- Anyone own a focus ST?
From my research its a smooth fast car (no I havent driven it)- from owners feedback. Whereas the Imprezza is visceral, lots of road feedback, transmission whine etc etc. The ST is just very very quick.
I know people will think you live at home with your Mum if you drive an Imprezza but I’d still have one of those any day over the ST.Posted 9 years agobigdugsbawsMember
I had one for just over a year. Good car and pretty bike friendly with the Ford roof rack. I had mine Bluefinned to 270bhp and whilst it was rapid, its a heavy beast and never felt as good on the road as my old civic type r. Incedentally, its the most comfortable motorway cruiser I have ever owned but the 25mpg (with a very light foot) means you wont go far on a tankful. If I was spending the money again for that type of car I would go with a Subaru or something rear wheel drive as FWD cars really struggle to put that sort of power down.
Oh and it is a chav wagon extrodinaire!!!Posted 9 years agoNZColSubscriber
Tried it, an R32 and WRX. Got the WRX mainly as 4wd and lighter feeling, better handling than the golf + the wagon can fit a computer rack in just and hence i could pretend its a company car. Also consider a Mazda 3 MPS – man it was the most fun of the 4 that I drove but i just couldn;t quite justify the new price – 6spd man, 2.3 turbo fwd monster fun….i keep seeing them aruond town and thinking ‘Damn i should have got one of them …”Posted 9 years agoShandySubscriber
I test drove an ST and bought the GTI. The ST is a bit softer sprung and the nose tends to move up/down more under power/braking. The Ford engine is lovely and torquey though, great engine note. Civic Type R didn’t do it for me, Megane R26 was great to drive but Renaults depreciate very quickly. Didn’t look at the Subarus or R32 as they would have killed me on Benefit in Kind.
All hot hatches are seen as chav cars by the unenlightened…Posted 9 years agosootyandjimMember
One of my colleagues has a Focus ST. Well when I say “has a Focus ST” I actually mean “brought a Focus ST but spends a lot of time driving the dealership courtesy car”.Posted 9 years ago
He has had no end of problems with it and Ford are insisting on trying to rectify rather than replace even though in the 8 months he’s had the car its spent overall about 2 months back with Ford.
He’s starting to regret not getting the S40 T5 which he was going to get originally (before his inner ‘carpark racer’ had a word obviously).waihiboyMember
if it were me i’d go for the GTI as many have said, you can chip it and still get good MPG, or just go for the ED 30 model, also it will/should hold its value more.
ST’s are nice but you’ll be filling her up 5 times a week.
or just save up a bit more and get the Focus RS! 😆Posted 9 years ago
PK Rippers got the ST’s engine in his Volvo- he’ll have some views on its thirst. I must admit (I’m not a VW fan) but if it was between the ST and the GTI I’d go for the GTI. Autocar reckons that the plate change in Aug/Sept is going to bomb the residuals on the pre-faceliftPosted 9 years agoon and onSubscriber
I had one as a loan car for three days , I’m glad it was only three days 🙂
heavy, crap interior ,cheap cheap cheap feel to it.
i don’t think it was particularly quick, or handle very well.( feels a bit numb )
made a nice noise though and you can pick them up for a good price at the moment.
i was disappointed as i was told sooooo many good things about the newer quick ford’sPosted 9 years agopk-ripperMember
sootyandjim – Member
Hora – I thought PK had the S40 2.4?
Nope, I’ve got the s40 T5 – it’s the same engine, it’s rapid but the traction control is a bit agricultural, and the ST suspension is slightly stiffer.
It’s just a car though. Gets me around, with fuel economy around the 25/26 I reckon.Posted 9 years ago
The Volvo is a wolf in disguise whereas the ST shouts ‘look at me’?Posted 9 years ago
I once enquired whether you could de-wing, debadge etc an Imprezza only to be asked incredulously by my indie garage why would anyone do that? Part of its appeal is its road presence. I just didnt want to look like a chav (who drives around in woolly hats and lives at home with his Mum so he can afford the insurance/HPI payments….) 🙄stumpy01Member
I am a fan of Seat. I got an Ibiza after considering the equivalent Fabia VRS (my car is essentially the same, but with a Seat rather than Skoda makeover) and the Fiesta Zetec-S.
There is no way though that Seat have got their handling in the same league as Ford though – I have compared the Ibiza Sport (now FR) to the Fiesta Zetec-S and the Fiesta was miles ahead in terms of ride, handling and steering feel.
I haven’t driven the Leon or the Focus, but every review I have seen of them, basically says that the Leon is quick but doesn’t handle that well.
I love the look of the Leon though, in certain colours.
Top of the range Focus ST can be had for about £18k or less….well it could when a colleague was looking last yr. Might be even less now.Posted 9 years agoflangeSubscriber
The Seat Cupra is mentally fast – the only thing that comes close to feeling like riding a motorbike in my opinion. But it cooked its brakes when I took one out for a test drive and torque steers for England.
Shouldn’t take the Mazda 3 MPS long to be around the 5k mark. Mine has lost £12k in a years worth of driving. Also, check the seats in them cos they’re not that comfortable or supportive. I know two people who have had problems with the 6 MPS, one of which involved a big hole in the side of the block.
Edition 30 Golf GTI for the win. Bloody lovely car
Hora – how can you pass judgement on something you’ve never owned or driven? Don’t believe everything you read on the internetPosted 9 years ago
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