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Ford Fiesta ST: Buying guide and review (2005-2008)

Ford Fiesta ST: Buying guide and review (2005-2008) Classic and Performance Car
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Even Ford admitted it. The Fiesta ST – as launched at the back end of 2004 – wasn’t the car that people like us had been hoping for. In ST150 form, with its 2-litre engine pegged at 148bhp to make it insurable for young drivers, and a chassis short on real flair, it was a decent hot(ish) hatch but no match for a contemporary Cooper S or Clio Cup. 
This was a shame, because we’d waited a long time for a new go-faster Fiesta. It looked great, too, with its 17-inch multi-spoke alloys and subtle bodykit, and for £13,595 you got plenty of kit, including half-leather, a six-CD hi-fi, switchable ESP and air con. Full leather was an extra £700, metallic paint £325, and a full set of stripes another £200.
Underneath was the then-new 2-litre Duratec also found in the Mondeo and Focus, with freer-flowing inlet and exhaust manifolds and a lightened flywheel. Peak power came at 6000rpm, and it went to the front wheels via a close-ratio five-speed ’box, giving 0-60mph in 7.9sec and 129mph all-in. Chassis changes included stiffer front springs, a stiffer rear twist-beam, retuned dampers, discs all round (rear discs being a first on a Fiesta), and a quicker steering rack.
Which one to buy? 
Alas, the ST was something less than the sum of its parts, and Ford acknowledged as much when it quickly revealed a raft of aftermarket upgrades developed by Mountune. Stage 1 – improved breathing and a sports exhaust – gave 165bhp; Stage 2 added high-lift cams for a properly punchy 185bhp, Stage 3 brought a new inlet manifold and 200bhp. There were lower and stiffer KW coilovers, developed at the Ring, and some rather fine Recaros. All were available through selected Ford dealers and, except for the ST200, wouldn’t affect the warranty. 
In time other tuners offered their own upgrades. There’s a wealth of information on the best of these on the ST dedicated forums. Variant-wise, November 2005 saw a facelift with new lights, better interior plastics and some extra toys, while the ST500 was a limited edition (of 500) with black 11-spoke alloys, red calipers, special graphics, ebony leather heated seats and a Sony hi-fi.
Performance and specs
Engine 1998cc, in-line four
Power 148bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 140lb ft @ 4500rpm
Top speed 129mph
0-60mph 7.9sec
Fuel consumption 38.0mpg
Insurance group 26
Gearbox Five-speed manual
Dimensions and weight
Wheelbase 2486mm
Length 3921mm
Width 1478mm
Height 1468mm
Kerb weight 1137kg
Common problems
• Don’t be put off by modified cars; most STs have had some sort of aftermarket upgrades, even if it’s just a cold-air induction kit. And if you do find an unmolested example, you’ll almost certainly want to modify it anyway. 

• Without going to forced induction, 185bhp is easily attained with cams and a remap, while adding a Cosworth inlet manifold gives around 200bhp. The Duratec takes these sort of outputs in its stride.

• The biggest problem is oil starvation, and ultimately you get big-end failures. There’s not much you can do apart from keeping the oil topped up. So ascertain that the oil has been checked regularly and changed at least annually. Every 6000 miles is recommended

• Probably the most common issue with the ST is the transmission. Because it’s an open diff, where the planetary gears are mounted on the pinions there’s only a very small circlip to hold them, and these clips tend to fail, resulting in a nice big hole in the side of the casing.

• A reconditioned gearbox costs around £540. If you’re uprating the engine, a limited-slip diff is highly desirable, with the big bonus of eliminating the weak point (a Quaife diff is currently around £700).

• The gearshift can feel stiff when cold but should ease as it warms up; if it gets worse, the linkage/bush may need greasing.

• Obviously with the age of the cars now, you’re looking at the bushes in the front arms and the rear beam. If they’re worn it’s well worth getting replacements.

• The power-steering fluid should be red – if it’s black, it’s ‘boiled’ and needs replacing, but it’s a cheap and easy job. If you’re doing trackdays, a brake upgrade, usually to a Mondeo caliper with a Focus ST170 disc, is desirable. 

• BC Racing coilovers are a popular choice for fast road use and the occasional trackday; Bilstein B12s for general road use, and Michelin Pilot Sport 3s are the tyre of choice on standard wheels.

• Some early cars have started to rust, particularly around the wheelarches, so check carefully. 

• The heated front screen elements can start to fail, so that’s worth testing (if conditions allow). 

