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  • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

    Photographing black alloys is a bit like trying to get a good photo of your black Labrador. I had one, here a better picture. I quite like the black alloys so I'll be keeping them this colour.

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    • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

      Originally posted by marcus01
      Photographing black alloys is a bit like trying to get a good photo of your black Labrador. I had one, here a better picture. I quite like the black alloys so I'll be keeping them this colour.

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      Looks really nice. Probably my favourite combo - white car / black alloys.

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      • Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

        Decided to buy a k&n filter as it was on special for 35 euro delivered from euro spares. Arrived yesterday, fitted it last night as you do. Old filter was filthy and was probably the same one I fitted when I bought the car 3 years ago. 50k miles ago.

        First impressions, the car is certainly more responsive. Don't know whether its all due to the k&n or just that the old filter was filthy. Certainly a lighter touch on the accelerator required. Actually feels like I have turned the pedal box to sport mode.

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        Expensive day tomorrow, car is in for service, cam belt, tensioner and water pump. Car is coming up 6 years and has 62k on the clock.





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        • Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

          Decided to do some work on the car today. I've lost the love for the black wheels so thought I would go back to the original colour.



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          Also been having a few issues with the m072 so decided to load the latest kotix custom rom. Seems ok even if the standard music player is knackered. Using xmusic player.

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          • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

            So I managed to source a 2nd hand DTUK CRDti box for 140 quid.  

            I shall be fitting it shortly to see what it's like. 

            https://www.diesel-performance.co.uk/tuning/car/vauxhall/*****-j/2-0-cdti-165ps121kw-1956-ccm-2/
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            • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

              Update. Sold my car 2 weeks ago. Decided I wanted a change after 3 years and having driven many rentals over the last 2 years, mostly SUV types. Each time I climbed back in the *****, I was struck with how heavy everything in the ***** was to drive. (i.e. Clutch, gearshift, steering, on the road etc.)

              Anyway, in the end I had also decided that a SUV was not for me (I did develop a soft spot for the Nissan Qashqui diesel though) so opted for a Ford Focus which was one of the many rentals I drove and the best of the lot to drive. I also had a ***** K 1.4 150ps and it was good to drive but it just wasn't as good as the Focus. Also the ***** K forum is a bit of a horror show regarding problems with the ***** K etc. After 5 *****s, I decided I needed a change.

              So in the end I got a good deal on a black 2015 Focus Titanium X (1.5 diesel) with 12k on the clock. The 1.5 is quite punchy even compared to the ***** 2.0 cdti. (Less weight, shorter gearing etc.)

              Titanium X spec is fully loaded with:-
              Bi-Xenons headlights
              Part Leather
              Park Assist
              Climate Control
              Electric everything
              Front/Rear sensors - Rev camera
              Nav - Sync2

              Only downside I have found is that Sync3 would have been better as it has Android Auto.

              I've managed to sell on all the extra bits and pieces I had for the *****.

              Current plans for the Focus is a Bluefin remap after I put on a few thousand miles.

              It's been a blast.

              Ciao
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              Pic of the focus. I'll pop into the forum every now and again. Rusty keep up the good work......

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              • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

                A nice car that you have there, I had driven the 2.0 litre diesel version of this Ford which was a fantastic drive but I always like my Vauxhalls from an original Mark 2 Viva, then a Nova, onto a Mark 2 Cavalier, Vectra Mark 1, Zafria B, ***** B through to ***** J, the majority of my cars have been vauxhalls with the odd exceptions being a Fiesta Mark 2 & a Peugeot 207, I suppose that I am comfortable with Vauxhall cars, current model being the GTC Biturbo which in my view is the best car I have driven to date in all the years I have driven, you never know in a couple of years time you might be tempted back from the dark side, be nice to see the progress work on your new car, enjoy.

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                • Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

                  Yeah always a chance I will have another vauxhall. Ive had all ***** generations up to J. (E, F, G, H, J) This one was the only diesel and best of the lot.

                  Apart from the *****s I've also had 2x golf gtis mk1/mk2, ford focus mk1, Honda civic type s, honda accord type s and now this focus. I guess a black ford focus was always on my radar as I nearly bought one focus mk2 on 2 separate occasions but poor trade in value on my focus mk1 at the time stopped me buying them. I guess I got my black focus in the end....


