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In Topic: New Fiesta owner's manual (PDF)

26 August 2011 - 12:00 AM

It would be nice if anyone knew of a new Official or Semi-Official location for these.


Jeez - I originally posted this thread over 2 years ago. Where did that go???

Anyway - here you go. Happy to help :


In Topic: Zetec S footwell lighting

04 August 2011 - 06:10 AM

ive got a fiesta studio (basic model)and i have the wiring and holder's but when i put the bulbs in (LED'S) earlier today they didnt work (they were the correct ones, 501 W5W)so anybody know what the problem maybe, no fuse perhaps? i dont know, need help really want some lighting aha!

Pull out the bulb - and turn it around. LED's have to slot in the correct way. Should solve your problem.

In Topic: Fiesta Automatic

23 July 2011 - 08:04 PM


The SensoDrive five speed semi-automatic transmission is an electronically controlled manual gearbox, with the clutch and gear-change functions electronically managed. As a result, the vehicle has no clutch pedal and the gear lever - which remains present - has no mechanical link with the gearbox. The SensoDrive gearbox is managed by a control unit, which controls two actuators. One actuator changes gears while the other, which is equipped with a facing wear compensation system, opens and closes the clutch. The gearbox control unit also dialogues with the engine control unit. The SensoDrive gearbox has two shifting options of either the fully automated mode, or the paddle-shifted/gear-shifted manual mode. It took some getting used to because the car would "roll" back on a slope (for example) if you didn't have your foot on the brake. In a normal (Fiesta) automatic of course, the car creeps forward on a level surface - or stays still on a slight incline, etc because the gears are constantly engaged. The C2 wasn't a conventional automatic by a long shot. It was great fun though!

In Topic: Fiesta Automatic

22 July 2011 - 06:19 PM

My previous car was a 1.6 Citroen VTR with a 5-speed 'Sensotronic' gearbox - in other words - flappy paddles on the steering wheel. Loved it! It was fast for a small car & the petrol consumption was miles better (literally) than my current 1.4 Fiesta with the 'normal' auto box . . . or Durashift as Ford call it.

I love the new Citroen DS3 - but for some reason, Citroen have fitted the car with a standard 4-speed auto box on the 1.6. That really is a shame for such a sexy, good looking car! When I change my current Mk7 Fiesta in 18 months time, I would have picked the DS3 without even thinking about it - if it had a different automatic set-up. A sensotronic option would have been great - or some sort of dual clutch box. Such a shame. I am seriously considering the Audi A1 instead - mainly due to it's 7-speed DSG box & turbo-charged fuel consumption way better than a DS3 and indeed the MK7 Fiesta.

In Topic: Fiesta Automatic

18 July 2011 - 12:52 PM

Messerschmitts (not the planes).

Now my stupid questions - what's lauch and DSG auto ? Is DSG what I have been calling a 'robotised' manual box as used by Vauxhall in their "Easytronic" ( I renamed it "Jerkatronic") transmissions ?

DSG stands for Direct Shift Gearbox (or dual-clutch transmission), and is an automated transmission that can change gears faster than any other geared transmission. Twin-clutch transmissions deliver more power and better control than a traditional automatic transmission and faster performance than a manual transmission. Originally marketed by Volkswagen as the DSG and Audi as the S-Tronic, twin-clutch transmissions are now being offered by several automakers, including Nissan, Mitsubishi, BMW and Porsche.

They are basically the future of automatic gearboxes. I am looking at owning an Audi A1 sometime next year with a DSG (or S-Tronic, as Audi call it - but same thing) box. It has better mpg than its manual equivalent - and is also quicker 0-60 than its manual equivalent! Being Audi of course, I'm going to have to sell a kidney in order to afford both the A1 and its expensive lsit of options I'd like! ;-)