• Check both seats tilt forward as the catches can break.
Owners clubs, forums and websites
• fiestastoc.com 
• fordfiestast.co.uk
• jam-sport.co.uk
• mountunestore.com 
• grahamgoode.com
• pumaspeed.co.uk
Summary and prices
Privately advertised ’05/’06 cars with average to high miles and at least some service history start at £2500, rising to £3000 for lower mileage examples with full histories and higher spec (full leather, etc). £3000 is also the starting point for early cars from dealers. £4000 gives you a good choice of ’06/’07 cars with low miles and the right sort of upgrades. £4000-5000 brings in ’07/’08 cars, while £6000 buys the very best 2008 cars with low miles and impeccable provenance. 
Words: Peter Tomalin
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Last updated: 15th Mar 2016
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  • Ford Fiesta

    £10,000 - £12,000 est. £10,000 - £12,000 est.
    Auction Date: 23 Sep 2017
    • Mileage: 64322 mi
    • Engine size: 1.596
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  • FORD FIESTA MK1 1978 - 3 door hatchback 1117cc

    £800 £800

    Relatively new tyres-new clutch-new battery-new alternator-engine serviced and in good running order. Genuine 59,000 miles on the clock. (Mot run out 16/07/2017)  Reason for sale- Needs someone who wants to give it the respect it's due + TLC Sensible offers please over £800  Contact Tobi 

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  • FORD FIESTA 1.8 XR2i 1994

    £4,995 £4,995

    1994 Ford Fiesta XR2i, 1.8 Petrol, Manual Gearbox, 3 Door Hatchback, Good Condition Inside and Out, Mileage We Cannot Be Sure Of As We Don't Have Enough History, Earliest We Can Go Back To Is 2001 @ 9,011 Miles, This Isn't A Out Of The Factory Car and Has Been Modified With Different Alloys, Powerflow Exhaust Etc But Not Heavily, We Think In Keep With Its Era and The Hot Hatch That It Is, Lots Of Standard Features Including The Interior, Exterior Etc, Bodywork For A Car That Is 23 Years Old Is Good, Drives Well, 1.8 16V Engine Unlike Most Which Were The 1.6. Just Passed Its MOT (Expires 05/07/2018), Lots Of History With The Car, Two Keys, Clifford Alarm System, Very Much A Future Classic Car, One To Look Out For. Part Exchange Welcome, For More Information Please Call 01472 488029 Or 07871 627974

    • Mileage: 68000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.796
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  • Ford Fiesta

    £19,995 £19,995

    FOR SALE A genuine Mk1 Ford Fiesta Supersport in phenomenal condition. EQUIPMENT All steel welded construction body, black bumpers with overriders, body colour louvred radiator grille, front air dam, special bodyside tape stripe, rear spoiler, wheel arch extensions, black window surrounds, twin driving lamps, tailgate wash/wipe, door storage bins, passenger sun visor, cigar lighter, tachometer, head restraints, Ford P21 push button radio, clock. EXTERIOR This incredibly rare Fiesta Supersport is finished in optional Strato Silver, (Code V 6), and demonstrates a brilliant shine of a cherished, perfectly stored car. Knowledgeable scrutineers will be amazed how this fragile car has survived in the correct Ford production guise with factory original panels throughout. Unique to the Supersport, one bolt bumper mounts in the correctly sized recess, supplements the known bulged rear valence to accommodate the spare alloy wheel in the boot area. Date stampings in hidden areas remain and production spot-welds even extend to both sills! Correct Hella halogen headlights and Ford twin driving lamps remain fitted and the decals are original factory fitted and not reproduction items. They have been clear lacquered. There is one small scratch and minor stone chips to the bonnet left untreated to uphold first paint credentials. The glass is number plate etched with the rear screen displaying the supplying dealer sticker. Both the screen sticker and front and rear number plates are original items and not reproduction. Amazing. INTERIOR Mollycoddled will help explain why the reclining front seats finished in Savannah and Carla Supersport Red fabric, (Code K1), are still original items from new. Never subject to a retrim and still in amazing condition they will be the envy of all Fast Ford fans. The soft feel instrument panel is free from cracks and the 4-spoke steering wheel and sports gearshift knob are perfect. All gauges and illuminated switchgear are in working order and there is minor wear to the driver’s window winder and passenger door top. The boot area displays all the hallmarks of an untampered vehicle from the genuine carpeted rear package tray to the blue scribed numbers on the boot floor written in March 1981 when the car was produced. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The Kent 2V engine, (KL13G), code J3E with 1297cc produces 66PS and is uncharacteristically quiet thanks to documented owner maintenance entries. Beautifully detailed with Ford leads, cables and Motocraft service items the exhibitionist will be thrilled at the cleanliness and production correct attributes. The Mk1 bodyplate in conjunction with chassis plate is easily reproduced but is correctly mounted and original in this car with codes unique to the Supersport proudly on display for the knowledgeable to cross reference. The 4-speed synchromesh gearbox with remote shift operates correctly. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Correct Ford 4-spoke 13 X 6 alloys wheels with the black centre caps are stunning with two tiny marks to the front only. Amazingly, Pirelli P6 185/60 R13 tyres are still fitted including the spare which although have ample tread would be advised to change and keep should the car be regularly used. The dual line servo assisted brakes with 8.7” front discs and 7.0” rear drums bring the car up to a steady halt. HISTORY FILE Registered new on 4th August 1981 by Ford Main Dealers, South Essex Motors (SEM), to Mr Gregory of Wickford. His long term ownership is best described as fastidious with a 1981 diary revealing the mileage at every fuel stop and when and what maintenance works were carried out. This log covers 46 pages of hand written entries up to 78,687 miles and the mileage is now 84,307. The condition, without exception, reflects a cossetted ownership partly revealed by the diary and in the perfect originality of the car itself. In the care of some very high profile Ford collectors since and now ready for the next custodian. A SEM wallet containing all the Ford handbooks remains with the car. Two sets of Ford keys, with the metal key tag number, fits all locks and the ignition. Representing a fantastic element of Ford’s historic sporting pedigree, this hugely collectable model has become virtually impossible to source in such an unmolested, preserved and original condition. MOT May 2018, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/lEMW8NhKLqU To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://www.flickr.com/gp/kgfclassiccars/9U6E9m 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Mileage: 84307 mi
    • Engine size: 1.3
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  • Ford Fiesta

