The Fiesta ST Network First Drive

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST News and Reviews' started by WRC Fan, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. WRC Fan

    WRC Fan Administrator Staff Member

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  3. tubbyaz

    tubbyaz Member

    Nice review.

    I ordered back in March, so I never tried the seats. But I've always preferred bolstered seats, and really really hate the flat slabs that pass for seats in my wife's PT Cruiser.

    There are people that think a car should drive like their living room. Then there's us...
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  4. Flaco1

    Flaco1 Member

    Good review !
  5. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    Good review and I agree.
  6. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Nice Write up... :cool:
    Now whoa whoa whoa :stop: Hold on the Pard...:suspicious: Tell me more about this Transmission and said limited slip diff's... the few places I asked said "give it 3 to 6 month's" which is fine but I bet you know:book: more of what may be coming in Nov. at SEMA... hmmm hmmmm hmmmmm :woot:
  7. WRC Fan

    WRC Fan Administrator Staff Member

    Don't take it as gospel. But, I was told from one source that a current Quaife unit will work. I'll see if I can get a confirmation.
  8. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    That one of the Folks I asked and got this Now I was asking about the B6 gear box if the ST has a different box or is called by another name (someone said it was the same as the FiST They share the Getrag MMT-6.) If the half shafts fit and are the right length should be good to go.. I hope lol
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  9. CarefreeAZ

    CarefreeAZ Active Member

    Here is my mini-review after 3 days with the ST:
    1. The ST ride even with the high tire pressures (39/36) is quite comfortable. My SES with the FRPP setup and Steeda, FSWerks and TB Performance mods rides like a rock compared to the ST (the OEM Hankooks are back on the SES and the ride is marginally smoother).
    2. The ST pricing issue is obviously relative to each individual's wants, needs, and resources. Personally, I thought that it should start at $19,995 plus freight (missed that by $1,405).
    3. Brake dust is unbelievable. Order Rado Gray wheels if you have a strong aversion to dust and you don't want to/can't clean your wheels on an every-other-day basis.
    4. The standard driver's seat (same structure as the SE appearance package sport seat) has a lumbar adjustment which I find to be perfect when fully amped up. Again, personal choice. Also, the adjustable front headrests increase driver/passenger comfort.
    5. The exhaust sound is nice when pushed.
    6. The steering feels heavier than the SES. It will be interesting to see the difference when I swap out the 'stones/17's for Conti ExtremeContact DWS's on lighter SES 16 rims next month.
    7. I quickly became accustomed to MyTouch but the screen gets smudged super quick.
    8. Armrest is out-of-the-way for a stick which is fine by me. BRGt350 may view it differently.
    9. Get the Mountune short shifter. Fourth to fifth shift is more truck-like than hot hatch.
    10. Up-shift light comes on a little early but in following it, I got 32.5 mpg (50% city/50% suburban driving) on the first fill-up and 37.6 mpg for 95% 65 mph cruise-controlled, interstate driving on tank 2.
    11. The Sony radio doesn't sound as strong as I would like (my Ford "Gold Standard" is the 1996 Taurus Wagon audio).
    12. For me, the clutch pedal is a little too close to the brake pedal.
    13. Cabin noise (engine sounds aside) is somewhat higher than my SES.
    14. Bridgestones are a little slippery (but obviously new).
    15. Black headliner and pillar post coverings nicely complement the ST interiors.
    16. Don't tap anything up front--there is absolutely no protection for grille and related bits. Parallel parking or the far corner of a parking lot are safer options than nose-to-tail roulette. I guess I'll keep the front license plate frame where it is because of this.
    17. Steering, while heavier feeling, requires more attention than the SES.
    18. Load deck's high level is nice for handling groceries and packages, and levels up the storage area when the rear seats are folded down (center headrest needs to be removed for best results).
    All said, I must say I liked driving a Focus ST just as much as the Fiesta ST. With the Focus, I could drive in 5th all around town without having to downshift as much and there was still plenty of power.

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    Nice review. Off topic, but why buy a domain for 1 review?
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