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I m sure you get numerous new users asking this, but I would really appreciate any ownership info and costings,and practicality on an st 2, with a young familly,the insurance is managable due to good no claims, but the obvious main concern is mpg figures although the car would be driven by my wife mainly and the mileage per week around 100 -120 on non motorway runs,possibly less.the car wanted is a 5 door model, 2-3 year old max.....thank you s.t owners....
 

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In two and a half years and 27,000 miles I spent £985 on tyres (ok so I got a puncture that wasn't repairable on a tyre with 300 miles on it so you knock £150 off that), £530 in road tax and £350 on servicing (two minor services and a brake fluid change).

I also spent £80 having a headlight wiring connector re-built after it got water in it (somehow).

Average MPG over owning it 23 ish. Usually around that day to day and would do 30 or so on a run, though round town I would say mid to low teens.

Strangely my Mustang is kinder on tyres, cheaper to tax and does the same (or very nearly) MPG.

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Fronts need to be changed every 8-10,000 miles. Rears will go for about 13-15,000 miles obviously dependant on the driving style. Decent tyres can set you back over £100 a corner. We have a big thread about tyres in the member's only section.
I get around 280-300 miles out of a tank but I'm one of the high results. Most see 200-250 miles out of a tank. Again dependant on the weight of your right foot. (There's a thread - possibly a sticky - with a MPG poll, I'd recommend giving it a read)
My first service was free but my second service, if done through fraud would've cost me around £250 (they don't get called fraud for nothing) but I ended up getting it done at profile for £190 which included a brake fluid change. I've had no other expense really, apart from 2 tax discs and two insurance premiums. All in all, not a cheap car to run and the normal advice that gets batted around here is something along the lines of "if you are even slightly having to consider the consumption then the car's not for you."

Let us know what you end up with though


*quick edit - I've had a driver's side door seal replaced and something else that I forget done on the warranty. I'd hate to think how much even a simple seal change would've cost me. I've also broken a washer jet cover (my fault), acquired a scratch and dent on the bonnet (not my fault) and a broken wing mirror cover (not my fault) which is going to cost me in the region of £300 to fix so even small incidental things ain't cheap*
 

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I think the ST, as a daily, is quite expensive to run. But I have come from a 115BHP Diesel Focus. I can't recommend it if you do over 10.000 miles a year and if you have to pay for the fuel yourself.

I have started using my bike for shorter distances and started carpooling so I can save the fuel for some quality miles on twisty roads or tracks in the weekend. Otherwise I would have to fill up a tank every week or so.

Really the main costs is going to be fuel, and over the first couple of years the car will depreciate fast. But what other affordable car sounds like the ST
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greetings

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I am getting just under 26mpg which is better since i got the code red. Insurance is cheap and its generally a lot cheaper to run than my subaru was. I have 3 door with two small children, its superb as a family car.
 

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I use mine everyday, only for short runs and occasionaly a long burst up a motorway, I average 19 mpg doing small local runs and average 33-36 mpg motorway, I also have a young family and its a great car! I have a 5 dr ST3 and have no probs with boots space or legs space!! All in all a v.good all round car
 

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QUOTE(Eklund @ 23 Nov 2009, 09:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I think the ST, as a daily, is quite expensive to run. But I have come from a 115BHP Diesel Focus. I can't recommend it if you do over 10.000 miles a year and if you have to pay for the fuel yourself.
It's cheap to buy, cheap to service, parts are cheap, it's reliable... I'd say it's a good everyday road car. Consumption isn't that good but it depends what you compare it to.

I'll hazard a guess and say an ST will cost approximately twice as much to run as your diesel Focus (mainly in fuel costs, insurance and tax) however my Focus ST cost half as much to run as my Impreza STi.
 

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QUOTE(Mark83 @ 23 Nov 2009, 08:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'll hazard a guess and say an ST will cost approximately twice as much to run as your diesel Focus (mainly in fuel costs, insurance and tax) however my Focus ST cost half as much to run as my Impreza STi.

Sums up it's position in the running costs table pretty well.
 

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They are not that bad round the doors 25mpg on a run 31/32mpg first 2 services £140 each didn't get they third one pxed for facelift can be thirsty but a lovely car to drive,just look at your membership number we can't all be wrong
 

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I use mine as a daily commuter and do an average of 15K a year. I drive it ... erm "enthusiasically" so I don't get great MPG - max 250 from a full tank and get through tyres. But it is all relative, I got exactly what I expected - a relatively cheap for the performance - fun car, which if needed could be run more economically.

It's only a ford at the end of the day so parts and servicing from a sensible garage aren't too bad.

Test drive one and your decision may be made for you
 

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Hi, My ST3 is used for my fiancee's daily commute to and from work and weekend driving. She averages 20-25k a year she finds that it is dependent on yes your right foot but also hugely on the type of roads you drive on some days she will have a good run and get 35mpg but on a bad stop start day you will be getting 23-25mpg. All I would say is if you are going to use if for short runs make sure you pick your time so that you do not have to stop and start all the time. By my fiancee leaving for work 10-15mins earlier the mpg is better as it gets through the worst traffic. One thing I would not suggest is taking it out at School Run time you can say goodbye to your petrol as your car will drink it all!!!! I fill mine up at least once a week and we tend to get anywhere between 200-300 miles per tank dependent upon the driving done that week.
A lovely lovely car but as said before if you are worried about MPG then probably not the right car as you will never really enjoy it for whats it for!
 

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I have an ST-2 in PB and a MK1 Focus RS.

The wife and me use the ST as our daily runabout and a tank of fuel seems to be lasting about 2 weeks.

I then have my modded RS as my fun toy to be used in fine dry weather only.
 
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