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#377690 Music Via Bluetooth From Iphone -No Track Info

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 23 June 2014 - 09:53 PM

What is applink Ian?

AppLink is part of the SYNC system that I was genuinely surprised to find on there since only the EcoSport was listing "Ford a SYNC with AppLink" rather than "Ford SYNC with Emergency Assist". It allows voice control of other apps, not just phone calls etc. Once set up you can use the button on the steering wheel to say things like "Spotify, choose playlist" and then you'll be presented with a list of your playlists, or "Spotify, play artist *******" and so on. Looks like a steep learning curve though.

There's a few apps out there that do it, but I've only got Spotify and TuneIn Radio. Thing is, it's one of the things I asked the salesman about and he hadn't a Scooby.

Ford UK really are being slow with the update process seeing as the US have been doing just that for ages now.

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#377514 Music Via Bluetooth From Iphone -No Track Info

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 23 June 2014 - 03:24 PM

If so that's been on the Web site for over a year :(
You can get your sync updated if you have a fault but there is usually a 1 hour labour charge.

Which really goes against the spirit of that same webpage. If they're saying (albeit since forever now admittedly) we'd be able to do it ourselves, then the underlying reasonable deduction is they'd do it for free if asked to do it. I think they honestly don't know what a SYNC update is and think people are talking about general car updates. When I was buying my car I asked about AppLink coming to the UK and the salesman looked at me like I'd sprouted three heads and started talking Martian to him. Hadn't a clue what I was on about.

I just put in another thread on this topic that it turns out I do indeed have AppLink. Go figure. Apparently an iPhone needs a cable connection but Android can do it over Bluetooth. From what I can tell the 2014 head-units haven't changed from 2013 so I can't see why they won't, or can't, do it.

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#369280 2014 Zetec S Ecoboost

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 29 May 2014 - 07:36 PM

Nice Zs Elliot, best colour as well, bet it's got global open/close windows on it, did you know some ST2's didn't come with that feature !

Just wanna say:

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#369211 2014 Zetec S Ecoboost

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 29 May 2014 - 04:55 PM

A new zetec s ?

No no no no. You've primed him now. It's like cocking a gun and putting it in your front waistband - just asking to get shot. :( ;)

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#368821 Black Panther Or Deep Impact Blue

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 28 May 2014 - 03:01 PM

Rage? Not in the least. We just sit here proud to know we could actually afford a coat of paint for our cars and didn't have to leave it as an undercoat like the white ones. :P :P

Besides, most of us were probably wondering when you'd pop up and suggest getting an ST. I was shocked it took so long :D

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#368698 Black Panther Or Deep Impact Blue

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 27 May 2014 - 11:41 PM

If the specs are the same. Blue. But I'm biased. :)

I had a black car a few years ago and to be honest, after just under a week of ownership on this blue Fiesta where it's done nowt but rain, I think they're probably about even on the keeping clean front. Cleaned this one at the weekend but two journeys later I might as well not have bothered. Looks great when clean though.

In the end, personal preference will be your best bet.

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#367569 New Titanium On Order - How To Fill 6 Weeks?

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 24 May 2014 - 05:01 PM

Like I said, it's nothing major. Just thought I'd been short changed. As usual. Probably won't bother. I'd only put it on squint anyway :D

#367138 New Titanium On Order - How To Fill 6 Weeks?

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 23 May 2014 - 10:47 AM

Best ones I can manage right now between downpours





Already rated "Very Good: Eco Champion" but it helps not having taken it on motorways yet, and still only on about 65 miles!!  :D  :D

#366988 New Titanium On Order - How To Fill 6 Weeks?

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 22 May 2014 - 07:23 PM

I had 1 mile on the clock when I got mine :P

This may seem a bit harsh - I hardly know you - but I hate you :(


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#363901 New Titanium On Order - How To Fill 6 Weeks?

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 13 May 2014 - 01:06 PM

I've had the same lack of "useful communication" and on the whole I'm disappointed with my customer experience this time. Was even told a message had been left for me on my mobile voicemail. Good trick seeing as I don't have it active.

I've decided stuff it, they can look after it for a week. But I'll be going over it rigorously and any marks and they'll get both barrels.

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#360123 A Part Fell Off - Don't Know What It's Called

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 04 May 2014 - 06:23 PM

If its bought privately then thats an additional induction inlet passage to aid throttle response in 5th gear :)


Dammit I want one. Why can't Ford's fit those things as standard? Or is something else the US market gets that we don't??



#357199 Sony Dab Bluetooth - Track Info

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 26 April 2014 - 03:09 PM

Just because it says it the manual doesn't excuse them the fact it doesn't work :D The tech supports it, I'm curious why they've chosen not to.

As an aside: CDs? Remind me, what are those?

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#354533 Hill Assist

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 17 April 2014 - 02:39 PM

Personally I think hill assist and all these fancy supposed driver aids are getting to be a joke.
They just make drivers lazy and try to pass the resonsibility onto a computer, that way, if one day the system doesnt work they can blame the car for letting them roll into the vehicle behind instead of admitting they are crap drivers and have no clutch control.
It would be the equivalent of someone saying, "you didnt have drl's on so I didnt see you coming". The fact that they were the only moving vehicle on the road and it was broad daylight was irrelevent :lol:
Its not as if we arent taught this when we learn to drive. Past of the driving test is a hill start.
If people can't do clutch control and hill starts, get an automatic :whistling:


Couldn't agree more. Mate of mine was in a hired Golf yesterday - adaptive cruise control, lane guidance, proximity warnings the lot. He was annoyed with it all after half an hour. Way too much reliance being put on something that can just fail. Wonder if insurance companies favour or penalise cars with all these additions, since it makes the driver less attentive.

I will say though that hill assist can be a good thing in the right place - I've driven trucks with it - but I'm not 100% convinced there's a huge need for it in a family car.


Great feature! Buys me a bit of time when my steel toecap work boot gets stuck under the brake pedal! My first addition for the new Fez - more suitable footwear. I remember now why I previously had an auto :)

I'm not even allowed in the driver's seat of our car in my steelies. Have to keep a spare pair of trainers in the boot. She was very nice about it, but I wasn't sure about the look in her eye :)

#353381 I Hate Car Insurance

Posted by GrumpyTrucker on 13 April 2014 - 08:40 PM

Insurance is, and always will be, a cash cow for someone until it's regulated somehow. I started driving in 1988, with a Vauxhall Chevette. At the time there this wonderful thing called Third Party Fire & Theft insurance that you'd take out for your first few years to build up an NCD. Simples. Dammit, that phrase is so ingrained these days. If memory serves it could be as little as a third of the Fully Comp quote or even less.


With the rise over the last decade or so of "No Win No Fee" and "Had an accident in the last 12 months? Then sue the blighters" claims companies - that the insurers never seem to fight - TPFT insurance is worthless, and often more expensive, since I reckon nearly all claims going through insurers these days are Third Party claims. Usually for whiplash, and usually for 16 passengers in a Mini Cooper.


If we had regulations that cameras had to be fitted front and rear, or at least that insurance companies had to make a reasonable effort to fight claims that are, on first glance, excessive or even fraudulent, maybe our premiums would come down. I've never been able to figure out how something that is mandated by government that we have to have under penalty of a criminal conviction, isn't regulated by that same government to ensure that it is operated in a fair and just manner with due diligence being carried out on claims.