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#1 bigmcclarron

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:15 PM

Hi guys

One of my first posts so be nice!

I currently drive a 2013 fiesta zs 1.6 diesel, and it is a great car. But next year it gets chopped in for a new one!
Basically for work I have to drive from Essex to Wetherby each monday and then home on a Thursday, it is 215 miles each way so 430 miles roughly a week.
Realistically, including running costs, does anyone see a problem with going for the ST this time? Obviously I know there is going to be a big difference fuel wise, but I don't actually pay for my fuel, work does, and I am happy to pay the difference there if they kick up a fuss.
But things like service plan? I currently pay around £60 a month for a big old service plan I have in place with fords, my guess is it will go up?
With my current ZS I have just gone through a whole set of tyres and discs and pads this week's. That's from having it from the 1st of March 2013 and it's on 39000 miles, so it's not done bad!
Can anyone shed some light for me?
Am I mad for wanting to do this many miles in a hot hatch? I do live in a car basically! Lots of miles in a year!
Any feedback appreciated
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Charlie

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:18 AM

Unless you want to use it for its performance in your own time off the motorway I would go for the 3 door 1.0T 125 Titanium X with the bodykit.  It will ride slightly softer and have all the toys, look good and have better running costs.     Yes the ST looks the part but for droning up and down the motorway all day I don't think it would be the right car for you.  Just my opinion.



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:09 AM

Perfect for the Motorway, I do 1300 miles a month in mine and get 43MPG, seats are much much better than any other fiesta seat too, more supportive for longer runs, firmer suspensions are better for motorways too imo, it will only cost a touch more to run over a lesser engine Fiesta no one gets much more than 45 in real world driving regardless of engine.

 

I did have the 1.0 and found it too strained for my journeys, ST lets you pull out into faster lanes without the worry of a big Merc / Audi etc coming right up your !Removed!.

 

honestly in terms of Ergonomics it gets 10/10 from me.



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:20 AM

Perfect for the Motorway, I do 1300 miles a month in mine and get 43MPG, seats are much much better than any other fiesta seat too, more supportive for longer runs, firmer suspensions are better for motorways too imo, it will only cost a touch more to run over a lesser engine Fiesta no one gets much more than 45 in real world driving regardless of engine.
 
I did have the 1.0 and found it too strained for my journeys, ST lets you pull out into faster lanes without the worry of a big Merc / Audi etc coming right up your !Removed!.
 
honestly in terms of Ergonomics it gets 10/10 from me.

Thanks Matt
One of my reasons for the ST would be the pulling away if needed. Driving on the A1 a hell of a lot, you have to make some snap decisions sometimes and right now the diesel is only just good enough to pull away quick enough. Plus the brakes are pretty shocking for motorways it has to be said!!
Out of interest, how you finding the servicing?

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:23 AM

To be honest I think you are already set on one anyway so just follow your heart and go for it.  Matt has one and says it's fine which is OK by me as I don't have one.  

 

I was just thinking 43mpg for your high mileage isn't brilliant and a lesser but perfectly good model would be cheaper to run which is one of your concerns. 



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:26 AM

haven't put it in for a Service yet, it's only about £150 for the basic one that keeps the warranty going, the rest of the stuff I'll do myself, Brembo discs are £50 a pair and pads are cheap enough, Oil change is cheap to do. Tyres are the only thing I found a pain I now roll on Yokohoma Parada 2's which are pretty damn grippy and cost £70 odd each from Camskill, more than other fiesta tyres but it's only like a tenner more which is nothing when you buy a set every 6 months. the brakes on this car are epically strong, the drum brake models are poor and in fact just good enough. the ST got 9K miles on front discs and pads too which is pretty good going.



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:30 AM

To be honest I think you are already set on one anyway so just follow your heart and go for it.  Matt has one and says it's fine which is OK by me as I don't have one.  

 

I was just thinking 43mpg for your high mileage isn't brilliant and a lesser but perfectly good model would be cheaper to run which is one of your concerns. 

The MPG I can live with, my company pay for my fuel anyway, and to be honest I drive the diesel pretty hard, I can do the 215 miles on a quarter of a tank if I am careful, but that just doesn't happen, but well I am growing up and see the downside to fast motorway speeds to be honest, so I could gain the difference by just averaging out my motorway driving anyway. Plus I would probably be looking at the ST3 anyway with the cruise control, so I could get my MPG up there by not constantly changing revs



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:33 AM

haven't put it in for a Service yet, it's only about £150 for the basic one that keeps the warranty going, the rest of the stuff I'll do myself, Brembo discs are £50 a pair and pads are cheap enough, Oil change is cheap to do. Tyres are the only thing I found a pain I now roll on Yokohoma Parada 2's which are pretty damn grippy and cost £70 odd each from Camskill, more than other fiesta tyres but it's only like a tenner more which is nothing when you buy a set every 6 months. the brakes on this car are epically strong, the drum brake models are poor and in fact just good enough. the ST got 9K miles on front discs and pads too which is pretty good going.

Does it need to go in for a service more than the standard Fiesta's? I can't imagine it does? 

I am lucky to have a guy at work who will change the my discs and pads and stuff, and he has trade accounts with lots of companies for parts so that is good, and work have just bought me a set of tyres for my current car due to the mileage I do for them, so I am sure I could work it out with them that I buy one set, and they buy the next I guess! 



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:39 AM

No it's ever 12K or year, all the same. I think it's too frequent personally, more manufactures now are doing 18K or 1.5 years, such as the Alfa / Fiat 1.4 Turbo multi jet engines.

 

But I Have got 415 miles on a tank, I personally think the car could do around 460 tops if it's mega motorway miles but on weekends and evenings I'm out and about plus I have the curse of the A3 and M25 for my commute so my average speed is a mere 30MPH if you average more you'll be laughing, 45MPH average will probably see the 50MPG mark I reckon.



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:49 AM

No it's ever 12K or year, all the same. I think it's too frequent personally, more manufactures now are doing 18K or 1.5 years, such as the Alfa / Fiat 1.4 Turbo multi jet engines.
 
But I Have got 415 miles on a tank, I personally think the car could do around 460 tops if it's mega motorway miles but on weekends and evenings I'm out and about plus I have the curse of the A3 and M25 for my commute so my average speed is a mere 30MPH if you average more you'll be laughing, 45MPH average will probably see the 50MPG mark I reckon.

Thanks Matt! Sounds like I am going to have quite a high mileage ST after two years! But at least I can just hand it back and start again! (Ford options is what I am on) I would like have some more fun with a car when I am not working, my mum got a tricked out abarth 500 and it is such a laugh! So to find a car that I can do both in is perfect! And I can't really afford the jump up to the focus St and I doubt it's any better on the fuel!

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:59 AM

Clearly it's not going to be the best car in terms of economy (although not bad if driven sensibly), so it just comes down to if you want to pay the extra for the enjoyment factor.  :)



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:59 AM

£60 a month for servicing?? Is this on Ford Smart Service??



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 09:18 AM

Clearly it's not going to be the best car in terms of economy (although not bad if driven sensibly), so it just comes down to if you want to pay the extra for the enjoyment factor.  :)

It is the only thing I lack from the current car is enough enjoyment! 



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 09:20 AM

£60 a month for servicing?? Is this on Ford Smart Service??

Yeah, it is based on the mileage I am doing, I have a service every 6 months basically, and over two years that is 4. Why? Too high?



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 09:33 AM

Works out £360 a service, that seems far too much unless other things are included in that cost?



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