Just got my ST yesterday! Couple things I noticed that I don't like (so far)

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by mcummings182, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    After thinking I wouldn't be able to get an ST, I actually got one yesterday and it's the exact one I wanted! There's only a couple things that I have noticed that could have been a little better (so far lol)

    The trunk is way smaller than my 2011 hatchback. For some reason, the piece you pull up to get to the spare tire is way too high up. I think it's really unnecessary. It's hard to explain what I'm talking about unless you see the 2 in comparison in person. My hatchback had 2 12 inch subs, I don't think you can even fit any in the ST because the height is so different.

    The other thing is I don't like how the my ford touch is set up. I hate how it has the screen split into 4 sections, it just looks stupid. I looked at the display options and I don't think there is any way you can change it (does anyone know if you can?) At least you can put any picture as your wallpaper (as long as it's 800 x 350 or something like that)

    My girlfriend has a Chevy Cruze, and I like the MyLink setup way better than My Touch. Here are some pics of how I wish My Touch looked.

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  3. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    You're right. The MFT looks beautiful if you're parked while you use it. But the fonts on the MFT are too thin and hard to read at road speed if you don't have perfect vision (like me). I have to look over my glasses and lean in to read the stupid display. Not the safest thing to do...
  4. brian

    brian Member

    Congrats on getting your new ride!
  5. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    the floor level drops down to about the same place it is on your 2011. I moved the dual-height-floor-wtf to the lowest level shorter after getting the ST and find that it is much better. I still lose things under the rear seats, so I will have to figure out something better. A good option would be to buy the rear cargo floor out of a 2011-13 Fiesta that a rally team is gutting for competition.

    MFT, well, it is what it is. It takes time to get used to the system.
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  6. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    I didn't even know it could be lowered, I will have to check it out. Is it easy to do? I haven't really looked at it other than once since I just got the car.
  7. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Lift the floor up and out of the car, then slide it under the trim that is on the sides near the rear seat backs. After that, push the edge of the floor nearest the bumper towards the sheetmetal floor of the trunk. Move it back and forth a few times to get it to settle into place. Once that is done, the floor will sit on the top of the spare tire, which is pretty much the same height as the 2011-13 cars. It is easy to change from the low level to the high level, in case you wanted the floor the same height as the rear seats when they are folded down.

    Don't get too upset of MFT, it just takes time to get used to it. My wife hated it in her Escape, hating it to the point of wanting to return it. After a few updates and getting used to the system, she is now ok with it. We need to do the latest update, which fixes a huge number of issues on the Escape. My brother got MFT in the ST updated at SVT last week and we have both noticed improvements.
  8. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    Thanks a lot, I will try that when I get home. MFT is getting a little better as I get used to it. I just don't like the layout. It's also kind of hard to use because if you don't press exactly on the right spot it will click the wrong thing and it get's irritating. It's hard to press corner icons as well. Isn't the latest update already installed? I checked the website and it says I have the latest. Is there a way to check it from MFT in the car?
  9. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    If you have to press the corner text to activate the screen, then it sounds like you have the older version. There is a way to access the version and crosscheck it with www.syncmyride.com. If you log into the site and enter your VIN, it should tell you if the system is the latest. The dealer can also tell you.
  10. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    When did the update come out? Because I'm already registered on the site and it says my SYNC is up to date as of August 19, 2013
  11. Stevelach

    Stevelach Active Member

    The new version is 3.6 and my ST did not deliver with it. I performed the update myself. One of the most obvious changes is the "help" screen that is displayed during voice commands. If you see a list of available voice commands while the system is waiting for your voice response then you have the update. If the display doesn't change, then you are still on the older software.
  12. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    The update came out last month. The dealer that services the ST for the Fiesta Movement had no record of there being an update for the car, so my brother had it done at SVT. We can't use the VIN for the website since it isn't a production car.

    Stevelach brings up a good point, the help screen shows up using a voice command on the new update and not the old one. Also when listening to SiriusXM when the home screen is active, the song title shows up above the presets.
  13. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    What kind of spare do you have? Mine sticks up above the well several inches and there's no way that the load floor will fit on the lower level unless you bend the heck out of the floor. This morning, I removed the wheel to be sure that nothing was under the tire, and the tire is still above the sheet metal floor even with the jack removed.

