Well, Ford is still saying my car isn't covered for the throttle body. I took the car back last night since they finished the door latch recall and pressure tested the cooling system (it's fine) because they won't receive coolant level sensor recall parts until Q4 this year.
They wanted $1000 for the TB repair, but I got the OEM Bosch part from NAPA for $95, lol. While I'm unbolting the TB, I might as well throw on a Boomba throttle body spacer and intake manifold spacer (blue anodize to go with my blue car), so those have both been ordered as well, along with a short shift kit courtesy of Mild Taco Sauce, and a replacement air filter since it's been about 30,000 miles since I did that. Turning a negative into a positive I guess
2,500 miles in, and the car is still a hoot. However, I've been pondering something...
You see, I've never had a V8 RWD anything...and I'm wondering if that would be more fun. Something like an SS or a Challenger or something. I know the FiST is fun as hell, but is it more fun than a high-powered RWD car? People that have driven both...what's the difference in "fun?" I can have a hell of a lot of fun in the FiST, but I'm not sure if it's missing that pants-****ting fun quality that I could have with a V8. Do I even need that much power? Seems excessive...whereas the FiST is a lot more usable power.
RWD V8 overrated? I know it's a different kind of beast....I'm just curious. Also, the FiST is paid off....so that brings up the cool factor a bit.
IMO, how does the car handle is STILL the most important question.
Had a Mustang GT for ~2 years. Sound, HWY/high speed acceleration, look of the Mustang were awesome...but I grew tired of the heavy, ponderous handling.
So just ask yourself which you like more...power or handling. I'm hoping to split the difference with my next car...ATS-V or CTS V Sport.
Current: 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X (his), 2016 BMW 3 Series GT (hers)
Past: 2008 Honda Civic Si (sold), 2012 Mustang GT (sold), 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII (sold), 2001 VW Golf 1.8T (sold)
Most all of my cars have been FWD or AWD and light and turbocharged, but I've got plenty of wheel time in fast RWD machines. You most certainly will s**t your pants mashing a heavy, powerful RWD sedan around a bend for the first (and thousandth) time, but that doesn't really appeal to me. I'm looking to sell my aircooled 911 to get back into a Fiesta. They are tractable and riotous, which is a rare and beautiful combination.
Acceleration is a fun feeling, but it's not very usable beyond having enough power to scoot past everyone else in merging situations. And a tuned FiST is more than enough for that. I remember begrudging my decked out STI because its lag + power meant that I was always breaking laws in order to find a moment where it actually started to feel 'fun.' Don't even get me started on all the V8 sport sedans my dad has owned over the years. It's amazing to jump in one and drive from Fort Worth to Dallas--you think you're going 50 and look down to see 100 on the speedo. They're so quiet and their reserves are so deep.
But I'll never forget the moment we were all at dinner when I still had the FiST and we traded keys for a minute. I jumped in his Macan and after mashing it from a stoplight once, I missed the hell out of the Fiesta. No question the Macan is a superior vehicle in absolutely every measurable and most intangible ways. But, as soon as I yo-yo-ed the go and stop pedals a few times, it basically felt like an extra-fast, extra-sporty, extra-nice Q5. And I love his Macan.
If you like deep reserves and on ramps, get a V8. If you like chuckin it at the nearest corner and laughing while going 30 mph, there's absolutely nothing better than the Fiesta. Of course it's buckin' nuclear bronco personality gets old. But it's also unrivaled by any other car currently or recently for sale.
Once the FiST is paid off though I will most likely look into trading both cars for something that can give me the same balance. At the moment I can't come to terms which car that would be and its pissing me off because there are so many options these days and my finances are limited.
Love reading everyone's input here. I think the E39 M5 is so vaunted for a reason; even though it is a big, heavy, fast, RWD sedan, compared to its modern successors, it's downright lithe and revvy. I'd say it's just about the largest car I've driven that was still legitimately sporting. The later M5s, AMG equivalents, etc. are all astonishingly faster on paper and speedometer, but good luck attacking corners in the real world the same way they do in car magazines on closed courses.
