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  1. They both claim 130% - if I'm honest, I'm half hoping that the Osram don't last long, so I can try both. I couldn't justify £50 to myself "just to see" and I was in a tight mood yesterday so I went for the cheaper of the two. I know that as long as the Osrams work, it will bug me that I don't know if the Philips ones are better. Then, when they DO go bad, I'll get the Philips ones, and then it will bug me that I can't be sure whether they're better than the ones I had before. There's only one possible solution, I need to buy a second car so I can try them side by side.
  2. Damn Tom, you're too late :) Already ordered the Osram. Still, it's only a few £ so if I'm not entirely happy, or if it doesn't last long, I'll order the Philips one instead, and I'll invoice Jonro for bad advice, and sue him for emotional trauma. Thank you!
  3. Well the specs are the same, the reviews are the same, but the Osram are 30% cheaper, which I suppose fits perfectly with your view. I wonder if the Philips last exactly 30% longer... I wasn't sure if these fancy bulbs were just a marketing gimmick, but in the 38 minutes since I asked the question, 100% of respondents have recommended these two brands, so I've ordered the Osram and will give them a try. Thanks, you're awesome ☺️
  4. Hi. Sorry to ask something which must be asked a lot, but I did TRY to search, and couldn't figure out how to narrow my search to find an answer, and Google brings up far too many options and confuses me! I have a 2009 Focus, and the headlights aren't great. Driving on unlit roads is scary, I feel like I can only see a few metres in front of my car. The lights are all working, I don't think there's a problem, I just think they're a bit poor. I use my high beam a lot on unlit roads, and in some other cars I've had, I've never had to use the high beam at all. So I want to upgrade them. But I want them to be (a) better than the factory, (b) road legal and (c) ideally not excessively unpleasant to other roads users, although I'm guessing that (b) covers me for that (correct me if I'm wrong!) Can I achieve this (even a slight improvement) by buying better bulbs, or would I need to replace my whole headlight, in which case it's probably too expensive for me to bother? Thanks in advance :)
  5. Hi everyone. I'm sorry to ask a question that must be asked all the time, I have had a look on Google but I wanted to trust the experts. I recently bought a 2009 Focus, it's got the little inserts in the roof, a panel that you take off with the key or a screwdriver and reveals what appears to be bare metal underneath. I've learned that it isn't necessarily bare metal, and I need to scrape away to revel the anchor points. But my questions are: What are the cheapest roof bars I can get that will fit? What weight will they carry? As I said, I'm sure this is here before, maybe I'm lazy, maybe I'm an idiot, but I'd rather have someone knowledgeable tell me exactly what to buy :)
  6. Hi there. I'm sure this has been asked a thousand times, but I honestly couldn't find the answer. So I measured. Please see attached boot dimensions with the seats down. This is a 4 door mk2 2010 Focus, not sure how applicable these numbers are to other models. I tried to show the front to back, width at the bottom (if you're putting plywood sheets in), width at the narrowest part (if you're putting boxes in) and height. All of these should be the measurements which will allow the boot to close. If this is useful to just one single person in the rest of time, I'm glad I did it. And if not, I think I can get over the 4 minutes of my life I wasted.
  7. Congratulations mate. I can see how frustrating this must have been, nobody likes arguing with car dealers, or feeling like they've been duped. Glad you managed to get it all sorted without paying, you've done well to keep up the fight. The wheels look awesome!
  8. Hi everyone. I decided not to take the risk, so I've finally bought a car - a boring old 1.8 Zetec from 2010. Not as fun as the 170, but its a hell of a lot more fun than the Fiat 500 go kart I've been driving for 6 months, so I'm excited to get it! Picking it up later today.
  9. Thanks Damian. I have been coming to that conclusion myself, but wanted a bit of reassurance from those who know. Like you say, it's the LACK of information which is reassuring! Normally I would say an owners club is a terribly biased view, but people on here don't seem to be afraid of bashing Fords if they deserve it. I'm sure this place would be filled with warnings if it was a bad idea. Of course I've found lots of posts about nightmare cars, but pick any make and model that's 15 years old and you're bound to get some of that!
  10. Hi everyone. You might recognise me as the company-car-driver who bought a 1.6 LX for £250 having never owned a car, got very excited, then failed its MOT and scrapped it. 😞 However, the experience was enough to make me decide that a Focus is the car I want. And I'm considering getting an ST170. I hope this "should I buy" kind of post is OK here... You lot were really pleasant and helpful before, so I'd appreciate your advice. (Going on the flattery-will-get-you-anywhere theory...) Going rate seems to be about £1300-1600, mileage about 100-140k. A fair few of them on Autotrader. But someone has warned me that it will be a money pit. Is this something to be concerned about? I don't mind risk as a concept, but I don't want to do something stupid. Also, does anyone know the effect of years on performance? Will a 15 year old ST170 still have the punch that it did in 2003, or will it drive more like a new 1.8? This is to be my main / only car, and also a semi-van for work (I don't move anything big, just stepladders and lots of small kit) - the one I bought before was PERFECT in size and shape - is the ST170 the same inside? I don't think I'll do more than 5-7k a year, probably. If the ST170 is a mistake, I'd welcome any other advice, for a Focus with a bit of oomph that I can pick up for a couple of grand. Lots of questions here, but I'm sure some of you revel in this kind of query, so any advice you wish to impart would be very welcome.