    Speaking of the jack, the handle assembly is WAY over-thought. I'd hate to try to pull it apart in the dark, and re-assembly is worse. I should have taken a picture of it before I opened it... :)
    And why did Ford choose to bury the fuel funnel UNDER the spare? Another bad idea. I decided to flip the tire over and place the jack assembly on top where it's more easily accessible.
  14. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    not sure what size spare, but I am sure it is the exact same one as production. The floor might not be as low as the 2011-13 cars, but way lower than the upper height. The floor gets hung up on the trim and it took some wiggling to get it to sit right. I had pictures showing the floor in the up, down, and compared to the 2011, but I don't know where I put them.

    The funnel under the spare is not the best. I suggest moving it to the top of the spare. Of course, with 4 years of driving capless fuel cars, I have only used the funnel twice.
  15. rweidman

    rweidman New Member

    It is a function of the full size spare. The floor for the trunk is of the right area to cover the spare and seal up around the sides. Unless you take the spare out the floor really cannot be lowered with out taking out the spare.
  16. Stevelach

    Stevelach Active Member

    Not true. I've lowered mine several times without taking out the spare. There is a bit of technique getting the floor to line up in the lower position, but once you figure that out it is actually pretty easy.
  17. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Yep, as Stevelach said, it can be lowered without taking out the spare. I lowered mine hours after picking it up and only moved it to the higher position to do a video about how it works.

    Fiesta ST Aircraft Carrier #fiestamovement
    by Bryan Redeker BRGT350, on Flickr

    This isn't the best picture, but I knew I could find it quickly. This is with the floor lowered about 5-6" from the upper position. The spare tire is in place and no modifications were made.
  18. tubbyaz

    tubbyaz Member

    I've had my FiST now for a little over 2 weeks. My impressions thus far:

    1. Being 5'11", about 250 lbs, I do find I fit rather well in the car. I've only driven small cars for the last 25 years (Swift GT, Escort ZX2, Focus ZX3, Porsche 911), and rather enjoy being "intimate" with any automobile. The middle armrest seems comparable to my old Focus, so I don't even notice that. The door armrest is a little too far forward, however my hand naturally falls to the front window buttons which is nice (I drove a rental Chevy Equinox for a weeklong trip last month, and I kept pushing the rear window button when I wanted the front. Annoying). The moonroof seems to be of high-quality fit and finish. It is rather far back, but my seat is back pretty far too. It's been open pretty much 24x7 since I picked up the car. I am a sucker for any type of open-air motoring, hence the old 911 Targa. The rest of the interior is not BMW-grade, but it's also not ugly or cheap.

    2. MFT/Sync, for all the complaints and kvetches I have read for the last year, works pretty darn well. I found that the Chevy MyLink was horribly slow when trying to skip songs on the iPod. I do wonder about debris getting into the upward-facing USB and SD slots. Mounting them vertically might be smarter (note to self: don't put the french fries in the center armrest). One thing we've found out is that it doesn't quite understand my wife's voice unless she lowers it down an octave or so.

    3. MyKey, even though I have not created one, says that I can't listen to Howard 100 when I turn the engine off. Plays fine while driving, but turn it off and Howard goes away. No idea why. I have verified that both keys are Administrator keys, and used both seperately. Gonna have to search on that one...

    4. I have not put as many miles on as the rest of you probably have. I'm still working on the first tank of 87 octane, about 300 miles on the odo. Please forgive me, but I bicycle to work most days, so my car tends to sit in the garage a lot waiting for the weekend. I soooo need to take this up Yarnell hill and north to Prescott the back way very soon, but it's not going to be for awhile I'm afraid.

    5. Recaros. Awesome. Seats. Even better than the sport seats in my 911. Don't know how they'll be on a long trip, but around town they are fantastic. Worth the money, even though I'll likely never use the bun warmers here in Phoenix.
  19. kvetcha

    kvetcha Active Member

    I was totally unable to get my load floor lower. The spare was too tall.

    I wonder if something's changed?
  20. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    Maybe BRGT350's spare has no air pressure. :happy:

    I just had an epiphany.
    Deflate the tire, then jam it down into the well. Then inflate it back up and see if it expands the well! :cool:
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    I can't get mine to sit flush either.

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