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In Topic: Gap Insurance

29 September 2015 - 08:39 AM

It is true that many insurers will negate the need for GAP insurance benefits for the first year on new cars as they provide replacement new vehicle.  However you can purchase GAP insurance where benefits do not kick in until the second year.  I did this with Warranty Direct when I purchased my Fiesta last year.  The cost was £157 for 24 months beginning September 2015 and ending September 2017.  Like other GAP policies you have to take out the insurance shortly after taking delivery of new vehicle and <500 miles).  The policy is a vehicle replacement type.

In Topic: Key-less Entry Security

29 September 2015 - 08:00 AM

There is a after market alarm system which works with the car's supplied key fob.  It is the Cobra A4615.  I had it fitted to my 2014 Titanium X and it ticks all the boxes.  It updates the supplied alarm by providing Ultrasonics (interior sensors) but more importantly provides an anti theft via key cloning/RF key blocking device.  I had the device which is certified Thatcham 2-1 supplied and fitted by a local car electronics/audio specialist.  If you want more details Google. The cost of the alarm is around £289 and fitting between £100 and £200 so it is worth shopping round.  

In Topic: St Stolen Last Night

22 September 2015 - 09:58 PM

Sorry to hear of yet another case of ODBC port being used to gain access to a Fiesta.  I have a 2014 Titanium X which was supplied only with the factory immobilized and alarm.  That alarm does not include the ultrasonic and Thatcham 1 rating which is standard on the ST.  However, both my car as well as the ST have the same common weak point ie the ODBC port.

I have keyless ignition so using Discloc etc was not a very attractive proposition.   After some research I found the Cobra 4615 ADD Can Bus Alarm which includes battery backup siren, immobilized and ultrasonic.  The system is a 2-1 Thatcham category alarm.  Operation of the alarm is the same as before.  I have an extra passive fob which needs to be present when operating the vehicle.  I checked that my Ford warranty would not be jeopardized.  The Cobra solution is less Labour intensive/intrusive for fitting than the Viper 480xv.  

Hope this might help.  The Cobra system costs c.£500 professionally fitted.

In Topic: Boot Accessories, Pet Pack And Storage.

12 July 2015 - 10:17 PM

I had the Pet Pack with my 2014 Tit X which was fitted in October 2014 a little after car was delivered. It is very sturdy an includes a floor and protection for the boot lip. My Jack Russel is accommodated in comfort but she is  small dog. I transported a Labrador for  a short distance but space was quite restricted.  I use a small door mat over the plastic floor.  

I have the Pet Pack permanently in place and the tinted Windows allow reasonable privacy.  I found a collapsible carrier which I got from Costco which allows me to place the week`s shop in the car.

In Topic: Advice On Which Model

19 May 2015 - 09:56 PM


I bought my Fiesta Titanium X automatic in September 2014.  It has the Powershift box and 100 Ecoboost engine.  I was under the impression that the 125 ps was not available with the Powershift box.

I had to give up driving manual vehicles when I developed weakness in my left leg.

The Tit X is quite well Alex's but I included full leather, satnav, city safe and front parking sensors. The rear parking sensors and camera were fitted as were retracting mirrors.

The car drives brilliantly and accessibility to rear seats with the 5 door is good.  The car has keyless entry which is brilliant but I am considering purchasing a visible steering lock should I have to leave the car in a dodgy area.  The automatic transmission allows D(dive), S(holds lower gears for longer) and Manual.  Supplemented by cruise control the car can be driven to get good response.  Auto lights and wipers make the driving experience relaxed with as much or little driver input that you want.


Niggles which are probably common to all other Fiestas include lack of grab handles by doors to assist in getting out and the absence of automatic locking when car is in motion.


Hope these impressions help.