Written on: 23/02/2014
I have owned my ford focus st170 for two months, mine is a special edition 2005 model with full heated leather seats. So far iam absolutely loving it apart frm 260pounds iv spent servicing it iv only spent another 130pounds on a suspension damage. At times I can be a bit of a boy racer so iv beaten soo many cars in a race. If u keep it serviced regularly then I dont think it will give you many problems. Historically ford cars are known to be really unreliable but the vibe iam getting frm this… Read Full Review
Written on: 08/03/2013 by Thomas.montenegro (8 reviews written)
Despite being underpowered, the Focus is the class leader. It comes in sedan form, wagon, and two versions of the hatchback form. (not counting SVT) The Focus has German engineering. By the way, Ford is not "Fix Or Repair Daily". Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi are the most unreliable. And, if Ford makes such terrible cars, why do they have the best selling compact car, small SUV, midsize SUV, full size SUV, and truck… Read Full Review
Written on: 05/03/2013 by deanofinn73 (2 reviews written)
HI I OWNED A FOCASZETEC 20i 16v FOR 2 HALF YEARS, WAS DOWN NEWCASTLE ONE DAY AND SAW A NICE 02 SILVER ST170, SILVER WAS NOT MY 1st CHOICE BUT HEY A ST IS A ST AT THE END OF THE DAY, AND WITH THE ST170 ONLY BEING A 20I 16V WHAT A DIFFERENCE FROM THE ZETEC I CAN DRIVE THE ST AND WITH POWER IN EVERY GEAR I CAN DRIVE FROM 1 TO 2 TO 4 AND 6 WITH NOT ONE BIT OF LOSS OF POWER, THE ONLY THING THAT PUT`S ME OF IS THE FUEL BUT HEY YOU WANT A SPORTY CAR YOU NEED THE SPORTY WALLET, WOULD RECEMEND TO ANYONE… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/11/2010
I have owned my St170 for almost six years now. Absolutely brilliant car! handles really well and is pretty nippy, it's got a decent size boot, but not really big enough for a double buggy as my partner and I have just had twins and its a bit of a squeeze because of the factory sub woofer speaker. the ride isnt too harsh which is common on sporty hatchbacks. Understated looks, but still looks sporty with 17" alloys and the bullet fog lights. I have the comfort and climate pack on mine which… Read Full Review
Written on: 29/10/2010
I have had my ST for 5 months now. It was calling to me from a showroom window and decided to go for it.
It's been an absolute pleasure to own and I still get a buzz from seeing it parked up, it certainly is a great looking motor.
Mine has a factory fitted discreet bodykit, xenon headlights, full leather recaro interior and an amazing sounding stereo.
I recommend you look out for an ST with these extras as it transforms the look and feel of the car.
It is geared for high speed driving with… Read Full Review
Written on: 25/08/2010
Great choice for anyone looking for a practical car with a bit of power (that doesn't scream 'boy racer'). I love cars that look fairly standard but pack a punch when you put your foot down. I have owned Golf GTis, a Leon Cupra and a Saab Aero (to name but a few), and whilst all of these were great cars in my opinion, none could match the Focus for handling!
Having only owned the ST170 for a few days, I can't comment on living with it for any length of time, however my initial feeling is that… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/08/2010
We have owned the Focus ST170 for just under two monthes and Part exxed a BMW 316i SE for it. My partner saw the Focus in a dealers and siad , oow look at that Black Focus, its lovely. I looked at it and saw the ST170 badge on the boot and thought, OMG expensive insurance, boy racer's car that's been thrashed.
How wrong was I .
It is lovely to drive, has plenty of grunt, goes like a scalded cat when you want to and behaves really well in town.