Or: You can take the cloverleaf at 100 MPH with one hand while Tweeting and drinking your Unicorn Latte, but do you really want to?
FiST: You can take the cloverleaf at 45 mph and you'll be using both hands and both feet and your passenger will be screaming and it's awesome.
Oh well, I guess I'll hang on to the ST for a few more years and see what's what then. I just have a feeling it's going to be around for a while.
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I hate to do the "lists former cars here" thing but in the last 2 years I've had a tuned 15 STI, tuned 15 M3, tuned M235i, full-bolt-on speed3, ND MX5, bolted on Mk7 GTI and a Fiesta ST.
Don't get me wrong, they are all amazing cars. The thing the fiesta ST has really taught me is exploitability on the street. I don't have the time to take track days regularly, and I live in Boston proper. Having a car that I can push hard and enjoy while not killing myself or going to jail is much more valuable than having a car I can tell people makes 450 whp but you can't actually use. The ND MX-5 was probably even better a car, but just not practical enough.
I think its something to take into account when talking about going for bigger power RWD/AWD cars. They aren't necessarily more fun just because there is more power.
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But even then, the FiST is practical, efficient, and just hilariously fun to drive hard. With a Cobb tune, 15" wheels with summer tires - this thing is very quick to 100 mph - which is all I need. I am getting a noisemaker (Cobb intake) just for the turbo sounds...but a year into owning it and I still giggle after most drives, I still end up purposely tossing the car into turns just to try and upset it, and all it does is hunker down and gently oversteer. It is as fun at 40mph as it is at 100mph, while still managing 30mpg winter, about 33mpg summer. I wish there was a Fiesta RS with a nice interior and a magic front diff, priced at 30k. I would get it.
@Burnette - So my FoST, which is basically the big brother to the FiST is still a giant heaping pile of ****. I took it into a second dealer and they had it for over four weeks. They fixed the Ford emblem that had pieces falling out of it and the head liner. When I got it back, the driver's seat still shifted from left to right and the bumper/lift gate was half painted. I specifically pointed out that the lift gate paint was down to the primer/metal from rubbing on the bumped. I drove 40 miles just to point this out before driving home another 40 miles from where this second dealer was at. They repainted the bumper but not the gate. They said they'd have to submit another claim to Ford to get that approved before I could have it done. They also said they would call me when I needed to bring it in. It's been over two weeks since they said they would call me and I'm betting if I don't call someone back I won't hear back from them. That's been a constant theme. I've never had such bad service in my entire life.
Why am I posting this? Because over 7 trips to Ford dealers with multiple calls to Ford, the dealers, the Maryland AG, a WV lawyer, and other entities, I'm still stuck with a giant turd. I'm hoping that any one else reading this realizes two things: The FiST/FoST are cheap cars and that when buying one you shouldn't expect even a modicum of help when trying to deal with Ford. I'll be on my third Ford dealer and 8th trip about a week. I'm honestly expecting the same imbecilic results from the past two dealerships if past experiences hold true.
TL;DR Fix Or Repair Daily
Last edited by Village Idiot™; 04-21-2017 at 10:25 AM.
Prior to my 2014 Fiesta ST, I owned a 2010.5 SVT Raptor with the 6.2L and a 2010 Camaro 2SS/RS m6 also with a 6.2L V8.
I test drove a wide range of more expensive vehicles than the ST.
Happy with my choice, and I can say without hesitation, that the Fiesta ST has been by far the most fun to own/drive of the 3 I've owned. All 3 were used as daily drivers. I don't go to the track. I did off road my Raptor. and that is a very very different kind of fun.. But that is not something I did very often at all. So overall, the Fiesta ST is still by far more fun to own as a daily driver since it is so fun to drive in just a normal every day scenario.
I don't ever miss the Camaro.
I've owned the ST since October/November? of 2013.. I drive it every day, and it still puts a grin on my face.
