RE: Ford Fiesta ST150 | Shed of the Week

RE: Ford Fiesta ST150 | Shed of the Week

Friday 11th October 2019

Ford Fiesta ST150 | Shed of the Week

Shed's found a minter in the classifieds - so long as you like red



You might think that, when it comes to popular UK colour choices for a new mainstream car, there wouldn’t be all that much variation over the years.

And you’d be right to think that. The same five colours come up time after time.Β Well, by colours we mean grey, black and white, the three most-chosen hues in the UK in 2019.

Why are the British so partial to non-colours? There’s probably some deep psychological reason which Shed can’t be bothered to delve into here. What’s more interesting to him is red, which for quite a while now has only just been clinging on to last place in the top five.


Once, just about every sportily-inclined small Ford was red. Today’s Shed, a Mk5 ST150, brings back those gaudy times in a good way. In fact, the vendor has gone to some lengths to maximise the redness. The parts that aren't red have been changed to enhance the contrast. Everything that was grey is now black, and everything that was silver is now white.

The overall effect is quite fetching. Not everyone will approve of Henry’s trademark blue being wiped off both Ford badges, but you can’t deny the car’s overall condition. It looks as bright as a button. There’s no service history, which is a shame, but the slowly-accumulated mileage is fully backed up by the MOTs, and going by the appearance it’s easy to believe the owner’s claim that no expense has been spared in its upkeep. Until an advisory came up last year for a corroded brake pipe, which is hardly a deal breaker, rust had never been mentioned on any MOT reports.

We had one of these ST150s in SOTW a few months ago. That ’07 example was Β£1,450 but it was nowhere near as clean as this ’05 car. As noted then, the ST150’s 150hp Mondeo Duratec 2.0 motor and 1,137kg weight delivered 129mph, a 7.9sec 0-60mph time and average mpg figures in the mid 30s, with low 40s easily achievable on runs.


Compared to a regular Fiesta the ST had quicker steering and stronger brakes. The standard Fiesta chassis was really sorted, and the ST’s (developed on British country roads) was described by Autocar as β€œso friendly that inexperienced drivers can approach its limits without fear”. Some road testers weren’t that impressed by the steering, but this car has been lowered which should give you a more planted feel on smoother roads, albeit probably at the expense of some ride comfort, of which there wasn’t much to start with.

The absence of a turbo means you have to try a bit harder for performance gains on these STs, but doing simple breathing mods is a really worthwhile exercise. Β£250 or so will get you a 10hp gain from a Superchips remap. Already in place here are an induction kit and a Milltek exhaust. Unsteady low-rpm running is an ST foible that can be remedied by the addition of a 60mm throttle body for Β£450 or so, or more cheaply in the short run at least by filling up from the posh pump.

The five-speed close-ratio box doesn’t have a spotless reliability record, and not having a sixth cog makes the chain-timed Duratec work hard at higher speeds, but hopefully the noise from the Milltek will drown out the engine din. One PHer responding to the last ST Shed mentioned a wonky throttle position sensor throwing up warning lights and a Β£400 repair bill.


One common ST fault was the fragile seat tipping mechanism (which this car has). Molegrips are your friend in times of need, or as the vendor says you can just order your passengers to get in on the passenger side until that seat’s handle or wire goes. Which it will.

All in all though the ST was a nice alternative to a hot Clio, 206 GTI or Mini Cooper S. Some would prefer an ST170 Focus, but they’re not all that in Shed’s opinion. This Fiesta looks really good, even with the MOT expiring next month.

Going back to the question of colour, in Shed’s courting days that was the medium through which you expressed your personality. Shed’s colour was plum metalflake, not just for his Ford Anglia and Norton Commando 850 but also for all his leathers and safety gear. Mrs Shed was a much more manageable size back then and would regularly hop on the back of the Commando for a burn around the hills. She longs for another close-up view of Shed’s big purple helmet but quietly accepts that those days may have gone.


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Discussion

the_hood

Original Poster:

457 posts

143 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Just wanted to get in first 😁

Rocket Ricardo

9 posts

27 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Second ✌🏻

can't remember

867 posts

77 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Not my type of car (even in my youth) but the ad sounds genuine and the car looks like it has been someones pride and joy. MOT history (I'm not an internet stalker by the way) suggest it's been run by youths on a budget but nothing majorly wrong.

