Initial impressions. A nice flexible "do everything car" sums up the Focus ST estate. Stock setup: Likes: Great seats, nice steering wheel, like the overall estate look and the stowage space. I personally really like the ST rear exhaust pipes too. No so like: Gear shift is far too long, looking forward to Steeda upgrade. In cabin noise can be very harsh on some road surfaces, not sure if a tyre swap will help. Car was wheel spinning everywhere on the airfield. Upgrades should help as will 'driver' upgrade as I have to get used to FWD wheel spin! MPG so far achieved 30mpg over 2000 miles or so. Also not a fan of the "fake" symposer soundtrack. I don't mind the sound, but the fakeness bugs me.
Some decals featuring the Steeda Sidewinder:
And to back things up, a little engine bay work.
Out came the stock intake:
While it was out, it was a great time to add some other essentials, mainly the Steeda short shift bracket....
This is a MUST if you like driving. instantly curing the stock "rowing boat" feel, and all for under £100! It's a mod you will appreciate EVERY time you drive the car.
Steeda bracket installed:
Once the shift bracket was installed, in went the Steeda CAI for some instant bolt on horsepower, and a much nicer looking engine bay:
We complimented this with a Steeda billet oil cap cover to dress the bay up a little too...