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My favourite car!
Ford Focus ST
Member Name: poppyjoe
Ford Focus ST
Advantages: Performance, style, design!
Disadvantages: Fuel consuption
Well what a car! We have had our focus ST since Jan 07 and we still love it as much today as we did then. The only difference being it is now a bit dirtier.
The car that was the follow on to the much loved RS did have a lot of living up to do and I believe that it didn't fail. The car is more grown up than the RS leaving some of the boy racer charm behind and being more refined in its design outside and inside.
The car design is fantastic, it really stands out in a crowd. Even in a very busy Ikea car park our car is easily identifiable. The car looks sporty with its 18 inch alloys and the twin exhast. We have a 5 door ST2, so this model has the xenon headlights which are fantastic although incredibly expensive to replace so here is hoping we do not need to replace them for many years to come. When you switch the headlights on the bulbs rise up and then down giving the best angle to maximise the light. There is also headlight washers that will kick in every so often when you squirt water on the windscreen.
On the inside the car features recaro seats in the front. Incredibly comfortable, but if you are not so mobile you may struggle to get in and out. The back seats in the ST2 are not quite so comfortable but it still maintains a 5 seater unlike the ST3 which has shaped back seats and is therefore a 4 seater.
The inside dash has 3 mid console dials showing turbo and that has a really cool look to it. From the central mirror there is a submarine red light that shines down on the gear stick and the black roof makes this a joy to be in at night. We got the extra of having window blinds fitting withing the back doors and this is great now we have a baby in the back. The ST does not come with isofix bracets as standard but these are easy for your dealer to fit for you.
The car handles and performs as it should, giving control and confidence in the corners and speed when you need it. The best thing about this car has got to be when the turbo kicks in, the noise always makes me smile.
The fuel economy is never going to be great but I tend to get 27 MPG with a combined town and motorway driving. Servicing again isn't the cheapest and tyres tend to come in around £125 each so the maintenance of the car can be quite a bit.
We have kept on using the Continental sport tyres that the manufacturer recommended and we get about 10 months from the front tyres .
I love this car, it has the design and performance that I wanted as well as a 5 star safety award. There are so many airbags in the car!
Our car is a lovely sea grey colour, the most popular colour for this car has to be the vivid orange however this colour was supposed to be limited edition. If you bought your car thinking that it truly was going to be limited then I would assume you would be upset as Ford do not seem to be stopping this any time soon.
Summary: The drive of a performance car without breaking the bank