RE: Ford Focus ST | Spotted

RE: Ford Focus ST | Spotted

Wednesday 11th September

Ford Focus ST | Spotted

The days of fast Focuses with five cylinders seem ages ago - doesn't make the cars any less fun, though...



Every era has had its fast Ford icon. Right now itโ€™s probably the Fiesta ST. But once upon a time it had a Cosworth badge, and for good few years it was an assortment of rear-wheel drive Escorts. And while it might not spring immediately to mind, the five-cylinder Focus ST is probably deserving of lofty status, too.

Think about it. It was cheap (from ยฃ17,500 in 2005); it was fast (thanks to that lovely old Volvo engine it would do 150mph); it handled nicely (as fast Fords of the era always have); and it was extremely orange โ€“ as made famous by that Top Gear video. Moreover, it came at a time when the hot hatch was enjoying a resurgence, with a host of manufacturers offering a variety of wares: revs came from Honda,ย loutish enthusiasm came from Vauxhall, V6 sophistication came from VW and Renault Sport had finally worked out what to do with the Megane. It was a great time for the segment, and the Focus was more than competitive, delivering on the fast Ford promises of value, entertainment and plentiful performance.


With the new Focus ST soon to reach customers, itโ€™s an interesting time to revisit the five-cylinder car. With the new Ecoboost model festooned with modes and settings, we can look back fondly at how sophisticated having variable steering was in the mid-2000s. Now itโ€™s a surprise not to find it fitted. The wheel itself hasnโ€™t a single button on it, the dials are remarkably simple and the analogue gauges almost quaint in a world of endless configurable digital displays.

Arguably, though, thatโ€™s the joy of cars from this era: sufficiently modern in terms of performance, safety and driving dynamics to be enjoyable, yet not swamped with an overwhelming amount of technology. That five-cylinder engine is, of course, a big part of the fun, too โ€“ and eminently tuneable, as proven by the RS.ย 


While being fast, fun and affordable brought the ST many fans, it also soon revealed a problem: cracked cylinder liners. Itโ€™s become a well known issue, which is why this STย appeals so much. The engine was rebuilt just a thousand miles ago, at a cost of ยฃ4,000.

Some might be wary of the rest of the car as a result, but the ad suggests the engine issue only emerged once it was up for sale. Itโ€™s now been rebuilt, the running-in service has been completed and the ST is ready to roll, with lots more to be encouraged by. The rest of the car has only seen 62,000 miles, the ad is long and there are worthwhile mods already fitted should the next owner pursue more power. It also looks in fine condition for a car that, letโ€™s not forget, is approaching its teenage years.


So while there are cheaper STs around - not to mention a whole host of rivals offering their own USPs - this Focusโ€™s mechanical freshness and its apparently diligent owner count for a lot. Indeed the only thing that might be holding it back is the paint scheme, because for some only orange will do. Still, you canโ€™t have everythingโ€ฆ


SPECIFICATION โ€“ FORD FOCUS ST

Engine:ย 2,521cc, five-cyl turbo
Transmission:ย 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp):ย 225@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft):ย 236@1,600-4,000rpm
MPG:ย 30
CO2:ย 224g/km
First registered:ย 2007
Recorded mileage:ย 62,000
Price new:ย c. ยฃ18,000
Yours for:ย ยฃ7,500

See the original advert here.

Click here to find Ford Focus STs.

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rossub

Original Poster:

2,252 posts

135 months

Wednesday 11th September
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These have taken over from the Impreza as the Chav chariot of choice I'm afraid.

cerb4.5lee

12,332 posts

125 months

Wednesday 11th September
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I've always liked these mostly for the engine. I came very close to buying one a couple of years ago and it is a car that I would like to experience one day for sure.

sheepman

226 posts

105 months

Wednesday 11th September
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I saw one of these at a sprint event on sunday and forgot how good they sound without a stupid crackle/bang map on the over run.


The Vambo

3,752 posts

86 months

Wednesday 11th September
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Purely out of interest, how much of a power increase would say £5K get from this the ST engine?

768

4,941 posts

41 months

Wednesday 11th September
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Bought one over 10 years ago.

Still can't bring myself to sell it, pretty sure mine's not worth half of £7.5k.

