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  1. Replacing my steel Rims

    Remember if you change to a larger wheel and it results in an overall increase in wheel-tyre circumference, it will reduce acceleration, only slightly, but it does reduce it. On 16 inch, you'll probably be okay as the corresponding decrease in tyre profile will cover the difference. That may be not possible if you move up to a 17 inch. Not sure what profile tyre you have on your 15's, but if it's 55; to keep a similar circumference you'd need 40 or 45 profile on 16 inch wheels (in both cases affecting speedo by a quite small 1%). On 17 inch wheels, your tyre profile would have to be 30, although the speedo would hardly be affected It also is likely to reduce your fuel economy; again only by a few percentage points and methinks if you're wanting to buy bigger wheels, looking good is far more important than the few pennies you will save in the fuel tank
  2. Start stop not working.

    42 mpg is not horrendous. I use to get about 47-48 from normal unleaded and most of my driving is a steady 60mph on M/ways
  3. My poor ST :(

    How annoying. No doubt you'll find the money and have to forego something else you would have bought with the £257 plus inflation. I also imagine you were pretty shook up and looking back no doubt grateful that he wasn't seriously hurt. Something similar happened to me a few years ago when a bunch of 'kids' (university students) were laughing and joking and one got pushed into the road, I hit him with my wing mirror. Unlike you, mine wasn't damaged; I stopped and looked back, unfolded my mirror, but there was no way I was going to go back and see if he was alright/confront them (half-a-dozen 18 yr old's and me!). I didn't report it to the police, as there was no damage, but as wealdman says it might be a good idea to do so, just in case the boy reports it later and you can't deny involvement, as your car needs repairing.
  4. Philf1's Nitrous Blue Focus RS

    That's poor after 7 months. Make sure the blue exactly matches the other seat before you let them put it in I noticed that part of the leather on my Focus ST drivers seat got worn out pretty quickly (not 7 months though). I use to frequently cover, just that part with leather conditioner after that so it was very slippery and I'd practically slide out; minimising the rubbing affect, which is obviously why it wears out so quickly
  5. First engine breakdown in decades

    I tend to be a bit pessimistic when giving prices as they're always dealer figures and often based on non-Ford cars, but I'd say about £250-300. I'm sure someone with more knowledge will be able to be a little more accurate
  6. First engine breakdown in decades

    Possibly the fuel pump
  7. Steering assist malfunction - Service required

    I saw the same warning (Steering Assist Failure) on my Focus ST about 6-12 months before I sold it. Only saw it 2/3 times, months apart in each case and never did anything as it disappeared after a few seconds. I had no idea it was such an issue until reading this thread. I'd had another rogue warning on the system [reduced acceleration] that flashed up every now and then and spent more than £400 trying to trace it - the dealer could never find any faults. This 'fault' never caused any driving issues and only appeared a 2/3 times a year and at random times. Back to the steering issue... Each time it was in winter and after the car had been stood for a longer time than usual. The car even had a full service and passed an MOT. I had the battery replaced and never saw the warning again. The car and it's steering drove perfectly throughout the time
  8. Respray/repair

    You were pretty unlucky really, a few inches higher and most of the damage would have been on the door protectors
  9. Things I Don't Like

    Wishing I had to mow the lawn, even if it was dark. The weather has been so poor up here during August and September that I haven't mowed my lawn since the end of July - it's a little long, but not so much that it needs mowing. It just hasn't grown that much this year and the sun set in June and hasn't been seen since
  10. What wrap would you have? Focus RS 2017

    I've always loved the Chrome Blue that wrapped this Aventador. It was unveiled a SEMA Show in 2013
  11. Things I Don't Like

    Phil hit the nail on the head with his earlier post about "the way we want to use them" With the new laptop I bought, I also got a copy of Microsoft Office Home 2016 with Excel, Word etc., because it was on offer. On the laptop there was a trial version of the software. What have they done to Excel; there is no logic to it's layout and it's on screen vision is disgusting. It looks like it's been designed by a 14 year old who had too much time on his hands and couldn't stop adding bits and pieces of nonsense - which it probably was! Suffice it to say the new software is stuck in a cupboard,, unused and is where it will stay; I'll carry on using my Office 2007. Maybe it's me not liking change, but I think the old version is much better