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1.6TDCI Mk3 - 1st gear slow?

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Hi Guys,

Today, I've returned to Ford after a long hiatus and purchased a Mk3 1.6TDCI titanium (MY2013). It appears to have been well looked after with a full service history and has 64,000 miles so reasonably well used over the last 4 years.

I'm noticing that car seems quite underpowered when pulling away from a junction in first gear? Its is my first diesel car so i'm hoping that i just need to get used to driving it different to my last car (Civic MK8)? Can anyone offer any reassurance that this is as expected / designed -  I'm assuming that it is the way the gears ratios are set to try and maximise efficiency?

Other than that the car is fantastic!

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1st gear has limited power to protect the gearbox I recently had my car remapped which has lifted this restriction.

my post on my remap 

 

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just to chip in , I also found 1st gear to be lacking in power & have been told its by design

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Thanks for the replies. certainly puts my mind at rest!

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8 hours ago, Ryan_Tango said:

1st gear has limited power to protect the gearbox I recently had my car remapped which has lifted this restriction.

my post on my remap 

 

Wow, thats a really impressive increase from 115ps. May be something I'll look into :thumbup1:

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it's a shame ford have to program the ecu to limit the power to protect the gearbox. making a gearbox that is strong enough to take it would have been the best solution

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5 hours ago, isetta said:

it's a shame ford have to program the ecu to limit the power to protect the gearbox. making a gearbox that is strong enough to take it would have been the best solution

First gear is designed for pulling off, and shoving a poo ton of power though is no matter how strong your gearbox is will destroy it. It's not just Ford that do this by design, my mum's VW/Skoda has exactly the same.

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