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  1. Hi all, As the title says, I've got a fair few cars in mind for my next buy, the issue is - I want to make sure its worth it. I currently drive a 2012 Ford Focus Zetec S 1.0 - 125hp manual (on HP) as my first car, and have been driving for over 2 years now. After putting around 60k miles on it, I have noticed that it does not feel as quick, or as smooth as I once thought it was (Due to driving experience, not mechanical faults) and I'm looking to upgrade. My top choice right now would be the 218d auto, as its cheapest on insurance, cheapest and cheapest on PCP (I'm looking to go down PCP route now knowing how quickly I get 'bored' of what I'm driving, got 'bored' of my current car after a year, though I do still love it), however I do want it to be a rather significant upgrade, and the 218d only seems to have 30 odd more horsepower. My question is, would the fact its an auto cause it to feel significantly faster than my car? For example the 0-60 of my car is 11.3 seconds, but do I do it in that? Probably not haha- whereas the 218ds 0-60 is 8.2 seconds, and its more likely that I'd be able to achieve close to it due to it being an auto. My next question is, if it would not feel significant, would an older 225d or a even older C220 be worth the jump, considering it would be around £100 extra a month in insurance? (I'm lucky enough that a car is my only monthly necessary outcome, so am happy spending the extra, but obviously want to avoid it if possible). I have factored in convenience, economy etc, just after the performance aspect, with this, a 90hp fiesta and a 108 being my only I don't have much experience with 'nicer' cars haha If you have any other sub 8.5 second (0-60mph), coupe/saloons, feel free to advise! Thanks in advance!
  2. Hi! 🙂 This is my first post here. I have a Focus MK1 1.4L (1999) which has around 140k km, and some months ago (almost one year now) I started noticing a noise coming from the front side of the car/engine. The noise is similar to like two spinning metal plates making contact or scraping metal plates... Sometimes it is more apparent. It happens mostly when the engine speed is around 2000 RPM or higher, even at very low speeds (sometimes even as I start driving). I have included a link to a recording below. The noise I'm mentioning is very clear at 00:33. 00:41, 00:48, 01:12, 01:18 - 01:30, 02:03 - 02:20. I've been trying to find out what's causing this for months as it drives well so I thought I might fix it myself when I have time rather than taking it to a garage. Any help on what could be the problem would be greatly appreciated! Thanks 🙂 Recording: https://soundcloud.com/brian-azzopardi-488737…/focusscraping
  3. Hi all, I have an 2005 Mk2 Focus 1.6 petrol Ti-VCT which has the electronically controlled thermostat. I am struggling with overheating issues, I wonder if anyone has any good tips After seeing the typical symptoms (pressure cap opens after it can't take it anymore and coolant is released through the cap the rest boils) I have found that the thermostat does not open. There is no or barely any circulation through the radiator. The dashboard gauge inside raises to 75°C normally, but stays there even if temperatures are way above 100°C Just to cross out other possibilities: - Using a garden hose I flushed all lines through the engine, the hoses, the radiator, there is no blockage in the system - the water pump is in good condition and creates the require head pressure - de-airing valve seem to be working fine - thermostat has been replaced, same symptoms with the new one - coolant thermal sensor (on the other side of the engine) replaced, same symptoms with the new one - cylinder head is sound, not cracked (checked by mechanic + coolant is clear) - Expansion tank cap replaced So all I have left to assume is that the thermostat doesn't get the electronic control signal to open. This type of thermostat doesn't open just by itself if dipped in boiling water(tested). I followed the wires from the thermostat housing to the central box where a bunch of wires go and found no physical injury. I checked all the fuses (both fuse boxes) which I imagined might have a role in temperature or engine control, all sound. Is there anything I can do to find out more? Is there any way to fix this if the fault is in the central electronics? If everything else fails, does anyone have experience with using a conventional thermostat instead? It looks like the housing matches, anyone knows if it really does? Can it cause a problem in engine control if thermostat wires are not connected (as there is nowhere to connect them)? Temperatures is still a problem, the best conventional thermostat I could find opens at 92 °C while the original opens at 98 °C. It still might be okay I guess, if 92 is measured before the engine and 98 is originally measured after the engine at the thermal sensor, then close enough I assume. Any comments, tips appreciated!
  4. Hello my name is Andrew Song. I work for TYC Genera, a manufacturer of automotive aftermarket parts. I am actively looking for owner's of a 2015-2017 Ford Focus 1.0L Turbo Engine to let me due fitment test for this vehicle and will be offering compensation. Please message me directly for more details if you own this vehicle and are interested. Thank you!
  5. I have a 1999 ford focus which rattles when going over bumps but is fine on smooth roads. Have taken it to get checked out and the garage gave me a few things I need to get sorted. The two main things they said were urgent were both front suspension links have gone and the near side coil spring. Do any of you know if that would be the cause? Don't want to spend the money getting it fixed if its not actually the reason! Before anyone says, I didn't ask the mechanic as he was very pushy and made me feel uncomfortable! Would like an impartial opinion before taking it elsewhere! Thanks!
  6. Hi, first time here but looking for some advice from someone with some experience. Im looking to get a new car, mainly because I sail small dinghies and need to tow one around without destroying my fuel economy and I was under the impression that the torque of a diesel would deal with the added wind resistance better (they don't add much in the way of weight, just size). Due to some good reviews and some drives in a friends I was looking at a ford focus hatchback, no more than 3 years old, and found that around my price range (8k) I could get either a 2010 1.8l or a 2011 1.6. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations as to which would better for dealing with relatively long journeys with a boat behind?
  7. I have a 2000 focus and recently my a/c and radiator fans stopped working. The a/c won't turn on and when the car is up to temp radiator fan doesn't kick on. Thinking there might be a problem in the fuse box but the relay is getting power to the fans but nothing to the fuse for it. Any suggestions where to start looking?
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