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#520417 Diesel

Posted by Vendee on 08 September 2015 - 01:28 PM

It's not a new car...someone has probably been filling it with the cheapest ASDA diesel they could find for the first 46,000 miles of it's life. I don't keep cars long enough to worry about longevity anyway, a year is usually my limit though I am aiming to keep this another year tbf...


Don't worry. I've had my Focus from new and I'd say that 98% of the diesel that has gone in it since new has been Tescos. The car is currently on 150k miles and it hasn't missed a beat :driving:


The oil companies just love it when they get us to spend more on a "premium product".

#518691 Focus Mk2 1.8 Or 2.0 Tdci

Posted by Vendee on 02 September 2015 - 09:11 PM

1.8 TDCI is an old school Ford engine (8 valve, cast iron engine block) with the modern bits bolted on e.g. a turbo & common rail injection.  The 2.0 TDCI is a Peugeot engine (16 valve, lighter weight aluminium engine block).


1.8 doesn't have a Diesel Particulate Filter (a good thing) & the 2.0 does have a DPF (not good a is expensive to remove or replace when it eventually dies/fills up).  The 1.8 has about 15-18 BHP less than the 2.0 & is a bit less efficient.  The 1.8 gets a 5 speed box & the 2.0 gets a 6 speed box which is handy for 70+ cruising on the motorway (fuel efficiency etc).


It I guess it comes down to which pros & cons are most important to you.


Not all 2.0 TDCI's have DPF. Early ones like mine don't have one (good thing too).

#517324 Focus Osf Droning Noise From 40mph

Posted by Vendee on 29 August 2015 - 09:31 PM

Was it a genuine Ford bearing or pattern part? My NSF bearing lasted 90k miles from new and I had it replaced with pattern part. This only lasted for 20k miles and was replaced by another pattern part. This one was defective from new........ droning  and howling as soon as I left the garage. Garage replaced it, obviously free of charge and used another bearing manufacturer. Ironically, the car has now done 148k miles and the other three wheel bearings are still original.

#500089 Cylinder Head

Posted by Vendee on 02 July 2015 - 09:00 PM

Nope. Why would you want to?

#492870 Cause Of Heavy Clutch On My 2005 Focus Diesel?

Posted by Vendee on 05 June 2015 - 06:16 PM

I suppose mine is quite heavy and thinking back to when I had a 1.6 petrol Focus, that car's clutch was a lot lighter but I've had my 2.0 TDCi for about 145k miles now and I guess I've got used to it. Have you considered taking out a gym subscription?   :rolleyes:

#479658 Mk1 Focus 1.8 Tdci Or Zetec?

Posted by Vendee on 25 April 2015 - 04:10 PM

Given your projected annual mileage, you should probably have bought a petrol engine rather than a diesel but you have made your choice and I think you will lose money if you trade in. Its unlikely you will see the £1000 you paid if you trade in your current car. A service history on the TDCi would have been nice but given you only paid £1k for it, I think its worth the risk. Its worth noting that both cars will need a cambelt change pretty much right away based on age rather than mileage. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong but I think the cambelt interval on both cars is 100k miles or 10 years.... whatever is sooner. If the 1.8 zetec you are looking at has a cambelt change shown on its service history then it might be worth thinking about. Otherwise, keep the TDCi and use the money you saved to make it look nicer (although I would do the cambelt first). 

#479542 Mk1 Focus 1.8 Tdci Or Zetec?

Posted by Vendee on 25 April 2015 - 08:17 AM

Are you more concerned about looks over practicality? You don't say what you need the car for, what mileage you do etc. If you only do low miles and are more concerned about how the car looks then perhaps you shouldn't have bought the TDCi in the first place.

#473479 Loud Rattle After Oil Change

Posted by Vendee on 05 April 2015 - 09:49 PM

With 5w It should be thin enough when cold to power up tappets etc instantly, sound like the quantity is low or its wasnt 5w


On the Mk1 Zetec, Ford stated 10W/40 oil, but that made a huge noise on start up, they very quickly specified 5W/40 which fixed the issue

Maybe use 0W/40 next time,


But first top it to the max which it should have been after an oil change anyway!

Mk 1 Focus was 5W-30 from day one.

