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  1. 6 points
    Eric Bloodaxe

    That's So 2010's!

    Us oldies can obviously see much greater contrasts with going back a few more years! But yes, I very much agree with you on that one - I think all this so-called "political correctness" has had a serious impact on free speech, for example various Universities not inviting speakers because they might say something they don't agree with, or this idea that we today should apologise for things that happened in different times and circumstances, which we had nothing to do with. I always think of the saying (usually attributed to Voltaire, but I think it was actually someone else who said it first) "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
  2. 6 points
    Incontro

    My take on the Fiesta...

    Alright, so long story short, my Mondeo had to go into the dealer... Dealer gave me keys to a courtesy car... A 2019 (yes a 69 reg lol) Fiesta Active 1L Ecoboost (100) Auto... Requested an auto because I don't do manuals (last time I drove a manual was when I was learning to drive in my dad's car when much younger). This was the first time I ever drove a Fiesta - previously when buying my first car, I chose a Focus over a Fiesta, after sitting in one (Mk7) and realising it wasn't ideal for a 6 ft 1 guy like me. I was extremely skeptical, and I ended up hating it. Hating? Nope, couldn't be further than the truth! Over the three days and 60 miles I had this car, I was simply amazed at what a cheerful, little, yet solid car this was. 70 MPH on the highway? Felt right at home! It had less road noise than both of the other two (larger) cars in the family (Vauxhall Astra and CRV), I was stunned. Seats were comfortable, and I could easily imagine myself cruising in this car many hours up north. It was also more comfortable (and quieter) than the Mk2.5 Focus I previously owned. Seating position was good too, plenty of visibility. Handled like a go kart around town, adaptive steering made parking effortless (you can almost steer with a pinky, like the Audi A6 estate I drove a while back). Ride felt compliant, and it smoothed out the bumps and potholes better than my old Focus did. Engine and auto gearbox suited the car well, shifted smoothly like a larger car would (albeit a bit too slowly). Wasn't fast by any means, but didn't feel underpowered at all (like my 1.6 Mk2.5 Focus did). Fuel economy was impressive, I achieved approx. 15 MPG higher on my same typical journey compared to my Mondeo. Stop/start worked as expected, even in colder temps and during short journeys. Had none of the toys my Mondeo has - reverse camera, heated seats, folding mirrors, self parking, front and rear park sensors, keyless entry and start, power seats, etc, yet oddly enough found myself not 'missing' any of them, and ended up enjoying the pure simplicity and 'feel good factor' of the Fiesta! 😁
  3. 3 points
    TomsFocus

    My take on the Fiesta...

    I don't like marmite either, so at least we're in agreement there! Trouble is, I'm essentially looking for an impossible spec...something that looks as good as an ST but has the ride comfort of a Maybach. I'm afraid that massive arch gap just looks daft to me (without even mentioning the awful faded plastic trim, why wasn't that stuff left in the 90s!?), but it's the same on any comfort spec car, I never liked the gap between the 16s and the arch on the Mk2.5 Titanium. But of course lowering it and fitting bigger wheels for looks would've taken away the comfort! I know it probably sounds daft, but I don't do many miles and don't have any other hobbies, so when I do take the car out I like it to feel 'special' like an ST/GTi does (and to some extent the Mk2.5 with the full leathers etc), and I like it to be photogenic which the Focus wasn't really due the Titanium alloys and arch gap... The Golf just doesn't do anything for me...I frequently walk past it in lines of parked cars as it just fades into the background. I even tried to get into a nearby Polo in a carpark last week...same colour, and amazingly the same reg ending (what are the chances!) but not even the same damn model! Just shows how much interest I have in it!
  4. 3 points
    IainG

    Sync 3 Navigation - road speed limit

    Hi Everyone. Got an answer! Put my Fiesta ST into Dunnets Garage in Thurso today. Technician fixed it in minutes. Apparently it all depends on how the software was set up in the first place. It can either be set so that the only input is from the Traffic Sign Recognition Camera system OR so that the GPS / Satnav can also feed data. Apparently it can only be altered at the Dealers. Some people prefer one way and some the other. Anyway, all is working now. Quite agree that the Mark One Eyeball is the best system of all, but nice to have everything up and running. Hope this is helpful. Cheers. Iain G.
  5. 3 points
    This is the issue isn't it.
  6. 3 points
    It is interesting that noone ever says - if you can't afford to pay for a house don't buy it. We pretty much all have mortgages and it's a normal thing. A car is the second largest purchase you will make. Why not make that more of a subscription? A set amount per month, no unexpected bills.
  7. 3 points
    TomsFocus

