I didn’t know this part existed until b_hoves with his Valiant.
Anyway, for work I needed to head back to WA and needed a car here. Little did I know I’d get stuck for an extended period of time thanks to Covid-19! Still, on a global scale or even local level, it is an insignificant first world problem.
So a car in Perth needed to be cheap, reliable, have air-con and be somewhat quirky or interesting. Unfortunately no suitable Dai’s were around when I was looking - I had hoped for a unicorn gtvi with low kms, manual and air-con…one can dream.
After much looking:
It is a Ford Fiesta Ecoboost S Manual - a 1.0 Litre 3cyl turbo.
A somewhat unloved model. People wanting a runabout usually went the cheaper models or the auto version of the ‘S’. People wanting outright performance would go the Fiesta ST. Still, it fit the bill and the weak link to Dai’s was there as it is powered by a 1.0 litre 3 cyl turbo…ok, so it is a very weak link…
It was a bit neglected so we rapidly:
- Service with good quality oil and filter (oil filter is in a terrible spot and Ford Engineers should be shot for it)
- New spark plugs - a very specific slim size due to small cylinders stuffed with direct injection nozzles
- Air filter (standard paper)
With this, it sounded quieter (placebo maybe) and seemingly drove better.
Like all of us though, keeping things stock is difficult…
In the UK they got a model of this called the “Zetec S” which carries a Fiesta ST-like grille. I’ve had some genuine FoMoCo parts on order from the UK and just had word that due to UK citizens being able to return to work that it will be shipped. Interesting to note, since Australia didn’t get it from factory, two local ford dealerships were not interested in sourcing the items and provided local part#'s. One of the reasons for the change is the existing grills is slightly damaged (can spot it in the picture).
So the 4 piece (upper, lower, sides) front grille should soon look like (except 4dr and orange):
It’s a pretty common swap in the UK, less common here I believe.
All the service work was also to get it ready for a tune at some point soon. I feel it definitely has some torque-reduction in the lower gears which would be good to remove!
The next mod might be rims/tyres - as there are some Saiful tyres on the front and in the recent wet weather in WA they’ve proven themselves to be complete rubbish!
Anyway, hopefully I can get back to SA shortly, update the next round of mods for the sirion and get it on the track.