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Old 16-03-2015, 11:51 PM   #511
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Hi all, at what speeds do you usually change each gears especially to get to the 6th gear?
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Old 16-03-2015, 11:56 PM   #512
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I don't use 6th gear at anything lower than 100km/h, if I'm doing 90km/h on cruise because of someone in front of me I keep it in 5th otherwise you drop the revs too low in 6th even though the car will still pull along.

Overtaking I always go back to 4th at 100km/h to get her moving.

Most of the time I shift up by 2500 RPM, but if I'm hammering it she pulls freakin' hard up to redline now, no more struggle past 3500 RPM like when it was factory.

Also car has back in the shop due to the tune being a touch too smokey off boost, but they've found an issue which explains some of the issues I had with the car in the past even when it was stock.

Appears the in tank lift pump has died some time ago and the car was relying on the injection pump to pull the fuel out of the tank.

So once thats replaced it will be interesting to see how we go.
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Old 23-07-2015, 11:03 AM   #513
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Quick question for the guys with aftermarket sway bars, are they the same part as the ones for the XR5/ST? I imagine they would be due to the same chassis?
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Old 23-07-2015, 11:40 AM   #514
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I can't remember with mine, you need to change the rear links, if you look back through this thread there might be a link to the bar I bought.
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Old 29-07-2015, 04:10 PM   #515
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What did the in tank lift pump cost Damo?
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Old 29-07-2015, 05:25 PM   #516
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What did the in tank lift pump cost Damo?
We found out it doesn't actually even have one.

It relies solely on vacuum from the injection pump to pull it out of the tank and up to itself.

Which explains why these things are a real pain in the *** to bleed the fuel system when you change a fuel filter.

So we've got no idea where the metal shavings came from.
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Old 29-04-2020, 10:13 PM   #517
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Well its been nearly 5 years since I posted in this thread

Its got a new factory turbo on it these days put on at 120,000km or there abouts, still running 23 PSI and 103KW/fronts last dyno tune.

She's gone in for her first major service at 188,000km.

The harmonic balancer bolt came out about 10mm then sheared, panicked workshop has called in a thread specialist to try remove whats left of it out of the crankshaft.

Also its perished the seal on the intake pipe going from airbox to turbo compressor inlet flange, unfortunately obsolete part from Ford and virtually nill availability locally from wreckers, looking like I'm going to have to get a second handy out of Europe.

Still not up for a set of brake pads and rotors yet - still has the originals it came out of the factory with, will upgrade to slotted rotors all round when due and Remsa pads.
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Old 01-05-2020, 10:01 AM   #518
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You drive it too hard Franco. And don't use the brakes enough. Seriously that's great mileage for your original brakes, did mine at 150000.

Have you done the timing chain/belt water pump tensioner due at 200k ?
have you replaced the shocks etc yet.

They are a great car these TDCI, s with the six speed. Sold mine at 278000km was still going like a train.
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You drive it too hard Franco. And don't use the brakes enough. Seriously that's great mileage for your original brakes, did mine at 150000.

Have you done the timing chain/belt water pump tensioner due at 200k ?
have you replaced the shocks etc yet.

They are a great car these TDCI, s with the six speed. Sold mine at 278000km was still going like a train.
Yeah just got it back on Thursday, went in for its major at 189,000km.

Timing chain/belt, its tensioner, had the water pump replaced, all the engine and trans mounts and all fluids, coolant flush, power steering flush, etc.

I sourced all genuine parts, still have an account with a Ford dealership which is handy so it gets all OEM parts come service time, wasn't too bad it all came to about $1200 for all genuine stuff sans fluids.

Its like a new world, no dash vibrating anymore from toasted engine mounts, interestingly the mounts didn't appear to be damaged/torn but its a night and day difference with the car now, it used to vibrate the bonnet at idle and the windscreen and dash, now nothing, so smooth.

I've had the full set of shocks 3x - its on its second full set of Bilstein B8s the car is lowered 30mm and has shortened shocks to match.

It needs a windscreen next, its been cracked pretty badly from top left to near the rear vision mirror for about 2 years but haven't bothered to have it replaced.

Still does 5.5L/100km and I beat the hell out of it, its had a real rough life.

Pads still seem to have meat left on them so I reckon I'm going to go 200,000km+ on the factory rotors and pads.

