Dave May

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About Dave May

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  • Birthday 01/29/1947

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  • First Name
    David
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    Male
  • Ford Model
    Mondeo Estate TDCI
  • Ford Year
    2004
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Essex

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  1. Hi Damian I said the New Mondeo will have more room for batteries and supercapacitors I DID NOT say that supercapacitors will be used in 2021 we will have to wait at least 3 years for any sign of that happening, but at least the space is there for the latest tech. Dave
  2. My contacts informed me last week that Ford have decided NOT TO PHASE OUT THE MONDEO. The new MONDEO for the middle of 2021 will be a Hybrid to start with and will return to leaf springs to give more width inside for batteries / supercapacitors and 8 X 4 plywood. Photo below. Dave
  3. Hi Guy. I don’t agree that everybody wants an SUV. I thought that the latest trend is that SUV owners now realise how boring it is to sit high on 2 foot wheels like in a bus. What’s the fun in that. A nice big sporty estate is the in thing now. I would also say that a £250 oil change is an unnecessary expense. Hybrid cars are a stop gap just like the old analoge to digital tv boxes. They will be obsolete in a few years. Full electric cars will be here soon and not powered by batteries, it will be Supercapacitors. A Capacitor charges and discharges INSTANTLY. So a Supercapacitor ( that's a very very powerful capacitor ) could in theory take a car from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds then after slamming on the regenative brakes stop the car in 4 seconds with NO LOSS OF ELECTRIC POWER. Very soon the Ford Mondeo Estate will have a bank of Supercapacitors under the cargo floor and will charge up instantly by the latest home charger which will consist of an even larger bank of Supercapacitors. The filling stations will obviously have extra large banks of Supercapacitors to charge many cars instantly. Did you know that the Chinese already have a supercapacitor powered bus. I know I am from Essex so probably slightly wrong on all of this but read on Utube or Google. 1) Supercapacitors in cars. 2) Chinese Supercapacitor powered bus. 3) Regenative Brakes Let me know what you think. Sorry to go a bit off track but I assume I can buy a 2.0L Diesel Ecoblue Mondeo with torque converter auto anytime soon. Keep Laughing Dave
  4. I don’t have an axe to grind with any Ford Salesmen Trev, I find all the sales guys in the four showrooms I visit in Essex to be very friendly and helpful. I said they do not SEEM to understand what a torque converter is. They obviously do but on Saturday when I was asking about the latest 2.0L diesel ecoblue Mondeo with Torque Converter they didn’t want to talk too much about TC but promised to check with head office and let me know in a few days. Also Trev you say the Mondeo is on its way out. I think the Mondeo is the best car in the Ford range. Its a fun and sporty car to drive even the Estate is just as good. Best to phase out the Cmax, Smax, and Galaxy and push the Mondeo as Ford needs a large Estate in its range. One thing I would like in the Estate is the width of the inside of the cargo space to be slightly wider to 4 feet so 8 x 4 plywood can be easly carried with the back door slightly open. This would be a winner for Ford.. Back to the powershift and the expensive £250 gearbox oil change at 37500 miles. Is the importance of this oil change stated in the service manual and what happens if its forgotten or delayed by a few thousand miles by mistake. Would the gearbox warranty be void. I wouldn’t risk buying a used Powershift unless its proved the gearbox oil has been changed on time by a signed service report. Mind you I wouldn’t buy one anyway because I tow a heavy boat. My torque converter gearbox has 190000 miles on it and never had a gearbox oil change and never given any problems at all. It can pull my boat up a steep ramp on tick over, no burning or slipping clutch. Sometimes caravans sink up to their axels in thick mud how would powershift move that. Trev, do you really think Powershift is the best. I know it can probably beat most cars away from the lights but most owners would prefer reliable low cost motoring. I hope you are right when you say there could be a new torque converter gearbox on it way for a diesel Mondeo, maybe my friendly Ford Salesman will tell me that this week. Best Regards Dave
  5. This post is repeated on " AUTOMATIC GEARBOX or POWERSHIFT you should understand the difference before buying " I will reply tomorrow.
  6. I am not 100% sure but I believe some Focus cars are back to torque converter and also the American Fiesta could be torque converter now.
