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Nay ZS

Member Since 24 Feb 2010
Offline Last Active Oct 02 2013 02:36 PM
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In Topic: Automatic Light Sensor? 2013 Fiesta

02 October 2013 - 08:17 AM

Hi all, I have the new ST now and can confirm that the dome is actually a light sensor. I have no auto lights or climate control on my car.

When I cover the dome with my hand (even in bright sun) the sat nav screen switches to night mode (stars also appear at the top) and the dashboard illumination dims down in stages.

 

Responds quickly when i go in and out of tunnels or start the car on a dull morning.


In Topic: Zetec S 1.0 Vs Fiesta St-2

13 September 2013 - 07:29 PM

So, I've forgotten to update you all, I'm sorry!

I bought an ST-2, delivery date is 2nd November :-)

 

Will keep you all updated, thanks very much for the kind words everyone, means a lot that everyone took interest!

 

Fantastic news! You will love the car. :)


In Topic: Zetec S 1.0 Vs Fiesta St-2

13 September 2013 - 07:14 PM

At your age and disposible income you really shouldn't be worrying about MPG. :) As already mentioned you're talking no more than a few hundred quid a year difference in fuel bills (assuming average milelage) . I say just buy the ST2 and drive it properly.

 

Also just incase you didn't know (and not many reviews mention it) the ST actually has an overboost function on full throttle which gives upto 197bhp and 214 ft lb of torque. It can't be marketed as that power as it only temporary. A quick lift off the throttle ( ie a gear change) will kick the overboost in again and again.

 

My average is about 36 mpg atm but my commute involves long stretches of uphill motorway and several traffic jams and I do getting upto speed quickly on motorways slip roads for example.

 

On country roads over many miles I have seen over 50 mpg sat in 6th gear @ 1500 rpm. It's very easy to maintain 40-60mph on twisty roads in this car and the engine is using minimal boost. All you have to do is squeeze the throttle and it still pulls!

 

On long motorway runs at 70ish  40 - 45 mpg is easy to achieve assuming it is flat.

 

Drive it hard and yes the MPG will plummet briefly but you willl be really having to punish it to get it to drop below 30mpg average over a tank. The reason for this is because you will unlikely to be using full boost for long as you will be doing silly speeds VERY quickly.


In Topic: St Questions

24 May 2013 - 03:40 PM

My car is stripped out, ive had it 8 years and never been cought speeding in it,  ive owned "fully loaded" luxury cars in tha past and don't miss the toys (you would be surprised what you could live without for the sake of progress)

 

Less is more - the weight-saving makes a big difference to the car at all speeds,  even pulling away gently from rest, it feels "effortless" bieng 2-up in the car would have been the same as it being empty, the maximum payload is increased (to 740kgs, about the same as a small van) wear-and-tear on the tyres/ brakes/ suspension and transmission is reduced, the brakes work significantly better, the great big "icing on the cake" is the improve MPG  

 

Its certainly not my idea, with manufacturers like Mazda with weight- saving bieng a major part of the design of their ordinary cars, and Audi and Jaguar going to great lengths/ expense to save wieght in their luxury cars (including alloy chassis etc) apart from the more obvious Lotus/ Porsche/ Lambo/ Mclaren/ Ferrari with light weight "regular" cars and even lighter, stripped out "special" versions    

 

Ford has switched from a mechanical to elecrtic power steering to reduce the load on the engine (to improve performance and economy) and it looks like they are probably being selective about which extras can be specified on the ST for similar reasons   

 

 

Sorry but I disagree with regards to the options. To me it is likely that Ford kept the options list short on the ST due to the price sensitivity of the UK hot hatch market and the fact that the low price is one of it's USP's against it's competitors. Considering nearly all the reviews mention the price as a plus point, perhaps this wouldnt have been the case if you were able to add £2500 worth of toys to it.

 

In terms of weight most of the wiring is already in places for things like auto wipers / folding mirrors and surely the hardware to make them work (sensor box, mirrors with motors etc) can't way more than 5 kilos?

 

The options that have been left out on the UK spec model are standard on Euro spec ones but it costs more from what I've read in other places. This to me backs up that this is a price/positioning thing and not a performance thing.

 

 

Just out of interest how much weight have you stripped out of your car? Me being me I can barely tell the difference when I've got an extra passenger on board waying lets say 70 kilos.


In Topic: Spirit Blue Mk7 St-2

28 April 2013 - 12:34 AM

Going ordering mine tomorrow, managed to get a stupidly good deal and it's basically costing me next to nothing, whilst clearing garage and garden space. What's the car like to drive?

Great news about your ST order! If you don't mind could I ask what Franchise of Ford you are dealing with?
All I've read is that people are getting great deals on the New ST. I went in to my local Evans Halshaw today and after over 2 hours of intense discussion they were still not going to do a deal on the car at all. It seems the boss of their franchise has said 100% no discount.