Mechanically the car is good but the body has issues, it leaks water from the rear 1/4 windows and both taillight assemblies into the boot, its been abused on dirt roads and constantly pulls an overloaded 6x4 trailer on the regular though

I'll eventually retire it and it'll become the spare car or unless it does something expensive like an injection pump then it'll get a viking funeral I reckon, I commute 30,000km+/year just driving to and from work these days so its cheap to get me about.
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Yeah just got it back on Thursday, went in for its major at 189,000km.

Timing chain/belt, its tensioner, had the water pump replaced, all the engine and trans mounts and all fluids, coolant flush, power steering flush, etc.

I sourced all genuine parts, still have an account with a Ford dealership which is handy so it gets all OEM parts come service time, wasn't too bad it all came to about $1200 for all genuine stuff sans fluids.

Its like a new world, no dash vibrating anymore from toasted engine mounts, interestingly the mounts didn't appear to be damaged/torn but its a night and day difference with the car now, it used to vibrate the bonnet at idle and the windscreen and dash, now nothing, so smooth.

I've had the full set of shocks 3x - its on its second full set of Bilstein B8s the car is lowered 30mm and has shortened shocks to match.

It needs a windscreen next, its been cracked pretty badly from top left to near the rear vision mirror for about 2 years but haven't bothered to have it replaced.

Still does 5.5L/100km and I beat the hell out of it, its had a real rough life.

Pads still seem to have meat left on them so I reckon I'm going to go 200,000km+ on the factory rotors and pads.

Mechanically the car is good but the body has issues, it leaks water from the rear 1/4 windows and both taillight assemblies into the boot, its been abused on dirt roads and constantly pulls an overloaded 6x4 trailer on the regular though

I'll eventually retire it and it'll become the spare car or unless it does something expensive like an injection pump then it'll get a viking funeral I reckon, I commute 30,000km+/year just driving to and from work these days so its cheap to get me about.

At 189000 its only at half life!
The front air dam fell off mine at 110kmhr just drove on wonderered what that noise was-my indy got one from a wrecker.
I had a seat trimmer redo the seat. Mine didn't leak but was getting noisy round the window seals etc.
My replacement car is a LZ 6 speed manual not as gutsy as the TDCI but a bit more refined maybe a bit more effeminate -the tdci is a macho car.
Its done 123000kms big commute like you. Sadly as I scour carsales.com.au it appears the next car will be an auto round about 2015 manuals took a big dive. I keep coming up with a another Focus as a replacement 2019 SA Trend say 12000kms second hand 19990$ but bloody auto. To get a manual in say a reasonably priced 2018-2019 car its either a non turbo (no thanks) Jap or Korean or a VAG Vw or Skoda. I don't know whether a 70 kw manual Fabia or Polo will cut it and Golf is pricier. There is a 6 speed manual Skoda Scala with a 250kw 1.5 due soon which is tasty but $26990 is probably past the amount I ll raid out of my super. Sigh.
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safety is the death for maunals as many of the auto braking , adaptive cruise and pedestrian avoidance systems would cause a manual to stall
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Old 03-05-2020, 06:55 PM   #522
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What are you driving now marg 99. Remember you were a TDCI owner.
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Old 03-05-2020, 07:51 PM   #523
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sold the TDCI to a student who wanted low running costs. Now have a skoda
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I had a spin in a new Focus ST Line with the 1.5L I3T engine, it's not a bad car but it's not that much chop with that engine, though I imagine with some mods it'll liven up.

I think it was 8sp auto.

If you want a manual a Fiesta ST is a good buy on the second hand market, we've got a WZ Fiesta ST and it's given us 115,000km of trouble free motoring, except it's done an engine mount.

Does 6L/100km with the old man driving (6.45L/100km with me), it has the Mountune package bringing it up to 159KW/320NM so it moves along well being 200kg lighter than my Focus.

Only averages 500ml-1L more per 100km than my TDCI Focus but is much faster without the added expense of diesel maintenance.
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Marg 99 what model Skoda are you running, and manual or auto and how do you find it?

Franco thanks for the tip on WZ Fiesta ST -I,ll add this to my look at list.
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its a kodiaq with the vw group 140 kw diesel and has a DSG. lovely car but between the diesel and dsg a bit slow off the mark unlike the LT focus which went quicker The petrol version is lacking in mid range torque
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Even in sport mode?
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