Yes the hose to the header tank which you order by asking for the "exploding hose" those 1.0 eco boost engines are a throw away lump, Ford reduced them to £1200 for a new engine last I heard. Get rid of it pronto!Today I just renewed my GreenFlag breakdown cover. Full cover (all options) £69.44. Now the renewal was £78.40 so I ignored that and went online and did a fresh application. So much for existing customers supposed to be charged no more than new customers.
At least they will renew a 19 year old car. Last year I was refused boiler breakdown insurance as my gas boiler is now over 15 years old. Of course, during that cold snap in December it broke down - kept cutting out, even after resets. Chap who does the servicing couldn't come for 2 days. A bit of investigation and it turned out to be the motorised valve. Screwfix had them in stock and I soon had heating again - phew!
I dread the A2 breaking down given the difficulties in getting many parts. My sons 9 year old Ford Focus broke down when he was on holiday in Scotland last summer. Couldn't be fixed and took 5 days to get a hire car so he was stuck in one place. The Ford was shipped back to Devon. Turns out it was a long standing fault and should have been subject to a recall. Despite the car's age, Ford agreed to replace the engine! I've never been attracted to Fords but this has raised their standing for me.