The Camaro "fun" died out much quicker for me. It was exciting early on. It looked beautiful. I pre ordered early and never had a chance to test-drive. I had one of the first in town. It turned heads. The power was great, But you don't really get to use any of it in a city like Vancouver. The visibility bothered the hell out of me from day 1. A lot of Camaro guys will defend it, and say you get used to it. But you don't get used to visibility that bad. You may choose to accept it, but it's not like it ever improves. The visibility made the Camaro "feel" a lot bigger than it was, and in contrast, made visibility in my Raptor feel so much better. Camaro was a magnet for red & blue lights.
I do not miss the V8 or the RWD. The Fiesta ST really does deliver on the smiles per gallon. Love it. Definitely do not regret it. And it opened to my eyes to how much fun a practical hatch or a fwd vehicle can be.
I find the FiST driving experience to be more enjoyable than the Golf R which has been mentioned a few times. I don't question that it may be faster or more luxurious, but I found the Golf R's ride to be far too sedated. It took away a lot of the "fun" feel that the FiST seems to amplify and communicate to the driver so well. The FiST can be had for significantly less and is more fun.
I do actually miss the Raptor a lot. That was a great vehicle. I'd rather spend my dough on one of those, and keep the cheaper Fiesta ST.
I will just throw out there that, I've managed to haul a surprising amount of things in the Fiesta ST that I didn't think would fit. I fit my bikes, and a surprising amount of Furniture along with all the people or groceries I ever needed to fit. The ST has never disappointed my hauling needs.
The same cannot be said for the Camaro. And don't even get me started on the insurance costs for the Camaro.
For the price, I find it hard to imagine finding many better opportunities out there than a Fiesta ST.
I am glad I went the route I went.
I will point out even though I don't think it should matter.. That the Fiesta ST doesn't really command a whole lot of respect from people who don't know what it is. It really does fly under the radar.
As far as the average non enthusiast is concerned. I am driving a bright green econo box hatch back. I get the odd female calling it "cute" mostly because it is small and bright green. A lot of people comment on the Green Envy paint. But very rarely does any non enthusiast ever admire the car. It draws less attention from red & blue lights
A lot of people mistake it for the mazda2. There is also a cab company local to me, that drives around in bright green Prius Taxi's. I get a lot of drunks flagging me down.
People I know who are not enthusiasts really don't understand why I got the Fiesta ST, or respect it much. A lot of shaking heads from those who can't comprehend why I like my FiST more than the Camaro I had.
It really really drives like a go kart on steroids. But, sometimes it feels a little bit too much like owning a go kart too. People don't take it seriously, and sometimes I feel like it would be nice to have a more "mature" vehicle. I guess I am getting old. While it was in the shop, I got more compliments on the cheaper base level loaner SUV that I was given, than I do on the Fiesta ST.
Love the Fiesta ST though, so much fun. Of my purchases thus far, definitely the one that stands out as worth every penny, and years from now will likely remain one of my most fun to own vehicles ever.
TL/DR version : Owned v8 Raptor & v8 Camaro SS. Own Fiesta ST. Fiesta ST = more smiles less $ than v8 Camaro. Golf R = less smiles and more $ than Fiesta ST. Green paint = good for picking up drunks.
I use to be an auto mechanic and we had "no lifers, waste of timers" like you who had nothing going on at home and stayed with us with faux problems. I would keep your car for months too in hopes that you moved on to another dealer or sold the car. The fact that you went to seven dealers with these silly issues (egad! a badge issue!) is very telling. And good luck getting a lawyer to do anything but take your money, I strongly advise you go this route till funds run out to the point you can't pay an internet provider.
A quick search reveals that you spend most of your time in off topic and political threads and I think this is where the disconnect is. You're looking for that same kind of thing here. Stop it dude, this is the FiST owners thread. If you want to beeyotch and fight I have great news for you. Start your own thread in TCL and post your troubles just as you have here and read the community what I have already been telling you. Sell the car, move on and get a life.
See? We feel just like those dealers you hang around and harass. What a waste.
If you can't understand that you're posting in the wrong place, that you're not hurting Ford and you seriously look to be the one with the problem here, then you're truly living up to your screen name.