Ford Fiesta ST-2
Week ending March 21
Miles this week 1030
Something went 'twang' in my back last weekend as I was moving furniture around at home. This wasn't ideal because it was left me in utter agony and I had to drive the Fiesta 100 miles on Monday morning – those supportive Recaros have given me backache on longer journeys.
A warm bath is meant to sort out an aching back, so I opted for the next best thing: the ST-2's heated seats. They have two settings: Habanero and Hades, and I opted for Hades.
I expected to have to turn down the heat after 10 minutes, when the flames started licking around my thighs, but the warmth never reached an unbearable level so I left them on maximum for the entire journey. I presume there's a thermostat that controls the heater elements, although it's not great at providing a constant temperature.
Despite this, when I got out of the car at Teddington my back actually felt a little less achey. Perhaps I should use the heated seats every time I drive the ST.
By Rob Keenan
Week ending March 14
Miles this week 280
The Fiesta has developed a clonk from somewhere behind me. It's noticeable only at low speeds, but it's definitely there and it's definitely getting worse.
I wonder if it's a side-effect of the car having quite such firm suspension, although there's been no change to the way the car actually drives.
It's coming from the left-rear area, but I haven't yet managed to work out whether it's actually the suspension or if it's something simpler, such as the rear-seat backrest rattling in its retaining mount.
Whatever it is, it's getting to the stage where a dealer visit may be required.
By Euan Doig