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  • #22002

    Matthew Cooke
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    UK - England

    Posts: 16

    Hi all just like to introduce my self I’m a ford master tech (15 years) and the new rs/mustang specialist at sandicliffe Leicester, I’m also a Nissan master tech and electric/hybrid specialist, I’ve been in the rs owners club in and off since my first rs in 1988 and I’ve owned pretty much every rs made at some point, currently a mk1 frs sits in my garage. Anyone need any help or a chat I will always do my best cheers guys.



    #22005

    MINER
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    United Kingdom

    Posts: 46

    Hi Matthew,whats youre personal take on this “veering steeringĀ ” it seems to be cropping up too often and when you read the many posts on the forum with one owner quoting 2 to 3 feet of pull it starts to be serious,will Ford be aware of this Cheers

    #22012

    Matthew Cooke
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    UK - England

    Posts: 16

    To be honest I need to look into it a bit more as I have aaa warranty status so I don’t really need to speak to tech hotline or prior approval much it seems not to affect all of them though, I understand some drivers have more experience/understanding which has to be taken into account, once a rumour starts some tend to jump on the bus so to speak, but I will see what I can find out



    #22013

    stmart
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    UK - England

    Posts: 136

    @Matthew Cooke nice to meet you mate. Have a feeling you might be well popular on here šŸ™‚

    I have to admit the new RS seems to be taking a bit of a bashing from some. Handling,build quality and seat height to name but a few sure keeps the forums busy.

    Personally I’m a bit nervous about getting mine in a few weeks after reading some topics on here but will try not to let it spoil the day.

    Waited many years to own an RS so want to enjoy it so much. Time will tell?



    1. Stmart
    #22015

    Matthew Cooke
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    UK - England

    Posts: 16

    I can’t remember an rs being launched without a few niggles the trouble is once you start buying cars at too money then your expectations and demands go up! I’ve never bought an rs new so I’m used to the constant spending that second hand rs’s brings especially when owners have tinkered with them, I remember when we started getting the mk1 frs in the workshop there were quite a few bits to change under warranty, seat bases, strut top mounts, coolant hose clips etc. I’m sure with all the sensors and module crontrolled areas we will come up with a rework for this issue, anyway who wants a perfect rs? That sounds boring!!!



    #22016

    Matthew Cooke
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    UK - England

    Posts: 16

    I meant big money not too money!!



    #22017

    71-bda
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    UK - England

    Posts: 8091

    Stmart I’m in the same boat, mines sat waiting for March 1st and I’m just hoping it doesn’t turn out to be a Ā£35000 lemon ! Life is too short for me to be taking it back to dealers week in week out 55 mile round tripĀ  for silly problems that we read about on these forums!!



    No nothing.

    No Mods. No rockers. Just a chunky knob, thats now been replaced by an RS knob innit.

    No tackiness.

    Std as Ford intended, but with a space saver wheel and jack and nuts and wheel brace. oh.. and flaps, a man has got to have flaps.

    Innit?

     

    #22019

    71-bda
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    UK - England

    Posts: 8091

    Hi Matthew, so have you anything on these failed cylinder heads / water loss / headgasket/cylinder head bolt/stud problems? seems like there are a fair few engines that have gone pop with huge water loss and whole units being replaced under warranty. Pictures seen of van full of removed engines going back to Fords to be stripped and diagnosed ! GULP



    No nothing.

    No Mods. No rockers. Just a chunky knob, thats now been replaced by an RS knob innit.

    No tackiness.

    Std as Ford intended, but with a space saver wheel and jack and nuts and wheel brace. oh.. and flaps, a man has got to have flaps.

    Innit?

     

    #22023

    Muz1990
    Participant

    UK - Scotland

    Posts: 59

    Welcome! Nice bunch of people on here and a friendly forum moderator.

