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Offline longshins1997  
#1 Posted : 04 September 2017 11:54:19(UTC)
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I ordered my 220 Trophy back in June and have now been given a handover date - 31/10/17.

Being 20 i have little knowledge about maintaining this car to keep it mint! Any advice would be appreciated.

Offline MrVix  
#2 Posted : 04 September 2017 17:15:55(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: longshins1997 Go to Quoted Post
I ordered my 220 Trophy back in June and have now been given a handover date - 31/10/17.

Being 20 i have little knowledge about maintaining this car to keep it mint! Any advice would be appreciated.



Just get your local 'poles' to give it the once over every 2 weeks and it will look fabBig Smile
Offline Penn  
#3 Posted : 04 September 2017 17:45:25(UTC)
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Keep it clean by washing it properly. Be mechanically sympathetic to all components and do basic oil, tyre pressure, fluid checks every 2 weeks. Get it serviced on time, don't go over the intervals.

Same things you should do with any car to be honest.
Offline longshins1997  
#4 Posted : 05 September 2017 13:09:45(UTC)
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Would you recommend normal fuel or premium?
Offline Penn  
#5 Posted : 05 September 2017 14:02:41(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: longshins1997 Go to Quoted Post
Would you recommend normal fuel or premium?


Purely up to you, it's designed to run on any brand of 95.

I personally would run on super unleaded (97) as it's only a few pence dearer and my experience is that cars have always felt better on higher octane. Just my perception, no evidence to back it up.
Offline flitch  
#6 Posted : 05 September 2017 14:14:56(UTC)
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Shell V Power for me, part from the odd top up when I can't get it.

Be very careful when parking, as the alloys protrude and are all too easy to kerb.

Avoid potholes, and take speed humps at 10mph.

Enjoy thoroughly.

Pete
Offline eccentric1  
#7 Posted : 05 September 2017 14:52:00(UTC)
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Strange, here in DE my 220 is supposed to run on a minimum of "Super Plus" which is 98 RON / Octane.
As posted elsewhere I use mainly 102 or occasionally 100.
Offline Familyman  
#8 Posted : 05 September 2017 20:45:56(UTC)
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yes,it says 98 ron minimum on my fuel cap
Offline Penn  
#9 Posted : 06 September 2017 09:04:29(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Familyman Go to Quoted Post
yes,it says 98 ron minimum on my fuel cap


Which country?
Offline Georgeski  
#10 Posted : 06 September 2017 09:26:26(UTC)
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Germany
Offline longshins1997  
#11 Posted : 06 September 2017 10:43:59(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: flitch Go to Quoted Post
Shell V Power for me, part from the odd top up when I can't get it.

Be very careful when parking, as the alloys protrude and are all too easy to kerb.

Avoid potholes, and take speed humps at 10mph.

Enjoy thoroughly.

Pete


I was thinking of getting an alloy protector, i think it might look a little shabby though!
Offline sunnylunn  
#12 Posted : 06 September 2017 10:46:24(UTC)
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don't bother, they are rubbish and fall off far too easily, just avoid kerbs.
Offline longshins1997  
#13 Posted : 06 September 2017 10:50:10(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: sunnylunn Go to Quoted Post
don't bother, they are rubbish and fall off far too easily, just avoid kerbs.


Cheers mate! Will take your advice on this one
Offline longshins1997  
#14 Posted : 06 September 2017 10:57:56(UTC)
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They have tried to sell me:

Gap insurance (think this is essential)
Tyre & Alloy Cover
Cosmetic Cover

Would any of you recommend taking out any of these covers?
Offline Georgeski  
#15 Posted : 06 September 2017 11:00:02(UTC)
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Yes, but shop around for GAP and you will be able to get it lot cheaper elsewhere. ALA usually get very good reviews and it will probably be half the price (if not more).
Offline MrVix  
#16 Posted : 06 September 2017 11:12:45(UTC)
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Also check your current insurance policy as many now offer full reimbursement of the purchase cost during the 1st 12 months.

The GAP is the only extra I would bother with and as Georgeski intimated DO NOT buy from the Dealer as they will have your pants down.