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                  • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

                    So it’s been 7 months since I parted with the ***** and I’ve already covered 12k enjoyable miles in the Focus. It’s booked in for a service next week so thought it might be a good time to give it a bit of a writeup and dare I say compare it to my ***** 2.0 VX Line. (For those that are interested ? )
                    The Focus is a really good car to drive. There were a few things about the ***** that just didn’t sit well with me so I chose the Focus after having one as a hire car for 10 days during the snow of last March. My intention is not to slag the ***** VX line off but just to highlight a few things that annoyed me about it and where the Focus is better is these areas. ?  (No intention of being biased, I’ve owned 5 *****’s and 2 Focus’s so have spent a lot of time with each)

                    So the things that annoyed me most about my ***** VX Line:-

                    1.      No Toys or Gadgets – Lets be honest, the VX line is pretty much poverty spec as far as specs go. Originally when I bought it, I think I must have been blinded by sight of the 19 inch alloys and the VX Line body kit so much so that I didn’t notice how few gadgets it actually came with. (i.e. No auto lights, no auto wipers, no rear electric windows, no folding mirrors, no climate control, crappy radio etc.) In comparison, the Focus Titanium X has a brilliant spec with ambient lighting, anti-dazzle rear view mirror, sync 2 head unit, integrated front/back reverse sensors with rear camera, clear screen defrost, auto wipers, heated part leather seats, excellent auto bi-xenon adaptive headlights, folding mirrors etc.  Very nice place to be.  Pity it doesn’t have Android auto (Sync 3 from 2016 onwards) but you can’t win them all. ?

                    2.      Fuel Consumption – I only averaged 44 mpg in the ***** whereas I get 53 mpg in the Focus for the same route/same driving style. (Yes ***** is a 2.0 vs Focus 1.5) In comparison my ***** H 1.6 petrol did 40 mpg and my Honda Civic 1.8 did 37 mpg so 44 from a diesel is a bit poor.

                    3.      The Gearbox – One thing in common with all my *****s I have owned, the gearbox has always been crap. The 2.0 cdti was no exception and probably one of the worst of the lot. i.e. Crunchy 2nd gear especially when cold, poor selection of gears, extremely long 6th gear etc.  In comparison the Focus gearbox is a delight to use. Very smooth.  I found that the 6th gear almost useable when commuting on the motorway in traffic between 50-60 mph. (Constantly changing between 5th and 6th, the focus has shorter gearing so much less gear changes required)

                    4.      Heavy Front End – The 2.0 diesel engine really is a heavy beast so much so that I found the car to be very front heavy when taking a bend at speed. (A few times I thought I would end up in the hedgerows on a B Road?)

                    5.      Tractor – My god, the engine in the ***** sound like a tractor at low speed but ok on the motorway. I really noticed this each time I got back to my car at the airport parking after having driven a rental for a few days.

                    Anyway, I had good service out of the *****, bought it on 17k and sold it on 70k. Apart from the leaking inlet manifold gasket and DPF sensor giving problems, the rest was good. The ride was good even with 19 inch alloys. The new owner of the ***** really loves the car.  
                    I thought I might miss the 163hp/350nm of the ***** but the performance of the Focus is pretty close even though it’s a 1.5 tdci. i.e. Probably 150 kgs lighter than the *****, shorter gearing so it goes just as well especially with a K&N, deres inlet pipe and Bluefin remap. (Extra 50nm at 2000prm ?)

                    Ciao. See you guys around.
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                    • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

                      interesting info, nice to read a comparison from someone who has driven the 2 cars long term.
                      retrofitted = DAB+, GM dog guard, GM reversing camera

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                      • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

                        Time on my hands due to Covid19 home lock-in so thought I would update this thread. Hope you guys are all ok.

                        Despite my gushing about how much I like my newly acquired Focus ,  I decided I needed a change and sold it. (Yip I only had it 18 months .. haha)  

                        The Focus was a nice car to drive, had all the gadgets but there were a couple of things I didn't like about it.

