‘ As soon a s insurance bec ame less of an issue, I star ted to look for something interesting to drive and stumbled across the Fiesta ST. This wa s about six years a go. I looked at about six before I ended up with a 2005 Per formance Blue prefacelif t model with around 67,000 miles on the clock.
‘ In standard guise these c ars are a little bit lacklustre. For tunately I discovered Fiestastoc and found that with some simple bolt- on mods for the breathing side of thing s, they free up nicely and transform into a whole dif ferent c ar. Mine ended up with a K& N induction kit, a full Milltek exhaust, AP coilovers, Coswor th Streetma ster front brake pads and a front strut brace, along with some visual mods including a TRC splitter and a finned dif fuser.
‘ It wa sn’t the quickest c ar, but it wa s an absolute dream to drive and would put a smile on my face ever y time I got behind the wheel. I sold it la st August af ter five years of ownership and having clocked up a fur ther 40,000 miles. It would avera ge around 30mpg quite ea sily, with this obviously dropping the more you enjoyed it. Not bad, though, for a fun 2- litre hatch.
‘ I had a few issues with it over the years. The front brake disc s kept warping , which turned out to be a warped hub face c ausing run- out on the disc s. The of fside front top mount sheared, the c abin f looded due to blocked drain holes in the bulkhead, and the heated front screen stopped fully working , though only the la st of these is a common fault on the ST.
‘ To this day I kind of regret selling mine, a s it ticked all the boxes. I replaced it with a Mk6 Zetec S that I bought from a friend at a ver y good price a s I am in the process of buying my first house. Needs must…’