On the open road it handles very well,is very… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/08/2010
I love this car, the drive is excellent, the chasis feels excellent and the feedback through the steering wheel is immense. This gives you the confidence to push hard round any corner. I strongly recommend Pirelli P7000 tyres, they last for a good lenght of time and the road grip they provide is excellent. Also they have massive grooves down the middle and are brilliant in the wet. with traction control on slo there is no drama ploughing throug deep puddles on a very wet day. The power is very… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/02/2010
Had three focus zetecs over the last ten year and being a driving enthusiast the handling is stunning disregardless of which engine you choose.The st170 is not the quickest if you look at the initial figures,but a good driver wants a car that inspires confidence.I've had three of the favourites also (cooper s/renault clio 182/ honda civic type r) the type r being the most recent, but whilst it was the fastest car i've owned the focus st170 is the better car to hurl along a good B road and… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/01/2010
What an awesome car, dropped it a bit, put branches on and a nice stereo. makes me smile evertime(",)… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/03/2009
Over all the Ford Focus 2.0 is a very good car I like it a lot, nice 17" alloys, mine has the heated front seats very nice on cold mornings. The car does everything you ask of it very well, last car was a bag of nails the Focus makes a nice change… Read Full Review
Written on: 16/03/2009
The Ford Focus 2.0 drives like something that should cost way way more. Plenty of power on tap, the car loves to be revved but will also drive with perfect manners around any town centre.
Some say they are very thirsty but mine returns 360 miles on a tank full of super unleaded and I don't exactly drive like a vicar. Make sure you use super unleaded the car runs much better and returns more mpg.
This car IS a true performance hatch back and therefore DOES qualify for hot hatch status but I… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/12/2008
Fantastic shape and design and great fun. Highly recommended good value for money… Read Full Review
Written on: 31/10/2008 by james7595 (1 review written)
It fits a push chair in back, and when you have to get rid of a fast car is perfect for the family and when you want a race you can. Grate car all around for what I want and the family… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/02/2008
Fantastic car all round. Takes time to pick speed but when it does it flies. Top class car and buy one with full spec eg full leather heated seats etc… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/11/2007 by dirtwinger (1 review written)
I love the car but it does drink even when you drive like a fairy. but whenever I look at it I think why didn't ford put a spoiler on the boot? Cant afford to get an after market spoiler cos it is all spent on fuel. nice 17" alloys though… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/08/2007 by Justin Nichol (1 review written)
For the Ford Focus ST170 I part-exchanged my 2002 Ford Focus 1.8 TDCI Ghia which I had for 3 years, this was a very good all round car that was a treat with the TDCI engine, lots power when the turbo kicked in! The only down side was the uncomfortable seats with the dull grey fabric trim. The problem I had was that I liked the car as an overall package and fuel economy but wanted something more sporty that could still have the kids in the back. I tried a Hyundai Coupe which was OK but cramped… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/03/2007 by sleiper (1 review written)
I love it though, I've been a ford man for years and owned sierra Cosworths and series 2 rs turbo's, this focus is better than them all, I think when I can afford to change it I will buy it's big brother, the RS! Look out for future reviews on that one!… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/03/2007 by milly moo (1 review written)
Handles like a dream you would need something wrong with you if you couldn't keep it on the road flies when you hit every gear - just great fun! I love it… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/01/2007 by reidst170 (1 review written)
After 2 years with this Ford Focus ST 170 I am still in love with it which is something which has not happened to me for 10 years. It looks great but not silly like some of these max power efforts that are on the road.
The main thing I have noticed compared to some of the Fords I've owned in the past is the build quality which is on par (if not better than) its rival VW. The drive is excellent whether it's being driven hard our softly. On the horse power side it's OK and doesn't really go until… Read Full Review
Written on: 25/10/2006 by steveelkin (2 reviews written)
I've never been a fan of Fords apart from the biblically fantastic Escort Cosworth. I have only owned the Ford Focus 2.0 ST 170 3dr for a couple of days and must say what a piece of kit!!! Having just parted with what I think is one of the most aesthetically pleasing motors ever (Mazda rx7 Efini), I decided to act like a bloke of 30, which I am, and go for practicality with a bit of performance. After test driving the car and getting 90mph of it in 3rd, at about 4500rpm, I instantly fell in… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/10/2006 by zharca (8 reviews written)
This is a goodbye message to our Ford Focus 2.0 ST 170 3dr, after 48,000 miles, and we'll miss it. Let's get one thing straight first, this is not a "hot hatch". If you want a wheel-spinning, redline-revving spoiler and body-kit special, look elsewhere, like buy a Type R Civic, a Vauxhall or Ford's own rather hideous ST replacement. If, instead, you're grown up enough to want a car that inspires absolute confidence in its road manners, that's capable of very swift yet relaxed cross-country… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/06/2006 by Bradsyerbud (1 review written)
I thought that having owned BMW's in the past that buying a Ford wouldn't be that much fun. How wrong was I, the Focus drives and handles as well as any other car I have driven. And that includes the rear wheel drive that I have become use to. Acceleration isn't the cars strong point but is still no let down. People keep going on about how important 0-60 is, what a load of rubbish. You need a good mix of speed handling and comfort. Oh and you also needs to watch MPG which when all siad and done… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/05/2006 by neilr123 (1 review written)
Had the Ford Focus 4 months, no problems yet. Performance is ok for the weight of the car (1300Kg) (not the firebreathing dragon I had hoped for, but still quick enough to make me smile). However the fuel consumption is very similar to my 2003 mx-5 (the 1.6!) so I would have to say for a 2.0 it is quite good. Also the insurance, for a group 15 is cheap (again it's cheaper than my 1.6 MX-5 which was a group 11!). It is also a very practical car, and does not have the "come and steal me/carjack… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/05/2006 by arodgers (1 review written)
Accelaration is unbeleivable for a Focus. It holds the road well wet or dry. Sports seats a great extra. I don't know about fuel consumption yet can't take my foot off the gas,the ultimate hot hatch,well pleased with it.