                        1. The seats looked great (Part leather) but they were not comfortable on any trip lasting more than an hour. They were quite firm and lacked support lower down in the seat despite having lumbar support.
                        2. The ride could be a little firm on less than perfect roads. (This was a Titanium X spec so wasn't even a ST Line which is 10mm lower) I did test drive a ST Line and it was a little firm for my liking.
                        3. The road noise.....having owned a Focus MK1, test driven a couple of MK2's and then owning a MK3 they all suffer with road noise. Surely Ford  could have addressed it along the way.  

                        I liked:-
                        1. Averaged 55 mpg over 20K vs 44 mpg I got in my *****.
                        2. Controls were light to use
                        3. The car was good to drive, had a bit of poke with the Bluefin fitted. (Sad to hear of Superchip's demise)

                        Anyway, I talked myself into a new car by telling myself I needed an automatic due to traffic congestion on my daily commute. (I couldn't really justify buying a new car when I only had 40K on the clock...haha)

                        Bought myself a 2019 Seat Ateca 1.6 DSG XCellence with 4K on the clock. Had extras like brown leather, heated windscreen and active ****pit.  (Android Auto) Surprised that it doesn't have front parking sensors though. Anyway it is great to drive, mpg is about the same as my *****. (44-45 mpg)    

                        I had always detested these compact SUV's having driven most of them as hire cars but 3 weeks in a VW Tiguan changed all that for me.
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                        Some thing I forgot to mention about the focus. It was fitted with BI-xenon headlights with were adaptive. They constantly gave problems and I had to repair them multiple times. (sheered wires in the directional mechanism) Had to replace bulbs, buy 2 new ballasts. Bloody nightmare. New headlamps are 1000 quid a pop, hence my enthusiasm to keep them going....

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                        • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

                          We had the seat as a hire car while insurance was being sorted.

                          It had a 2.0 Diesel lump was pretty poky lots of room inside, the radio was good android auto as you say and apple play.

                          Liked playing with the mode knob.

                          I liked the headlights LED lighting massive difference (However as an on coming driver to car with LED headlights they are far bright and quite blinding) so I'm very mixed over LED headlights.

                          I found the seating position in the seat very off it was as if you were sat at slight angle and not centred to the wheel or pedals, the wife also noticed it.
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                          • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

                            Originally posted by Rusty2009
                            We had the seat as a hire car while insurance was being sorted.

                            It had a 2.0 Diesel lump was pretty poky lots of room inside, the radio was good android auto as you say and apple play.

                            Liked playing with the mode knob.

                            I liked the headlights LED lighting massive difference (However as an on coming driver to car with LED headlights they are far bright and quite blinding) so I'm very mixed over LED headlights.

                            I found the seating position in the seat very off it was as if you were sat at slight angle and not centred to the wheel or pedals, the wife also noticed it.
                            Nice hire car there Rusty. : Especially compared to the last one I had in Portugal. (Renault Captur 1.2 lol) 

                            Yes the Ateca is quite roomy inside especially for grown up kids. I expected quite a firm ride but it isn't but probably still a little firmer than the Tiguan.  The Android Auto can be a bit fiddly to connect first time so best way is to unlock the phone first before connecting. The heated seat buttons are a little low rent IMO. 

                            I hear what you are saying about the LED highlights. They are absolutely brilliant but I am concerned about the possibility of blinding on-coming traffic. The LED in the Ateca are certainly better than the adaptive Bi-Xenons in the Focus. Focus ones were pretty good on standard bulbs. (i.e. Osram D3S..... When I wasn't fixing the headlights that is  

                            Not really noticed the seating position being at an angle, but I did notice that the steering wheel seems to be a little further forward on one of the side. I will check it out. 

                            Thanks
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                            • RE: Progress thread : White ***** 2.0 Cdti Sri vx line

                              [align=justify]This is my ***** 2.0 cdti sri vxd ordered new bad ass cold air intake for it last week but looking for a good remapping company to boost my power looked at egr an dpf deletes but don't want it to smokey at the back am from Glasgow if anyone knows of a good company that can do it as I've tried a couple they don't do my car some security issues with my car????? [/align]

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