  7. Saturday 11th July 2020. Ford can now supply a 2.0 Litre Diesel Ecoblue engine FOR A MONDEO. This ecoblue engine has been used in transit vans for few years but now has emissions low enough for Euro6 so can be driven into London. Ecoblue is a brilliant idea to reduce emissions by use of a separate water tank with an additive that sprays into the exhaust to clear the black dust and reduce n-oxide levels. The additive is low cost and this water tank should last a few thousand miles before needing refilling. Ford salesmen do not seem to understand what a TORQUE CONVERTER automatic gearbox is. They know now and are due to inform me if there is any chance of this type of auto that can again be fitted in a Mondeo. This gearbox would be better for customers who tow caravans & boats and for other customers who don’t like to pay vast sums for repair of the PowerShift gearboxes. On Utube there are good videos explaining how Torque Converters work. I think TC’s are a brilliant invention and worth loosing a few MPG.
  8. Saturday 11th July 2020. Ford can now supply a 2.0 Litre Diesel Ecoblue engine FOR A MONDEO. This ecoblue engine has been used in transit vans for few years but now has emissions low enough for Euro6 so can be driven into London. Ecoblue is a brilliant idea to reduce emissions by use of a separate water tank with an additive that sprays into the exhaust to clear the black dust and reduce n-oxide levels. The additive is low cost and this water tank should last a few thousand miles before needing refilling. Ford salesmen do not seem to understand what a TORQUE CONVERTER automatic gearbox is. They know now and are due to inform me if there is any chance of this type of auto that can again be fitted in a Mondeo. This gearbox would be better for customers who tow caravans & boats and for other customers who don’t like to pay vast sums for repair of the PowerShift gearboxes. On Utube there are good videos explaining how Torque Converters work. I think TC’s are a brilliant invention and worth loosing a few MPG.
  9. The 4 torx bolts are impossible to unscrew, but it's still very easy to get them out. Cut the 4 torx heads off with a small angle grinder then lever off the old hub, this leaves 20mm of bolt to unscrew. Using the angle grinder again make a flat area on the 4 studs, then using molegrips it is easy to get the studs out. NOTE: without making the flat on the studs the molegrips will just slip round.
  10. OK Trev I will take back sales ploy and admin it has an automatic CLUTCH. All I am trying to do is let car buyers know what they are getting when they purchase an automatic car. They can google POWERSHIFT PROBLEMS and get to know the disadvantages of the automatic clutch and why torque converter is the best. I sure you will have no problems with your BMW ZF gearbox. Best Regards Dave
  11. Cheers Trev, this information is priceless, thanks for taking the time to post it, you seem to be very clued up on the subject. Jono2009 said the petrol Mondeo autos are torque converters, I admit I wasn't aware of this. I have always preferred a diesel and was hoping to just have the same TDCI but new 2020 version, but might check out the petrol model as Euro 6 emission standard may be better for London driving. If Ford had fitted letters DCT on the back of cars instead of POWERSHIFT customers would have asked what is was and realised it was not an automatic after being told it was Dual Clutch Transmission. POWERSHIFT seems to indicate automatic, a typical sales ploy. That's why I included POWERSHIFT when writing this post, it gets attention. Even though the PS has pressure release on the clutches when car is stationary in traffic, when creeping along slowly and stopping and starting the clutch is still operating and getting hot and shortening its life, torque converter has none of these problems.
  12. POWERSHIFT was originally designed for Formula 1 racing cars for very fast gear changes but you don't get traffic jams on a racecourse. Try being in a 2 hour traffic jam on the M5 on the way to Devon, the creeping stop and starts are not good for PS as the clutch is constantly slipping and overheating, you will need A/C permently on to stay cool in the car. Pulling a boat up a steep ramp will definitely overheat the clutches and you could get a large repair bill. Best to join the AA, they will get you home.
  13. For everyone out there the ZF gearbox is the best automatic you can buy, it is complete with a torque converter. Hopefully soon to be fitted in a Mondeo.
  14. I notice you have a 2012 s max, is this a POWERSHIFT gearbox. Have you read the bad reports on this type of gearbox and did you change the gearbox oil at the specified mileage ( if you do have powershift ).
  15. My reliable 2004 Mondeo Estate Auto gearbox has done 190,000 miles and never had an oil change or problems and I tow a 1.5 ton boat. This type of gearbox has a fluid coupling ( torque converter) which is a genuine auto with no clutch to wear out. Later Fords and many other car makers use a POWERSHIFT gearbox which is NOT an automatic, it is a MANUAL gearbox with TWO CLUTCHES which have plenty of expensive problems. Type on google POWERSHIFT PROBLEMS you will see many reports. This gearbox has to have expensive oil changes every 35,000 miles and if you tow a caravan or boat the DUAL CLUTCH will not last long, as the TORQUE CONVERTER is missing. Hopefully Ford will ditch Powershift in 2020 and sell genuine autos with TORQUE CONVERTERS. I will be keeping my old reliable Mondeo until Fords gets back to normal. Thought you should all know the difference before buying. Regards Dave