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    Focus Vignale 1.0 Ecoboost 5 Door
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  2. I agree that most of the tech stuff is all to do with getting emissions that will satisfy those in Brussels who always seem to be riding round in Limousines but the problem with Ford at the moment is they don't seem able to fix the problems that are being experienced by the owners of these vehicles. As far as being (stuck with it) in relation to START/STOP I would disagree as I have disabled mine and since doing so I have not had any battery problems.
  3. I cannot dispute if Yuasa or Bosch are better than the Varta Batteries that Ford are fitting but what I do know is that when you have invested a large amount of money in a vehicle that is less than twelve months old you should not have to get your Debit Card out to pay for a new Battery to try and fix a manufacturer fault. On a personal note I cannot understand what the big deal is regarding STOP/START I think it should be in the optional extras section of the Brochure so people like me could pay a little extra not to have it say £100 like the crap Wireless Charging Pad.
  4. Good job they decided not to let the Americans have the MK4 Focus then otherwise the Legal Bods would have had a field day with all the claims for NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE😀
  5. Every time my Vignale has been in to the Dealership it comes out with that cover hanging loose. How hard can it be for the supposed Ford Trained Technician to replace it😏
  6. Mine had the same issue for months until I finally lost my cool and sent a strongly worded email to the Dealer Principle. The Telematics was replaced and has been fine since (FINGERS CROSSED).
  7. I think getting a Factory order car with the 1.5 182 engine has been a problem for a while I ordered a high spec ST Line X in May 2019 with that engine and in the end I cancelled the order as Ford repeatedly kept putting the delivery date back which eventually became Dec 2019 or Jan 2020 and when I brought it up with the Dealership as to why this was the answer I was given was ITS THE ENGINE YOU HAVE CHOSEN. In the end I purchased a Pre Built and In Stock Vignale 1.0 and to be honest it is quick enough and far less thirsty than the 1.5 182 from what I have read also has the added advantage of the Multi Link Rear end which I had on my MK1 & MK3 and in my opinion is a much better ride.
  8. I can fully understand your earlier comments as I also have had problems with the Mk4. I had a NEW 1999 Mk1 Focus it was a 1.8 Zetec had it for 16 years no problems then had a NEW 2014 Focus Zetec S 1.6TDI for 5 years no problems but the Mk4 Focus Vignale 1.0 Ecoboost I purchased in Oct 2019 has been a different story in fact after only 6 weeks I was visiting other brands dealerships looking to trade it even if it meant taking a financial hit as I was that frustrated but once Ford managed to finally fix the software problems it has become an enjoyable experience to own as you are aware the Focus has always been a drivers car. Just keeping my fingers crossed for the future I usually purchase on 3 year PCP and then buy outright if all is ok but if this one keeps playing up it will be handed back at the end or may even be traded earlier. NOTE: When I say that Ford fixed the software problems that is not 100% correct as I fixed the problem with the Battery discharging myself but it meant no longer having STOP/START which to be honest I am not a fan of anyway.
  9. I know how you feel I bought a new 1999 Focus 1.8 Zetec which I kept for 16 years then I had a new Focus Zetec S 1.6 Diesel in 2014 kept that till last October when I thought I would treat myself to a new Focus Vignale BIG MISTAKE. The Mk1 Focus was faultless apart from a Ford recall on an Aircon Wiring Harness and it did seem to eat Drop Links every 18k to 20k but they were cheap enough to replace and the Zetec S was probably one of the best cars I have ever owned and to be honest I really regret letting it go because the Vignale has been nothing but trouble from day one last October. I never thought I would say this but after 35 years of singing their praises I have now lost faith in Ford as a brand
  10. Well my October 2019 Vignale has told me on numerous occasions (at least 45 times) that it has detected a CHARGING SYSTEM FAULT but today was the first time it would not start just a clicking sound from under the bonnet so its on charge at the moment. Eric mentioned above that he has had problems even after having his 2018 Fiesta on charge overnight well as far as I am concerned a new vehicle that has not even reached its first M.O.T. should not need to be put on a charger my first Focus 1.8 Zetec that I purchased new in Sep 1999 had its first replacement battery at nine years old.
  11. It can only be addressed by charging on a regular basis. And who wants to do that? Perhaps FORD have decided that we all need to get used to the idea of having to CHARGE every day after all only FIFTEEN years before ELECTRIC is the only choice. CAN YOU ALL IMAGINE WHAT FAULTS AN ALL ELECTRIC FOCUS WILL HAVE ⛔⛔⛔
  12. I recently had a 2018 Kuga Diesel on loan from Ford while my Focus was in for warranty work and it was recording 29.5mpg mainly local use. Not sure what engine it was but I suspect it was a 2.0ltr based on the torque steer and its willingness to spin the front wheels when pulling away on anything but a completely dry surface.
  13. I only get around 32mpg local and around 43mpg on a longer journey that is when the car is actually in my possession and not siting in the local Ford dealership 1.0 Ecoboost manual.
  14. Mine is 1.0 125 Manual. What do you call thirsty high 20s / low 30s ?
  15. Oh by the way I agree the ST Line X is probably the best looking of them all I originally ordered 1.5 182 manual in May last year but after the original delivery date went from Sep to maybe sometime in December I cancelled the order and went for the Vignale which was in stock at my local dealer.