A decent first car and a worthy shed.

Nerdherder

1,655 posts

46 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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the_hood said:
Just wanted to get in first
Rocket Ricardo said:
Second
I will not go there.

Anyway, really liking this shed. White wheels deserve a different colour coat.

Other than that I'm all in for it.

Dale487

1,059 posts

72 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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can't remember said:
Not my type of car (even in my youth) but the ad sounds genuine and the car looks like it has been someones pride and joy. MOT history (I'm not an internet stalker by the way) suggest it's been run by youths on a budget but nothing majorly wrong.

A decent first car and a worthy shed.
It's the type of car I'd have wanted as a first car but at 18 would be ruinous or impossible to insure, particularly as the mainstream insurers are bound to run a mile from the ever so minor cosmetic modifications.

mrpenks

232 posts

104 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Why do Fords grow in desirability as they age?

MC Bodge

11,939 posts

124 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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I don't like the colour and I've had Two red Fords.

Even the standard Fiesta of this generation is a cracking car, old fashioned in a good way.

Jamescrs

533 posts

14 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Had one of these in blue as a first track car a few light modifications and it was a great car, loads of fun had with it for not a lot of money.

I since sold it for pretty much what I paid and bought the PH favourite MX-5

Mike335i

2,844 posts

51 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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the_hood said:
Just wanted to get in first
Moron.

I don't know what it is about these Fiestas, but they never did anything for me. But as a cheap runaround they could be fun.

Would a Clio 172 be an all round better proposition?

pozi

1,694 posts

136 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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The old "only has two months MOT left but passed last year fine and has only done about 1000 miles since", normally code for knowing it needs something expensive to pass next time and needing to get rid of it quick!


Leon R

407 posts

45 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Why is mk5 and mk6 used interchangeably for this gen Fiesta?

Dave.

5,817 posts

202 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Leon R said:
Why is mk5 and mk6 used interchangeably for this gen Fiesta?
Some people think the Mk5 was just a facelift of the Mk4 (which to be fair, it probably is).

douglasgdmw

413 posts

168 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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pozi said:
The old "only has two months MOT left but passed last year fine and has only done about 1000 miles since", normally code for knowing it needs something expensive to pass next time and needing to get rid of it quick!
Yep, no service history which suggests its in complete unknown history territory and now a "home mechanic" vehicle. No harm sometime in being maintained at home as some people treat their cars better than main dealers. However all depends on the competency of the home mechanic.

However always worries me when a "home mechanic" puts his car up for sale and does not spend the extra £50 giving it 12 months MOT.

Go in with your eyes open territory.

griffdude

1,606 posts

197 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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The last line made me spit my breakfast out.
Shed gold.

dunnoreally

323 posts

57 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Mike335i said:
Moron.

as a cheap runaround they could be fun.

Would a Clio 172 be an all round better proposition?
I've got the runout special of these STs. Cheap fun runabout about sums up their appeal, I think.

Thing with the Clio 172s, that I seemed to find at least, is that they're just as cheap on paper but in actuality all the cheap ones are complete dogs nowadays. If you want one that doesn't need loads doing with it, you want to be paying a fair whack more than shed money. Maybe just my experience, though.

KTF

8,492 posts

99 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Naturally the owner has so much confidence that it will pass the upcoming MOT that they sent it off for one before putting it up for sale. Oh wait...

Chris Jay

222 posts

78 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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I had a blue one of these from new, great fun on the twisty Yorkshire Dales roads.
Got rid of it because the doors used to fill up with water when it rained and I didn’t really get on with the high driving position.

BenjiS

592 posts

40 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Leon R said:
Why is mk5 and mk6 used interchangeably for this gen Fiesta?
Because they’re remarkably similar. The mk6 was sometime in 2006 and got a lightly changed dash around the stereo area and new headlights. Not sure if there was anything else.

I had a blue mk6 from new, and it was a lot of fun at the time. Just right for chucking around the lanes.

Dave.

5,817 posts

202 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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This is a Mk5....




This is a Mk6.....

MC Bodge

11,939 posts

124 months

Friday 11th October 2019
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Chris Jay said:
I had a blue one of these from new, great fun on the twisty Yorkshire Dales roads.
Got rid of it because the doors used to fill up with water when it rained and I didn’t really get on with the high driving position.
Door drains just needed a poke with a stick. Ours was like that when it was given to us.