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Old 08-07-13, 09:50 PM   #1
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about a month ago my mum decided she wanted a new car so i kindly took her old one off her hands for her to use as a comuting car to try and cut down some of the mileage on the 307 anbd save a bit in fuel. its a ford fiesta 1.3 r reg. in good condition for the year but today on way home i noticed a strong smell of fuel/fumes thought it was the car in front. then noticed fuel gauge dropping rather quick. pulled over to find fuel pouring out a rubber pipe on fuel filter. luckly had tools in boot so cut out the bit that was leaking and went to nearest fuel station to put some more in. 5 miles up road car cut out. coasted to a stop. with fuel pouring out pipe had burst again. another quick bodge and it lasted about 200 yards so ended up walking home the last mile or so. mrs took me to halfrurds and got a new pipe. went back and fitted it and all seems ok. what is normally a 2.50 worth of fuel drive home turned out to be about 45 plus cost of the pipe. so much for using the fiesta to save a few quid.

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Lucky it didn't catch fire , I saw a MK 1 escort van go up in our yard back in the 80s never seen anyone run so fast :-)



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They are called Fix Or Repair Daily for a reason, made be chuckle tho
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Old 09-07-13, 07:30 AM   #4
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That vintage of Fester weren't very nice and aged very quickly. A hound of an engine too - there's at least a 50% chance the plugs are seized in the head. As you've probably come to realise, an old crock like this is unlikely to save you any money.
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i was ready for it to catch fire. had my belt off and phone in hand before i had even pulled over.

used to have a granada cosworth that i took to shows. we had some t shirts made up with fix or repair daily on them lol. hoping plugs wont be siezed as its got a slight miss when i put my foot down so going to start by changing plugs and leads. its got extensive service history so finger crossed.

got to agree its not very nice but it came to me free with nearly 12 months mot and 6 months tax so even if it only last till mot runs out wont have lost to much
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Old 09-07-13, 08:28 PM   #6
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Nothing wrong with running bangers.
I've done it, few years ago I bought a Vauxhall combo for 130 rebuilt back brakes and a little welding on a sill and got it mot'd. As we'd moved house recently I saved a fortune in cost of skips and kept the miles off the 407. Ran it for two years and sold it for 260. I've since bought another for 50 and in process of doing it up.

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They are called Fix Or Repair Daily for a reason, made be chuckle tho
They are not that bad...could say the same for every manufacturer im actually saving money in terms of servicing, repairs and general running in my focus to my 307. mind I have the 1.8tdci - the more robust engine

but yeah this made me laugh, must be a reason to why the pipe was splitting...maybe the rubber was degraded and not up to the task and put there by a previous owner.



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Yeah, high probability at least some of the plugs seized. A lot of garages won't change plugs on that motor, or make you sign a disglaimer before they start.
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