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@ALoha-from-bradley: You are quite correct about the brakes - when I did the first pad change at around 30k miles there was tons of pad life left. I actually just did the fronts and initially used a metallic pad to cut down the dust.
People that came later to the ST forget how dusty the smaller front brakes were on the early year models. I swapped mine out around ~30k too because i hated the dust (and wanted Brembos lol)
 

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People that came later to the ST forget how dusty the smaller front brakes were on the early year models. I swapped mine out around ~30k too because i hated the dust (and wanted Brembos lol)
Brembos/Frankenbrake could be a future mod for me too if I get motivated, but I can't really justify them logically for a daily commuter on flat Florida roads!
 

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sitting at 153k on mine today with the original clutch. i replaced the spark plugs at about 90k, did coolant and trans flushes at that time. been running royal purple synthetic since about 25k miles (realized ford oil changes are a joke after 3 dealers put the wrong oil in). i'm on my 2nd battery and 2nd set of summer tires (i have a set of winters i use from Nov-April). had the wire splice recall and purge valve recall done and no other troubles. changed brakes over from all original OEM parts at 110k to slotted rotors and hawk pads. swapped stock struts and springs for bilstein b8/eibach combo. they tend to chew through strut mounts which i replaced once but have since gained the "knock knock" back in my right rear and have learned to live with. i broke a rear endlink on the same area as the knock (coincidence?) and swapped in whiteline bushings, swaybars and endlinks at that time. i did a walnut blast the clean the engine out at 120k just for ha-ha's and the shop said it honestly didn't look too bad, particularly in comparison to the BMWs they typically see with massive buildup.

since she is getting a bit long in the tooth i am worried about water pump and alternator type of stuff failing on me. just debating what additional maintenance i need to do at this point or roll the dice until i decide to move on from her.

i have to say i was a bit salty when i bought it new and the value dropped off a cliff within a few years given the discounts dealers were providing on newer models. that being said it has treated me really well and been a great vehicle over the last near 7 years. my only complaint is the size at this point since i now have 2 kiddos and car seats are laborious to take in and out.

glad to see others have had positive long term experiences. it's a damn shame ford discontinued the car for the states because the new euro-only model looks like a true step up in all regards.
 

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Brembos/Frankenbrake could be a future mod for me too if I get motivated, but I can't really justify them logically for a daily commuter on flat Florida roads!
So you can actually upgrade the 2013-2014 12.6 rotors to 2014.5+ 13.1 rotors for fairly cheap. Just get OE 13.1 rotors and the caliper brackets. There's a sticky I believe.

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So you can actually upgrade the 2013-2014 12.6 rotors to 2014.5+ 13.1 rotors for fairly cheap. Just get OE 13.1 rotors and the caliper brackets. There's a sticky I believe.

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Yes, I thought about that too, then I realized that I would never get my hands in between the caliper and the wheel when it comes to bath time (just call me OCD, but a clean wheel has to be clean inside and out!)
 

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I am at 73k on my ST1 FoST and this is definitely all good to hear. Other than small mods and a tune she's fairly stock. And since about a year ago I have been able to keep her in the garage so she isn't a DD anymore and I can save the miles! I am planing on doing intake valves because when I got it in '14 I didn't do any research on DIT engines, new rotors and pads, MT and coolant flush, and changing out the purge valve even though they reset my software. Overall, she is a damn solid car and I am definitely salty we aren't getting them here anymore.
 

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Yes, I thought about that too, then I realized that I would never get my hands in between the caliper and the wheel when it comes to bath time (just call me OCD, but a clean wheel has to be clean inside and out!)
It cant be too tight for a wheel brush to fit? with the 13.1 rotors you'll be cleaning them less to since they don't make as much dust

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At this point, I would start thinking about overhauling the engine if you want to keep it. After 100,000 miles that is when things start failing.
I'm at 183,000 miles, other than oil changes a K&N drop-in filter, and changing 2 sets of plugs my engine is perfectly fine. Matter of fact here's what my engine bay looked like at 182,000 miles.

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So took her in today for fresh oil, plugs, brake fluid and the additional purge valve recall. I expect things to be smooth only to be greeted with extreme wear on my front wheels inside tires. it looks like something is cutting and rubbing into them but the dealer was not able to find a single thing. That kind of blew my mind. I would think it would be somewhat obvious given the level of damage here. Anyway they are going to put 2 new tires on for me and then outside of taking it to a specialist suspension shop I think it is time to part with her. The potential cost involved doesn’t make sense given the mileage (now over 156k). Super depressing considering I just did this maintenance today. I guess this is what happens when you modify vehicles, things get weird. Best of luck to you guys and if anyone has recommendations for me that would be great.


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