Our cars: Ford Fiesta ST-2 - April

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  • Our Fiesta ST passes seven months and 9500 miles
  • Coped with luggage and a bike
  • Signs of attempted break-in
  • Fiesta was great during Le Mans trip

    Fiesta was great during Le Mans trip

  • Fiesta tyre was repaired for only £17

    Fiesta tyre was repaired for only £17

  • Fiesta ST is reasonably practical, but our road test editor wishes we'd added the height-adjustable boot floor

    Fiesta ST is reasonably practical, but our road test editor wishes we'd added the height-adjustable boot floor

  • Fiesta Mykey is great safety tech

    Fiesta Mykey is great safety tech

  • Experience at Ford dealer was a good one

    Experience at Ford dealer was a good one

  • Even the courtesy car (on right) was brand new

    Even the courtesy car (on right) was brand new

  • Ed would happily live with manual controls to keep the Fiesta ST's price as low as possible

    Ed would happily live with manual controls to keep the Fiesta ST's price as low as possible

  • The exuberant little Ford manages to make even the shortest journeys feel special

    The exuberant little Ford manages to make even the shortest journeys feel special

  • Someone has used a wheel to gauge where the pavement is, not their mirrors

    Someone has used a wheel to gauge where the pavement is, not their mirrors

  • Looks like someone has tried to get into the Fiesta without using the key

    Looks like someone has tried to get into the Fiesta without using the key

  • Fiesta is a hoot on twisty roads

    Fiesta is a hoot on twisty roads

  • Fiesta was great on a weekend trip to Suffolk

    Fiesta was great on a weekend trip to Suffolk

  • Boot took weekend's luggage for Euan and a mate

    Boot took weekend's luggage for Euan and a mate

  • Fiesta's economy is looking pretty good

    Fiesta's economy is looking pretty good

  • Sony infotainment system is stuffed full of unintuitive, tiny buttons that are tricky to use on the move

    Sony infotainment system is stuffed full of unintuitive, tiny buttons that are tricky to use on the move

  • Fiesta even coped with a new vacuum cleaner. Just

    Fiesta even coped with a new vacuum cleaner. Just

  • Sports seats are supportive, but some drivers have suffered back ache

    Sports seats are supportive, but some drivers have suffered back ache

  • Our ST2 comes with plenty of standard kit, including air-con and an upgraded stereo

    Our ST2 comes with plenty of standard kit, including air-con and an upgraded stereo

  • Fiesta frosted up? No problem...

    Fiesta frosted up? No problem...

  • ...just wait a minute and it'll clear itself

    ...just wait a minute and it'll clear itself

  • Fiesta clutch has developed a click

    Fiesta clutch has developed a click

  • Even in a straight line, the Fiesta is fun. It sounds great, too

    Even in a straight line, the Fiesta is fun. It sounds great, too

  • Our Fiesta ST is ace, even if the low-speed ride is pretty hard

    Our Fiesta ST is ace, even if the low-speed ride is pretty hard

  • Fiesta's boot isn't huge, but it's big enough for most things

    Fiesta's boot isn't huge, but it's big enough for most things

  • Standard Recaro seats hold you very securely. Stay off the pies though

    Standard Recaro seats hold you very securely. Stay off the pies though

  • Six-speed gearbox is light and accurate. A joy to use

    Six-speed gearbox is light and accurate. A joy to use

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Ford Fiesta ST-2

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Week ending April 29
Mileage 10,012
Miles this week 22

I've had a lot of previous experience driving a basic Fiesta ST-1, so leapt at the chance to try out our long termer and bring back a few happy memories.

Although I didn't cover that many miles in it over the weekend, I did get to watch the odometer roll over the magic 10,000 mark. Even with that distance now under its belt, the car still feels tight as a drum, and the performance from the 1.6 Ecoboost engine is as addictive as ever.

In fact the exuberant little Ford manages to make even the shortest journeys feel special.

However it does seem to be showing a few signs of wear from the recent break in attempt. The electric window on the passenger has been misbehaving, something we aim to get looked at during the forthcoming service.

By Paul Bond
paul.bond@haymarket.com

Ford Fiesta ST-2

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Week ending April 22
Mileage 9990
Miles this week 280

I was deeply annoyed last week, and unfortunately my mood has not improved this week. Why? Well, mainly because someone has had an unplanned kerb/wheel interaction with my Fiesta's left rear alloy. This is especially irritating because I take extra care to not scuff wheels when parking – and I've been extremely vigilant given that the Fiesta has such large wheels and low-profile rubber.

However, someone else has not parked with such diligence, to the extent that they've also taken a chunk out of the tyre. A bit of refurbishment is in order. When I find out who it was…

By Euan Doig
Euan.Doig@whatcar.com 

 

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Week ending April 15
Mileage 9710
Miles this week 150

Deeply, deeply annoyed this week. Why, you may ask? After all, I have a Fiesta ST to run around, which is hardly the definition of hard work. No, the reason for my ire is because I think someone else fancied running around in my Fiesta. Or at least fancied relieving me of some of the stuff in it.

I've noticed some scratches on the frame of the passenger-door window, and the window seal is showing signs of having been prised open.

The good news is that the Fiesta managed to resist the efforts of the pond life who attempted to break in to it, but now I face having to have the damage repaired. 

Oh how I wish I'd managed to catch them in the act. Reasonable force? Hmm, perhaps.

By Euan Doig

Euan.Doig@whatcar.com

Ford Fiesta ST-2

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Week ending April 8
Mileage 9560
Miles this week 450

It's been a slightly eventful week for the Fiesta. First, it took me and my bike on holiday to Suffolk.

The boot was filled with luggage and cycling paraphernalia, then the bike was firmly secured to the tailgate on my bike rack. It was barely noticeable. Aside from some extra whistling on the M25, the Fiesta seemed largely unaffected by the somewhat unaerodynamic encumberance.

There was no dip in performance, and nor did the cycle-shaped rudder cause the car to wander at all at speed. The best news of all was that the Fiesta did the trip up there and back and still managed to average 35.4mpg. Brilliant.


By Euan Doig

Euan.Doig@whatcar.com

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