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  1. 1.0 EcoBoost vs 1.5 EcoBoost - which to get?

    The newer builds of the EB 1.0 have an uprated coolant pipe fitted and also an extra pump that keeps pumping coolant through the turbo when required, even if the engine has been turned off. The 125 BHP version of the engine comes with the 6 speed box is lovely to drive although like all turbo petrol engines it can't deliver performance AND economy at the same time. The 1.5 EB has had it's own issues in relation to an apparently rather irritating rattle (there have been at least 2 threads on here about the issue), Ford reckoned it was "by design". It's also not a particularly modern engine so isn't great on the old economy front and isn't as keen to rev out as the 1.0 EB so can feel a little sluggish/strangled. Personally I'd go for the 125 BHP 1.0 EB IF it's a late enough version that it has the additional pump circuit to ensure everything gets cooled down properly even after the engine if shut down. I personally think it's much nicer to drive (when you want to have fun) and on a steady motorway run on cruise control, will still deliver 50(ish) MPG. EDIT - I found the rather lengthy thread where the 1.5 EB rattle issue was discussed 1.5 EB rattle issue thread link
  2. 1.6 tdci engine stutter 18-2200 revs

    My 1.8 TDCi made a definite hissing noise when the intercooler pipe was split, I'd expect all turbo engines to be the same as the principle i.e. boost pressure is the same regardless of the fuel type/manufacturer.
  3. Turbo oil feed pipe

    It's also apparently good policy to remove the stupid gauze filters from the feed pipe/banjo bolt to stop the nice shiny new turbo from going pop.
  4. Show Us Your Mk3.5!

    Very nice, especially in Magnetic Grey Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

    Although I'm happy with one of their tuning boxes on my MK2 1.8 TDCi, I only paid £85 thanks to ebay. For the increase in performance it's provided I'd be happy to pay up to £200 for one of their tuning boxes. For much above £200 though, I think I'd also pay the extra for get a Bluefin or similar, frankly £450 is ridiculous IMHO for a tuning box that only connects to the fuel rail sensor (on mine at least). As a side note in relation to technical support, I sent them 3 different emails/messages and not one was replied to (just something to bear in mind when potentially spending hundreds of pounds on something that you may well have questions about).
  6. Is this normal?

    No worries mate, the only thing I'd say is when you're refitting it, the long strip/clip that fits onto the leading edge of the windscreen, clean out all the crap that you'll probably find in it and it should pop back onto the bottom edge of the windscreen nice and easy without needing to be pushed too hard.
  7. Is this normal?

    I've had the plastic scuttle panel off loads of times, it's actually fairly sturdy, I wouldn't worry too much about breaking it.
  8. Mondeo mrk 4

    It could also be that the battery doesn't have enough charge/power to drive the starter motor/crank the engine.
  9. MK2 Focus Estate same to V50?

    I just did a quick search on Euro Car Parts for a 2007 2.0 diesel Focus and a similar Volvo, the site gave the exact same matches. Clearly this isn't a definitive answer but it seems like the parts are the same, it is largely the same car in a nicer looking dress.
  10. new alloys

    If it's a diamond cut finish I suspect they'll need a professional refurb/re-cut to restore the finish (To be clear, I don't know if they ARE actually diamond cut, but they look like that type/style of finish).
  11. Running the engine for a bit with the coolant tank cap off won't do any harm, in addition what you posted you also need the heater setting on max heat to ensure the full coolant including the heater matrix is in use. Once the engine is up to temp, check if the top hose for the radiator is also warm, if not it might be that you have a sizeable air lock in the radiator. If you've tried the steps you mentioned in your post, I'd say try it and see if it fixes it. If not post back as we go from there.
  12. Mk2 Automatic won’t start even after battery change

    You could really do with being able to read/check for stored error codes, to do this you'd need a modified ELM327 cable, a Windows laptop and Forscan software. (If you google the terms you'll find plenty of info). Otherwise as you touched on you're looking at going to garage with is likely to start costing money pretty quickly. You might get a recommendation on here for a good garage in your area if you wait long enough but seeing as your car is now a non-runner you can see for a decent garage here: https://www.goodgaragescheme.com/ Don't forget to post back with how you get on (it might help someone else in the future).
  13. Mk3.5 different headlight options?

    Most on here have got one from Modified ELM327 cable but the basic USB one is currently showing as out of stock. I've had mine a few years and it's never let me down.
  14. Things to know about Automatic gearboxes

    I don't think the old school auto boxes used in the MK2 Focus had a regularly filter/fluid change requirement, unlike the newer dual clutch systems. That said, at 10+ years old it would probably be a job worth doing, as long as the right fluid and amount is used I can't see it doing any harm to the box. (Assuming that it's easy enough to do as some boxes have to be partly stripped down to get to the drain/fill ports). EDIT - Just checked Haynes manual for MK2 petrol and the auto box is of the "sealed for life" variety although from looking at the Haynes book it doesn't seem overly difficult if someone wanted to drain and refill the fluid for peace of mind.
  15. Things to know about Automatic gearboxes

    No worries mate. Don't worry about the "slush box" nickname, it's a term often used for the older type auto boxes because they use fluid to provide the drive, rather than a fixed connection like a manual box or a dual clutch setup. They technology has been around for decades so is tried and tested.