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      it has been noted that too many Members are posting messages in the General Chat area instead of the correct Forums. Any messages posted in the General Chat area that are not General Chat will be deleted without warning and offenders may recieve warning points if repeated instances are seen from that Member. There are plenty of different Club areas that encompass 99% of Ford related posts, please select and use the correct one. If anyone is not sure of which area to post something then feel free to P/M myself or other Senior Staff for guidance. The Moderating Staff are having to spend far too much time chasing this problem instead of maintaining the other areas of the forum.


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  1. 1.6 Ti-VCT or 1.8 Duratec HE Engine - choose ?

    Ford Duratec/DuratecHE engines are basing on Mazda L-series engines, which probably designed late 1990/early 2000 and widely used in Mazda, Ford and Volvo models. So, maybe not surprising, that Duratec(HE) engines are quite reliable and not so fuel economic - "old" design without "desperate" tricks for improving fuel economy or emission figures. Also not having experience with 1.6 nor 1.8 HE, but having 2.0 HE (with 5-speed manual) Focus Tourer/Estate (mk2.5; my 2008) bout 13 months. Total mileage round 124000 km (~77000 miles), which I drove 12000 km (~7400 miles). One service during my era - no need to add oil between services (oil change interval 10 tkm /~6.2 kmiles). Yes, Duratec engines have chains, but only one row ones (even my old Alfa Romeo 75 2.0 TS having two row chains). I'm not afraid of belt engines (owned several ones), but last time I's looking for estate with chain engine, reasonable mileage and as few computers as possible. Ended up to Focus Estate (2.0 HE), cause Focus with 1.8 petrol engine is quite rare in Finland, Mondeo Estates with reasonable mileages were too expensive and GM-Holden chain engines having serious issues. Pros: - Enough power and torque for Focus Estate (at least 2.0 DuratecHE; curb weight 1284 kg / GVWR 1895 kg) - Chain engine (though one row chains) - Basic engine w/o special economy/emission tricks Cons: - There should be one more gear (6th) - quite high rpm with 5th gear in motorway speeds - 100 km/h (62 mph) or 120 km/h (bit over 74 mph) - Bad fuel economy - (basing on car's computer) town/city: 9.5...10 l/100km (29.7...28.2 mpg) in Summer and 10...11 l/100km (28.2...25.7 mpg) in Winter. Motorway 8...9 l/100km (35.3...31.3 mpg) in Summer. Below 8 l/100km (35.3 mpg or better) possible to attain by driving on roadway max 80 km/h (50 mph) in Summer time. - Right side front wheel bearing start to make mean sound (round 114 tkm / bit over 70 kmiles) and front bearings changed to both sides - no other extra fix so far (and bit off--topic for DuratecHE discussion)
  2. Focus Facelift 2Din Fascia

    Hi, I've not seen double DIN fascia for A/C center console, but only those ones for manual climatic control console. One solution would be to use original center fascia and only replace oval part of it with double DIN kit: InCarTec FK-876/1