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  1. No chance, they expect Londoner's would have gained the ability to do better handbrake turns. On a serious note, I am surprised there isn't an admin fee for recording the change, most insurances apply this rather than state an increase in premium.
  2. DId you agree to Ford topping up the screen wash during the last service? If not, they are known to top it up with water - which has caused me problems in the past
  3. True but specific to my example, in many countries the law only requires use of winter tires when conditions are icy. There is a good website for this - I know the AA used to link to it for the EU emissions zone badges you now require to drive in certain towns in Europe. It lists the additional requirements for each country as there is a lot of nonsense published especially by the ferry companies. Winter tyres aren't required here in the UK but I usually travel December and February so put them on in December keep them on until March. I would be very weary of using them in snow here as it is unlikely the car behind would be able to avoid me if I stopped suddenly. However there was one year where only European cars and myself made it down the A2 to Dover for the early ferry.
  4. I have a set of winter tyres for my SMax, if you do not use the same alloys you will need to check your insurance doesn't treat this as a mod. If it is a one-off trip you'll be better off hiring a car if you need to travel around, if regular, get a spare set as your summer tyres will last much longer as most "normal" wear is in the colder months (December to February). It is not a case of snow chains or winter tyres, summer tyres will harden in the cold and not grip the snow and on the motorways the locals will maintain a decent speed (60ish) in the snow and as your tyres will slip you will hold up traffic. In a lots of EU you can drive a UK registered car as long as it complies with UK laws however you cannot drive on roads that state snow tyres/chains required (mountain passes), where you will get hit is if your vehicle is not fit for the current conditions. So expect a hugh fine and tow charges if you hold up/block traffic on a motorway or mountains because your tyres are slipping. I get my tyres from and the prices vary a lot depending on how close to the winter months you are and then my preferred brands (Vredstein, Continential and Semper) go out of stock quick. Other stuff should include, travel spade, head-fitted light, something to kneel on when you fit the snowchains (the good brands have fitting instructions on a large plastic sheet for this purpose), ice grips to go on your shoes and 5 litres of good quality -15C screenwash.
  5. Can you get hold of a similar courtsey car or book a test drive of another. That should give you some of the answers you're after
  6. brains_t


    The seats do fold level, if you can't make it to a dealer, check the you tube reviews
  7. Try letting the glow light go out a couple of times before trying to start the engine so they heat up well. I had a similar issue with mine (same model), would not start if I tried after the light went out the first time. Eventually became second nature to let the light go out twice, until a few years later (Xmas in the Black Forest, night temp -15C) then a 380 code came up revealing an electrical fault in the glow plugs, still started if I sprayed starter fluid in the air intake.
  8. Have you replaced the glow plugs? Try letting the glow light go out, switch the ignition off and start the engine after the glow light goes off a second time. They may not be heating up enough to start.
  9. The RAC person should have been able to test voltage and load easily. In my experience they are keen to call out the battery just because they started it, so if they haven't the fault is not there. AA missed my faulty glow plugs (diesel - error code was there for anyone who looked to see) and worn earth strap - on both occasions the fault was much cheaper to resolve than the price of the new batteries I bought on their advise. Take it for a drive rather than leaving it running on the drive, I would be more inclined to call the RAC back and get them to check the boot light.
  10. Mine turned out to be a loose heat shield, garage removed it with no ill after-effects
  11. Had this in my S Max, turned out to be a stone caught in the rail. Have you taken a look under the seat could be something simple to fix yourself
  12. You may be missing the point that the fuller tank adds weight and decreases MPG. i do the same on my S Max, no point paying to cart around fuel unless you doing long motorway trips
  13. Use the Ford Motorcraft on my SMax for the last eight years and had no issues, £155 with mot if l remember correctly and every other year l get them to throw in the pollen filter for free. The Europe wide roadside is a bonus for me as l do three trips to Germany and Austria so saves me paying AA £94 a year. No brainer for me
  14. Have you asked about the Ford Motorcraft service option, much cheaper option and covers service requirements for vehicles over 4 years old. Comes with Ford Roadside Assistance (you have to ask for it) which is £94 of AA Relay Plus free.