  11. This is very interesting. Sorry I've been quiet for a while, been busy looking for a new car! Strongly considering a ST170, but thats a topic for a different discussion... All this stuff which is "worth a lot" - how do you sell it, on eBay? I get parts like the cat converter and the battery, but when you talk about aluminium are you talking about selling it as scrap metal? And the wiring - do you mean selling it as a Ford Focus wiring loom, or just as lengths of wire or as scrap? I've found a place which will pick it up for £130 "regardless of condition" as long as all 4 wheels are on it. I'm going to call today to ask about things like removing the speakers (which I want for an unrelated tech project that needs 4ohm speakers), and will ask about just how much I can remove before "regardless of condition" becomes questionable!! Thanks for all your help, this has all been most interesting.
  12. Wow, thanks everyone. I was expecting something along the lines of "You're a total idiot and this is a stupid idea stop being stupid and buy a real car hahaha lol" I'm pleased to see this is a forum with a lot more positivity, a lot more friendly attitude and a lot more punctuation than some others I frequent! Thanks everyone, reading your responses made me smile. I love this in particular: It's a new business, so it is not yet self-sustaining. I very much hope that one day soon I'll be very busy indeed, and making a living. Then, soon after that, I'll employ people to do all the work, and be one of those managers who only shows up at 10, then goes off to play golf at noon. But for now, I'm living off some decent savings and a very supportive wife (financially and otherwise), so I have a lot of time on my hands. As for the house, I noticed your profile says Suffolk. I live in a wonderful place called "the North" - up here you can buy a five bedroom house with a garden and a garage without being a Russian oligarch! You just have to watch out for white walkers... Scrap-wise, the panels are pretty worthless as re-sale, so I've been offered £50 (collected) which is probably the best I'm going to get. I'm not too bothered about the money, I spent £250 on the car, so if I end up with nothing at all, it's not the end of the world. This worries me: If this happens, how does one get rid of a chassis? Chopping it up with an angle grinder sounds like it would be a lot of horrible work, but there must be some way to sell it as scrap, or at least give it to someone who will sell it as scrap. The biggest worry of all going in to this is ending up with a stripped down chassis on my drive for 5 years with no way to get rid of it. Tom, it sounds like you have the most experience here, how do you get rid of them when they're all done? Also Tom you didn't mention any money. Do you know roughly what you got for the pictured cars as parts? I don't care too much about the money, but if this whole endeavour is going to result in £75, I probably should find a better way to invest the time... Thanks a lot for your replies, great feedback!
  13. Just in case anyone else comes across this post, I checked and it would cost about £75 for the year. The rep told me learners are cheap, but new drivers are expensive. So it's £75 now, but if/when she passes her test, it will be £400 if I want to add her. Just information. It bugs me a little when people post a question and then don't post the answer when they find it.
  14. Hello! The car which I have owned for a month just failed it's MOT. And when I say failed, I don't mean it got a question wrong. I mean it didn't bring a pen, and it fell off it's chair before the exam started. So it is probably now worthless. And I'm considering breaking it. It seems like it would be an interesting thing to do. I'm a classic car nut with some limited knowledge of cars and mechanics, but mostly from the pre-electronic era (I have a 1973 MGB). I am prepared to listen to the "don't do it!" responses, I'm not saying this is definitely happening. But please consider that I have a fair bit of space (large garage, large drive) and plenty of time (self-employed and not busy), and I'd be doing this because it interests me AND because I want to make some money. So I don't care about the hourly rate, like if it takes me two days to remove a part that sells for £8. Does anyone have experience? Any horror / success stories? Anywhere I should start? And, does anyone have any idea at all, no matter how vague, how much a 2003 Focus LX might fetch as parts? It's 130k miles, bumped, cracked and scratched body, a chassis that needs some welding (hence the MOT) and a lot of unknowns (since I've barely had the bonnet up). And if I don't break it, what can I expect to get from a scrapyard? Any information would be very welcome.
  15. Hi everyone. Just looking for a vague idea, I know I can get a quote but esure (my insurer) are closed, and I'm impatient. Just want to know roughly what to expect. I'm a former company car driver, so I had trouble getting a decent quote for insurance because I have no driver history. Don't talk to me about getting a letter from the lease company, they were utterly useless and I'll get angry if I start moaning about them. Eventually got a quote for about £250, which is what I paid for the car! I want to help a friend learn to drive. She's 37 or 38, had a provisional for years but has struggled learning and affording lessons. Anyone know roughly, vaguely what it might cost to add her to my insurance? I don't know anything about this, so I'd appreciate any advice on how to do this - add her as a named driver, or get her own policy? Temporary or annual? Any particular companies to use, or avoid? Obviously claiming on the insurance is not something I ever intend to do. If I (or she) ever hits anyone or damages my car, I'll try to pay for it myself unless it's ludicrous, so I'm only asking as a legal requirement. I'm not bothered about any additional features. Sorry to ask a question that's probably been asked a million times before, ignore this is if annoys you. Thanks everyone! :-)