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    Ecosport Titanium 1ltr with lux pack
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  1. Last night the car alarm went off for no apparent reason. Has anyone else had this happen. I was wondering if stray radio signals from outside sources could cause it as the weather was fine and there was no wind and there were no people or animals about. It only bothered me as it was late at night and it took me a while to realise that it was my car and then I had to go and get the keys and turn it off , I don't want to upset the neighbours.
  2. Yes but I see you are based in Ireland so your Wifi may work for you but not for us.
  3. it looks as though it just needs the hinges adjusting slightly
  4. That used to happen to my car and the garage couldn't find the fault, after about 2 yrs I found out that it was the heater plug relay. It was the brown one under the bonnet on my car.
  5. It's normal if you've been using the air con or driving in heavy traffic but it doesn't normally come on when driving at this time of the year but so long as it goes of after 4 or 5 mins then that's ok. The fact that the gauge reads normal shows that it's doing its job and keeping the temp down.
  6. Why do Ford give us a compass, what's the point now we have a Sat Nav I've been driving for 55 yrs and I have never thought to myself " I wish I had a compass " I would much rather have an analogue clock instead.
  7. Won't you get a warning sound when you get out of the car , mine does which is annoying but at least the engine keeps running.
  8. Is it a manual or auto gearbox, it sounds like clutch slip.
  9. I updated to F8 a month ago. It took a very long time to download, it depends on the speed of your broadband mine took 15 hrs. and then just over an hour to update the Sat Nav.
  10. I have just sold my 2008 Fusion+. last year it cost me over £1000 in repairs, nothing too serious, a door lock mechanism,a new heater resistor block ,two front road springs, front discs and brake pads. I loved my Fusion as it was very practical and only £30 road tax but I could see things needing replacing more and more.There comes a time when the repairs far exceed the value of the car. It still looked as good as new so it was very hard to part with it but I felt that technology was leaving me behind. I only bought it in the first place because the government was putting pressure on the motorist to buy diesels and now they've put pressure on me to buy a petrol car. I miss the efficiency of the diesel, 77 mpg in the flat counties of Norfolk and lincolnshire.
  11. I gave the update site a couple of days to sort my details out and today I plucked up courage to check . Hey presto it says I'm all up to date so it's accepted my XML file for the map update. All in all it was simple enough it was just time consuming and a lot of crossed fingers, hair pulling and finger nail biting. What's happened to technology,, I thought we were supposed to be in the 21st century. I was a school IT technician for 21 years and still found it very stressful, if only Ford would rewrite the instructions and pay more attention.
  12. I used a pc with normal broadband, not fibre, and it took from 8am to 11pm to download. 23.3gb. My download rate is 3mb/s according to Bt and they say that is good for my system. When I unzipped the file as per instructions nothing happened it was as dead as a Dodo . When I rubbed that file out and put the zipped file on it worked perfectly, I couldn't believe my luck. I just clicked on the zipped folder to open it and copied the two files plus the SyncMyRide folder inside to my memory stick, I didn't open the SyncMyRide folder I left that as it was.
  13. It's a miracle, I put the memory stick back in the usb port and went for a drive this afternoon and surprise surprise it's created a log file , it did put up an error message but I was driving so I ignored it, when I got back home I went straight back to the website and entered my log. So yes they do create log files for Maps but it can take a while, It's crazy. All I can say to anyone out there having difficulties is , stick with it you'll get there in the end.
  14. My Ecosport is now 11 mths old so I thought I would check for any updates and sure enough it said that I needed to do it. I bought a 32gb usb stick and proceeded to download the Sync 3 update, no probs and it took a couple of hours. Next I transferred the zipped file to the memory stick, I couldn't unzip the file as I don't have an unzip program so I thought that I would give it a go anyway and see what happens. I went to the car and and started the engine and inserted the stick into the usb port and it started straight away, I went for a drive and the download took about 20 mins. I removed the stick and when I got home I took it to my pc and went to the Sync website and downloaded the XML log file. Brilliant everything went perfect but it took a couple of days before the website acknowledge that I'd done the update. Next I did the Maps update, what a nightmare that was. First I downloaded the update, that took exactly 15 hrs. Then I found out how to unzip the file and the process took another couple of hours Next I tried to transfer the file to my 32 gb memory stick after an hour it came up error and it said there was not enough room. The file was 23.3 gb big and the 32 gb memory stick said there was 28.7 gb of usable memory space . I tried a couple of times but no luck so I went and bought a 64gb memory stick and put it on that. Next I went to the car and did what the instructions said and went for a 1hr drive, zilch nothing so it was back to my pc and I erased the zipped file and I thought that if the Sync 3 update worked with a zipped file maybe the Map update would so I loaded that which took another couple of hours and then back to the car. I started the engine and inserted the memory stick and Bingo it worked straight away so I went for another drive. The first stage took exactly 30 mins . I then did an ign cycle and it started again this time it took exactly 45 mins, I left the memory stick in to give it time to generate a log file. I took the stick back to the pc and checked the log file so that I could register it, nothing no log file The FAQ page on the website said to go to the page and download the logging file and put the stick back in the car and get the log file big problem , after searching for about one hour I could not find a logging file so I searched the internet for an answer and the best I could find was that some one on the Ford Focus site said that they had the same problem and they contacted Ford who said that the Map update does not generate a log file as it's not necessary, why the 'eck don't Ford update their instructions. So all in all it took me over 24 hrs to update my Maps but I'm still not 100% happy about having no log file. The bottom line is, I found out that it's not necessary to unzip the files and the Map update doesn't need a log file I know this is a lengthy post but I hope it might help someone in the future.
  15. Eggy smells which are usually caused by sulphur dioxide come from the catalytic converter, they build up over a period of time and discharcharge now and again.