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Paul Zetec-S

Upgrade To An St?

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Ever since I first ever saw the orange ford focus advert years ago it has been my dream car. I currently have a 1.6 TDCi focus zetec s which is worth around £10000.

I have recently found an orange ST in perfect condition. It is an 07 plate and has done only 12000 miles and has had one owner since new. It is for sale for around £8000. It is an ST-3 so has xenon lights, full leather recaro heated seats ect...

I have no need to keep my 5 door car at the moment and a 3 door will suffice. It will also be nice to have the £2000 difference to go towards running the car over the next few years

I'm tearing my hair out whether to go with head or heart. I would love to have that car outside my house.

Anyone else gone from a more standard model to a sporty model such as an ST?

Thankyou for your time

Paul

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yeah mate, a few years back in my boy racer days i started off with a fiesta, convinced myself it was too slow and ended up buying a type r civic, wich cost me all my wages just to insure haha :D not to mention tax/ fuel prices , had it for a year went straight back into a focus. its great fun and that but after about 6 months it becomes boring IMO and your sick of spending money on it.

oh and btw if you want to sell it on while we are still in recision wich looks like a few years yet, no one will go near it youll have to hope for a private sale

sorry if i weed on your bonfire abit but i certainly regreted buying one :D

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you are aware the st has a habit of snapping the timing belt tensioner in most cases at 25k miles leaving a 1300 pound rebuild cost add the single figure mpg price of fuel high road tax costs the fact they eat tyres and brake pads a friend of a friend had a green one and loved it for a month till the costs started mounting up then traded it in for a 12 plate focus edit that Timing belt failures on 5-cylinder 2.5 litre Volvo engine in Focus ST as early as 28,000 miles. Engine rebuilds cost around £6,000.

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The zetec s has the same side skirts and rear spoiler as the ST

so you could purchase a duplex exhaust, front & rear bumper and the st pod all in for around £1500

fit a bigger intercooler for around £250 and get the car remapped for around £400 St alloys £500

so for a total estimate of around £2650. you would have an economical ST replca rinning 160BHP

here are some parts as mentioned:

Bigger Diesel Intercooler:

http://www.european-parts.net/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=789

K&N Filter:

http://www.european-parts.net/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1096

Duplex exhaust system:

Part 1: http://www.european-parts.net/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=476

Part 2: http://www.european-parts.net/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=433

Part 3: http://www.european-parts.net/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=431

Remap TDCi

http://www.european-parts.net/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=721

ST rear Bumper

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Focus-ST-08-onward-Genuine-NEW-Rear-Bumper-Primed-/120764200809?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item1c1e1b7769

ST front Bumper

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ford-focus-st-front-bumper-09-plate-/320926467928?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item4ab8b54758

ST Upper Grill

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Focus-ST-08-on-Genuine-NEW-Upper-Rad-Bumper-Grille-/110905544934?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item19d27c50e6

or the ST full kit:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FOCUS-ST-BODY-KIT-BUMPER-SIDE-SKIRT-2008-2010-/221063484473?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item3378691439

Better the Devil you know, i reckon and would save you alot of money on fuel in the long run ;)

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omg lenny, i have been looking / emailing companies for about 10 months tryna find an upgraded intercooler haha, i was about to fork out for a custom built one , thanks man, useful link!

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Ever since I first ever saw the orange ford focus advert years ago it has been my dream car. I currently have a 1.6 TDCi focus zetec s which is worth around £10000.

I have recently found an orange ST in perfect condition. It is an 07 plate and has done only 12000 miles and has had one owner since new. It is for sale for around £8000. It is an ST-3 so has xenon lights, full leather recaro heated seats ect...

I have no need to keep my 5 door car at the moment and a 3 door will suffice. It will also be nice to have the £2000 difference to go towards running the car over the next few years

I'm tearing my hair out whether to go with head or heart. I would love to have that car outside my house.

Anyone else gone from a more standard model to a sporty model such as an ST?

Thankyou for your time

Paul

If you can afford it and run it mate then go for it ! Few if my mates got ST's and upgraded from Zetec's and Titaniums ! Never heard of any problems with the cars and they say totally awesome - personally I don't like the orange but the ST and especially ST3 ....... "Go For It"

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Id be much prouder and feel better if i had a Zetec and made it an ST replica, With an ST you can't really do much and even if you didn't want to it'd be boring after some time IMO. I do love my Zetec try much, i was going to buy an ST but for the money you pay on insurance / fuel / running, id happily bit by bit turn my little thing into the replica of the real thing.

Thats just my opinion, with an ST i wouldn't really touch it much, With my Zetec 5dr i like slowly adding parts and building into this smart car. At the end il be like, yea i did that.

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When I was looking around for a focus I test drove an st and it was amazing went like s**t off a shovel loved it to bits, but after a long hard think about it I went for the zetec s 1.8 tdci ,to be honest I am glad I did now due to the petrol prices and insurance costs.

But at the end of the day it's totally up to you, your the one who has to pay for it.

Good luck keep us informed :)

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making youre own rep sounds better you only need to look at the classifieds many st are under 25k most have had a few owners and knowing owners they are fast but so expensive to run and even more expensive to maintain the rep sounds good and cheaper

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omg lenny, i have been looking / emailing companies for about 10 months tryna find an upgraded intercooler haha, i was about to fork out for a custom built one , thanks man, useful link!

cheers.gif ive been watching this item for the past 10 months too mate lol

it has come down from 849.45euro in the past 6 months so it is a good quality item designed and tested by german tuner codered so you can buy with confidence and they have a fitting guide on their very own website.

very easy to follow.

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cheers.gif ive been watching this item for the past 10 months too mate lol

it has come down from 849.45euro in the past 6 months so it is a good quality item designed and tested by german tuner codered so you can buy with confidence and they have a fitting guide on their very own website.

very easy to follow.

:) , its a definate buy for me with next months wages, im also gonna order and fit this exhaust : http://www.piperexhausts.co.uk/piperstore/product_info.php?cPath=26_230_461&products_id=4322&osCsid=a4lhgovep38tsco7ueasf4db93.

and the month after im gonna book it back in for a personalised remap cos im sure theyll be able to squeeze a better map out, with all those mods :D gonna be fastest 1.8D in north west haha

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:) , its a definate buy for me with next months wages, im also gonna order and fit this exhaust : http://www.piperexha...tsco7ueasf4db93.

and the month after im gonna book it back in for a personalised remap cos im sure theyll be able to squeeze a better map out, with all those mods :D gonna be fastest 1.8D in north west haha

sounds good mate,

i hope to purchase the Bastuck single oval duplex in january,

and keep me posted on the intercooler mate, id like to buy one myself but ive got other cosmetic mods to go through in the coming months before i move on to performance

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If i could i would , simple's :) .

I was £3000 shy when i brought my Focus , as there was a Red 5 Door fully loaded ST at the same place. :(. It looked amazing and if i would of had the extra cash i would of got it.

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i would have got an st when i bought my focus there was an st for an extra £3k but my insurance quotes were ridiculous... they wanted over £3k lol so in total it was like a £6k difference

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Well my car is worth 10k do I could easily get a cheaper ST.

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what mileage has you current car got... and what ear st have you seen?

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I was going to get an st, loved it, but insurance wanted 4,500+ which I didnt want to pay!

So I got the s instead with 900 for insurance and the car was 3k cheaper New too. !

If the st insurance was 2,000 , it would be a different story and I would probably have more points on my licence !

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