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  2. It does look a good car. The 1.25 is a 4 cylinder with a proven track record. But the performance is basic. The newer 3 cylinder eco engines 1.0 are driven harder and have had a few issues. Reliability is the most important factor for me. Also, when test driving the car, pull over turn the engine off and plug in a code reader and check there are no error codes pending and that all the engine check self tests are ticked as ok. If it drives well and feels good then I would stick with the 1.25. Why do the new eco engines use a wet timing belt? I've driven a 1.25 2004 fiesta for the last 14 years and my wife likes driving it. She is not keen on the newer fiestas because the small rear window makes reversing harder. I had already brough the haynes manual and been reading up on it. You need to ask your wife if she likes the car. And use a comparison site to test what quotes you would get for insurance, the ig should not make much difference in price. I plan on getting a newer car that looks like the older fiesta style but with a better performance 4 cylinder engine and lower tax. My daughter is having my old fiesta.
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  4. Just seen a focus Titanium like mine but all trim and alloys were black. Think it looks much better than standard chrome trim Is this a costly process for a decent body shop to change the trim and alloys colour?
  5. steved99 , your mpg proofs again automatics can't be economical. I have Vignale 1.5 manual 182 ps, never been in Eco mode, not even for curiosity, normal or sport. I'm always driving in a sport manner because I love it and suits the car. My current mpg is 37.2 without doing any effort to save fuel. Just to see what can be achieved I tried for two days to take it easy with acceleration but without using Eco mode, it was in normal. The mpg went up to 39.8 the maximum, don't know if it could go any higher because I got bored and started to push it again. No motorway driving, town in my free time and A/B roads on my commute to work. Maybe motorway driving could result in even better mpg.
  6. Hello, I have recently purchased a 2009 Ford Focus CC3 (petrol) & I would like to install the oil & boost gauges found on the focus ST/RS (2009) If I was to purchase a dashboard from the ST/RS, the oil & boost gauges would I need to buy anything else? Would it work? Is the dashboard from the focus CC3 the same measurements as the ST/RS? How long do you think it would take to install by a qualified mechanic? Who would you guys recommend for installation? Am I right in assuming the boost gauge wouldn’t work in the petrol CC3 (as far as I know it doesn’t have turbo) Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
  7. I'm picking up a focus st3 2018 mk3.5 on Tuesday that is the auto model. Etis says its powershift is there a way to tell if it's going to need this maintenance every 35k or 3years? The posts above say they started using normal auto gear boxes?
  8. Do you mean by if it's in drive mode taking it out and putting it into park or neutral? When would a long time be? The whole idea of me getting an auto is for city traffic. My first auto focus st3 2018 model I'm picking up Tuesday has 15k on the clock.
  9. I don't like that I've not managed to see this comet yet (Neowise) despite the clear weather. I must be facing the wrong way so might have to venture outside before dawn to try and see it.
  10. Thanks for the useful info, what will my March 2018 Focus 3.5 ST3 auto have fitted? It's diesel and ford etis says it's the powershift one? Do I have to do this ridiculous service every 35k or 3 years? Just bought this car and pick up Tuesday from Ford it's got 15k on the clock.
  11. I do like that the sky is clear tonight so I can see the stars. I also like that it's clear enough to see the space station pass over (which it just did) so I can try and get a few pics of it flying over later this morning (in about 1h 30m).
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  13. Thanks both for your replies - really helpful. I'm pretty sure you're right about this. I was initially looking at Fiestas in the 3k range to replace my 2010 Edge (RIP), thinking I'd get another 10 year old model for 3k like I did a few years ago. Not the case unfortunately - there's either been zero depreciation on Fiestas in the past 3 years, or prices have gone up considerably since March. So I'm thinking there's not much point in paying over the odds for something that could only last 3/4 years and will probably need the cambelt etc. doing. - might be better off going for a high deposit finance option and getting a newer car (hoping for lower repair costs). I'd not thought of that actually. I'd be sharing the car with my wife - we're both in our 30s but the car was written off in an accident that was our fault, so definitely something to consider as our premiums are likely to increase on renewal. Just checked insurance groups: Zetec is in 7 and Ecoboost is in 11. i've found another Zetec that would mean taking on less finance:
