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I've been FiST(ed). Hard.

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Wanted to post an update for the no one that cares, since I was asking about good prices on ST's in the Kansas area. Thanks to all of you who gave me prices to shoot for! I'm not unhappy with the price I got.

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On Monday (Cinco de Mayo!) the wife and I decided we should go test drive one of these Fiesta ST's we keep hearing so much about. We already have a 2011 Fiesta (5 spd. manual, natch) which she has been driving regularly and finding that she really really enjoys it. This, of course, is extremely exciting for me since I've been driving a manual since I was 14 years old and hardly see the need for anything else (injuries and disabilities notwithstanding) and am going to drive a manual as long as I physically can. Hearing her talk about how irritating it is to wait for an auto to decide which gear we should be in (especially for passing!) is one of my newfound joys in life.

Anyway, after hearing me talk incessantly about how good this car must be, AND having had to deal with me after I lost my dear dear 2005 Mustang GT back in October, she finally relented and said we should test drive one (and maybe order the exact options we wanted if we liked it).

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We found this Race Red ST relatively nearby where we live, and it one of the, if not the, only ones with Recaro seats in our area. We didn't particularly like the color in the pictures, but decided we needed to drive one and go from there.

I was a little worried about this because I drove a 2013 Focus ST a few days earlier and found the clutch to be nearly as heavy as the one in my Mustang. This was quite alarming because the wife nearly always refused driving the 'Stang because of this. I wanted to move to something we could both have fun in. Interestingly, I drove a '13 Mustang GT and found the clutch to be lighter than in the Focus as well.

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We were both excitedly waiting for the salesman to bring the car to us and were both surprised to find that we really liked the color in person. We got in and took off (alone, thank goodness) onto a nice little 55 mph highway and then onto a 75 mph highway. The roads were pretty quiet around that time so I was able to do a few pulls up to speed and come back to a stop. My initial impressions were:

  1. Damn these seats are awesome!
  2. This may be the best shifter/clutch combo I've ever used!
  3. Stop driving down the highway in 5th gear, dammit!
  4. 6 speed, 6 speed, 6 speed!
  5. Dat Turbo and low RPM torque!
  6. !!!!! all the exclamations!

This was both the first turbo and 6 speed manual vehicle I've driven (besides the Focus ST) and its a pretty cool thing! It just kind of whooshes you along, and its quite pleasing!

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After I was done driving I traded seats and the lady took over. She looked like she was having an absolute blast, and it was fun watching her talk about how smooth the shifter was and how much she enjoyed getting in the power band.

We finally pulled back into the dealership and, while poking around the car, started talking whether we wanted a red car, and it has more options that we wanted, and so on.

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I initially wanted the Performance Blue with Recaro seats and thats it. Full Stop. This one has Recaro's, moon roof, and painted Rado gray wheels. Not that I'm complaining, but money and I didn't need any of those things! Plus the dickhole who ordered this thing decided it needed a front license plate. Bastards. I have bumper plugs on order as we speak (as well as WeatherTech mats and a cargo mat). Speaking of cargo, the ST trunk part is, like, higher up than the regular Fiesta? Why? It doesn't look like there is anything going on that would necessitate it being raised. Whatever.

So, we decided on a united front and having consulted the good people of Oppo we had a price in mind and decided to go talk to the sales person about purchase. I've built the ST online about 300 times since it has been out and just recently saw they were offering $500 cash back and 0% financing which pretty much sealed the deal for us. We got that offer without question or hesitation from the sales person and walked out the door at $24,100.

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And after going through the whole interior/exterior protection/accessories/parts/extra warranties/disability insurance/Gap coverage/life insurance/anything else I could possibly say NO to we were out the door and headed home (a mere 3-4 hours later). She followed me back in the other Fiesta (2 Fiesta's on Cinco de Mayo!) and we made it home and collapsed from the long day.

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And some random potato photos:

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(Driving Home)

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(Twinsies)

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(Already put over 100 miles on her!)

And here's my doggins' for your time (Maxwell, 8 yr old English Mastiff):

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(What a droopy guy)

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Nerd alert

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