C5, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Re: C5, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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I just use Nexen tyres Dave. Last ones were 39 quid. They are fine and I am on Glencoe road most weeks at speed.
Looked at an Estate version of mine this week. 187k and £325. Short Mot. I stll think of low miles on my hatch (117K) and the jobs done to it............then walk away. That estate needed the obligatory tailgate struts right away for starters, then cambelt roulette then blah blah etc. Can't be bothered rolling on the ground all over again. This one is fettled and goes good ATM.

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Filled up today, first time since brimming the tank. Worked out to 32.8mpg over 417 miles about 75% town driving 25% country or motorway. So I can't really grumble at that. The tank wasn't empty, the computer said another 170 miles to go which if believed is nearly 600 miles.

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Mine was up in Scotland last week - youngest son and daughter plus a couple of grandkids and lots of bikes and camping gear.
I filled it up before they left and they did 700 miles before filling it up again. They did over 900 miles and managed an average of 56.2 mpg, the best it has ever achieved and almost twice what we usually get.

I was relegated to daughter's Fiesta and was very pleased to get the C5 back - except the Fiesta's stereo is better than that in the C5 :(

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myglaren wrote:
15 Aug 2017, 17:57
I was relegated to daughter's Fiesta and was very pleased to get the C5 back - except the Fiesta's stereo is better than that in the C5 :(


Don't know if it still remains the case, but at least in the early 90s Ford's stock in car audio used to punch well above most of the pack. The stock stereo in our 91 H plate Sierra was great - and I was equally surprised when I picked up a scruffy old L plate Fiesta that the stock stereo in that knocked the socks off several setups I'd come across both in terms of after market and stock installs on far more expensive cars.

No idea what the current offerings are like though!

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Her Fiesta is about the same age as my C5 - a 54 IIRC.
Has bluetooth integrated too, which was news to me when I gave it back - just used the CD player and never worked out how to turn it off once I got it going :)

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Same age as my father's Fusions then. I eventually had to resort to the handbook in that to work out how to set the clock on the dashboard. You have to do it via the stereo!

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Thank goodness for the rain my folding mirrors are working again! :-D

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Sorry about the quality, I was mooching under the bonnet and noticed this connector hanging. Could this be related to my non working oil level sensor? And if so where does it fit?

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I replaced the air filter today, it needed doing but whilst doing the job I noticed this cable and lever disconnected. I'm not sure if its anything to do with cold starts or maybe kickdown? But the engine runs fine. The pic is the best I could do in the grey light. It's on the ns of the head I think, poking out from under the plastic engine cover.
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Last night driving down dark country lanes I can confirm dipped beam is awful, to the point of being dangerous. It looks like I'll have to try the wet and dry treatment.

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Edited it a bit to make it clearer, can't help with what it is at the mo though.
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Still having a job working this one out - I've got your car diagrams up - maybe adding another shot from a distance so we can see some of the surrounding parts to help identify it.

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Thanks Gibbo and Marc. Here's another a bit further out. Air filter hose to the right, engine cover left.
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I confess I can't remember seeing anything like that sticking out! Can we see where they go to whenever you get the chance - I still can't decide if this is EGR. return fuel pipes or turbo related - or none of those! :-D

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Another pic but too gloomy and cold to mess now.
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That's the sort of cable that connects the gear lever to the box but as you say the car's running ok it can't be that.

Your car is a 2.2 isn't it? If so it's different to both my cars, I have a 2.0 Litre HDI manual and the one I'm putting back together is a 2.0 Litre automatic with the Japanese AM6 gearbox.

It's obviously there for a purpose so I would just reconnect it and see what happens, it should pop on, maybe need a squeeze with pliers or pip wrench.