Ford Fiesta ST

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ST-2 fashion pack: it included gray alloy wheels, pink brake calipers and illuminated kickplates
The earlier Fiesta ST, the Mk7, was the very best heat hatch you can purchase new. At the moment, it’s as much as £10okay cheaper and nonetheless a hoot to drive. We’ve the highest suggestions for patrons

A cut price when new and a steal when used, a very good Ford Fiesta ST Mk7 is downright irresistible.

Take the one we discovered beneath. This four-year-old ST-1 is being marketed by a personal vendor. Registered in 2014 and with 38,500 miles on the clock, it’s up for a £7900. New in 2014, it price £16,995 earlier than low cost. The end result: a 54% saving for 100% enjoyable.

Unusually for a used ST, it’s completely normal, when so many have been tuned and tweaked. On that topic, ‘Price figuring out’ (see beneath) sounds a warning about beforehand modified examples which have since been returned to plain spec.

True, it could be higher if it had been the extra widespread ST-2 model (it price £17,995) with half-leather Recaros, rear privateness glass, keyless ignition and digital radio. At the moment, these fetch round £500 greater than the ST-1.

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After all, the explanation we’re speaking in regards to the Mk7 ST now’s that the all-new, Mk8 mannequin is on sale. It’s powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 194bhp, whereas its predecessor had a 1.6-litre turbo four-pot making 178bhp (or 194bhp in ST200 type), mated to a slick-shifting six-speed handbook gearbox. Regardless of the harshest interrogation, tuners had been stuffed with reward for this outdated 1.6-litre engine.

Frankly, it was like asking them to select holes in David Attenborough.

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All of them agreed, nonetheless, that over time, the high-pressure gas pump cam bucket begins to put on. Different issues to search for are detailed within the ‘Purchaser beware’ part beneath, however for a automobile largely pushed by kids, a few of them with solely half an eye fixed on its common upkeep, it’s not a nasty file.

Tuners have their fingers crossed that the Mk8 is as dependable; as robust, too, since they declare that with out inner strengthening, a wholesome ST 1.6 engine will stand as much as round 300bhp. Actually, Hendy Efficiency’s demo is placing out 345bhp with out inner work, and on the usual clutch too.

Again to trim ranges and a yr after the ST-1 and ST-2 variations went on sale in 2013, the ST-Three arrived. This plugged the remaining gaps within the tools listing with keyless entry, sat-nav, cruise management, auto lights and wipers, and local weather management. It price solely £1000 greater than the ST-2 so was one thing of a cut price however, immediately, that premium has lengthy since been eroded by time and mileage.

In 2015, the rear suspension was softened and a barely thicker anti-roll bar fitted. A yr later, the ST200 arrived. Producing 194bhp, this Mountune-equipped automobile (it makes use of Mountune’s MP215 efficiency pack enhanced by a shorter last drive ratio unique to the mannequin) was an enormous deal within the ST’s life, definitely a lot greater than the arrival of a five-door model of the ST later the identical yr. New, it price £22,745 and, immediately, used costs begin at £14,000.

However why pay that? As we hope we’ve demonstrated, round half that value buys virtually as a lot enjoyable.

Easy methods to get one in your storage: 

An professional’s view, George Duxbury, Fiesta ST-Three proprietor: “I purchased my first Fiesta 5 years in the past after I was 17. It was a 1.2 nevertheless it was a begin. I then traded it for a brand new 1.zero Zetec S Black Version, which was nice enjoyable.

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Three years after that, I upgraded to a brand new Fiesta ST-Three. By no means thoughts that it was a blast to drive, it was simply spectacular worth for cash. That was 15 months in the past. Since then, I’ve had a Peron Stage 2 Professional tune package deal fitted plus an ITG consumption system, full exhaust system and uprated intercooler, all by AET Motorsport. It now has round 250bhp.”

Purchaser beware…

ENGINE – Hear for a rattle from the cam bucket that may fail resulting from gas pump stress. The engine will run badly because it wears. Test if a technical bulletin a couple of failed coolant sensor was attended to. The system can run dry with out flagging a warning and destroy the engine. 

OIL AND MAINTENANCE – Test the information to substantiate good-quality totally artificial oil has been used. Service intervals are each 12,500 miles or 12 months and timing belt adjustments each 125okay miles or 10 years.

RECALLS – Test if a 2018 recall for a cracked head attributable to localised overheating of a cylinder has been carried out. If left, the crack might trigger a hearth. It applies solely to automobiles produced as much as December 2014.

GEARBOX – Hear for worn synchro rings often attributable to earlier house owners swapping the dual-mass flywheel for a lighter single-mass one. The discount in vibration and shock absorbency damages the gearbox.

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES – Hear for clonks, groans and squeaks attributable to pace hump abuse. Any steering vagueness is prone to be worn entrance monitor rods. Test for extreme ‘lipping’ of discs and for worn pads. Each are low-cost to interchange. Examine the internal shoulders of the entrance tyres for misalignment put on.

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BODY – Test for indicators of crash harm and restore, for free door seals, that the windscreen washers work and that the gas filler flap isn’t jammed.

Additionally price figuring out: It’s commonplace to return throughout an ST previously financed on a PCP that was tuned after which unexpectedly returned to plain order. Indicators are disturbed catalytic converter bolts, screw marks on induction system clips and sagging bumpers that haven’t been refitted accurately after mechanical modifications.

How a lot to spend:

£7500-£8995 – Early 2013/14 ST-1s and 2s, plus some ST-3s, with round 40okay miles.

£9000-£10,495 – Ford Accredited 2014-reg ST-1 and 2s with round 35okay miles; 2015-reg automobiles in numbers from £9500.

£10,500-£11,995 – A great deal of 2015/16-reg ST-2s and 3s, most with low mileages.

£12,000-£14,500 – Extra very low-mileage 2016-reg ST-2s and 3s, with 2017-reg 2s beginning at £12,500 and 3s at £13,000.

£14,000 AND ABOVE – The primary 2016-reg ST200s, all the best way to £18,000.

One we discovered:

FORD FIESTA ST, 2014/14, 38,500 MILES, £7900 – Okay, it’s a primary ST-1 nevertheless it’s a private-sale automobile so you’ll be able to gauge the present proprietor’s mentality. It has been wrapped since day one and the bodywork is described as spotless. In normal and untuned situation, it has full Ford service historical past. The value is negotiable.

John Evans

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