With regards to alloy wheel protectors they look worse than a badly kerbed wheel so imo steer well clear.
Offline madmax  
#17 Posted : 06 September 2017 16:20:14(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Familyman Go to Quoted Post
yes,it says 98 ron minimum on my fuel cap


Also on mine and i am in UK
Offline Marc_250  
#18 Posted : 06 September 2017 16:36:51(UTC)
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I'd be sure if you check the manual it'll be 95 minimum. If not it must be one of the least practical cars in the UK!
Offline titian  
#19 Posted : 06 September 2017 17:45:13(UTC)
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95 only if nothing else, for short period
Offline del115  
#20 Posted : 06 September 2017 17:49:20(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Marc_250 Go to Quoted Post
I'd be sure if you check the manual it'll be 95 minimum. If not it must be one of the least practical cars in the UK!


Handbook says....

Essential to use the rating on the label inside the filler cap

If not available the for a limited time only....
With an octane rating of 95 for a label with the rating of 98.


Bit of a boost for Tesco then as I believe they must be the only people selling >= 98 fuel.
Offline Marc_250  
#21 Posted : 06 September 2017 19:06:38(UTC)
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'Essential'....hmmmm

My old 250 was going like a train at 65k without any of this 'Essential' stuff.

Focus RS manual says somet like higher ron for best performance but chuck owt you want in it 95+.

My local garages (Texaco and Morrisons) only do 97 and 95 so guess that rules me out Clio ownership! ;)
Offline FramerateUK  
#22 Posted : 06 September 2017 19:37:27(UTC)
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Mine's had loads of 95 ron and it's been no problem at all. I've been using 98 the last couple of months and I've noticed no difference whatsoever.

The wheels are very easy to curb (thanks to them sticking out and the very low profile tyres). Mine are scratched from reversing into a pothole on a single track road to let someone by.

Offline Womble  
#23 Posted : 06 September 2017 21:06:08(UTC)
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Everyone that says 99 Octane makes no difference to the car, must be numb.

The cars ECU works on a learn principle and adds ignition timing to the maximum to optimise the fuel your are using. The lower the Octane the less timing you will run which gives less power and more fuel consumption.

While a lot of people hate Vpower, when you strip an engine that is running on Vpower it is a lot cleaner than an engine running on supermarket fuel.

To be honest I don't get it people buy a performance car then put non performance fuel in.

If you don't beleive me download one of the many apps out there and do your own tests

This is on Vpower on a mapped 200T running 280 bhp


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Offline Marc_250  
#24 Posted : 06 September 2017 21:29:54(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Womble Go to Quoted Post
Everyone that says 99 Octane makes no difference to the car, must be numb.



Well heavily mapped cars aside. Lets say round a track a car (~250hp) running 99 vs 95 is say 2 seconds a lap faster?

You expect someone can feel that on the road? I remember Tiff Needle compared the MK2 Focus RS vs the Megane 250 in the rain and he thought the Focus was quicker..which it wasn't.

So if an ex F1 driver can't tell then I'll be amazed if you expect I can.

As for buying a performance car and sticking normal fuel in it...it's a hot hatch that's supposed to do everything the boring car it's based on.
Offline MrVix  
#25 Posted : 07 September 2017 04:16:59(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Marc_250 Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Womble Go to Quoted Post
Everyone that says 99 Octane makes no difference to the car, must be numb.



Well heavily mapped cars aside. Lets say round a track a car (~250hp) running 99 vs 95 is say 2 seconds a lap faster?

You expect someone can feel that on the road? I remember Tiff Needle compared the MK2 Focus RS vs the Megane 250 in the rain and he thought the Focus was quicker..which it wasn't.

So if an ex F1 driver can't tell then I'll be amazed if you expect I can.

As for buying a performance car and sticking normal fuel in it...it's a hot hatch that's supposed to do everything the boring car it's based on.


I tend to agree Marc, I do wonder whether these 'higher' octane fuels are a marketing mans dream for the gullible.

I have tried over the years in many different cars using the higher octane fuels and I could never tell the difference, anything I buy now gets the cheapest possibleBig Smile
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