    £16,695 £16,695

    FOR SALE An iconic Ford Fiesta Mk1 XR2 with just 70,679 miles. EQUIPMENT Louvred design radiator grille with aerofoil section, aerodynamic front and rear black spoilers, black wheelarch extensions, twin body coloured doors mirrors, special XR2 bodyside decal treatments, extended black window surround paint, storage compartment under rear-floor, laminated windscreen, two speed plus intermittent wipe, tailgate wash/wipe, heated rear window, tachometer, trip recorder, driving lamps, soft feel special steering wheel, perforated ‘Cool Black’ headlining, digital header mounted clock, loadspace carpet, cigar lighter, illuminated interior controls. Dealer fitted: Audioline cassette player, immobiliser. EXTERIOR This sporting Fiesta is finished in striking Strato Silver, (Code V6) and boasts a uniform, polished shine throughout. All panels are straight with linear gaps and only tiny touched in chips to the bonnet, a small blemish to the tailgate and marks to the tape stripe are worthy of mention. This car has been a successful entrant in the XR Owners Club Concours D’Elegance with judging forms proving the high scores and top rankings. The factory standard trim sections and bumpers are free from markings and all rubbers are soft and black. All glass is number plate etched and the correct Ford Hella rear lamps and Lucus H4 headlamps are fitted. A rare vehicle itself, and rarely surpassed in this condition. INTERIOR The interior in this remarkable example remains in beautiful condition and largely as Ford intended other than a period Audioline cassette player and period alarm. The ‘Storm’ and Crushed Velour interior in Shark Grey (Code KW) is immaculate and free from tears, rips or discolouration. The red laser line around the console is bright and unbroken and the soft finish dashboard is perfect. The Shark Grey loop pile carpet is spotless having been protected by carpet mats and the Grey Mylar sidewall and rear quarter finishers are pristine. All switchgear is functional and the original trimmed parcel shelf is intact, straight and complete with the correct rubber hangers. A delightfully period unspoilt interior, reminiscent of the 1980’s hot hatch phenomenon. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The time proven transverse mounted 1600 OHV engine with Weber twin-venturi carburettor develops an ample 84BHP in such a lightweight and nimble car, achieving a top speed of 105mph and 0-60 in just 9.3 seconds. The standard specification automatic choke and electronic ignition are both present and the noise from the standard rear Ford exhaust is unmissable. All factory stickers and identification plates are visible within a very clean engine bay. The four speed synchromesh gearbox with remote shift is light and exact, a joy to use. A real ‘smile on your face’ experience. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Special ‘pepperpot’ 13” X 6” alloys wheel with ultra low profile branded 185/60HR13 tyres adorn the car and amazingly have never been refurbished. A few markings are visible. The spare alloy wheel sits in the boot wheel housing which incorporates the correct ‘bulged’ rear lower valance designed to accommodate the enlarged alloy wheel compared with lower Fiesta models. The dual line servo assisted brakes with ventilated 9.4” front discs and 7.0” rear drums bring the car up to a steady, straight and assured halt. HISTORY FILE Registered new on 11th August 1982 by Ford Main Dealers Central Garage Hucknall Ltd, this enthusiast owned example has only ever had four former keepers. All the handbooks, instruction guides are neatly contained within two A4 folders brimmed with history. This comprises of old MOT certificates, tax discs, invoices, XR Owners Club material and entrance cards to various shows where the car was a main exhibit. As a memento of its previous success on the show circuit a number of scored judging forms are included. Representing a fantastic element of Ford’s historic sporting pedigree, this hugely collectable model has become increasingly rare in recent years and desirability is rightly high. MOT June 2017, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/3u2PCwOVf6o To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskM1KvX4 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Mileage: 70679 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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