Our cars: Ford Fiesta ST-2 - March

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  • 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's heated seats are great for sore backs

    Fiesta's heated seats are great for sore backs

  • 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

Read the full Ford Fiesta review

Week ending March 21
Mileage 8180
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
Rob.Keenan@whatcar.com

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Week ending March 14
Mileage 7150
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
Euan.Doig@whatcar.com

Our cars: Ford Fiesta ST-2 - February

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