  14. Snow foam, various interior cleaners, loads of diff stuff and a a snow foam lance.
  15. I spent yesterday evening touching up the stone chips and scratches on the paintwork with a frozen white touch up pen. They're not perfect, but they're a lot better and aren't noticeable anymore. This was the worst But this is the best I could do White paint is so forgiving. I gave the car a thorough clean, more on the side of a partial detail, using detail brushes for all the tiny areas inside and outside of the body work. It's looking fantastic now: I've just come back from driving to West Wales and back, so over two hours each way. It performed lovely, with the adaptive cruise control being outstanding. Just waiting for Monday when I can install the RimBlades on the wheels, and then paint the brakes silver (fronts) and black (rears), then cosmetically it's finished.
  16. you're only really interested in the figures with everything switched off and the doors shut. You started your car with the meter connected to the battery? Surely not it would've melted! It would've pulled over 200amps when turning the engine over (I think that's right 🥴)
  17. The Ecoboost will pick up quicker with it being a turbo engine. It will probably have slightly more BHP depending on whether it's 100ps or 125ps (it doesn't state which one it is) They are basically the same car except the engine and the number of doors. The 1.25 is non-turbo and has 4 cylinders whereas the 1.0 ecoboost only has a 1L 3 cylinder engine. They both seem to have the same Sync system in (stereo) so will have bluetooth phone connectivity for calls and USB for music. They both have DAB so more choice for stations but sync 1.1 is basic in terms of what you can do with it. Also, both of the stereos seem to have the nav button so check if it has the built in sat nav (although it's pretty pants) and if they do, make sure the memory card is present (it's located in a slot above the display screen). I think the 1.25 Zetec has a higher tax rate due to higher emissions. If you go for the ecoboost, make sure you check for rust on the turbo pipes in the engine bay (plenty of threads on here about that) as it may be one of the earlier models which had rust issues. The 15 plate ecoboost actually seems to have quite low mileage for it's age at only 21k. If you're thinking about the ecoboost, make sure it has been serviced regularly before you buy (this applies to both actually but more so with the ecoboost). The only other things are personal preference on engines, colours and number of doors and what you'll be using the car for (commuting or just social, domestic and pleasure). Depending on your age, the insurance would probably be lower on the 1.25 Zetec.
  18. I had the same decision to make, went with a slightly older car that got me both a higher spec (Zetec S) and the Ecoboost 125 engine. I feel I would have regretted getting the other car. In terms of mileage, an extra ~2000 miles won't make any difference, but the Ecoboost you linked being 2 years older means the timing belt will need doing sooner which is a big and expensive job on those engines. Not sure about the 1.25 timing belts cost, but if you're keeping the car for a long time it's something to consider. I'm not sure about those prices, to be honest I don't know if cars have got more expensive since February with all this Covid stuff, but I paid just under £8K for my Fiesta back then and mine is higher spec and more powerful for not much more money, and with less miles than both of them when I got it. I even saw Ecoboost 140s and ST-Lines for around this price, but again I don't know if prices have just gone up in general.
  19. How have you managed that 😂😂. Must've bought a £60 wax or something?
  20. Hi Matt, If you are still following this forum, I would be interested on how reliable you found the powershift auto, as it seems to have had a poor press for reliability? Cheers
  21. Great, well I will download the software in advance and then I can get it ready. Is the Cyanlabs update you’ve talked about in other posts worth doing? Does it give additional features/benefits?
  22. Hi, So is the Cyanlabs all in one tool the easiest and safest method now? I originally swapped out my old Sync 2 Touch for Sync 3 and had to reprogramme my APIM to allow Park Assist to work again so would I have to do that again??
  23. how does the manual car stop start at juntions do you hold down clutch and brake at same for it to work or what on autos its the brake and accelerator as you press accelerator it starts back up
  24. I dit it but nothing happend. Only the Musik is getting quieter, thats all. I drive over 100 or 120 kmh, the Radio is getting louder and put in more Bass ect.
  25. So how big of a USB drive do I need to do these updates? Will they not do it via the car’s wifi connection?
  26. That’s the setting. Just set it to 0.
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