




The way the budget cuts are going, soon officers might have to stick their heads out the window, and resort to shouting "NEE NAW, NEE NAW!"

Help - Scratch Removal!

10 August 2015 - 12:36 PM

Hi all,


Was at Tesco's this morning, and slightly misjudged the length of the Focus bonnet (quite long for a hatchback tbh) - ended up touching the bumper against a brick wall, leaving the scratches in the picture below. I now feel like punching myself, hard.


I know places like Halfords sell 3 piece paint repair kits for approx 15 quid, but these seem to take a long time to apply (waiting 24 hours in between layers) - and I don't even have a garage, so don't exactly fancy doing any long DIY jobs on the side of the road.


Apparently Ford sell a 'pen' that can be used to touch up small scratches. If it's quick to fix, and suitable for the damage I have, I might get one. Any other ideas on the most convenient way of repairing the damage??




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New Car Ideas...

02 August 2015 - 07:23 PM

Hi all,


So unfortunately due to an ongoing family dispute, I may be parting with my Mk2.5 Focus, and buying a new car. My main requirements are that the car must be < £9k, petrol, automatic, safe (i.e. crashworthy), reliable, roughly the size of a Focus (i.e. medium sized), and cheap to run. So obviously no german marques.


I like the Mk3 Focus, except the DCT (Powershift) transmission isn't that reliable, so that rules that out. These cars don't come with factory warranty too, as far as I am aware - not that Ford's warranty is anything to brag about.  :rolleyes:


So sorry if I upset anyone in saying this, but it's looking unlikely that my next car will be a Ford.  <_<Hopefully in the future I might find myself in a Mustang, but that isn't looking too likely right now, unless I win the lottery.


Currently, my primary candidate is a 2013, used Toyota Auris. These generally have warranty till 2018, which is excellent. They also get great MPG, are safe, and will obviously be bomb-proof due to it being a Toyota.


Any opinions/advice?