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Eric Bloodaxe

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  1. It's very odd that some of us are finding a big difference and others not. My experience with both mine and my wife's SEAT Mii is the same as Bob's, similarly measured by the brim to brim method. According to RAC fuel watch, the average for unleaded (E10) is 147.64ppl and for super unleaded (E5) is 160.43ppl, so almost 11% more.
  2. Wonder how long they take to filter through to customer sales? I have a January 2020 price list which still shows the 140 etc, and a June 2020 list by which time the 155mhev etc were shown.
  3. Not on a 2019. Didn't come in until first half of 2020 - not sure of exact date, though.
  4. I was reading an article in one of the financial sections which suggested that, for manufacturers, a situation where demand greatly exceeds supply is not necessarily a bad thing. They sell fewer cars but at a greater margin as I imagine they're not falling over themselves to offer discounts at the moment. Another point made was that manufacturers are taking advantage of the situation to wrest control of the sales process from dealers. More and more are moving to a model where the price of the vehicle (or finance plan) is set by the manufacturer and the dealership gets a flat fee for physically handling pdi, handover etc. Meanwhile residuals on what used cars do come onto the market are being kept high, which I guess makes used car sales managers happy, and probably helps keep monthly finance payments on new cars down also.
  5. I've seen a few "before and after" power/torque graphs on tuners websites which show maximum torque occurring around 2500 rpm which would be about 20-25 mph. (We don't know whether the OP has a 125 or 140 which has slightly lower overall gearing). So yes, if you put your foot down at that sort of speed in 2nd the car will accelerate quite briskly. I wouldn't say "like a madman" though, depends what you've experienced previously, I guess.
  6. Looks like the same situation all round then. It seemed bad enough when I and many others on here were waiting 6 months plus for our current cars, the problem then supposedly being availability of leather seat material. I got an email the other day from my usual dealer about Ford's 24 hour test drive promotion but as far as I can see there's nothing available that I'd want to test drive anyway. I'm interested to see what the Ford Performance branded seats in the facelift ST are like, so it looks like spring/early summer, then!
  7. I see it's still mentioned on the Ford website. Could be the website is now out of date, or possibly your dealer (Evans Halshaw I think?) no longer participates in the scheme (not all did). My local dealer also still mentions this on their website. You only got 12 months from new anyway, then subject to renewal with Convenience Check or service (at participating dealers), though oddly you got 2 years cover with a Ford Direct used car. Anyone know more? Edit: Just looking at the list of participating dealers which I downloaded from Ford a while back - EH don't seem to be on it. SARA-participating-dealer-list-April-18 (1).pdf
  8. I did, but only with the Mrs. My prize is the smug feeling of being right, but for once I wish I wasn't!😀
  9. Has anyone made an enquiry on likely availability of the facelift? I lurk on various forums and I'm seeing some very lengthy lead times mentioned. A guy ordered a BMW 1-Series in August and is now being advised delivery in August 2022. Similarly facelift Polos are being quoted as 12 months plus, while prospective buyers of the Hyundai i20N have been quoted deliveries in 2023.
  10. Not sure how they would know this given the short time the Covid vaccines have been in use. Anyway, like @JImpster I already had a heart issue but I can't say I'm worried about it.
  11. Yes, I don't know how the spring rates compared. I bought a Titanium diesel from Ford Direct over 10 years ago, but the dealer didn't have one for test drive so I had a long drive in an Econetic, to get the feel of the engine. It seemed a pretty sporty drive, more so than the Titanium when I got it, and I would have put it on the firm side, certainly not soft. Memory's a funny thing but I recall similar comments in road tests at the time, such as: https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-reviews/39285/ford-fiesta-econetic which mentions: "The pay-off is a firm low-speed ride"
  12. I think the Zetec S, which was pretty popular in diesel form, was also 10mm lower than the standard models, so it's surprising Ford don't have any stock.
  13. As suspected, the programme was about cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Not a pleasant watch. Tesla (the end user for a lot of this stuff) were apparently given the opportunity to respond but declined to comment. The Guardian recently ran a similar story: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/nov/08/cobalt-drc-miners-toil-for-30p-an-hour-to-fuel-electric-cars
  14. I see that one is a "restomod" that's been electrified - but If they did a production model EV like that rather than yet another 3 tonne SUV, it might get a few people a bit more interested in EVs.
  15. No worries. I'd forgotten about it until I spotted your post. When I picked up my car the salesman, who I've dealt with for years, said " now I just know you won't like this" and switched it off before I left the showroom. Unfortunately it is compulsory under the next raft of safety measures in 2022 so if you buy a new car then, you either won't be able to turn it off at all, or it will default to "on" every time you switch on the ignition, and you'll have to turn it off every time. I think the latest Mk 8 Golf already does that.
