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  1. The reliable operation of this emergency call(Ecall) system is a mandatory EU requirement for all new vehicles after March 2018. I would have thought that malfunction of the system would be considered a safety issue ?
  2. Theres an interesting article here https://www.hypermiler.co.uk/gasoline-particulate-filter/how-to-fix-exhaust-filter-limit-reached-drive-to-clean-now-ford-gpf-filter Note that Gpf's only passively regenerate under throttle closed situations
  3. Alex, do you have the 'auto hold' function selected? I think the handbrake only comes on automatically, when the ignition is switched off, if the auto hold has activated when you stopped.
  4. Really? Since when have Ford UK had the same customer care attitude as the USA
  5. It cant rely on any data or connectivity plan purchase, the 'ecall' system is an EU requirement on all new vehicles after March 2018
  6. I've looked at doing that. Since the Titanium has a camera that does traffic sign recognition I thought that it may work. What settings did you try changing ? My thoughts were that you needed to change the 0C4A to 0C4E and the 2037 to 2237 in as built 720-01-01
  7. In normal driving it's not bhp that makes the biggest difference it's Torque! The 1.5 develops 240nm against the 1.0 of 170 that's >40% more torque. As to fuel consumption, according to the brochure the 1.0 is 6.1 to 5.7 l/100km and the 1.5 6.3 to 6.1, so not a huge difference. I've not driven the 1.0 125 Focus, but my wife used to have a 1.0 100bhp Fiesta (which has similar torque figures) and my 1.5 Focus has a LOT more grunt. My 1.5 at 3000 miles, is currently showing 47.4 mpg (5.96 l/100km) average consumption on the trip (real life is probably slightly less) but I don't do a lot of urban driving. The other reason for getting the 1.5 was the multi-link rear suspension as opposed to the torsion bar BUT since Ford in their wisdom dropped the multi-link from all but the Vignale and the Estate, then that's not a consideration anymore...
  8. For information , If anyone wants to check a recent VIN on ETIS I believe the multi-link suspension shows as at least, that's what mine ( built 6/12/18 ) shows... I would assume that torsion bar is probably Level 1
  9. Actually, there's a mistake earlier, the original fitment was 205/60 , so you're right the rolling radius isn't much different , about 1%. It is on ETIS, I've just checked mine and it says 205/60. Well, I have it and it recognises the Mk4 but I've not tried to do anything yet. Was going to try and see if it's possible to enable 'auto high beam' at some point since I miss that from my previous Mondeo
  10. That could be a problem with insurance if you have an accident and the vehicle isn't fitted with the tyres as specified by the manufacturer. Also, there's a significant rolling circumference difference between 205/55 and 195/65 So I would guess the speedo calibration has been changed for the 195/65 fitment.
  11. I think were all aware that the delivered spec appears to have been changed. However, none of the official information mentions this! As to that, well the website specifically says 'Effective 1 July 2019'... so I would think Trading standards would have a field day... edit: as for those 195/65 tyres, they're going to be a right pain to replace, just checked the Kwikfit site and the only tyres in that size are T or R rated Van tyres!
  12. I would always advise getting the dealer to provide you with a printed copy of the brochure at the time. In this case, I'm sure if you asked the dealer about the spec , they'd just refer you to the brochure, as I don't think they have been advised on the spec changes either
  13. If I'd ordered a car recently, I'd be very upset about the two major changes being discussed here. i.e The replacement of the ML suspension with torsion beam and the change in tyre sizes. Having checked the latest online brochure, accessible from a screen which says 'Effective 1 July 2019' ( https://www.ford.co.uk/shop/research/brochure-download#overlay/content/overlays/download-a-brochure/new-focus ) neither of these changes is shown For tyres, even the Style and Zetec never had 195/65 tyres , apart from the 1.0 100ps petrol and the 1.5 95ps diesel. The brochure says for Style and Zetec The Titanium has only ever had 205/60 tyres As for the suspension, the brochure is pretty clear I think I'd be rejecting any car that didn't agree with the spec.
  14. How about an mobile phone ( with gaps ) running a speedo app. I've used Digihud on an old android phone, it even has a heads up display option.
  15. Mine was built on 6 Dec last year, dealer got the VIN the day before , I believe. It was delivered on 10 Jan but obviously there was Christmas and New Year in between for me!. I think it's typically 3 weeks from build date. AFAIK It leaves from Sarlouis, almost as soon as built, by rail to Rotterdam. Then to a holding compound in the UK by ship pretty quickly. It's then a bit variable as to how it moves by car transporter to the final destination, usually via one or more intermediate destinations. I suspect getting to NI is going to add a further little delay though...