It is normally a pleasant moment when a vehicle would make its debut in Drop of the 7 days, so let us say a huge superior evening, good day and welcome to the first Fiesta Zetec S we’ve experienced on in this article.
We have experienced a pair of Fiesta STs in the past. In April 2019 there was a 2007 ST150 that, at the time, had performed 110,000 miles. As significantly as we know that’s nevertheless pounding about the place, its mileage obtaining gone up by only 6k or in the two and a bit years elapsing amongst Shed’s writeup and its previous MOT in August 2021.
A several months following that ST150, in October 2019, Shed uncovered another a person, this time a very sharp wanting ’05 specimen in retina-burning pink. Again the MOT history indicates that that just one is even now heading strong, albeit in all probability on the track day circuits of Blighty somewhat than the public streets as previous October’s MOT tester could not help noticing that the again seat was lacking.
Equally of individuals ST150s had the 150hp 2. Duratec motor. The September ’05 registered gen-five 2005 Zetec S we’ve obtained right here (as opposed to the 5.5 which came out in November 2005) had the revvy Duratec 1.6, as applied to fine impact in the Target, StreetKa and a handful of other little Fords. It experienced 100hp, or 98 if you ended up being honest, in addition 107lb ft of torque, none of which was sufficient to get it into one figures for the -62 run but it was a really keen very little device and, as just one of the superior recognised magazines explained at the time, there is a lot more to everyday living than speed.
Without a doubt, for most if not all of the modern day United kingdom mags, the agility of the £11,595 Zetec S’s dealing with – stiffer springs than the standard Fiesta, 10mm lessen journey height, and no steadiness or traction controls essential other than your appropriate foot – plus the slickness of the ST-sourced gearchange (shorter ratios and lever toss) produced this the sweet place of the Fiesta selection. Obviously it wasn’t as rapid as the ST, but nor was it quite as uncouth as the 2. when it was revved. If you had been a youth hunting for your initial driving excitement there was a whole lot to be explained for the simple fact that S thrills came along at a lower speed. On top rated of that, it was a good deal much less expensive to insure than the ST, team 6 or 7 back then becoming equal to 16 today, it’s possible. Lose has no notion about these points. Alongside with the 43mpg fuel consumption and £220 a 12 months tax, that signifies the gen-5 Zetec S is nevertheless a very good option for the fiscally challenged young colt of 2022.
There’s no position in skirting all over the major challenge with our Lose, namely the color of the wheels. They’ll be fantastic if you are a Guy Citeh fan but the rest of us might want to contemplate our rattlecan alternatives. Are these element of the Street Pack that was available for these cars and trucks, does everyone know? Lose is just thinking simply because he appreciates that privateness glass was section of that pack and this automobile has that. Hmm. In excess of to you, Ford nerds.
The only blot on our shed’s MOT record is a place of unobtrusive problems to the windscreen, which it looks to have had due to the fact 2013. Other than that, you’re excellent to go. There is even a Haynes manual in the passenger door bin to enable you get about some if not all of the prevalent problems with this car, which on a 2005 product like this might consist of (but not automatically be restricted to) non-spec gasoline pipes, dodgy water pumps, malfunctioning seem devices and moist patches within, normally brought on by blocked pollen filters.
Generally speaking, however, they have a excellent track record for reliability, so not only had been these sporty Fiestas good to drive, it turns out that they adhere all over very very well much too, even when they’re coming up for their 18th birthday.
On that subject, kind of, in a scarce second of psychological clarity Get rid of believed he remembered Ford performing a 1.6 TDCi diesel variation of this S, with an electro-hydraulic steering rack as a substitute of the petrol car’s normal hydraulic set up. Certain ample, soon after a bit of a rummage all-around in his cautiously curated pile of soggy cardboard storage boxes he observed a pic of the formal Ford diesel 1.6 push auto from again in the day, reg no EO54 OTL. And wouldn’t you know it, even that is nevertheless trundling all over as we communicate. Or at least it was in November ’21, by which stage it experienced accomplished 117,000 miles with absolutely nothing other than consumables cropping up in its MOT background. Which is very an accomplishment for a press automobile, most of which guide the form of punishing daily life that can make Drop pleased that he isn’t a Ford Fiesta.