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Hmmm, I quite like it. Will have to have a read up and see what special features it has compared to the standard ST

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Hmmm, I quite like it. Will have to have a read up and see what special features it has compared to the standard ST

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The leather & stripes - neither of which are remotely nice.

Anyone who buys one & doesn't get a large discount is smashfreakB.gif beyond belief IMO when you can get a lightly used one for around £4k less

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From 'Car Magazine Online'..........

Ford Focus ST500: the lowdown

Ford is a past master of doing limited editions, and there have been any number of Fiesta, Escort and Mondeo specials over the years. Now it's the turn of the soon-to-be-refreshed Focus hatchback - and specifically the ST hot hatch. Just 500 ST500 models will be made, presumably to shift the outgoing model before the new one arrives this winter. It's based on the top-range ST3 model, with a number of cosmetic tweaks to make it stand out from the crowd. No day-glo orange paintwork here, either - all the special editions will be metallic black with silver stripes over the bonnet and roof, 'to echo the livery of the winning GT40 in the 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans in 1966. Right. Under the bonnet is the standard ST's 222bhp 2.5 turbo, so performance will be as rapid as in the regular car. That means 6.6sec to 62mph and a top speed of 150mph. Additions inside are unique scarlet leather Recaro seats and ST500 badging, while the spec includes xenon lights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and automatic wipers. The ST500 will set you back £20,495.

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Cheers lads, saved me looking it up 169144-ok.gif

As D1MAC says tho, I wouldn't be too keen on paying full wack for one. I do like them, and as I'm see more of them around they are obviously a popular hot hatch. I still think Ford should have gone one better and made it a but more special ala the Escort Cosworth. 4wd would definately have been a good start.

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Cant say I'm too impressed with the interior or the stripes. Also if there was to be any of the colours marked for a limited edition run the orange for me wins. My R cost me the same as that, I know which I'd rather have. To save from putting it down completely though, it does seem to have pretty good stock performance, and a 500 limited run 169144-ok.gif

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The Focus and original GT 40 are quite similar cars really, so I can see why they chose to use the GT 40 livery...

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... I still think Ford should have gone one better and made it a but more special ala the Escort Cosworth. 4wd would definately have been a good start.

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Looks like I can see the future... your neighbour might regret getting that now grin.gif

New RS with 300bhp and 4wd

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... I still think Ford should have gone one better and made it a but more special ala the Escort Cosworth. 4wd would definately have been a good start.

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Looks like I can see the future... your neighbour might regret getting that now grin.gif

New RS with 300bhp and 4wd

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His name is on the list for one. In the last 5 years he has owned a Mondeo ST200, RS Focus, 2 orange Focus STs and now this ST500.

He likes his Fords smirk.gif

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All a personal thing but I couldn't live with those stripes and that 'pimp red' leather interior. I'd personally prefer a 'normal' ST to that.

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Not for me, and I cant help thinking that looking at the interior switches and clocks etc they have copied a few of VW's designs.

Nice looker though

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Not for me, and I cant help thinking that looking at the interior switches and clocks etc they have copied a few of VW's designs.

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The geezer who designed the Passat interior defected to Ford, so hints of Passat are there. However, it still looks really cheap, with big old fitting gaps very visible.

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Nice looker though

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im a ford boy... and that car actually OFFENDS ME

it's blatantly trying to rip off the RS500 heritage, i can just see the guys in marketing sitting there thinking "why dont we use a reference to an iconic car and hope people buy up a load of these old ST3s for more wonga!!!"

there is nothing "special" about that car other than the marketing surrounding it frown.gif which is a massive shame as i actually really like the focus ST, testdrove one about a year ago and was really impressed

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I nearly bought an ST3 to hack around in for a few months 169144-ok.gif

With a family discount I think an ST3 with all the toys came in at about £15k notworthy.gif

I did a bit of research and would have gone down the GGR route for tuning 169144-ok.gif

The 4WD version I expect will use a torsen diff, and she be a lot of fun.

The reason i didn't buy one is because I just couldn't live with the looks Flush.gif

i liked the noise and performance but the build quality was more alfa than audi EEK2.GIF Having said that pound for pound it is a great car 169144-ok.gif

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I think anyone that criticises modern ford build quality is blind or lying to themselves. Certainly on a par with most VAG brands.

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I think anyone that criticises modern ford build quality is blind or lying to themselves. Certainly on a par with most VAG brands.

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I agree, Ford have certainly upped the game in terms of style and build quality

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Everyone goes on about solid VW BUILD QUALITY, my wifes Golf bought new has had a new clutch, new window mechanism, problems with electrics, etc etc. I thinks its a myth to be honest.

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Yeah I know many peeps with problems with thier golfs, the worst being an auto gearbox failure on a 20k golf and the dealer refusing to honour their warranty, I own two new transits that have had a good few faults inc flywheels and ECU problems and the dealers have sorted with no questions asked

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We wont mention seat problems on Fords then coffee.gif

I am on my 12th VAG car now, and my family have run way more than 12 fords sekret.gif and whilst Ford have upped their game the interior was certainly not up to the VAG standard 169144-ok.gif

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I nearly bought an ST3 to hack around in for a few months 169144-ok.gif

With a family discount I think an ST3 with all the toys came in at about £15k notworthy.gif

I did a bit of research and would have gone down the GGR route for tuning 169144-ok.gif

The 4WD version I expect will use a torsen diff, and she be a lot of fun.

The reason i didn't buy one is because I just couldn't live with the looks Flush.gif

i liked the noise and performance but the build quality was more alfa than audi EEK2.GIF Having said that pound for pound it is a great car 169144-ok.gif

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If the RS gets AWD (which may still be up for debate) it will be Haldex as will be donated from Volvo.

Looks - Always slightly confused on that front - great looker it isn't but I've certainly never had a single negative comment and get plenty of the right attention (but more than happy to admit it's a personal thing). I think it looks perfectly acceptable but nothing more and I guess that's enough for my current set of circumstances.

Build quality - So so in quite a few respects ( I can appreciate why those who are mega on interiors and the like aren't overly impressed - but my view is it's ok and the bits you touch on a regular basis are good enough but I suppose no more).

However, reliability seems to be at least pretty good generally with issues AFAIK being confined to niggles and issues arising from tuning without consideration. All I can add is that in @ 20k of reasonable abuse, I've had a couple of those niggles (sorted under warranty) but the oily bits are so far spot on - haven't even needed to add a single drop of black gold - which is more than can be said for any other car I've had (although the CTR was nearly as parsimonious on the oil front, despite a decent amount of abuse).

I've never been a 'Ford Man' and prior to Focus I, I would never have gone for a Ford but so far it's been at least ok (and certainly no worse than the Honda I had - and I like elements of the Honda ethos).

Just to echo - for the money it has been great & has a sound that IMHO is way beyond it's price tag (esp with a non std exhaust or you know how to play it), even if it is false bongos - just wish I didn't find it so wobbly frown.gif

However, the ST500 is not a wise move for anyone. As I've said earlier, you can get the same thing without the tarty cow for @ £5k less if you don't mid a smallish No of miles on the clock.

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lowering it by 15mm transforms its looks. can't really describe it but it goes from bland to mean. 169144-ok.gif

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