    Things I Do Like

    I do like the satisfaction of parking at Sainsbury's dead on 105k at 10:10 with 55.5mpg!
  8. 2 points
    STline

    Focus ST Line 1.5 (150 PS)

    Took delivery of a frozen white ST Line yesterday, absolutely loving it, Much nicer to drive than my old mk2 1.8 style.
  9. 2 points
    Yes, I know the money they pay help support this site but still, that dam pop up is really, really irritating, and if anything, puts me off Halfords!
  10. 2 points
    Tekman

    Fedup is a under statement

    Hi Mate Yes checked off set, stud diameter ,rim size , First set off a Focus 07 cc second set off same make that made me with 8 wheels from cc take into account that these where accident damaged cars and could easy have damaged wheel you never know 3 set where from a 17" focus titanium off ebay did see car they came off did say he upgraded thats why sale . set I have on now mk4 focus 10 spoke when you buy a set of wheels its easy to believe people when they say they ok and because I had them re balanced I believed they ok however I have learnt it could be a weak side wall on one of tyres pot hole damage it only has to be slight to cause a problem. it could have been a number of things and what I have done is continue to dismiss wheels and tyres without really checking using another cars that you know are ok But just spoke to a guy who used to do tyres and he smiled and said yep it can happen SO I have leaned a good lesson
  11. 2 points
    StanMc

    Unusual Electrical problem

    Thanks to Stoney871 and Pragmatix.. It was SOOOOO easy when you know how!! As suggested the connector block under the glove box in the footwell had a release lever which had been moved(kicked) loose, two seconds and the errors all corrected!! Seems odd that it is not covered to protect the connectors,,,, Thanks again, Stan
  12. 2 points
    Just been on the Ford.co.uk website, entered my vin number and it tells me there is a 2.9gb update. Full instructions on how to do it, looks dead easy.
  13. 2 points
    Tekman

    Fedup is a under statement

    Update I tryed using the tool on car to do bush`s well lets say I took the whole arm off car clamped it in vice and marked arm to make suree I put new bush in right way lol so that sorted and vibration still there , 😭😭 Totaly fed up by now Looked at other cars but nothing gives me what this does ( blooming Headache ) so sat down with wife and talked about what Stephen Said eliminate all impossible and what ever is left must be true so this is what I did Engine/ gearbox vibration = started car hot engine took it up rev`s and whatched and used amplified stethascope to listen for anything out of norm Result OK no change Driveshafts = because I had changed them twice even went has far has using different brand`s Result No change in symptoms so accept all ok Hubs and bearings changed them along with bottom arms. Result ok no change brake disc`s and brakes = I have changed Disk`s and pads twice also checked calipers and changed fluid Result No change in symptoms no vibtation when braking so accept all ok Steering system = changed pump and new fluid feels ok with movement , allready changed rack ends and track rod ends so go another set then had it re tracked on computer super tracker so result is no change is symptoms still getting vibration from 50mph on So Wheels I had bought some ford alloys 16" with tyres so no change so swapped front to rear no change bought a set of 17" Titanium of 15 plate vibration still there swapped front to rear no change , So went and got another set of 16" ford focus alloys with Contintal tyres put them on sold all others still vibration took it and had front wheels rechecked and balanced. Result no change vibration still there so stopped re, thought everything over and the only thing I havent really checked is wheels I know I have changed them a number of times and should be ok even having them re balanced I can I surely know = so got daughters cmax wich has 16" snowflakes on with new tyres and she has no vibration or problems so took my two front off and put them on hers and hers on mine took mine for drive and no vibration nowt nothing tryed it up and down a dual cabbageway. so Just goes to show even if its different dont trust its fine and wheels even balanced still had a problem did inspect but no signs of a problem because I had bought different ones I dismissed it and it caused me a lot of pain. So now I know what`s wrong ethier buy another set and take a chance they ok or find wich one is problem and replace it Thank you to all who have been helping me through this swamp of trouble
  14. 2 points
    Mavroz

    New Price List November 2019

    Our mk8 is silent on 17 inch alloys compared to my 7.5..... for the miles we travel, I am sure a bit more noise for a bit more style will be acceptable. 😁
  15. 2 points
    Eric Bloodaxe

    My take on the Fiesta...

