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    Fiesta Zetec S Black Edition
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  1. It's a fairly big initial outlay, but it should cover itself financially over 2/3/4 years. It really depends on how mobile you need to be at all times, whether finances allow etc. I'm sure you've looked into it, but if you need any help then let me know/others who have replied here will likely be able to help you out too. If you do it yourself, at least you won't lose a wheel nut...Ha!
  2. That's a good price for that size tyre. Do you have a spare set of wheels for winters on 17s, or do you swap them over on your usual wheels twice per year?
  3. Never heard of them - Camskill typically only brought up Pirelli tyres for 205/40 R17 and they weren't cheap - think they were £120ish per tyre before fitting. May I ask how much yours were? The Continental TS860 in 195/55 R15 are a HUGE improvement in terms of comfort - it's so much more absorbent of bumps now! I've not encountered snow yet but have had below-freezing ground temperatures and the car feels no different to driving on a warm, sunny day (but then I'm not driving exactly the same); If I had my summers on, below 4 degrees and I could definitely feel them become less pliant and grippy.
  4. Fair points raised by both sides for and against winter tyres. Personally, I could afford to purchase winter wheels and tyres - therefore I did, and I'm happy with the initial outlay. I think the tyres will last me well; I tend to drive most often for work when it's pretty cold (any time between 2300-0900) so the weather can be chilly at those hours. I also didn't struggle to drive on my summers during the snow we had in March - but I certainly didn't enjoy the lack of control on occasion; and if needed to avoid someone rear-ending me, I'd have been unable to manoeuvre my way out of trouble. What tyres did you go for?
  5. Quite enjoying the feel of the car on fatter sidewall tyres - it is a lot more comfortable than on standard wheels and tyres. Been between +4/-4 day/night since Saturday and the car has felt nothing but planted. Also noticed my mpg going up; usually when it is this cold, it drops by a few mpg and the coolant temp gauge takes a lot longer to get to usual temp (which is still the case) but the mpg is going up. Be interesting to see what I get when I do a 200 mile journey in a couple of weeks.
  6. Yeah, thank you. Now all I need to do is get my 16th wheel nut back from Ford...Thankfully they're only down the road from me, or this would get a bit tedious 😅
  7. MK7.5 Black Edition. By the sounds of it, you're right - thank you.
  8. Well, the wheels are fitted. Random pics just for the fun of it. Now, I could be going daft having just woken from a night shift sleep - but are there not supposed to be 16 wheel nuts coming off my summer wheels? I've been given back 15.... Furthermore, I've been told that I may likely have to get the tyre pressure sensors re-coded every time I swap wheels, as the car may not pick them up...I personally think it's nonsense, but can someone confirm what the procedure is for swapping back to summers in regards to TPMS on the summer wheels? My assumption is: fit them, store winter wheels a good 30 feet from where the car is parked, and then reset the tyre pressure monitor from within vehicle settings? Seen as the sensors don't have a battery, I assume they only operate when within range to send and/or receive a signal.
  9. No worries - only £22 extra for 16 nuts. Appreciate all the help you and fellow posters have given me - it has been very helpful. Might upload a pic of the wheels when fitted (hopefully shortly, unless Ford tell me something else is wrong 😁). At least the brake dust won't show up so much on the steel wheels haha!
  10. For anyone following/looking for a winter set up the same as mine: I took my car in to Ford to have the winter set up fitted - having purchased the recommended wheel nuts x4 - only to find out they're incorrect. The parts number was 5114407 and fits my factory/summer wheels. The nut I needed for my winter wheels has the parts number 5114405; As such, these have been purchased and means the wheels are being fitted later on today. Probably just in time for the freezing temperatures and the light dusting of snow I've had in my area! Anyway, just thought I'd share the info for anyone else. Also, can anyone tell me whether the tyre pressure sensors in my summer wheels will need to be re-programmed to the vehicle every time I swap them over?
  11. @jamkart Congratulations - that's pretty cool! What are the dynamics like with the LSD in the wet and dry? LEDs must be a huge improvement over the standard halogens too? I'm not surprised about the Top Gear vote - I've yet to see a negative review of the car in video or print. What summer tyres did it come with from the factory - PS4?
  12. @jamkart I agree - hence why I'm going for the full set up. I looked at the winter tyres for the standard size wheels but didn't fancy it - over 2/3 years it works out cost neutral for me; plus less hassle. Also, how're you enjoying the new ST? They look lovely (the rear has grown on me somewhat). Congrats on the lovely car!
  13. @jbell Thank you - will purchase those from the Fordpartsuk website as I'll also be ordering their tyre pressure sensors too as they say they fit my vehicle (both parts numbers 2036832 & 2318530 are apparently the same items - is it me, or are Ford a confusing bunch when it comes to parts numbers?!). @TomsFocus Cheers for the link. I don't think the dealers understood what I was asking - perhaps because I got my terms mixed up (locking/non-locking nuts). Did you have sensors fitted to your wheels if you had them done post-2014? As I understand it, the first time requires the sensors to be coded/calibrated to my vehicle but from thereon in, I can swap the sets out depending on the weather, without needing to get re-calibration done every time - have I got that right? All I have left to purchase now are those 4 nuts and the tyre pressure sensors 🙂 Thank you for your replies - far more informative than Ford themselves!
  14. @jbell Thank you for the link - so 4 of those and I'm all set? Re: 14 inch tyres - I've already ordered the 195/55 tyres with 15 inch steel wheels as the offset calculator ( keeps it as close to standard as possible with a negligible difference in speedometer reading. Also, in my handbook the minimum speed and load rating is 85 H - as far as I can see on Camskill, the tyres on offer at 175/65 R14 are only up to 'T' - this would invalidate insurance as it goes below the minimum speed rating (which is H for my vehicle). Who knew this could be such a faff and that Ford would be unwilling/unable to provide the correct information regarding wheel and tyre specifications for their own vehicles! Thank you for your replies 🙂
  15. @TomsFocusI'm definitely mixing up my terms for locking wheel nuts/lug nuts etc so my apologies for any confusion. So the same set of 4 non-locking wheel nuts as those that came with the car from the factory? Or is there a parts number/link you can direct me to? Swear I'm just going round in circles. I've called 3 different dealers and they've all given me different parts numbers - and all have been for different Ford models (C-Max; Focus; Mondeo). Feel like I'm going a bit daft with it. @ThaiFiesta The only wheels that come up on Oponeo for 15 inch are all 6.00J x 15; and the offset is 47.5 - nothing comes up for a 42 offset. What effect will this have? Wheels already ordered though...