Great value for under £9000… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/09/2005 by Finnsdad (1 review written)
I am collecting my Ford Focus 2.0 ST 170 3dr in a couple of days, and will comment further at a later date.
The reason I am buying it, is that it is replacing a 1.6 Zetec that I have been more than happy with for the last 4 years. The basic Focus handles like a dream (best in class).
The ST170 is fast, smooth, and practical. Insurance is cheaper than most other cars in the same class, and it is not too thirsty if driven "sensibly". The low down torque means you don't have to thrash it to… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/08/2005 by PhilST (1 review written)
To clear up a common misconception, the Ford Focus ST170 is quick - I can leave BMW 325's hands down. Its reputation for being sluggish probably comes from the linear power curve; the Focus just dosn't FEEL quick. It's not quite as spicy as an Impreza WRX or a Civic Type R, but damn close.
Handling is where the Focus really shines, the ST has even more grip than standard models and isn't easliy unsettled by lumps in the road. It outhandles Civic Type R's (i've driven both) and i've yet to come… Read Full Review
Written on: 21/06/2005 by kingoftheroad (1 review written)
The Focus ST170 is overrated and over valued. There are better cars out there. It doesn't sit firmly between a ordinary 2 litre Focus and a RS. The engine produces good power high up in the rev range but has flat spots from about 2000 rpm up to 4500. Generally unrefined lump. Returns good MPG. Gearbox changes are far from slick although ratios are good. Sixth could of been longer. Handling is stiff but ride is over harsh. Steering is too easily affected by road surface. Seats are terrible and… Read Full Review
Written on: 04/04/2005 by nimbob (2 reviews written)
I bought the Ford Focus 2.0 ST 170 3dr Sports Car from new and have been impressed by it's road handling, fuel consumption, which I expected to be a lot worse.
Internally I feel the layout and instrumentation is very good, the 6 cd/radio is really good.
Value for money for me was really good, I saved almost 4k after shopping around, and it's not an import!(local garage!)… Read Full Review
Written on: 05/08/2004 by garin kelly (1 review written)
I purchsed the Ford Focus family car new in 2002 and from day one there where problems, I reported these to the dealership to start with and all they did was to plug the diagnostic computer in and that showed no faults even though the car fails to start and unlocks itself when it feel like it the traction control warning light keeps comming on but never shows as a fault the trim is falling of all over the car and there are rattles from the B pillars and the tail gate which is also difficult to… Read Full Review
Written on: 03/06/2004 by gwynjones11 (1 review written)
The Ford Focus 2.0 ST 170 3dr Handles like a go-kart, very good spec and very practicale car. Do shop around if buying a new one, Mine was a Belguim import, full UK spec with comfort pack, saved around 3K… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/12/2003 by tonyst (1 review written)
fantastic all round car, will beat most road cars around with the exception of the odd few. In my opinion well worth the money… Read Full Review
Written on: 31/01/2002 by Joe. (1 review written)
I absolutely love driving this Ford Focus but I think it has something to do with having a manual transmission and having ordered the S2 package, which essentially makes it a European Focus (pretty rare in America). I happened to drive an Americanized automatic four-door, and though it was still a nice piece, it was decidedly less sporty. Everything felt looser, though you could argue the ride was smoother. My S2 Focus handles like a sports car but feels like something much roomier and more… Read Full Review
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