G.Fraser

157 posts

71 months

Wednesday 11th September
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I absolutely love mine! Currently running Mountune’s MR310 upgrade, plus Mountune suspension. It’s been utter fun the whole time I’ve owned it. However as my family is getting a bit older and we’re doing more outdoorsy stuff, I’ve booked an appointment to test drive a new Mk4 estate. I am very excited about a possible new car and it’ll tick an awful lot of boxes, but I know full well that I would miss my Mk2. Absolutely cracking cars!

WCZ

7,006 posts

139 months

Wednesday 11th September
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The Vambo said:
Purely out of interest, how much of a power increase would say £5K get from this the ST engine?
400+

crazy how cheap some tuned examples are

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

The Vambo

3,752 posts

86 months

Wednesday 11th September
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WCZ said:
The Vambo said:
Purely out of interest, how much of a power increase would say £5K get from this the ST engine?
400+

crazy how cheap some tuned examples are

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
eek Jesus.

They just need a good de-Barry and thats a hell of a beater of the money.

HorribleGit

15 posts

131 months

Wednesday 11th September
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Seriously considered one of these until I realised all of the local morons drive them(badly).

MyV10goesWhaaa

266 posts

38 months

Wednesday 11th September
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rossub said:
These have taken over from the Impreza as the Chav chariot of choice I'm afraid.
So..... ??? Are you a chav ? Is this just exclusively for you now or something..

This site is full of weirdos.... Insecure weirdos.. lol




Edited by MyV10goesWhaaa on Wednesday 11th September 12:17

MyV10goesWhaaa

266 posts

38 months

Wednesday 11th September
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cerb4.5lee said:
I've always liked these mostly for the engine. I came very close to buying one a couple of years ago and it is a car that I would like to experience one day for sure.
I feel exactly the same, one day i will... yes

The Vambo

3,752 posts

86 months

Wednesday 11th September
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MyV10goesWhaaa said:
So..... ??? Are you a chav ? Is this just exclusively for you now or something..

This site is full of weirdos.... Insecure weirdos.. lol




Edited by MyV10goesWhaaa on Wednesday 11th September 12:17
Every time I see your user name, I actually go wwhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa laugh

ZX10R NIN

15,097 posts

70 months

Wednesday 11th September
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Loved my ST it was a cracker with a 330 GGR engine that 5 pot was sweet & the handling bang on (although it did have BC Coilovers) it always put a smile on my face.

Ultrafunkula

657 posts

50 months

Wednesday 11th September
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They're great cars to drive, nice ride quality for a hot hatch and unstressed engine, great cruisers as well as drivers cars. Mine was remapped to stage 2 eventually and was as pokey as the Audi S3 that followed it, but much more fun. It does feel like a mini muscle car a bit, especially with the dials on the dash.

throwerp

7 posts

92 months

Wednesday 11th September
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Nice car and a refreshingly genuine advert / seller! My son had one of these and ironically it cost me a small fortune to fix before he sold it!!

rossub

Original Poster:

2,252 posts

135 months

Wednesday 11th September
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MyV10goesWhaaa said:
rossub said:
These have taken over from the Impreza as the Chav chariot of choice I'm afraid.
So..... ??? Are you a chav ? Is this just exclusively for you now or something..

This site is full of weirdos.... Insecure weirdos.. lol




Edited by MyV10goesWhaaa on Wednesday 11th September 12:17
Seems like you've just joined the weirdos. Take a chill pill laugh



thebigmacmoomin

2,195 posts

114 months

Wednesday 11th September
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I'm on my second. Had a 2007 ST3 for 4.5 years and now a 2010 ST3 for just over 5 years. Not selling it anytime soon either. The car is totally standard aswell, never been mapped nor tracked.

thebigmacmoomin

2,195 posts

114 months

Wednesday 11th September
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The Vambo said:
WCZ said:
The Vambo said:
Purely out of interest, how much of a power increase would say £5K get from this the ST engine?
400+

crazy how cheap some tuned examples are

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
eek Jesus.

They just need a good de-Barry and thats a hell of a beater of the money.
Just make sure it has an RS Clutch as the ST one wont take that sort of power / torque.

sealtt

2,480 posts

103 months

Wednesday 11th September
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WCZ said:
400+

crazy how cheap some tuned examples are

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
That seems too cheap

Edited by sealtt on Wednesday 11th September 13:02

HM-2

4,574 posts

114 months

Wednesday 11th September
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cerb4.5lee said:
I've always liked these mostly for the engine.
This- great engine attached to a mediocre everything-else.
Underlying chassis is decent, but struggled with the torque IME.

Terribly cliche, but the Mk5 Golf is much better as an all-rounder.