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In Topic: Parking Brake Handbook Instructions

16 September 2014 - 10:09 PM

Thanks for all of your replies. The advice in the handbook is quite explicit for both manuals and automatics.
It makes me cringe when I hear the ratchet objecting to such treatment and am pleased that I am in good company.

I was forced to go automatic and am finding the automatic gearbox very responsive and easy to use. The first couple of days were exciting before I realised that one has to press the footbrake every time you take the car out of Park and not only for starting the car. I have used the cruise control and will start using the Sport and manual modes shortly. Not having to use my left foot on a clutch pedal has enabled me to enjoy driving again.

The front and reverse parking aids are very useful. I found the satnav a little quirky when inputting new destinations but it seems to work ok. My last TomTom described unrecognised roads as "unidentifiable" whereas the Ford offering calls them"invisible".

In Topic: First Wash Today And

12 September 2014 - 10:42 PM

You can also purchase from Halfords.

In Topic: Waterless Coolant

24 August 2014 - 09:46 AM

Thanks for that.
I saw the same Wheeler Dealer programme. You would think that if half the claims were true that car manufacturers would all be adopting it.
I will certainly consider using it when the antifreeze has to be replaced.

In Topic: Probably Crazy But...

14 August 2014 - 10:19 PM

The quotes that I got from carwow from the dealers showed figures with and without Ford finance. I had not planned using finance but did so on £4000 in order to secure a Ford deposit contribution of £750. I intend paying this off within 3 months to mitigate any interest charges. I don`t know about free style pack but you could ask carwow about this or the dealer that you are put in touch with.

In Topic: Probably Crazy But...

14 August 2014 - 06:48 AM

Check out carwow.co.uk.  After registering you specify the car(s) you want quotes on together with any extras. Within a couple of days you will receive competitive prices from a number of dealers in your area together with a carcow number and the name of a specified contact within the dealership. The dealerships do not know about you until you have made contact. You then deal only with them, organise test drive, make changes to your original options, negotiate part exchange etc.  All the finance is done direct with the dealership and no money changes hands with carwow.

The process is easy and you avoid the bargaining hassles with worthwhile discounts.

I ordered a Titanium x 1.0 powershift with satnav, tow bar etc etc and was able to compare with an Audi 1 that was also on my wish list.  The dealerships offering the discounts were within a 40 mile range of my home and the closest was about 30 miles away.

Hope you find this useful.