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#525635 St Stolen Last Night

Posted by AllenP on 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.

#397381 Probably Crazy But...

Posted by AllenP on 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.

#390557 Newbie Driver With Several Questions

Posted by AllenP on 27 July 2014 - 09:30 AM

Good advice take a test drive.  The Fiesta is used by many driving schools and should be a good and affordable first car. Enjoy