  16. Just glancing at the online manual for a 2020 Focus. It seems to be the same as my Fiesta - press the little button on the tip of the indicator stalk. Switching Lane Keeping System On and Off Press the button on the direction indicator stalk.
  17. If we're serious about saving the planet, they'll have to do a rethink on their business model - which most of them already are, by starting to morph into mobility providers rather than just car manufacturers. The green generation will just have to decide what their priorities are. If we're talking "safety" features like lane departure that tries to steer you where you don't want to go and "security" features like keyless entry that gets your car stolen, many of us can well do without anyway!😀 Probably yes. But I wonder if people really do want all that stuff anyway - is there a real demand or is it created by marketing hype. (Some of it is down to legislators of course.) None of my friends are exactly hard up, but what I hear from them most often when discussing cars is something like "Why can't I just buy a car with the few bits I do want, without paying for a load of cr*p that I don't need?" Being a bit tongue in cheek of course, but I really don't see you can just carry on in the same old way, only with batteries.
  18. Will also watch this one out of interest, but from what I've seen it's more concerned with how ethical EV makers supply chains are, rather than about the pros and cons of EVs themselves.
  19. True enough. It seems that EVs are getting to the point where the battery is almost integral to the structure (or even, so I've read, the structure itself becomes the battery.) Just pondering, though, If we're really supposed to be thinking green, would it not be preferable for the battery and electronics to be upgradeable several times during a longer vehicle lifetime rather than scrap/recycle the whole lot every 8 years or so? Talk now is of different ownership models such as subscription, so if you were paying £x per month for the use of an EV, would it matter much if it was "old" provided the battery and tech were up to date provided the £x was low enough? Wouldn't really be that different to renting a reconditioned iPhone.
  20. And it's made with proper dripping - not that healthy oil stuff!😀
  21. Jeep was part of Fiat Chrysler (now merged into Stellantis) so that little Jeep thing is basically a Fiat underneath, I think. It was an odd choice to represent hybrids when Toyota have been leaders in that field for years. Almost as if someone wanted it to look bad.
  22. Yes, I suppose we on here know (or think we do!😀) a bit more than the "average" car buyer at whom the programme was presumably aimed, but I wasn't at all sure at the end which way they were leaning or what audience it was aimed at. The charger issues have certainly been well covered already over several years now and it's a bit disappointing that not much progress seems to have been made. I make a point of looking at EV chargers wherever I see them and still find many missing, out of order and with a plethora of payment systems. The programme did mention government legislation next year but really, payment by debit/credit card should have been sorted from the start. Yeah, the 9 year old Leaf was a bit naughty but Nissans response was a bit sniffy I thought. MG came over better with comments about further improving their information to drivers on the charging regime. Autocar did a comparison recently on buying a new VW ID3 versus a used Jaguar I-Pace for approximately the same money. Both Jag and VW give an 8 year/100k mile transferable warranty on the battery and will replace it if it fails to retain 70% capacity before then. The article suggested that high mileage cars that have been fully charged and rapid charged routinely were the likeliest to suffer early battery capacity degredation. (Or, I guess, exactly the sort of 2 or 3 year old ex-lease company cars you often find on the used market.) I was a bit thrown by the VOC thing also. I don't think the Jeep they featured is the best example of a hybrid, but to me, if you're heading towards EV (or other zero emission vehicle) the 5 years extra for hybrids is a bit pointless. The SMMT man, Mike Hawes, seemed a bit wrong-footed by the VOC thing but muttered something about further emission legislation in a couple of years. I presume he means Euro 7 - and the heads of Stellantis and Renault have already said they're not prepared to make the investment to meet that, but it's not clear yet whether it will apply to all models in production at the date of implementation, or just to new ones introduced afterwards. Yes, I think you may have mentioned it!😀
  23. Did anyone else catch this? The guy presenting it was pretty much pro-EV, having had one for 5 years or so, so I don't think you could accuse him of anti-EV bias. However, there was certainly nothing in the programme that would encourage me to buy one at this stage. One point that I hadn't really appreciated was that, for optimum battery life, manufacturers recommend not charging above 80%, or letting charge fall below 20%. So to make your battery last, you are effectively unable to use 40% of its capacity on a regular basis. Of course, if you are on a 3 year lease/PCP you probably won't care, but purchasers of used EVs are going to have to look carefully at battery condition, it appears.
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