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scotthunter

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In Topic: Max Cruising Rpm For A Metal?

18 November 2014 - 12:17 PM

If your worried just keep it to 70 :P

 

I usually cruise at 70 or even 60 because this car has crap fuel economy on the motorway (the engine speed is 3300rpm at 70!) but on the odd occasion when I need to put my foot down, I'm always paranoid that I'm putting too much strain on the engine, having the engine speed so high for extended periods. I'm guessing this isn't an issue in the ST because it has a 6th gear...


In Topic: Max Cruising Rpm For A Metal?

17 November 2014 - 03:06 PM

Thanks. Just me being paranoid then!


In Topic: Mountune Upgrade Help !

14 April 2014 - 07:37 PM

The Metal is a brilliant little car. The suspension has been subtlety tweaked and body control through the corners feels better as a result. Sure, those 205/40/R17 tyres make you feel all the uneven bits in the road, but the ride never feels uncomfortable. It corners so flat and never feels out of control even when you throw it into the tightest of corners. It's a very pure driving experience, with no electronic aids apart from the standard ESP, and the naturally aspirated engine loves to be revved – it doesn't hit peak power until 6,700rpm, at which point a green light will come on indicating when you should change up. The exhaust sounds sweet, too, without sounding ostentatious, and even has that popping sound when you lift off. It can also be a surprisingly smooth and economical car when you want it to be – like when you're taking your mum to the shops on a Saturday afternoon! It will also happily and sit at 70mph on the motorway, at which speed the engine will be doing 3,300rpm – just at the point where the engine is ready to pick up and go should you want to overtake something or climb a hill. That fifth gear has a huge range, though: I've momentarily had it up to 115 before, and I have no doubt it will go on to 125 and possibly over. With no turbo, at these speeds the engine feels muscular and responsive. At the other end of the scale, it has a longer first gear than the ZS – great for, well, you've guessed it!

I've sat in the new ST and I actually prefer the interior to the Metal. The Metal had piano black everywhere, including the wheel, around the air vents and the door pulls; with the Sony head unit too it really is a nice place to be. The grey plastics in the ST that have been substituted for the piano black look a bit cheap by comparison.

Don't get me wrong, the new ST is a thrill to drive with performance in another league altogether, but I personally couldn't justify spending upwards of £8k + interest upgrading to one when the car I've got is so good. I also reckon I'd loose my driving licence within 6 months of owning an ST!



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In Topic: Mountune Upgrade Help !

14 April 2014 - 04:06 PM

I just don't see how the metal is a better all round car than the MP140. The metal has a different exhaust than a standard ZS, but the mp140 has replacement manifold, sports cat, filter and exhaust system. Yeah the metal has a nice front spoiler and seats, but after all it's just a different map on the engine, only. A bluefin will bring a normal ZS up to metal power for just over £200.

I can see the point about the MP 140 not being worth it as an aftermarket add on , I doubt I'd ever spend that money myself. I'd rather get an ST, but if an MP140'was for sale over a Metal edition at a similar price, I know which one I'd get.


Sorry, but having owned both a Zetec S and a Metal I would completely disagree. The Metal also has the overhauled exhaust with twin exhaust pipes, low loss air intake and engine remap, but it also features a 300 rpm increase in engine speed, a closer ratio gearbox, a lower ride height and stiffer suspension. There are numerous cosmetic changes too, such as leather wrapped gearstick and handbrake, and a piano black interior (which, unlike the ST, matches the Sony DAB head unit and includes the door pull handles). Also, the heated leather seats are full leather and not partial, like on the ST, and there are also stainless steel door sill scuff plates. You also get black 17" alloys, which I think look great on the white model and really makes the car stand out after a wash. So it's far from just a Zetec S with a Mountune kit added on.

If you've got a ZS and have £1400 spare on a car related purchase, I'd say sell it and get a Metal.

They're cracking little cars and are relatively cheap to run and insure, and considering you can pick one up for around £10k that's a lot of car for the money. Just make sure you get one with the upgraded Sony DAB sound system and push button start.

It's worth keeping in mind that the next step up in performance (the MR155 pack aside) – the ST – will currently set you back about £7000 more! That's a lot of money for a car that will depreciate as quickly as a Fiesta.




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In Topic: Mountune Upgrade Help !

14 April 2014 - 05:30 AM

I have the mp 140 2009 fiesta zetec s and I looove it. Getting the ST this year and I fully intend to get the MP kit (or even the MR kit if it's out!) Installed when I buy it.

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I'd agree £600 is worth it for the ST upgrade, as you can't go faster in a Fiesta without voiding the warranty, but I don't think the MP140 on the ZS is worth it. For £1400 it would be better to sell the car and put the money towards a Metal – similar power upgrade but an all round better car.


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