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  • AddyB- 22 Mar 2020 13:39:26 917 posts
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    Been eyeing up a smaller car and quite like the look of the Fiesta ST-Line X (140). Can't decide if I'm better leasing or just getting a loan and buying a 2-3 year old model instead. Obviously not happening for quite a while yet. Just wondered if anyone else has experienced one of these?
  • retro74 22 Mar 2020 22:45:42 3,330 posts
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    Canít really go wrong with a Fiesta, thereís only really the Seat Ibiza that gives it any sort of fight for top honours
  • Load_2.0 23 Mar 2020 12:29:39 32,067 posts
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    I like the fiesta. It's a little rocket with great handling.

    Like driving a go-kart. Zoooooom.
  • nickthegun 23 Mar 2020 12:35:18 82,982 posts
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    If you're not going for the full fat one, have a look at the swift sport
  • askew 8 Aug 2020 10:18:44 21,805 posts
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    Hello.

    The battery on my Leon FR has gone completely flat over lockdown Ė†not even enough juice to activate the central locking.

    I got in, popped the bonnet open, and the code on the battery is 1S0 915 105A Ė Exide manufactured, but VAG OEM branded. All the other values (capacity etc) match up

    Now, when I pop that into the usual parts places, it suggests that particular battery doesn't support Start-Stop, yet my car does indeed perform do so with that model fitted.

    What gives? I don't want to stray from the model number (to an uprated capacity/different battery tech) because modern car ownership is a case of COMPUTER SAYS NO
  • super_whiskey 8 Aug 2020 10:44:59 338 posts
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    Have you tried putting your reg number in to those popular part places? I find that's a better bet than the individual part numbers.
  • nickthegun 8 Aug 2020 10:54:02 82,982 posts
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    The battery might still be healthy. You could try to jump it and drive about for an hour or two.
  • askew 8 Aug 2020 11:05:18 21,805 posts
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    super_whiskey wrote:
    Have you tried putting your reg number in to those popular part places? I find that's a better bet than the individual part numbers.
    Aye, to which I get totally different batteries to what's fitted :D I did put the reg into Exide's own battery finder and got a model which matched, and has a mention of EFB which I understand is used for Stop/Start systems

    https://www.tayna.co.uk/car-batteries/exide/el600/ - right tech, reg number match

    https://www.tayna.co.uk/car-batteries/exide/1s0-915-105a/ - model number match

    Edited by askew at 11:08:42 08-08-2020
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 8 Aug 2020 11:09:50 26,435 posts
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    Yeah definitely try jumping it, its probably fine.
  • askew 8 Aug 2020 11:42:07 21,805 posts
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    Mmm. It does have a clear panel on top which is supposed to display a yellow fill if it's got nothing left.
  • Fake_Blood 8 Aug 2020 12:05:49 10,571 posts
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    Uncle bumblefuck to the rescue.
    Key thing is to leave the cables on for 10 minutes or so to give the angry pixies time to transfer.

    https://youtu.be/JGHf7b2DhJY
  • Dougs 8 Aug 2020 15:51:26 95,479 posts
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    When my battery died in lockdown (after 10 days; battery definitely fucked), I couldn't jump it. Had to charge it up for 5 or 6 hours, then it was fine. Basically, get a battery charger.
  • BillMurray 15 Sep 2020 20:34:50 9,589 posts
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    Any tall forumites owned a mk1-mk3 MX-5? My motorbike isn't terribly practical so I thought it's time to maybe get my driver's license and thought an MX-5 might be good fun as a first car seeing as they're relatively cheap to buy and run but I'm a bit the lanky side(6'2").
    Won't be getting rid of the bike but it'd be nice to have something that's a bit more practical (at least compared to what is basically a race bike with a numberplate and headlights)and still fun.
  • PatrickEwing 15 Sep 2020 20:40:12 2,478 posts
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    My wife had an mx5 once , Iím 6í1Ē and on the odd occasion I drove got told amongst a load of other abuse that it looked like I was was sitting on top of a roller skate (the old metal ones that strap round your shoes)
  • superdelphinus 15 Sep 2020 20:41:49 10,404 posts
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    Anyone have one of the new bmw 3 series?
  • Frogofdoom 15 Sep 2020 20:43:20 16,891 posts
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    I have known a couple of people that had mx5's that found them a bit scary to drive in winter. Neither of them own one any more.
  • cov 15 Sep 2020 21:38:00 2,331 posts
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    Oft dont listen to them I am 6'1 with a 99 mx5 and it's fine, room for a cple more inches (fnaar)

    Also a beautiful car to drive

    It takes getting used to on a motorway as it is so low slung and lorries often don't see you, and yes in winter it can be a little slidy.