#464318 Best Tyres?

Posted by Vendee on 11 March 2015 - 07:37 PM

I would try out a set of Linglong "Ditchfinders"  :lol:


Serious answer.......... Dunlop Sport Bluresponse or Goodyear Efficientgrip are my usual choices.

#444245 Advice To Lease Or Finance?

Posted by Vendee on 12 January 2015 - 10:22 PM

Mind me asking what version of the ecoboost she has?


1.0 125.

#410384 Headlight Bulb Recommendation

Posted by Vendee on 16 September 2014 - 06:42 PM

I know there are lots of high wattage headlight bulbs out there but a lot of them won't last a year before blowing. What bulb gives the best compromise between better performance and decent longevity?


#373393 Crunched A Doormirror

Posted by Vendee on 10 June 2014 - 06:46 PM

I had mine knocked off by another driver a couple of months ago. I got a replacement off ebay. New but not original Ford. Go to ebay and type 291116906849 into the search box. That will take you to a passenger side, heated, electric mirror. Its the same seller I bought from. Cost £37. Its not quite the quality of the original in that the pivot point is not as tight but the cost is reasonable. The cover on the one I mentioned is primed but it unclips easily so you can either spray it with a spray can or maybe use the original cover if its in good nick.


I lost mine on the way to work and ordered at about 11am. It arrived at 8am the next morning. Not bad for free postage.


You need to pop off the little speaker trim first to give you access to the other screws. ISTR one of the screws is well hidden so be patient and don't try and wrench anything off. 

#332203 Water In Engine Oil - Head Gasket Job?

Posted by Vendee on 13 February 2014 - 09:54 PM

Thanks for reply - No, collant is all at stable levels - so not sure what's causing it?


It does look like HG failure but the other thing that could possibly account for it is if the car is used only for very short trips and the engine never gets hot enough to burn off any condensation. Check that your coolant doesn't look oily and then perhaps drain your oil, flush and refill.

#325045 Have Just Put A Deposit Down On A Ford Focus Diesel But Worrying Now.

Posted by Vendee on 23 January 2014 - 07:03 PM

To look after the DPF you should ensure that you take it for a good run every few weeks to a month to keep it in top nick. Run it up the motorway for a junction or two to keep it in perfect health. If you cant do it that often, then look to do it every month (max 2) and you should be fine :)

He lives in Lincolnshire.........he won't know what a motorway looks like :P

I live in Norfolk, I'm just getting used to those dual carriageway thingys.

#318031 Do Badly Timed Injectors Sound Like Noisey Tappets On A Petrol Engine?

Posted by Vendee on 05 January 2014 - 11:03 AM

Well it can't do any harm can it!

I mean, if my car hasn't been serviced as they said it had then that means that it hasn't had an oil/filter change for over 20k miles.

Come to mention it, I checked the oil not long after I got the car and it was jet black. If it had been recently changed it would/should be clear!

I've read on here that to keep your engine running nice and smooth, it is advisable to change it every 6k miles or so.
I have also learned on this forum that you should never fill oil on a diesel to the "max" level when changing it.
You should fill it to around 3 quarters I am led to believe.

I have arranged with my mate to have it done.
Will put a can of engine flush in then go for a good drive to get the engine to temp then bring it down to him to have it done.
Apparently, the engine flush treatment helps "soften" the oil so you get more of it out when changing it....


Firstly, new oil in a diesel engine will turn black within a few miles of it being changed.


As for 6k oil changes, I don't think that's a bad thing, especially if you do mostly short journeys. Having said that, I've had my current Focus 2.0 TDCi from new and stuck to the 12.5k oil changes and its now at 125,000 miles with no problems. I do mainly longer trips (30+ miles) in mine.


Filling the oil only to 3/4? I've never heard of that before and I've owned 3 diesels and covered almost 300k miles in them total. As for flushing oil...... I don't really get that. It was a must in the 80's and 90's when black sludge was a big problem in engines but with modern engine design and modern synthetic based oils, this should not be a problem anymore. I think its driven by the flush manufacturers. If you do use it, read the instructions carefully. Normally, only 15 minutes at idle is called for. Personally, I would save my money and use good quality engine oil and increased intervals if you feel the need.