    To all intents and purposes it is a normal Fiesta with a bit of body cladding and marginally higher ride height. As I've mentioned somewhere my neighbour is highly delighted with hers and the tyres (205/45) don't look that chunky to me. If you are looking for a comfy car, as you seem to be, does it matter whether it's a "normal" Fiesta or not? I know it seems to be a bit of a "Marmite" thing looks wise - though personally I find the "normal" Fiesta a bit boring compared to this and the ST and ST-Line (but I don't like Marmite!😀)
  16. 2 points
    Blatto

    Fordpass on new phone

    Have found the solution to this problem. The authorisation message was being sent to my old phone despite having removed my vehicle from the fordpass app on there. Click on authorise on old phone and it now works on the new phone.😃👍
  17. 2 points
    TomsFocus

    New Price List November 2019

    How can they guarantee the sat nav won't be problematic? Do they just no longer fit them!?
  18. 2 points
    CALLUMLE

    Focus 2.0 TDCi - Cleaning DPF

    I remember changing mine on the 1.8 and that was difficult, but possible with care and time. These are located right at the back of the 2.0 under the scuttle panel and EGR system so I think a lot of the cost was labour. I've literally just started the car up after it being sat for 1.5 hours and there was no smoke. I do always let the plugs warm for 10 seconds (while putting belt on, etc.) and always take it easy on the revs until the engine is warmish. I'll live with it for a few days and monitor while I'm still within the 30 days, maybe it is something that can just be lived with? Thanks for your pointers and help -- real asset to these forums. Coincidentally, I've had a new Golf diesel as a hire car with work and it's a great car!
  19. 2 points
    I just worked out what I spent on my car in the last year. MOT £37 2 x tyres £80 Repair of heater Matrix £180 Repair of AirCon £160 Total = £457, which is £38/month (Insurance/tax excluded) Next year it may be cheaper as I'm hoping the above repairs will last, of course, something else may need attention, may even get it a service! Of course, my car is a 2005 model, but rust free, great condition in & out, and very reliable, and everything works. Even the wind up rear windows LOL. It doesn't have all the bells & whistles of a new car, but that probably adds to the reliability. It's great for those that have the budget and can splash out on your dreams, but motoring doesn't have to be expensive if you choose.
  20. 2 points
    Trouble with ECO mode is because it dulls the throttle response you end up pressing the throttle harder anyway.
  21. 2 points
    Yes you can turn it off and I know lots of cars do the same but its still a disappointment that it doesn't work 'properly' Regarding the LEd headlamp option I don't believe the individual LEDS are replaceable but they should last much longer than a halogen or Xenon unit
  22. 2 points
    F0CUE

    Time to Renew Rear Shocks possibly????

    Yep defo makes a difference especially on bad roads and feels stiffer on cornering.
  23. 2 points
    zain611

    Things I Do Like

    I do like getting the lego dust caps fitted. Nothing flashy
  24. 2 points
    TomsFocus

    Things I Don't Like

    Tempting!! But sadly not. Thought about Mk3 ST's though, I'm sure cruise was an option and the ride is slightly better...hmm...if only they weren't so ugly! Can't afford a facelift. Tbh I'm looking for more of a luxury saloon type thing I think... 🤔 Had so many hatches and estates I think I need something totally different this time. It would be funny if wasn't so true... Has anyone put a lift kit on an ST225 yet?
  25. 2 points
    In my personal opinion based on my personal salary no it's not worth €68,500
  26. 2 points
    Deleted it off my recorder now, but iirc I thought the guy rather underplayed that aspect of it - he gave the impression that the exhaust gave that healthy increase, whereas I suspect most of it was due to the remap. He's done something similar in previous shows which could also give a misleading impression.
  27. 2 points
    A cheap code reader doesnt allways pick up,the faults you need Forscan a free down load and a modified Elm reader fromTunnelrat others are available but not a sgood
  28. 2 points
    zain611

