Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

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Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

Postby Borked_Turbo » Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:49 pm

Hello all, I have been into hypermiling for some years now but the last time i went looking for a forum online was a few years ago and i didnt find anything much, but now here I am.
AND after signing up i checked to see if it was on the tapatalk forum support list and it IS!!! GREAT I find it very annoying that forums ive been on for 10+ years with thousands of active users still dont think its important enough to have a nice mobile use via tapatalk.

As for hypermiling ive been driving economically since my first car a 1.4 petrol escort, a long run up to scotland some years back pulse and glide and drafting lorries etc for silly long hours at 50mph got me 750 miles out of the tank, but that was in the paper and pencil days.
Got a focus 1.8td after that and kept that till the steering rack dumped all it fluid and a diesel patch spun me off in the highlands.

So now as of the last 3.5 ish years ive been rocking the exact same car just a different colour and an estate for all the family luggin and trips to the dump with big stuff and obligatory ikea haulage.
I live up in the Highlands of scotland now and have real trouble getting the good old motorway mpg that i was used to in my younger days living down south, but i think i do rather well still, im saving up my fuel/miles notes into a good long run for an evening bashing it into excel. (my car has no trip counter so meh).

I have used other cars that my partner has etc, only things of note was i got 58mpg out of a snotter old petrol clio 1.4 16v on an 140 mile run to be scrapped/sold.

I like diesel cars for the pulling power at low revs, and prefer the older more noisy agricultural ones , imo the electronics etc are very nice to have but i want the engine simple to fix and maintain.

anyway my current mk1 focus it sitting at 148k (i bought it at 100k for £1k) and im hoping to take it to the moon! 400k+ is my target might take me a few years though :mrgreen:
So hello forum I hope to be able to contribute when i can and learn from all of you :P

EDIT:- i put 1.9 instead of 1.8 td engine size oops.

While im editing anyway i found that Fuelly from browsing this forum, i have a small stack of pump receipts with odometer recorded on them so time to start some data entry!
hopefully i will be at LEAST average with the rest of the uk with motorways etc, I drive only A roads with extra potholes up round here :p
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Re: Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

Postby Karl » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:48 pm

Hi and Welcome to the forum

Thanks for the feedback about Tapatalk - I use it all the time so its nice to hear that others are also using the feature.

I had a Focus 1.8TD company car for a couple of years and it was very good indeed. Not as refined as the common rail engine but I still got 60+ MPG on the motorways.

I still here people raving about the original TD engine, you are very right -It was the last "fix it yourself" diesel engine to come out of Ford.

What are you getting from it?
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Re: Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

Postby frv » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:29 pm

...and hello from me too. I haven't been as far as the Highlands, I've been scuba diving in Eyemouth on the Borders, holiday in Anstruther and used to live in Dundee (don't remember it I was a bairn, well 3 anyway) and I've also lived in Hamilton (age 7 to 11).

Keep up the good work and get those receipts logged!
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Re: Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

Postby Borked_Turbo » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:23 pm

Well I have put in the figures into the Fuely site, shame i have misplaced one from mid December, so that shows my best so far since these records started is 57.1 and avg so far is 53.9. not too bad it used to be at least 63mpg but that was another lifetime. better than i expected I have been rather harsh on it lately with rushed trips to the city.
I lived and drove motorways and didnt have kids (with the lead weight car seats and buggies in the boot+bike rack on the roof) or the wifey, and all the time in to world to waft about.
I cant go for mpg all the time though, urgent trips for hospital appointments emergency school runs when the bus doesnt stop etc, so i think im doing pretty well for at least a 'part-time-mpg-bean-counter' :)
I dare not shed the spare wheel as I have had 2 new tyres lost to threaded self tappers on the roads in the past and getting a lift on a flatbed is not cheap! + waiting in the summer time with the midges is like hell unleashed :p

Ill potter about the forum and see what i can glean from some of the threads and mabe contribute if i can, I'll have to see if the wifey has kept a record of the rover 2.0TD's thirst so i can check the stats on that one too :p

Added the fuely sig as that looks nice.
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Re: Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

Postby frv » Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:43 pm

Nice - added you on Fuelly - I'm frv on there funnily enough :D
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Re: Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

Postby Borked_Turbo » Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:24 pm

I spotted that :)
Added you as well, and added this site as 'my website' as i noticed you had that on your profile ;)
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Re: Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

Postby tighterse » Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:06 pm

Whaur d'ye cumfy? Whit bit o' the hielans.
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Re: Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

Postby Borked_Turbo » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:58 am

Im generally to be found in the west coast of Argyll :P
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Re: Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

Postby dancingbear84 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:44 pm

Hi, I'm down in the glorious south of Devon, so whilst not the highlands, it is mostly a single carriageway 'a' roads that sound a lot like yours, I'm not really as active here anymore due to a career change that saw my commute drop from 20 odd miles to either 1.5 or 3 depending on the season. I'd is hard to make any form of attempt in 1.5 miles on a cold pd engine. The guys here are all great and a good community spirit can be found, Karl and frv especially have done a great job. Welcome and good luck!

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Re: Hello forum! mk1 focus estate 1.8TDdi

Postby Borked_Turbo » Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:36 pm

Well, I have a new personal best in my 13yr old focus! clock ticked over to exactly 149000 miles as I pulled up to the pump :D
This tank has been 66.5 MPG, and im hovering very close to the psychological '10p-a-mile' @ £0.104 ppm

I was wishful thinking for 70+mpg but as the factory avg mpg is 51.4 so I think im doing rather well at +15mpg on top of that.
Shame my fuelly avg isnt over 60 but it will happen at some point, im going to check further after posting this but it looks like i might be the best mpg focus on there! At least from the mk1 records that they have 8-)

I think that might require some extra steps beyond my driving style to eek out some more but there is only so much I can practically do as I did/do have to make regular trips to the local tip loaded to the gunnels with heavy stuff. And I need to run with spare wheel, and various other emergency equipment etc. tyres will go up in pressure at least :mrgreen:
Aside from good maintenance I cant think of much else i can do, tho ill browse the webs to see if i can find anything that might be doable for me...If i have any bright ideas ill post them :lol:


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