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Old 24-02-2018, 02:52 PM   #1
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Ford Focus ST170

I bought this car a week ago via eBay, from a dealer who had taken it in as a part exchange, and I think I was very lucky to get it. It’s a one owner car, and has clearly been well looked after (and remains completely standard as far as I can tell), with a relatively low mileage, for a 14 year old car, of 75k. I’ve always liked the clean and compact look of the original Focus, and I also have fond memories of one I “owned” as my first company car back in the day (not an ST170, a 1.8 or 2 litre Zetec I think, can’t really remember) - the first relatively new car I owned, and also the first car I drove “enthusiastically” (I think the Focus, and the ST170 in particular, shows that front wheel drive can still be fun round corners!).

I bought it partly as a mini-project, as something I could really get my teeth into again detailing wise (my other cars are basically “done”, and I wanted to get my DA out again!), and as such I’ve spent most of this week on stage one of the “refurbishment”, the exterior paintwork (which, while it had no real damage, did have the usual swirls and light scratches from poor washing technique) and wheels. The wheels are in pretty good condition generally (no kerbing), but the paint is bubbling up on the inside (I had all the wheels off for proper cleaning, to allow the arches/suspension to be done as well), so they’ll need a professional refurb soon. I’m delighted with the results of the machine polishing on the paint though - Imperial Blue really is a cracking colour, especially when swirls and scratches are eliminated (at least mostly - there are a couple of deeper scratches left, but not in very visible areas, and they’re probably beyond my talent and equipment level!). I used a fairly basic sequence of Meguiars 105 (purple cutting pad), 205 (yellow polishing pad), and Synthetic Sealant 2.0 (black finishing pad), with my G220 V2, and it all went very smoothly (apart from my bad back!). I’ve also done a few bits and bobs like fit new number plates, wheel centre covers, and badges.

My plans for the car are basically to keep it standard, maintain it in very nice condition (I’m going to tackle the interior and engine bay next), and enjoy driving it on nice days. I think the ST170 is a very underrated car - it doesn’t have much power, but that’s not really what it’s about (and it’s still not exactly slow anyway). The Focus RSs are now relatively silly money, yet the ST170 is still a bargain in my opinion, and stands a chance of increasing in value a bit in future I think.

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Old 24-02-2018, 03:04 PM   #2
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looks great. I agree very, under rated.
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Old 24-02-2018, 03:05 PM   #3
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Beautiful example judging by the pics mate.
Future classic and investment too if you plan on pampering it for a few years.
Look forward to seeing more pics as you progress
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Old 24-02-2018, 03:08 PM   #4
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What a fine car! Looks in absolutely superb condition. Keeping it standard is the right approach imho. I remember driving the one my brother used to own. Lovely handling and great fun to drive, which is what it is all about really.
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I owned one in Silver, an 02 plate, very good car and handled pretty well with a naturally aspirated engine, loves to rev. You've bagged yourself a bargain there fella, enjoy.

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Old 24-02-2018, 03:37 PM   #6
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Lovely Jubbly, so much better looking inside and out than the current breed.
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Cars like these are a real problem child for manufacturers because once they have absolutely nailed it they must struggle to improve on it. A real classic I think and an absolute stunner in that colour. Jealous? absolutely not. No really I'm not not not..................
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Old 24-02-2018, 07:20 PM   #8
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Looks really nice,great friend had one when they were new,really nice handling car

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Ford Focus ST170

I want!

Would make a great garage queen.

Are they factory optional HID’s? I noticed the washers...

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Cracking little find..Looks awesome for its age
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