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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. 4 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!
  4. 4 points
    Glad I don't live where you do !
  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
    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.
  8. 3 points
    TomsFocus

    Things I Don't Like

    Well that's slightly concerning! There's a sign on our local saying no football boots, hoods or helmets...nothing about knives though! 😮 Also, who on earth wrapped this!? What a state! Yianni would not approve...
  9. 3 points
    iantt

    MK4 Focus - Recent cost cutting

    the 1990's car seats were good for static build up . i used to wiggle around in a seat then without touching anything, get out car, then be charged while walking around ready to discharge through my finger ( or screwdriver in my hand if i didnt want shock also) at any unsuspecting person nearby. maximum effect if touching ear lobe. pmsl.
  10. 3 points
    TomsFocus

    MK4 Focus - Recent cost cutting

    God I hate those things...not just a dislike either, it's a proper repulsive hatred! It's an excellent way to make sure your doors look permanently crap while avoiding the occasional, and much less noticeable, minor edge scuff... They were always a favourite accessory of my Dad's, along with the static shock hanger and tartan blanket.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 2 points
    F0CUE

    Time to Renew Rear Shocks possibly????

    Yep defo makes a difference especially on bad roads and feels stiffer on cornering.
  14. 2 points
    zain611

    Things I Do Like

    I do like getting the lego dust caps fitted. Nothing flashy
  15. 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?
  16. 2 points
    In my personal opinion based on my personal salary no it's not worth €68,500
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 2 points
    zain611

    Things I Don't Like

    Tom will have to uprate the suspension to comfort 😁
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 2 points
    iantt

    Things I Do Like

    im sure ive seen clive here some where. i know, krusty land. there he is
  24. 2 points
    zain611

    Things I Do Like

  25. 2 points
    TomsFocus

    Things I Do Like

    Have either of you tried it recently? Doesn't seem to be working anymore! Don't think it's a cookie issue either as I tried it 'inPrivate' as well. Dissapointing tbh, when I haven't paid for something I expect it to work perfectly!
  26. 2 points
    iantt

    Things I Don't Like

    That's nothing, our Tesco was evacuated due to a woman walking in with a Waitrose bag in her hand. 😅😅😅😅😅
  27. 2 points
    bongos

    Mk 2 1.6TDCI 'Engine Malfunction'

    A massive thank you to both of you - and you were both correct. Codes read as low fuel flow and as suggested the filter was starving the engine of diesel. I'd never seen a filter like this before though no wonder it was more expensive than i'd thought. All running fine now - if anything a little smoother. Interesting. I'd not thought of this. My original reason for blanking it was to keep the combustion temps up and try and reduce (to whatever extent) the build up of soot. I'm assuming from what you're saying though the NOx keeps the regen temp down too so with the EGR blanked you get less NOx and more oxygen during a burn and things may get too hot? Thanks again for all the info 👍
  28. 2 points
    StephenFord

    MK4 Focus - Recent cost cutting

    mmm... my friends old Allegro (brown of course) with luxury velour seats were a prime source of static. LOL
  29. 2 points
    pcaouolte

    MK4 Focus - Recent cost cutting

    It'll be the new eco friendly static electricity, not enough power in it to give you a shock but its saving a penguin somewhere.
  30. 2 points
    ThaiFiesta

    New car purchase

    1,3,5 & R
  31. 2 points
    tef89

    st line and titanium x

    Hi Steve. Currently the only way you can update Sync or indeed the Sat-Nav maps is via a USB stick. It took me 40 minutes last time I did it, so I just went for a drive whilst updating as car has to be 'on'. Here is where to start: https://www.ford.co.uk/owner/resources-and-support/sync-bluetooth/update#/ Stop / Start can only be disabled 'per journey' via the button near the gear-stick. Meaning it will automatically reset to the ON position next trip. I don't know if this can be changed with Forscan programming or not though. The B&o sound system is an improvement (although very picky about which formats i.e FLAC / Lossless etc. - it needs to sound amazing) and it doesn't need playing loud for you to appreciate the benefit. Get the right track type, or source, and it sounds considerably better than the standard system, again even at normal volume levels. The point of a good system is that it has depth and quality through a range of volume levels, and in some situations, the B&o has this. I have the panoramic roof and whilst I wouldn't have spec'd it myself (bought my car at a year old) I love it now. Pretty much every opportunity during the summer I had it open.
  32. 2 points
    alexp999

    Fordpass recording my journeys

    It's optional just don't turn it on.
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
    TimST2

    New car purchase

    That's not bad advice. I once got into Mrs. TimST2's auto and pressed the brake pedal with my left foot as I got to the end of the driveway (no idea why). I nearly exited the car via the windscreen
  35. 2 points
    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. 😅😅😅
  36. 2 points
    iantt

    Things I Do Like

    Hate to think where the tap is.
  37. 2 points
    A few years ago the damping effect of the shock absorbers was part of mot test. Then it was changed to only visual inspection for leaks. Ineffective shock absorbers can be dangerous causing more likely loss of control. But they can be rubbish with no sign of leaks. I am guessing it was removed from test as on some cars it is difficult to find somewhere suitable on the car to push down hard on to test
  38. 2 points
    Yep I used a big breaker bar was tight as and banged my arm several times lmao.
  39. 2 points
  40. 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)
  41. 1 point
    Skinheaduk

