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    Focus TitaniumX 182
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  1. You'll have to forgive me, I went back to the manual and it seems misremembered. It's a Fast Restart feature, which allows you to restart the engine within 10 seconds of turning it off, whether a key is present or not. Still a stupid feature though. If I park up, stop the engine, get out and walk away, should I happen to be in a hurry and forget to lock it then someone has 10 seconds to jump in and start her up and drive away, all without the key. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  2. In honesty, I wouldn't buy a sat nav, just make sure you have a decent mobile phone and use Google Maps. It's superior to any fixed navigation system you can buy in nearly every way, and if linked to your car's audio can provide verbal instructions through the head unit. It also responds well to verbal commands, so you can ask it "Hey Google, Navigate Home", or "Hey Google, Volume 50%", or "Hey Google, Stop Navigation" etc. No need to press anything, it's automatic. I have a touchscreen sat nav built into my car, and other than the fact the car's screen is bigger, the mobile solution is better, so that's what I use all the time 🙂
  3. My focus manual says something about the car will start and run even without the keys present of within 15 mins of it being unlocked, and keep running until you stop the engine. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  4. Well, I got myself a Focus, 1.5T 182bhp, Titanium X, and I'm feeling reinvogorated about hitting the road. Other than economy anxiety (<37mpg!) the car is a real step up from what I was driving before. I love it. Well. Almost. It's close. I think there are areas I want and can improve on, so I'm now looking to you guys for recommendations on how I can improve my driving experience. Some thoughts I've already had: Sound system. When I was test driving I noticed one had Sony plastered over the speaker grills. I'm guessing this was an uprated sound system. Mine doesn't have it, and the standard sound system is good, but ain't great. I want better. Does anybody know if the Sony system was much different? How hard would it be to get a hold of some better clarity speakers and swap out? Speakers that drectly fit the existing mounts etc. I'm looking for deeper bass (without going down the bass-box route) and better dynamic response 🔊. Related - the Head Unit. The SYNC system is slooow. When I click a saved DAB station, it can take 20 seconds before it tunes in. Overall, I find the large touchscreen interface poor to use. Already I ignore it completely while driving, and I use my connected phone for music and navigation. What options are there to us for replacing the head unit without bollocksing up the console area, maybe to improve the amp output etc and dynamic response? I'm guessing this is difficult to do? 🎵 Performance. It's OK. It's not an RS (clearly) and I don't expect it to be. Bluefin remap £400 - is it worth it for another 13% performance boost? I'd like to get <7s 0-60 if possible 😵. Skirts - the ST styling makes a big difference to the presence of the Focus. Mine came with thin profile 18" alloys, oddly, and without the bodykit they look out of place. How hard is it to retrofit the kit? I think I read somewhere that they simply clip onto the existing bodywork, so no removal of any existing parts? 🏎️ Also, looking for any other ideas. Fancy floor mats? Keep seeing adverts for diamond stitch quality mats from China for £80. Mixed reviews.
  5. Went to see it today, got the VIN, used that in ETIS and voila - car appears with a different (private) plate. I'm guessing the story is as you all describe, just takes time for the details to make it through to Ford's system. Thanks everyone, brilliant forum with great folk on here!
  6. I didn't think of trying these alternative sites. Thanks chaps, very reassuring :-) Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  7. Based on help from this post, I'm using ETIS to check info on cars before I go see them, using the reg plate from the advert photos. One car (GU16 OFV) is coming up as "Not Found". The reg isn't private, as far as I can tell, so I'm wondering if this is a sign of something dodgy? Has anyone else experienced this with ETIS? I assume Ford have kept good records and therefore ETIS isn't wrong. Unfortunately I don't know the VIN.
  8. I've read that too, but originally the 125 and 140 shared hardware, but more recently it's the 100 and 125 that share hardware instead. I wonder when they changed over. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  9. Noob question, hopefully really simple to answer. I might be getting myself a 1.0l Ecoboost Fiesta/Focus and have seen that all one litre engines are the same 3cyl turbo, but offer different performances depending on trim. If the hardware is the same between all models, could I get the lower end 100bhp model and upgrade the engine map to achieve a similar performance to the better models? Say another 30-40bhp? I've seen posts about DemonTweeks Bluechip (or something like that) but it's not clear if I'd get 30%, 10% or even just 5% performance improvement. So I'm hoping you guys have some real world experience here and can tell me the reality? Cost versus gain etc. Thanks! Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  10. So this is a 6F15, not a PS. Great news! I might just enquire [emoji41] Thank you@Jonro2009 ! Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  11. At the moment I haven't found one car that I'm keen on, so I need to be able to perform my own checks if possible. How can you do it from the reg alone? Is it privileged info you have access to? Earlier, I referenced SG67 YVV in a link, it is a model I was interested in potentially, but two folk have said it's the Powershift dry clutch type [emoji3525] Can you absolutely confirm it?? [emoji848] Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  12. Hi. How can you be sure yours is a torque converter? The 2018 MK3.5 1.0l Focus I linked to above has been identified as a dry clutch Powershift by two posters on here. I'm struggling to understand how owners are sure theirs is one or the other type! Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  13. So the presence of the +/- buttons could be either Powershift or new torque converter, as proven by ShamusUK. To note, my wife's Powershift shows the gear you are in on the console if you press the buttons. So I'm still not clear how to figure out whether any particular car is a torque converter.[mention=106043]ShamusUK[/mention] how are you certain yours is not a Powershift? Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  14. Some really great conversation here, thanks chaps! So it seems the dry clutch models are likely problematic, for both Ford and VAG, and best avoided. And Ford apparently replaced the PS with the better wet model for the US before the UK, without definitive dates to refer to. My issue still stands then, how do I definitely determine which gearbox type is fitted to any particular Focus? New or old, Powershift or newer type, dry or wet? I'm looking at various Focus models, including the lower torque 1.0 Ecoboost, so definitely want to avoid being lumbered with a bad gearbox. Any advice on definitively determining the installed gearbox would be much appreciated. I don't know if this info is available from Ford themselves? Or is there a really easy way to self determine, from inspection or 'feel' during a test drive? Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  15. So here's a challenge, what gearbox has this Focus got? Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk