Ford Fiesta ST (2004 - 2008)

5

St150

reviewed by Anonymous on 23 June 2020
5
Overall rating
3
How it drives
3
Fuel economy
5
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
5
Cost of maintenance and repairs
5
Experience at the dealership
5
How practical it is
5
How you rate the manufacturer
4
Overall reliability

B Road Blaster

This is my second St150, my previous one was Red that I purchased new in 2009 just as the new Mk7 fiesta was launched.

After a few years of driving bangers I decided it was time to purchase another one, this time the car is 10 years old and had 97,000 on the clock with half decent service history. 2 weeks after I got it it required a clutch, which I luckily got replaced by the garage I purchased it from, to say they did a good job is another story.

After 6 years since driving my fresh new one, I was straight back into the groove with the St. They handling, power delivery and quick ratio box felt no different than before. Its a car you get used to very quickly and can push it down the road into triple figures in no time on any road. Brakes are above average and will get you back within the speed limit quite comfortably, or save you over doing a corner (from experience)

Service and maintenance isn't as expensive as its counter parts and within the limits of the average home mechanic without much tools, I recently completed a timing chain replacement with just the cost of a chain kit and a £12 locking tool kit. Took 1 day to complete in my drive.

Suspension is firm but perfect for fast road, track and everyday driving in my opinion, big potholes are enemies of any car not just sport oriented ones.

Being a 2008 model it has the facelifted dash with the Sony head unit which is actually very good and don't have any reason to change it with an aftermarket one.

Unfortunately with being a popular car in its prime years there is a quite a few poor examples going around so my advice would to be buy the best example you can afford. Watch out for polished turds that have been thrashed and not looked after. I would take a well looked after high mileage car over a thrashed low miler any day. Timing chains have been known to last over 150k miles if regular service has been done with quality oil etc

It has comfortable seats, driving position is a little high but perfect if your under 6ft for visabilty. Decent legroom in the rear and good sized boot (fold down the seats and it's as good as a fiesta van!)

Overall its a fun little car that isn't overly powerful and has good handling with decent feedback through the wheel. It is quite a underrated car due to crap reviews from incompetent drivers. Compare this to a disappointing Corsa Vxr, flimsy Renault Clio 172/182 or other hot hatchs of its day and you will most likely take this and love it

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