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Hi there!

I find myself in rather a quandary today; I've owned three Peugeots over the last eleven years, a 106, a 206, and my current 406. There's nothing inherently wrong with the 406; it's a 1998 Coupe, a very handsome beast, and has the proper engine, a 2946cc V6. However, it's feeling it's age now, and the time has come to replace it.

Now, I work for a Citroen / Peugeot dealer, and had set my sights on the new DS3. Yes, it's a bit of a copy of a mini, but it's a very pretty car, handles well and the top spec 1.6 THP engine goes very nicely indeed. Problem is, properly specced up, it costs around eighteen grand. Big money for a Citroen Hot hatch, even a very good one, and a little out of my budget.

However, one of my colleagues then joked about a Focus ST, commenting that one of his friends had one, and loved it to bits. Despite never having much interest in Fords (my mother's old E reg escort seeing to that!) I thought "Why not?" and have spent part of the evening looking at whats about, and while there's not much in the local area, there's plenty nationally for under ten grand. That would fit the bill very very nicely indeed.

That being the case, here I am. Hopefully, this'll be the first post of many.
 

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welcome mate. citroen ds3
get youself an st2. only advantage of an st3 is heated leather seats.
hav to be heated, cause in the winter they're freezin!
they also give you a real sweaty a** in the summer.
 

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Hi and
. The ST is a great hot hatch and I love it. One of the best cars Ive ever owned in 23 years of driving. IMO the only real negative is that it is extremely thirsty but what can you expect from a 225 bhp 2.5 turbo at standard. I get barely 20 mpg around town which doesn't bother me personally because I was aware of this before I bought one and can live with it. Just mentioned this in case economy is an issue for you.
The car is great to drive, very practical and versatile. The sound of the engine is just gorgeous, even more so with the remap.

It all comes down to what you are looking for from a car! I certainly will not be looking to change mine for a long time. (I normally get bored within a few months).


Good luck
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QUOTE(Simianwonder @ 9 Feb 2010, 11:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks for the warm welcome!

Heated leather seats are a must for me, the 406 has them and I'd miss them if I went without.

was only jokin with you fella. they do have they're benefits.
you will absolutely love the st. take fords mpg figures with a pinch of salt though!
's love a wee drink. just something for you to be aware of.
 

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QUOTE(Simianwonder @ 9 Feb 2010, 11:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks for the warm welcome!

Heated leather seats are a must for me, the 406 has them and I'd miss them if I went without.

I've got an ST3 and the heated leather seats are fantastic and more resilient than cloth IMO. No slippng and sliding on these seats, they grip so well and are the most comfortable I've ever experienced in a hatch. ST3 also comes with 6 cd changer there's another extra which I can't think of at the moment.

Mind you, ST3 only has 2 scupltured rear seats so if you need 3 rear seats you'd have to go for an ST2 which has a bench seat.
 

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QUOTE(Liz-whizz @ 9 Feb 2010, 11:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Mind you, ST3 only has 2 scupltured rear seats so if you need 3 rear seats you'd have to go for an ST2 which has a bench seat.

I generally only transport myself and the missus (no kids yet!), so two sculptured rear seats would be plenty, especially as that's the same layout as my current Pug!
 

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Welcome boss.

Make the leap, it is amazing. If it is only you and the good lady make it an ST3, the leather adds a bit extra to the ride and the smell tops it off!

We have a nipper on the way and may be a squeeze with 2 little dogs and the youth in the back, but f**k it!
 

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I've finally taken the plunge. After a few false starts, I found the perfect ST.



She's a PB, 2006 (though currently with a private reg on), ST-3 3 Dr with a smidge over 30k on the clock, full history and she's in great condition. There are a couple of tiny marks, but nothing you wouldn't expect on a four year old car, and as soon as I saw her in the metal, I knew I had to have her. An hour later, deal done, I was driving her the forty five or so miles home. What a great drive it was too, I threw her into a couple of bends with a bit more vigour than perhaps necessary, and she just gripped and carried on with no trouble at all. Even funnier was the sight of my chauffeur, one of my colleagues who had very kindly driven me from Norwich to look at her, trying to keep up in a 1.4 Saxo. He tried admirably, but to no avail. Cheers Rob, I really do appreciate it!

Gripes? None, really. I could live without the parking sensors, (I really don't see the point unless your car is 20ft+) but otherwise... nope, she's perfect.

Anyway, it's great to finally be able to call myself an ST owner, and I just hope my credit card can take the battering it'll undoubtedly get once the modding bug kicks in. Oh, and incidentally, I declined the STOC stickers when I signed up, but wouldn't mind fitting them now; where can I buy a set?
 

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Well done mate, looks top notch.. best colour too


I personally love the parking sensors, I have to get in some pretty tight spaces on my road and couldn't do it without them.
 

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Well done mate, looks top notch.. best colour too


I personally love the parking sensors, I have to get in some pretty tight spaces on my road and couldn't do it without them.
I reckon about an hour of my working day is spent just maneuvering cars around the customer parking area at work, most of which is fairly tight. Consequently, I like to think I'd be able to park a car the size of the Focus on my own; having parking sensors feels like I'm admitting that I don't trust myself to judge the distances correctly.

Thankfully, with them being on the car, I can just say 'they were there when I bought it.' It's the ultimate cop out; I've got them if I need them, but can happily dismiss them when I don't.


It really is a lovely car, and I'm glad I went with the blue. I had been looking at EO as well, and whilst it's stunning, a real head turner, I can't help but think it might be a bit tricky to live with everyday. The thought of every traffic light turning the next straight into an impromptu drag strip doesn't appeal!
 
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