    Evening All

    Hi all, new here, I myself drive a battered old Transit Connect, but just brought my other half a 2017 Fiesta ST-line and I must say im pretty impressed with the 1.0 Eco engine, it does get down the road better than I thought it would, my aim is to get it down the road even better, so suggestions where to start are very welcome.
  42. 1 point
    TomsFocus

    Things I Don't Like

    Nope...the 2.5 lump weighs about as much as putting a whole fiesta on the bonnet, standard springs wouldn't cope. Comfort springs on an ST would completely ruin the looks and the handling anyway. Plus the low profile tyres are a big part of the ride too. There's no way to make it suitable for me without ruining the car. I would've had one before now otherwise!! Can't afford the fuel or tax on those either tbf lol! I'm still tempted by diesel Mercs tbh... Been looking at the VW CC GT facelift for nearly 6 months but very few £30 tax ones and they hold their value too much. But that's the sort of thing I'm after I think...
  43. 1 point
    There should be no problem in doing this. There is always a risk that an aftermarket sensor is the wrong type, or is faulty, but it is extremely unlikely that any harm will be done if this is the case, just £25 wasted. Even if you have to try 3 different ones to get a good'un, it is vastly cheaper than a dealer's inflated price. You, or the mechanic, will probably have to reset the DPF system after a cleaning, Forscan can do this. Though if he or you are reading the sensor pressure, it is likely that this will have been done already. I assume the hoses to the sensor have been thoroughly checked. They are a very common fault.
  44. 1 point
    dtulip8

    Things I Don't Like

    MK2 ST and forget about the 19mpg in town 😜
  45. 1 point
    MikeGD

    New to the forum

    Hi, my names Mike and new to the forum. Just thought I would introduce myself and say hi. Currently the owner of a stage 3 mk7.5 fiesta st. Everything I have put on the fiesta since owning it are Nexus stage 3 map by sitech Custom 3" exhaust system ITG CAI kit VUDU VT330R Hybrid Turbo Kit Airtec Big Boost Pipe Kit - VT330r Spec ITG Maxogen Pro Cross-Over Intake Pipe Milltek Sport Front Pipe Sports Cat AIRTEC Stage 3 front mount Intercooler Turbosmart Kompact Shortie Dual Port BOV VUDU Manifold Tarox Brake Conversion Bola B1 17" rims - Toyo Proxes T1 R
  46. 1 point
    iantt

    2.0 duratec or Econetic

    Econetic has the 16in wheels unless someone's put different sized wheels on after.
  47. 1 point
    Luke4efc

    2.0 duratec or Econetic

    I mean if you gave us the reg and engine fitted we could just tell you if it's an Econetic. First off, duratec are the petrol engines. I'm guessing you've either used the wrong VIN, or you mean duratorq which are the diesel engines. Secondly, there's duratorq, and doratorq ECOnetic. Basically if it says duratorq, it doesn't mean that it's not an ECOnetic too. And finally the bit you actually wanted to read, ETIS doesn't tell you whether it's an econetic. However if car parts websites and the dealer says it is, then it will be.
  48. 1 point
    Nicola18

    Temperature sensor/DPF problem

    Thanks again. The fault codes we had before the tried and failed regens were DPF faults soot accumulation, I can’t quite remember exactly what they were. The fuel pipe vaporiser had fell off at the pump which they fixed and said would have prevented DPF regen. Also an air conditioning fault which the independent mechanic never investigated further. My nephew got the same faults but he also got the coolant sensor fault too and he was a bit unsure why the independent garage never noticed or mentioned these. It was be first one that came up on his diagnostics tool. My nephew is trying to do exactly what you have suggested with computer diagnostics and getting in about the engine himself, he’s a bit annoyed that we paid a decent sum of money to a garage and we’re still not any the wiser. The auto electrician is someone he knows and as far as I’m aware he’s got a good reputation. When we mention him to anyone they all seem to know who he is and comes highly recommended. If you can get the pin-out picture of ECU it would, again,be much appreciated. Thanks again.
  49. 1 point
    Tdci-Peter

    Temperature sensor/DPF problem

    If you can find one with a good reputation, ideally via someone you know, then yes. I have seen quite a few cases on here where auto electricians prove to be of not much use. All I have to go on is your nephew's tests showing the ECT (coolant sensor) is reading wrong and seems to have no power. These sensors do not get much power, only a volt or two probably, so I am not sure if a lamp test is valid. The only other point of access to the wiring is at the ECU, which is what my little drawing tries to show. But getting at the ECU connector ain't easy. On the Mk2/2a Focus it needs a roadwheel & wheelarch liner removed for access, then there is a security bolt to drill or grind out, and I guess the Mk3 Focus is similar. I can get a pin-out picture of the ECU connector if needed. I would try another, more direct diagnostic test (eg via Forscan) before all that work, and it may well be that a garage or auto-electrician will be needed to do the work. But too many just change expensive parts without really doing any proper testing. At the moment, the DPF idea seems to be a stab in the dark, but without access to good diagnostics it is hard to tell. Even then it is not 100% certain, error codes can be misleading! It needs a combination of computer diagnostics with good old fashioned human and test meter diagnostics to be sure of a fault before changing expensive parts.
  50. 1 point
    Focus Titanium? I know they can have the funky looking surrounds.