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    Fiesta St-Line X 140 - 3 Door
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  1. Not sure about the possibility of using the 125bhp engine, but other things to consider is that the 140bhp variant had different gearing to the 125 and also a different Turbo.
  2. I have a vague memory of seeing a you tube vid of a guy from Ford talking about the ecoboost engine and it's various innovations. Was a really good vid but it got taken down about 3 months after I watched it. I seem to recall him saying that 95% of the max torque was available from 1400 rpm so maybe that max at 2665 you suggested is the other 5%? As you say, who knows? All I can say is that mine seems fine from about 1500 although it can sound a little laboured I think it's just the slight roughness of the 3 cylinder at low rpm.
  3. I had a MK 8 (1.1 Litre Normally Aspirated) car for the day as a courtesy car while my 140 ecoboost was in for a service. I think they are quoted at about 75 BHP. Initially as I drove it home from the garage I was quite impressed with the performance up to about 50 but later when i had to go up the motorway it was dire, had to thrash the nuts off of it to get a decent move on. I would only have one of these if I was doing mainly town driving.
  4. I never bother with the indicator either but depending on the requirement I change up at about 1500 in the first 3 gears and about 2000 for the rest. Obviously as Eric says if I'm needing to get a move on I'll use whatever rpm is required. I'm not so sure that what you perceive as the engine labouring at around 1500 rpm is correct. I think it's more to do with the fact that this is a 3 Cylinder engine which is a little unbalanced at lower rpm, my ST-Line 140 certainly pulls fine from 1500, Max torque for these engines is quoted to be at 1400 rpm.
  5. Yes the exterior lights come on and the door mirror puddle lights come on also. You seem a bit obsessed with lights, you sure you'd not be better off buying a Christmas tree 🤣
  6. Not the sort of thing that I would notice, I just get in and drive. I'll have a look next time I go out in the dark. It's got some coloured light around the cup holders I think, but I'm not sure why you need that, or around the door handles? I have the ST-Line X.
  7. Has a 2016 ST-Line 140 for 3 years (about 30,000 miles) and now on a 2019 ST-Line 140 with about 10,000 miles on clock. Both been perfect, no problems at all
  8. Just had a look at the new specs. They list the 155PS Hybrid version of the ST-Line X as an option but it doesn't show in the Brochure pdf they have. Specced one up using their build option and the one I'd like is over £24,000, getting a bit pricey for a Fiesta. I looked in the performance section of the brochure but the Hybrid is not listed. One thing I did find strange though is their weights for the different versions, strangely the 100 PS version listed in column 2 is 53 Kg heavier than the 125 or 140 PS versions, seems a bit odd?
  9. I took some advanced lessons many years ago, and "making good progress" was the code word for break the speed limit if you want and can do it safely. Not in 20 or 30 mph zones though of course.
  10. Not so sure the dashcam will accurately show what he can see from his perspective.
  11. I would urge everyone to go through his complete set of videos on advanced driving if you have any interest in driving safely. He is also not averse to a bit of speed too, you'll see in some of his videos the speedo suddenly becomes pixelated under certain circumstances 😁
  12. Back on the subject of following distances and safety, this guy talks some sense. Nice set of videos for advanced driving techniques. For those that aren't familiar with him he was an ex Police advanced driving instructor. This video gives 5 tips to help avoid accidents.
  13. I'm not sure that description of Octane is correct. The higher the octane number, the more compression the fuel can withstand before detonating. Especially in Turbo'd engines where you are increasing the pressure above atmospheric it can cause the fuel to ignite before the spark, due to the temperature caused by the compression. This causes knock, which if severe can damage your engine. All modern engines have knock sensors which will use various methods to stop the knock from happening and these will stop you from getting full power. I think I read somewhere that one of the methods used in the ecoboost engine is to inject more fuel than required (i.e. running rich) which has a cooling effect that stops the fuel from detonating due to the high compression. This will obviously have a detrimental effect on mpg as it's just wasting fuel to reduce knock. Using a higher octane fuel will just stop the knock from happening so soon as it can withstand more compression before igniting. Therefore you could get more power from a higher octane fuel if it stops the knock sensor from cutting in so soon. As this is only likely to occur under high engine loads, the higher octane fuel is unlikely to make much difference in normal driving unless you drive everywhere flat out or pulling heavy loads up hills etc... As to some of the fuels like Shell V Power, it's not just a higher octane but also cleaning/friction reducing additives as well. I tried some of the super fuels in my MK7.5 ST-Line 140 but couldn't really notice any difference, it certainly made next to no difference to mpg over two tank fulls. Think I got about 1-2mpg better but that could have just been variations in the driving or the ambient temps as I think it was a few degrees warmer on the weeks I had the more expensive fuel in.
  14. It's ok you can go out for half an hour to check your eyesight is up to scratch 😂
  15. I can't say wether you can retro fit it or not but in my experience it's not worth the effort. I can do a better job at being economical with fuel by driving with anticipation, large gaps to the traffic in front and careful use of the throttle.