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  1. Had a day out in Tenby yesterday (albeit a socially distant day out), which took just over two and a half hours each way. Also drove to Winchester today which was also just over two hours each way, and the car performed brilliantly. Beautifully smooth and feels as safe as a tank. Was good to get out to be honest, somewhere new that's not the house or the local park. We had a walk around Tenby with our face masks, and a socially distant meet up today in the park in Winchester, which did us all some good. Next week will be a relaxed week and back working. The car is in the garage Tuesday to get its track rod ends replaced, but that's as exciting as things get. Tuesday evening I'll be fitting the Rim Blades, so I'm looking forward to getting those alloys a little nicer to look at. Anyway. It's been a lot of driving this weekend, and I've got a Leffe Ruby in my hand as we're just about to watch a film. Will let you know what happens Tuesday. Cheers all
  2. I spent yesterday evening touching up the stone chips and scratches on the paintwork with a frozen white touch up pen. They're not perfect, but they're a lot better and aren't noticeable anymore. This was the worst But this is the best I could do White paint is so forgiving. I gave the car a thorough clean, more on the side of a partial detail, using detail brushes for all the tiny areas inside and outside of the body work. It's looking fantastic now: I've just come back from driving to West Wales and back, so over two hours each way. It performed lovely, with the adaptive cruise control being outstanding. Just waiting for Monday when I can install the RimBlades on the wheels, and then paint the brakes silver (fronts) and black (rears), then cosmetically it's finished.
  3. After looking at several YouTube videos, it looks like the car freaking out while it reads/writes to the car is normal. My only issue is that it had an error and couldn't write. I've got the switch in the adapter but there's no indication to what position it's at? Does anyone know if focccus runs medium or high speed?
  4. The £9 wing mirror indicator replacements came today. Horrible cracked original lamp: Shiny new one Bit of a difference Installed. Much better The other was quite dull and yellow too Replacement looks far nicer Right. I've just tried to use FoCCCus with the ELM327 cable. I connected to the car, made a backup but when it was making the backup the car went nuts. Engine fault, brake fault, etc etc. Suddenly stopped and went back to normal. I tried to write the 'auto lock' when driving off onto the car, and the same thing happened. An error occured and it didn't upload, so I've stopped there. Absolutely s**t myself, so I'm super uncomfortable using it. Was that meant to happen?! I'd need to do this if I'm to fit HID's in projectors in the future. What am I doing wrong?
  5. Gotcha Good to know! The boot bulbs I installed earlier look lovely at night. Ideally I'd like them a little warmer and less blue, but they'll do for the time being. It's hard to tell when buying lights because sellers just throw the 'k' colour temperature around without testing. I want 5000k bulbs but the last time I bought some they were practically purple. It's just luck of the draw. One thing I do love about the car is the rear LED lights. Should be on all of the mk3's.
  6. That's very kind of you! Thank you! Wonder what it means by 'Less'...
  7. Just looked at it and it's asking me to fill out tax information and to register a company name and address, which I'm uncomfortable in doing!
  8. Genuine mats came today! They're lovely. Also the parcel shelf was broken. I assume this is common looking at its design. The edges have cracked and bent, so the shelf falls constantly. I've got two stiff rubber washers, which surprisingly fit perfectly. 12mm if anyone wants to know, The plan was to glue them to the outside of the shelf, creating a wider shelf for the posts to sit in so that it can't fall, and also for them to be more secure rather than wobble around, Job done, shelf is now secure and no chance of falling as I had to bend the edges a little for them to fit onto the posts. As they should! Poor design from Ford there. Whilst I was there, I changed the boot lamps to white (though they look blue here) to match the interior LED's. Not sure if the interior LED's are part of the titanium package or if they're standard across all mk3's but they look great, so these are my best attempt to match them. Photos were before I fixed the shelf: More to follow
  9. The RimBlades came today. I can't believe that it costs £30 for these. It's a complete ripoff, but there's none that are cheaper that I can find anywhere. Still, if they work then they work. They give IPA cleaner, and also an adhesion primer that sets, then you apply the rimblade to the wheel, then leave it for 1-3 days before driving over 40mph. It also says it helps to warm the wheel a little and not to do it on a damp/cold day. Reviews say that for people who follow the instructions, they last a very long time. Some people just stick them on and complain when they fly off. Either way, it's definitely worth a try. This is all they are: I tried to find something online that's similar/cheaper, but to no avail. The wheels are knackered, presumably a rally driver was the last owner?! And a test position These cover all of the curbing nicely! If they stay on then it's a winner. It'll also stop the wheel from being curbed if I do touch a curb. The weather's looking to improve on the weekend so I'll be doing them then. I also cannot wait to coat the rear drums in black hammerite. They look horrible!