    Mike – I’m the same as yourself, fuelled my car myself the other day and it’s waiting on March 2nd for collection, haven’t seen a single one without the fuel cap issue and noticed the paint finish under the rear arches isn’t great at all but it’s not a pagani zonda it’s a Ford Focus! Also being far from my dealer I won’t be back and forth for little issues and I also won’t spend Ā£2000 getting it polished as it’s a daily toy! But would be keen to hear if asking the dealer to turn the PDC off before collection would be advised ?

    #22025

    Matthew Cooke
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    UK - England

    Posts: 16

    The coolant issue only seems to be affecting early build models as far as I’m aware, ford are being very helpful at the minute as engines are comming to us pretty complete with looms, flywheel, manifold etc so I’m sure they are fully aware and doing everything they can, we went through a fase of transit engines turning up in the back of vans with the paint still wet on them so to speak such was the demand



    #22028

    71-bda
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    UK - England

    Posts: 8091

    MUZ, do you mean thin paint on the arch lip underside or just generally around the whole inner wheel arch area? Im not going to have my PDC turned off at PDI or anytime soon, I want to at least run the car in to about 1000, 1200 miles and then see how it behaves, on test drive I did notice a definite pull to right at like 80 in third on wide (ish ) open throttle and a quick duck to left as I changed up to 4th. But didn’t get to open it up on bumpy/cambered crowned roads where a lot of people say its quite severe. That was on a July 2016 build car. I definitely want to be able to compare ‘before’ and ‘after’ PDC so can be sure its an improvement with it off, as I’m sure its ‘on’ for some perceived benefit/ driver comfort reason.



    No nothing.

    No Mods. No rockers. Just a chunky knob, thats now been replaced by an RS knob innit.

    No tackiness.

    Std as Ford intended, but with a space saver wheel and jack and nuts and wheel brace. oh.. and flaps, a man has got to have flaps.

    Innit?

     

    #22031

    71-bda
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    UK - England

    Posts: 8091

    Thanks Matthew, so there’s not a definite answer to what the problem is then yet? I read someone was sure it was down to a faulty batch of head bolts or studs ( I don’t know what is fitted, would have thought studs with an alloy block ?) and these were stretching and allowing the head to lift a bit and cause head gasket failure. I just hope its not an inherentĀ  flaw in head or block design !!



    No nothing.

    No Mods. No rockers. Just a chunky knob, thats now been replaced by an RS knob innit.

    No tackiness.

    Std as Ford intended, but with a space saver wheel and jack and nuts and wheel brace. oh.. and flaps, a man has got to have flaps.

    Innit?

     

    #22035

    Dr. RS
    Participant

    UK - England

    Posts: 561

    Hi Matthew, I’m a Sandicliffe Leicester RS customer. Gary has been looking after my car so far, and given a great service. Do I need to contact you from now on or just book through service reception? I used to use Gary’s personal mobile. He turned my PDC off last Monday when I had the PCM and audio updates. The PCM took so long he fixed the B-Pillar rattles, both sides, so all in all a good day at the office. I’ve done 3500 miles since September 1st and PDC off is definitely the way to go. I’ve tested it on the same fast B and C roads out of Leicester and the car is definitely safer and more predictable.

    #22040

    Muz1990
    Participant

    UK - Scotland

    Posts: 59

    Mike – im in agreement with you mate, I’ll hold off for around 1,000 miles see how it handles and also the earlier built car I test drove was the same under the same conditions, fave me a bit of a shock actually, owned a 420 bhp ttrs prior so wasn’t expecting that from a car with awd haha!

     

    The paint i noticed was the metal/plastic part tucked under the rear arches, missing spray so was partially white as you would see under a bonnet, hard to describe the area but it’s the part your tuck your fbgers under and feel when washing the car, can only see it when looking directly down at it

    #22043

    Matthew Cooke
    Participant

    UK - England

    Posts: 16

    Gary meads uses the van so is here there and everywhere, I will be there full time from 1st march and will be dealing with customers as well as workshop duties, but Gary is a good lad I’ve known him a while so if you wanted to stick with him that’s fine but I will let your tyres down!!



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