TimST2

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    How accurate is the fuel gauge?

    I've found the best way to get my needle to move is to floor it in 3rd! There's nothing 'eco' about overboost! Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
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    Frozen White paint ?

    Good spot - I paid £12.50 for my Shadow Black one.
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    Frozen White paint ?

    You can get them new for £12 with free delivery: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152010322158
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    Brake Pad wear

    It's useful to be told brake thickness at service, but perfectly fine to change later if it's not urgent to do there and then. Alrhough if you're the sort of person who's likely to forget then maybe that's not a great idea... Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
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    10 Year Challenge

    10 years ago (and now): And to go with it now:
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    Insurance?

    Is that an issue? They can ask what they want and if their quote is high you go somewhere else. I'm with Admiral (we have 2 of our cars on a multicar policy) and I don't recall being asked about that (not that it would have made any difference). Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
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    10 Year Challenge

    I still own the car I had 10 years ago in addition to my ST, so this game doesn't really work for me! Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
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    Things I Do Like

    I think they deliberately missed out the apostrophe for that very reason... Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
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    How accurate is the fuel gauge?

    On a Mk7 Fiesta, quite accurate it seems!
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    Broadband help

    I just upgraded from Sky Unlimited 11 MB to Sky Fibre 40MB. Includes phone line rental too for £25/month 👍 Our sky Unlimited has been flawless for the 2 years we've been with them.
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    Things I Do Like

    BBC News - Grey is the UK's favourite car colour for the first time http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46906254 Black will always rule in my book, but I approve of their choice of headline photo Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
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    Fiesta ST - 6 weeks in

    I've had the ST 6 weeks now so I thought I'd do a quick review, specifically what it's like compared to my previous Fiesta. Before that, here's where the journey started... Back in 2014 I decided that the Lotus Elise I'd been commuting in for the previous 9 years should become a weekend car for track days and club meets. I'd previously owned a 2000 Focus Zetec 1.8, and this time I wanted something quite new but low powered (I still had the Lotus after all) so I bought a 3000 mile 2012 Fiesta Zetec 1.25 in Race Red. When I went to pick it up with my wife we had to wait around in the showroom for a bit and ended up sitting in a brand new Fiesta ST. We both loved it. Fast forward to this year, and after 4 years of Fiesta ownership I thought it was time to finally get an ST. So 6 weeks ago I picked up a 9000 mile 2016 ST-2 in Shadow Black with Navigation and Style Pack. The ST is 4 years newer than my previous Fiesta, which was the pre-facelift model. I like both body styles but the aggressive styling of the Mk7 ST is, in my opinion, the best looking Fiesta Ford has produced so far. Obviously the 1.6 Ecoboost Turbo is light years (and 100 bhp) ahead of the 1.25 Duratec in terms of performance, and the heated Recaro half leather seats are fantastic. The lowered suspension and 17-inch alloys with Bridgestone Potenzas completes the look, especially with the anthracite paint and red calipers; but there's no denying that whilst the handling is much improved, the ride is firm and the road noise has definitely increased as a result. On the subject of noise though, I really like the induction and turbo noise of the ST. On a balanced throttle it's actually quieter than my previous Fiesta, but push the loud pedal (literally), and accelerating is quite an event in the ST. Alongside the seats, the other ST-specific interior features are nice (kick plates, gear knob and steering wheel) along with the Sony DAB radio, navigation and Ford SYNC, even if it does use the same small 4 inch screen size. One minor irritation is how far away the seat belt is when you first reach to put it on. I guess it's down to the ST being 3-door instead of 5-door, but it's quite a stretch! Back outside there's something I never liked about either car - the ridiculously long aerial! Although I left it standard before, I've replaced it with a stubby Sparco aerial on the ST. Road tax is only £20 more for the ST but insurance is about £100 more. I had a Ford Service Plan for my previous Fiesta which I transferred over to the ST and that only costs £1 more per month. It also got me £100 off the purchase price of the ST. I'm expecting tyres to cost about £40 more per corner for the ST. So was it worth paying another £8,000 and trading in a Fiesta Zetec for? Definitely. Is it a worthy stablemate to a Lotus Elise? Yes I think it is. On track the Lotus still wins hands down, but on the road the ST is probably the superior car for everyday use.
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    Things I Do Like

    Nice review. I'm not sure about the under-bonnet log (!) though, or the tailpipe - it's not the prettiest thing is it? He's also debadged it [emoji107] - the blue oval would look awesome on that car!
  14. Stayed at the Lismoyne Hotel last night and came out to find a blue Focus ST estate next to my Fiesta ST. Passed a red Fiesta ST on the 10 minute drive to Farnborough airport this morning, and now there's a grey Focus ST in the car park at the Technology Park here too [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  15. I posted this recently: Not Bristol, but close by...
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    What's Your Next Car Going To Be?

    Possibly a bit overpriced. According to AutoTrader (based on the reg and actual mileage):
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    Things I Do Like

    Saving £300 over the next year and at the same quadrupling our internet speed by renegotiating the ISA interest rate and upgrading the broadband package to fibre
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    Things I Don't Like

    Mad skillz.
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    Things I Don't Like

    All the morons on the roads this evening. My colleague's car that he never washes (was like getting into a dustbin). Vauxhalls.
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    What's Your Next Car Going To Be?

    [mention=58818]TomsFocus[/mention] I'd say have a good look at the Ecoboost Fiestas. They're cracking little cars with excellent fuel economy and (with the exception of the ST) a really comfy ride. You're clearly a Ford man so why not get something you'll really like (if it's no more expensive)? I loved my Zetec and used to own a Focus too. Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
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    Fiesta ST - 6 weeks in

    So another 6 weeks has passed but I thought I'd continue talking about my car on this thread rather than start a new one... On various other threads I've discussed the Mountune MP215 upgrade. My local dealer is a Mountune Pro installer so it's something I've been considering. Most recently I've been thinking that it's just not worth it. An extra 15 bhp on top of the current 200 bhp at overboost for £600... Happy to hear what others think - is the drivability improved enough in addition to the minimal peak power gain to make it worthwhile? Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
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    Insurance?

    Some mainstream insurers like Admiral will allow declared mods (you might pay a higher premium though) but they won't cover the cost of them in the event of a claim (unless they are factory fitted options). If you're increasing the value of your car significantly you may want to use a specialist that will. I'll defer to others who do for recommendations (my ST is totally stock). Modding and not declaring will of course void your insurance. Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
  23. Yep, first thing I did when i bought my ST was to remove the 'TrustFord' and '16' stickers. Unfortunately the number plates also have the dealer's name on the black bar underneath otherwise I would have applied my FOC stickers there.
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    Supagard - advice please

    I don't think I've ever polished any of my cars, but I do apply Aqua Wax after every wash (about once a month). During the Winter I rinse the salt off with the pressure washer between washes too. I think you'd want to polish before applying a ceramic coating though wouldn't you as it locks in the paintwork for several years?