  10. Ah fair enough, I'll try again later/tomorrow. My car mats are arriving today I think. Exciting stuff...
  11. Ohh! Saucy. I just looked at ETIS and it's not available... a few people online are saying it's no longer around? Unless I'm being daft!
  12. Ah I think you may be incorrect here, the Titaniums didn't come with rear parking sensors as standard, it was still an optional extra. There were plenty of Titaniums I looked at without them, and I read up online that it was an option. The Titanium Handling Package (according to the manual) is 'sport tuned suspension with 18" alloy wheels', which is odd considering it's a comfort spec car as you said. I'll look into ETIS now. Thanks!
  13. If I had the choice I'd have the 17"s, for the added comfort and better protection from curbs. I've got 18's on the Boxster and they look great on that, but I'm not sold on this. I'd be willing to swap with someone! Thanks though, appreciate it. Regarding optional extras, I've no idea where to look to see the list of options mine has. Normally you can find the codes on cars, but I can't find anything. Ford haven't responded to emails either.
  14. Ordered somestuff to sort out some minor niggles with the car. RimBlades in Silver - £30. I had the wheels on the Porsche refurbished/powdercoated, but this car is a daily that I'll be doing a lot of miles in, and could possible get curbed again easily. These just hide the curb marks and just stick on. They're silver and wouldn't be that bad on the current wheels, so I'll try them out. Honestly I don't know what the previous owner did or where they took the car, but even the tyres have chunks missing out of the protective rim. The alloys are curbed all over, every one of them. If these don't work or don't look good I'll refurbish them myself. Frozen White touch up paint (£6). To touch up a small scuff mark on the front bumper, as well as a little bit of paint missing on the corner of a rear panel. Should only need the tiniest amount. Genuine mats (£25). These will be quite nice with the Focus badge on them. Black Hammerite 'smooth' paint (£11). For the rear drums. I already have silver for the front calipers and the hub carriers behind the discs. OBD2 to USB (£11) for the Focccus app, primarily to change the drive-off auto-lock function, and also to enable HID's when I get round to retrofitting the projectors. Wing mirror indicator covers (£10 for the pair). One's cracked, the other is yellow and whilst I could polish that up, they were very cheap so decided to change them both. Front fog lamp (£17) as the O/S is cracked with water leaking inside of it. Pre-owned to match the condition of the other, and no need to replace both with new ones. Some items are coming from China so will take a while (indicator covers and OBD2 to USB lead) but the others should be here this week.
  15. Thanks! The Boxster almost got sold as a lot went wrong with it, but after fixing everything I've fallen back in love with it. There's a lot that's been done to it, and a huge pistonhead thread on it (check the Readers Cars section, close to the top). Today's job was to fix the boot leak. First off, bumper off. Surprisingly easy; two bolts beneath the rear lights, three screws in each wheel arch, and two plastic clips underneath. The bumper simply comes away. Here's a video showing the amount of water that was getting in. Unbelievable!! I cleaned the surrounding area and applied some sealant Then re-installed the vents Afterwards I put a little more sealant on top, then smoothed it with my thumb so it's nice and clean, with no chance of gaps. Though I did forget to take a photo of this! Next up, track rod ends. I'll see if I can get the garage to change my track rod ends in the coming week so that I can finally adjust the tracking. Not that I can't change them myself, but apparently they're covering it on warranty. Plus they're going to have to be cut off, so I'd rather the safety of knowing that it'll be done properly.