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I want my car back!

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by Yugguy, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Yugguy

    Yugguy Senior Member

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    Dropped my car off at ACMS this morning, for a service A, MOT, ATF fluid and brake fluid. It's passed the MOT no issues.

    Hired myself a cheap hatchback from Hertz as I had a discount.

    It's a Focus 1.0 Ecoboost. It's fine apart from being a bit asthmatic and having some stupid light on the dash telling me to change gear.

    But blimey, driving back from Walsall in the pouring rain I missed how planted my 10 year old C class feels.

    And changing gear, strewth, what a ballache, who does this by choice???? :p:D
     
  2. John Laidlaw

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    ^ short answer? Nobody by choice!
     
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    That 1.0 eco-boost engine is a little marvel to be honest, its a nice drive for a small car,
    even though I'm not a ford fan, its my car hire preferred choice out of the rest of them.
    You wouldn't want that useless semi autobox they fitted to the earlier ones,
    iirc there was a class action law suit in Australia, or something similar, and the US, in the UK we just has to suck it up.
    https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cu...oposed-settlement-for-ford-powershift-owners/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...acceleration-difficulty-stopping-braking.html


    The main problem was, amongst other niggles, oil leaked from the seals contaminating the clutch plates.
    Easy job to repair if you could get the parts.
     
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    Yugguy

    Yugguy Senior Member

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    You could argue that gear light is dangerous as it distracts you from the road.
     
  7. LostKiwi

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    Had one of those 'change gear now' lights on my car in NZ back in 1988 and frankly never found it a problem (no EU involved in that either as it was a Japanese car rebadged for the NZ market!)
     
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    I didn't.
    More people didn't vote for Brexit than did.
     
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    Had that in a Volvo V40 loan car last week, very annoying !
     
  10. Steve@Avantgarde

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    Someone once said of my then 9 year old Mercedes, why don't I consider a newer car? Well at the time I could afford a new ford or Vauxhall etc, but not a new MB without strapping myself on the tick, which isn't for me. I pointed out that I much prefer an older prestige car than a newer tin can, because its so much better value for money firstly, then all of the above you pointed out.

    I still love my C320CDI W203, now at 12.5 years old, and I have considered swapping it for a late W204 C350 CDI and a new W205, but I don't see any value in doing so, its such a good car!
     
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    Is that the same basic engine as the 350 cdi?


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    I've figured it out!! Old people have more money therefore newer cars that have this dratted light.

    I've solved the riddle!!! I'd best tell Vince Cable. :p:D
     
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    Not sure about the one litre version, but the 1600 is a gem

    Check out SB Developments web site

    STD internals , new turbo

    @ 350 BHP

    Now that’s got you thinking
     
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    We have a 2litre diesel cmax with the powershift and have had no problems with it in 3 years. Its a 2014 model so maybe an improvement on the earlier ones. Ford are still using it anyway.
     
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    I do remember reading that the early ones were rubbish and they had basically redesigned the whole box.

    To be fair this little 1.0 3-pot is a marvel, 120bhp and it moves a 5 door hatch adequately. It can cruise at motorway speeds.

    This light is daft though, if I'm at 40 in 3rd it can't seem to decide if I should go to 4th or 5th, so it keeps flashing from one to the other. It's pointless as it doesn't know WHY I am in 3rd. I could be forgetful, or I could be waiting to overtake a tractor. So, like many of these modern 'improvements' it just gets ignored.

    Other than that the car is decent, comfy and spacious.
     
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    I was given a Fiesta for two days while they fitted a new rear bumper after being rear ended, at the end of the two days I had a pain in my left leg from the clutch and it was just uncomfortable. The relief when I got my CLK back.
     
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    If you were a bit nearer I could re-program (adjust) the key for you :)

    Most hire companies have the anti wheel spin feature as well.
     
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    Interesting comments on here.

    I currently work at a Ford main Dealership. The Fiesta is the best selling new & used vehicle in the UK.

    Surely they must be doing something right? All those customers can't be wrong?

    I've got a Mk7 1.0 ecoboost Fiesta for Mrs Binnedit, and she loves it. I drive it now and again, and it loves being rev'd.
     
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    Would love to get back my hassle, trouble and rust free Volvo 740 estate.
     

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