I'm a hard/aggressive driver, but having this eco-wagon has slowed and calmed me a lot.
My RS2000 was driven hard daily but the Focus is a different type of car all together.
I do enjoy the extra grunt the RS had when it came to overtaking, although the dirty derv can really hold it's own.
I'm already getting over double the mileage from the Focus compared to the RS2000 so extra fuel economy is not an issue.
I gave £800 for the car with 12 months MOT so I plan to run it into the ground and then buy another car after it's either failed an MOT or blown sky high. Although if it can last a few years it can only be a good thing.
Just trying to find out a bit more from guys who have had it done.
The "chips" are usually a glorified resistor, which tricks the engine into thinking it is cold, therefore chucking more fuel in. All it will do is damage your engine.
As for a turbo you need usually need to strip the engine uprate pistons etc, add an inter cooler, after market management (which is close to £600 on it's own), get it professionally mapped and set up, new exhaust system and then with any conversion like that, you would have to upgrade the suspension and the brakes.
If your mate can do all that for £600 he is an absolute legend. Although I tend to think he is full of that stuff that comes out of a cow's !Removed!.
I've just put my late father's 1999 1.6 Escort Flight on the road and noticed that the temperature gauge only moves up slightly to the low end of the "normal" range when the engine is running (even on a 160 mile motorway trip).
Can anyone tell me how much the temperature gauge should move?
I just wondered if the thermostat might be stuck and the "normal" position of the gauge should be higher. The heater comes warm quite quickly, though. I'll check the sensor when the weather improves. Overall MPG is about 33 on the first tankful (half motorway/half local driving).