    Got mine for 950 with 120k on clock - had it for 3 years and drive every day. You can spend a fair amount (500 a year on bits and Bob's replacements) oh and make sure if u get one it has had its frame welding re-done (they rust). Fine if it has if not 500-700 to sort that - one time job.
  • cov 15 Sep 2020 21:40:05 2,331 posts
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    They are small so no slim peeps only - had a bit of a squeeze with my m8 and in at the same time and he is on the husky side
  • nickthegun 15 Sep 2020 21:50:59 82,982 posts
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    My F-I-L has run an MX5 for 20 odd years. Got a MK3 now but put nearly 180k onto his old MK2.

    Driven his a few times, Iím 6í3Ē and itís absolutely fine. Been half heartedly looking at one myself as Iím looking at getting something to blast at the weekend due to binning the BMW.

    One thing I would say is that I wouldnít get one as a daily. They are fine for pottering about but the one journey I did on the motorway wasnít particularly enjoyable. Iím sure you get used to it but crap weather, pretty poor visibility out the car and super loud road/wind noise wasnít great. Donít know how he put so many miles on it.
  • nickthegun 15 Sep 2020 21:54:44 82,982 posts
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    Iím also looking at an abarth which, Iím reliably informed, would make me look like donkey Kong in mario kart.
  • dominalien 15 Sep 2020 21:55:05 9,819 posts
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    Iím just over 6í and when I got into the previous model at the dealership I was unable to find a seat position where I would not be touching the roof with the top of my head

    Edit: talking about the mx-5.

    Edited by dominalien at 21:56:35 15-09-2020
  • dominalien 15 Sep 2020 21:56:08 9,819 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Iím also looking at an abarth which, Iím reliably informed, would make me look like donkey Kong in mario kart.
    That is not a bad look.
  • nickthegun 15 Sep 2020 22:02:39 82,982 posts
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    It wouldnít be the first time. I had a Clio 172 and that canít have been much bigger if at all.

    A really nice 182 is for sale near me. Really tempted but itís done 120k so it really would be for weekends.
  • cov 15 Sep 2020 22:04:27 2,331 posts
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    That's weird no problem with the roof at all for me - maybe a different seat type? Have replaced my seats and both were fine - would recommend a hardtop add on for winter and motorway driving.

    I drive it daily and do a lot of motorways too - but yeah motorways take a bit of getting used too - and a strong wind can make it shift around a lot.
  • cov 15 Sep 2020 22:06:20 2,331 posts
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    Sounds too negative, cannot emphasise how much of a joy it is too drive, cannot find anything to replace it, absolute dream at round abouts, like getting shot out of a gun (in a good way)
  • mothercruncher 15 Sep 2020 22:10:25 18,032 posts
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    Yeah, had a mk3, theyíre a fucking riot.
  • souvlaki 15 Sep 2020 22:22:36 1,064 posts
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    I had a mk2.5 and miss it but had to go 4 seater. It was a daily drive and I didn't mind motorways - in fact, when getting rid I did a last epic journey to Greece and back ( with the exhaust hanging off from Romania until Athens- as I was in a rush I left it until Greece and a pit stop - but for 10 eurogot it welded back on it was fine all the way back to the UK)
  • souvlaki 15 Sep 2020 22:24:26 1,064 posts
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    Its nice to be able to listen to music on the motorway now though and the canvas roof was unbelievably hot in Summer - especially abroad. Mine didn't have aircon.
  • cov 15 Sep 2020 22:24:27 2,331 posts
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    Username checks out ;)
  • PatrickEwing 15 Sep 2020 22:33:27 2,478 posts
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    If listening to music on motorway, or at any point ever in a car isnít your thing Iím selling my Caterham 7 if I can tempt you.
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