    Things I Don't Like

    Tom will have to uprate the suspension to comfort 😁
  29. 2 points
    CALLUMLE

    Focus 2.0 TDCi - Cleaning DPF

    I understood most of what was being relayed, but the car was in for 5 days and each day I had a 15-20 minute debrief which was a lot of information sometimes! My other car (which I only use in summer) is a Hillman Super Minx from 1965. This is a car I'm far more clued up on but can't rely on in the winter! What you've said makes perfect sense. He first looked into the DPF when he was getting strange readings from it so when he found it (he said it was a pig to get at) he said he saw rusty screws which had been used to seal it back up. In opening them up, that's when he found the state of it inside. I've bit the bullet and booked the car in for a glow plug change (with a different garage). The quote was £183 which initially sounds a lot to me, but understand they are using Bosch plugs and the labour involved is fairly intense. I get rough running only when cold, so there's that plus the fact that some garages I've phoned (in getting quotes for the glow plugs) have said the smoke could be unburnt fuel from the dodgy plugs. Genuine thank you to what you've taught me! Helps knowing this in going forward.
  30. 2 points
    TomsFocus

    Focus 2.0 TDCi - Cleaning DPF

    Ok, I'll assume some things are getting lost in translation here then. The only way to open a DPF casing is to cut it, so now they'd have to weld it up again if you were to keep it non-DPF and that would be very obvious to any MOT tester with a third set of welds (factory, removal, then this opening). But if that's the case it seems very odd, the 2.0 TDCi DPF is a straight ended one (unlike the 1.6 TDCI DPF) so you can just remove it and shine a torch into it to see if the DPF is still present. They're also contradicting themselves. If the DPF is now empty, there's nowhere for soot to get stuck, so impossible to build up and cause excess pressure in the system, that's the whole point of removing it! Plus as I said earlier, you can't force a regen on an empty DPF...firstly it needs to know the pressure differential so it can stop at the correct time to avoid overheating, secondly it wont start a regen if it knows there's no Eolys because the soot simply wouldn't burn at a low enough temperature. And thirdly if they were able to start it, it should fail quickly because the DPF temp sensor would sense it overheating with nothing there to absorb the extra heat. I'll be honest, I am a bit sceptical about this garage, but also appreciate some things may be getting misunderstood. At this point, I'd just ask them to change the glowplugs and get it back. Then make a decision on what to do next.
  31. 2 points
    TomsFocus

    Focus 2.0 TDCi - Cleaning DPF

    White smoke and rough running is because of the glowplugs. Black/blue is because of the DPF but only lasts a few seconds and doesn't cause any running issues. I ran no DPF for a couple of years. I'm not understanding your garage tbh. They can't have forced a regen if there's no DPF core present and it's been mapped out and has no Eolys fluid...the ECU won't allow a regen to start without certain parameters being met, even a forced one. Where was that 15PSI? If that's differential pressure across the DPF that's a huge amount and would suggest the DPF is still in place and blocked up.
  32. 2 points
    iantt

    Things I Do Like

    im sure ive seen clive here some where. i know, krusty land. there he is
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
    well my 2007 fiesta 1.6 diesel did it, but I did not mention that as yours is petrol and diesels are known for taking longer to warm up (a sign of their efficiency)
  35. 1 point
    Guy Heaton

    New Price List November 2019

    I think I'm in a very small minority, for me on 90% of cars anything over 17s looks too big and crucially offers NO handling or grip improvement.
  36. 1 point
    zain611

    Things I Don't Like

    For that training I have to do a work placement as well as a part time masters. It's 3 years so I'd believe it'll be 2 years for the masters. I'd be really grateful if I get into the training program and also get a London work placement. Last year when I checked the masters is in Manchester University which is a 3 hour travel 😢. I'd of think it'll probably be 2-3 days a week. Probably might have to live away from family but then if I get into that training (which is the main thing) might consider it as I'll get a good job at the end of it. At the moment I'm volunteering in a hospital A&E ward for nearly 4 years now and I'm in the process of getting my ID card in another hospital so I can shadow a ICU consultant who's a family friend. Hopefully shows how keen I am in for the job as I'll hopefully be visiting 2 hospitals a week. Only thing really is my masters is microbiology and immunology based to thinking of ways this can relate to cardiology the specialism I want to go into. My undergraduate degree I learnt a bit about the heart and I'm thinking relating my masters to it can be such as knowing the bacterial behaviour in a heart infection and immune side to it.
  37. 1 point
    Been using my auto main beam/dip lights and so far they seem to be working fine.
  38. 1 point
    stevekdavis

