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Hello, I would just like to introduce myself. I live in the North East, South Durham Area. Although I have been a member for 1 yr, I have never got round to introducing myself. I have been a Ford man ever since I bought a 1970 1600E in 71. Although my first passion are motorcycles & touring, I still like my cars. I have owned a few Focuses from the first model to the present one. I find them easy to service & maintain myself as well as being reliable. (touch wood)?? I bought the present one, ST18 MK111with extra custom packs pre-registered from a Ford dealer. It reminded me of my 1600E, bit a bit more modern & more oomph!!! Although it was only 9 mth. old , I was not impressed with the dealer after I had picked it up. There had been no PDI done, When I got home & checked it over, Tyre pressures were 10 PSI below, under the bonnet was full of leaves & moss at the rear. Glass on the back seat, in the boot & a dent under the rear wiper. Apparently it had been broken into after i had put a deposit on it and the time I had picked it up. Eventually after a lot of arguing I got it sorted. I gave it a full service myself as the dealer would not because it had only done 100 mls and was under a year old. After driving it for a month it was loosing coolant, back to dealer where eventually they replaced the cooler hose. This was not the problem as I had pointed out. It was a porous Oil Cooler which they disagreed. I took it to another Ford Dealer which diagnosed porous oil cooler, booked in & replaced it. So far everything Hunky dory. I did find the steering tracks on rough roads, 19" Wheels, especially under braking. I am used to it now but a bit disconcerting at first.

I cannot get my contact numbers to synchronise in the FORD SYNC tm 3, I have a good number being sec of the bike club, is there a limit on size. If I plug into & use Android Auto all appear but then it is Google Maps which are not as clear as SYNC.

Another Question, where I live the tyres are rubbish in snow, does anyone have any suggestions which might improve the grip at a reduction in performance.

Looking forward to any Comments.

Bill McCready
 

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Hello Bill another Durham lad here but north end, I would recommend a set of 18s with winter tyres, got these on my my mk4 and difference is amazing, also used winters on my mk3.5 and never had any problems.
 
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