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JonMad

Member Since 22 Oct 2009
Offline Last Active Feb 15 2010 05:08 PM
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fiesta 1500 mile / 6 week review

04 February 2010 - 03:29 PM

I know I'm preaching to the converted here, but what the hell. Some thoughts:

1.6 TDCi Titanium

As a commuting/shopping/crap weather car
- single button demist for the heated front screen, max fan on and heated rear screen has been very handy
- f/r parking sensors, decent all-round visibility and a tight turning circle and light steering at low speed make this easy
- nice, quick slick gearchange
- averaging 49mpg
- a bit reluctant to engage reverse cleanly, maybe just when cold.
- keyless entry is great for dumping shopping in the boot, folding mirrors a useful visual clue that the car is locked.
- revs round to 4500+ easily but a bit slow to pull away. Doesn't half make my Merc feel quick though.
- small enough that girlfriend happy to drive it but doesn't feel flimsy (car, not girlfriend)
- outside temp display nice to have.
- I like the colour and it hides the dirt well

As a motorway car
- cruise and climate control nice to have
- a bit noisy - road noise - but ok at a cruise. < 3krpm at motorway speeds but could do with a 6th gear. I've only tried to go from 4th to 6th twice. Neither time have I succeeded.
- at night, dash is just a tad too bright and this is non-adjustable. also I'd like a button to turn the stereo etc. dash button lights off at night, whilst keeping the stereo and bluetooth on.
- still only averaging 49mpg. Not the claimed 65 combined or 80 extra urban.
- bluetooth works well for hands-free calls. good navigation of and playback of music from a USB stick.
- tinted rear window keeps glare down
- range display seems accurate so can trust that you can get somewhere without worrying about finding a petrol station. Averaging 380 miles from a tank (40 quid).


As a car for welsh b-road blasts...
Not found out yet. In fact, haven't attacked a single roundabout in anger. Mainly as it's been freezing cold or snowy for most of the time since the car arrived.

Cheers,
Jon

mk7 - dashboard display brightness

21 December 2009 - 02:25 PM

Hi,

Looking around the car I can use the menu to set the audio screen to 'daylight' or 'automatic' but there's no way to adjust the brightness on the main part of the dash, as I've been able to do on every car I've owned since 1990.

Is this correct? It's obviously liveable with but if I can dim it a bit that'd be nice.

I did a quick search in advance for 'dimming' and 'dashboard' but didn't find an answer.

Ta,
Jon

Arrived at work this morning

17 December 2009 - 01:54 PM

Old with the old (background) in with the new (foreground) :)

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Just in time to get covered in snow :lol:

Newbie Fiesta spec questions

23 October 2009 - 08:11 AM

Hi,

I have narrowed my company car shortlist down from about 150 options to a Fiesta Titanium 1.6 TDCi

Before I take the plunge, I have a few detail questions that are either very difficult to check in a showroom - because they don't always have cars in with a certain set of options - or I simply can't remember from when I did a test drive. Thanks in advance for your help.

ipod integration...

ipod integration. Assuming I get the USB connection and have the correct cable, what does 'ipod integration' let you do? Specifically, if I want to select to play an artist or an album, does it give me those views on the Fiesta display? Can I scroll through a list of artists, select an album and play it? I ask as in the brochure it just shows 'Track 2/95' which isn't much use if you've got 2000 tracks on an ipod and want to find something by someone.

Does the USB integration work the same for other USB sticks plugged in? Will it recognise a directory hierarchy of artists/albums and let you browse through that on the screen?

Other techie stuff...

Does the Tech Pack include front or rear parking sensors or do you have to spec them separately? And with the Tech Pack can you use the keyfob remote as well as touching the door handle to lock/unlock the car?

Does the trip computer show instant or just average mpg? I think it was just instant but can't remember. Does it show range remaining? Sounds like it might from other posts here.

Thanks all,
Jon