    Efficiency stats (MPG)

    my 2017 Edge sport used to get about 36mpg average (70/30 round town and longer stretches) I then had it remapped and get around 41mpg on the same mix of driving now. I rarely use cruise control but do use the speed limiter all the time (limit +3mph)
  39. 1 point
    Eric Bloodaxe

    New Price List November 2019

    From the price list, I think it makes about £12 a month difference in BIK for company car users. I suspect it may be more to do with getting under the EU corporate average of 95g/km to avoid penalties to the manufacturer, rather than for the buyer/user.
  40. 1 point
    DG97

    New Price List November 2019

    With the price hike taking an interestingly configured Fiesta to above £20-£21k, as much as I like the car, it’s too expensive for a small hatchback. admittedly if you pay full price at a dealer, then you’ve done things a little bit wrong (unless you’re buying a rare spec car). but at £21-£22k you could get something significantly better with minimal mileage as a pre-reg
  41. 1 point
    Glad I got my ST Line X last month, Even though some of the new additions as standard i would of liked e.g. the 18" rims, but with the options i have on mine (5 door, Frozen white and a spare wheel), it would have cost me about 2 Grand more on the new price listings
  42. 1 point
    idrobbo

    New to the Forum

    Hello all. Although I have been a member on here for some time I don't think I properly introduced myself, if at all. I have recently started using the forum again as I have just purchased (for SWMBO) a 2018 Ecoboost ST 125. Here's a picture after I had it spruced up by a local detailing specialist (SystemClenz, Weston-super-Mare). She is happy with it, therefore I am. I currently have a 2012 Jaguar XFS 3.0D, and in the last couple of days agreed to buy a Jaguar XK (4.2L V8) to scratch the V8 itch. I have owned lots of Fords in the past, started with a Mk1 Escort, ending with a Mondeo Estate about 7 years ago. In between had almost every Mk of Escort, some Focus, and a couple of Mondeos. Favourite of all those however has to have been my 1974 Mk1 Ford Escort Mexico.
  43. 1 point
    Botus

    Charging System Fault MK4

    no - only tesla do this.... when plugged in and fully charged (with a battery able to do 140mph and 300 miles ) it does updates, the amount of battery power required is massive and wont be about for years on non electric car's if ever... and software is to resolve as yet unknown bugs / security or improve features, they aren't supposed to come out needing software updates
  44. 1 point
    GermanWolf

    Emergency Call System Malfunction.

    Fair point. I'll go back to them soon.
  45. 1 point
    Hey guys will hopefully post again soon when I'm able to sort out my suspension as I got sent the wrong set and it's taking a little while to get sorted.
  46. 1 point
    Nick Y

    Things I Don't Like

    Yes, he was a smoker and had smoked for 60 years. My tantrums weren't like normal childrens tantrums. I had severe behavioural issues as a child and these issues continued well into my teens. I ruined family holidays, family gatherings, friend meetings etc but he stuck by me. He watched me grow into the person I am today. Even though times have been difficult for me with mental health into adulthood, he didn't love me any less than he loved his own daughter, wife and grandkids.
  47. 1 point
    If it striggled to srat that may cause the message
  48. 1 point
    Bobr

    New car purchase

    First time I got into an auto car, Roger, the instructor told me to take my left shoe off. It worked.
  49. 1 point
    iantt

    Things I Do Like

    We drove past a hookah lounge last night. I just thought it was another spelling for hooker. Lol I wanted to stop and have a look inside for research purposes. Got back to villa to check and it's an Arabic lounge of some sorts. 😅😅😅
  50. 1 point
    gismo2

    Mk7.5 Led Rear Lights?

    Black smoke lights