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Hey guys, this battery issue is a fault. No way on this planet should any car need a battery charger connecting at any time if it’s run for around at least 20 minutes once a week. This is ridiculous, never heard anything like it. Get a grip and your car booked in for repair/new battery. It is most likely caused by what I said above, been allowed to stand with the battery flat!
 

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Mind you I think you mention having installed a Mountune? That could be awkward, they will see that as you can’t remove it I don’t think? Down to the individual if he wants to cause you trouble, be nice to them!

If you’re going to put a remap in a new car, I would recommend Dreamscience not Mountune as you can remove the DS tune without leaving markers. Plus if it’s on finance it’s not your car and you shouldn’t be changing anything without understanding there could be consequences if they want to push it. Astonishing to see some of the mods people do on cars that don’t belong to them.
 

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You will lose a months road tax, you need to wait until 1st of December that’s nearly two weeks.
Not true, dealers can now tax for a year and a week, I collected my previous car (BMW) on the 26th of the month as they advised me to wait until the last week so not to miss out on that months road tax...this only applies to new cars though - not 2nd hand ones and is not widely known to customers...
 

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Not true, dealers can now tax for a year and a week, I collected my previous car (BMW) on the 26th of the month as they advised me to wait until the last week so not to miss out on that months road tax...this only applies to new cars though - not 2nd hand ones and is not widely known to customers...
Yes always did that for donkeys years, was well known. But, I wasn’t allowed to do it with the last few. Was told they don’t allow that anymore since the new tax system. Maybe I was lied to, not found anything on still being able to do it.
 

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Mind you I think you mention having installed a Mountune? That could be awkward, they will see that as you can’t remove it I don’t think? Down to the individual if he wants to cause you trouble, be nice to them!

If you’re going to put a remap in a new car, I would recommend Dreamscience not Mountune as you can remove the DS tune without leaving markers. Plus if it’s on finance it’s not your car and you shouldn’t be changing anything without understanding there could be consequences if they want to push it. Astonishing to see some of the mods people do on cars that don’t belong to them.
Manufacturer level tools will likely be able to find traces of altered software even if flashed back to stock regardless of what tuners say.
 

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So finally picked it up, first impressions - step up in tech on the Sync 4 from the MK 3.5, I like the seats even though they are not the Recaros of old. Happy with my choice of opition especially the HUD. Nice exhaust note and its nippy enough. Dealer was good enough to fit my ST centre caps and "Edition" badges prior to pick up which work alot better with the white than the standard ST badges. Gonna spend a month now trying the find a comfortable driving position :LOL:
 

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Hi @Mitchd10 and welcome to the forum.

I think it's a difficult question to answer.

Given all the earlier production issues with Ford stopping manufacturing for four months due to the war in Ukraine and the previous chip issues, cars are now being received.

A lead time of six months sounds realistic but I don't think anyone really knows.
 

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Ordered mine when the order banks reopened in October. Went into build on the 11th nov. (A week earlier than scheduled) Sat after being painted till the 21st for some reason. (Guessing parts issue) As of the 22nd assembly offline so just waiting for it to be gate released. Not checked since Thursday.
Mines an estate if that makes any difference.
 

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how are you guys finding fuel consumption? is there any real world difference between these and the mk3?
Already plenty on here about mpg, they have been available for over 3 years! Check WLTP figures, they are very accurate. If you can drive competently and do 10 mile plus runs on open roads with standard tune expect about 35 in summer and about 33 in winter. Much more on a long steady cruise 40 easily.
 

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I called ford about the battery drain issue and a
They told me to go through ford assistance to get the AA out.
the AA man has juts been and tested the battery and run diagnostics, the battery is 100 % fine and no faults reported on diagnostics so he’s putting down to a software glitch. He says it’s becoming more common on modern cars. He went into a detailed explanation of the ways cars manage the battery these days.
He made it very clear he is not a Ford fan though, he spent most of the time highlighting all the poor/ lazy design choices In the engine bay and basically said I should have got a Honda 😆
 

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I called ford about the battery drain issue and a
They told me to go through ford assistance to get the AA out.
the AA man has juts been and tested the battery and run diagnostics, the battery is 100 % fine and no faults reported on diagnostics so he’s putting down to a software glitch. He says it’s becoming more common on modern cars. He went into a detailed explanation of the ways cars manage the battery these days.
He made it very clear he is not a Ford fan though, he spent most of the time highlighting all the poor/ lazy design choices In the engine bay and basically said I should have got a Honda 😆
Sadly he’s probably right. Not many of us left daft enough to waste our money on Fords. Although in my case they are not my main car, if it was I would definitely not even consider one. And yes if you look closely at the build quality you see cheaping down to the extreme. Have you got hold of the interior trim running down the A pillars etc, it hardly exists , same for all around the edges, trim barely overlaps each other and it’s just loose. Same for external plastic’s etc. Are they worse than others, in most cases yes, certainly down there as the lower mid table others have upped their quality PSA/Renault/Nissan etc while Ford has definitely gone the other way. Although I have never had battery issues with any of my ST’s.

Why are you thinking the battery has issues? Your not going by the”app” are you? That automatically disconnects remote services after a few days and is irrelevant, the battery is still fine. Mine has been left for 4 or 5 weeks after that notification and started up with a lively battery no problem at all. The remote featured time out. If there are issues, go to your dealer and tell them to investigate/fix it.
 
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