Used automotive shopping for information: Ford Mondeo ST220

Dealing with is neat and tidy, as long as the suspension is not shot
Drive a 223bhp Ford Mondeo ST220 and also you’ll by no means tire of unusual individuals with its brisk flip of tempo. We may help you to identify a superb purchase

Time was when Ford had efficiency lined. If you happen to have been a younger hooligan, to procure a Fiesta ST, whereas older ones went for a Focus ST. However what for those who have been a youngish individual staring household life within the face or somebody with obligations however an itch to scratch? That’ll be the Mondeo ST220 of 2002 to 2007.

Powered by a three.Zero-litre V6 producing 223bhp and 210lb ft, it may do Zero-62mph in a hot-hatch-baiting 6.6sec. As proprietor John Goldspink confirms, it’s enjoyable shocking younger blades on the lights, though you do pay in gasoline consumption. About 20mpg round city, anybody?

As soon as leased by execs wishing to upstage their inferiors however with out the punch to shoot for a BMW three Collection, most Mondeo STs way back ended up within the arms of these much less in a position to afford its gasoline consumption, by no means thoughts the occasional service. Mileages are typically on the excessive facet, and gearboxes and suspensions have normally taken a hammering.

Nonetheless, the occasional diamond might be discovered, such because the one we unearthed. Scott Harper, its proprietor, has been this ST220’s custodian for simply 18 months (he’s fallen in love with a Mercedes E320) however says that in that point, it has been virtually faultless. Solely ‘virtually’ as a result of it failed its final MOT on a dodgy ball joint, since rectified.

“If I wasn’t about to interchange it with one thing a bit meatier, I’d have one other ST in a flash,” he says. 

His Mondeo is in fascinating racing blue. It’s the five-door hatch – extra helpful than the saloon model however not fairly as lusted after because the pretty uncommon property, with its capacious boot and intelligent, self-levelling suspension. One non-public vendor is asking £2250 for his “barely bished” 2004-reg property with 150,000 miles and a great deal of service receipts. Or how about £2999 for a supplier’s 2006/56-reg automotive with the identical mileage?

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Whether or not saloon, hatch or property, the ST220 got here with a bodykit, 18in alloy wheels and heated Recaro leather-based seats. Early variations have been handicapped by a modest five-speed handbook gearbox, however a Getrag six-speeder grew to become customary in 2003. The taller prime gear turned the sporty ST220 right into a relaxed mile muncher, whereas the remaining gears acquired barely decrease ratios for a fair sportier drive.

The V6 engine has no critical failings. As a substitute, it’s the electrics which are extra possible to present hassle, though we’re speaking predominantly about consolation parts such because the heated seats. Whether or not you wish to spend £500 checking out these on a automotive value little extra is your name.

If you happen to’ve discovered a superb one for little cash and also you assume it could be a keeper, why not contemplate an influence improve? One thing like Pumaspeed’s ST250 mod may match the invoice. Your £1347 (fitted) buys a Milltek Sport cat-back exhaust, Okay&N cone filter and Pumaspeed tuning field. Could possibly be simply the job when these Fiesta STs come sniffing.

The way to get one in your storage:

An skilled’s view – JOHN GOLDSPINK: “I’ve had my ST, a 2003 hatch, for nearly 10 years. I received it after we have been beginning a household and I simply stored it. Mrs G loves the practicality and I like the efficiency. Sadly, whereas I used to be away driving my BMW M3, my spouse forgot to keep watch over the ST’s oil. The crank self-destructed and I needed to shell out for a recon engine at £1600 fitted. That was 20,000 miles in the past when the automotive had some worth. I’m promoting it for £1000 now. I’d actually advocate an ST220, however be ready to get simply 26mpg – for those who’re cautious.”

Purchaser beware…

ENGINE: Irregular oil adjustments have an effect on chain tensioner reliability. Pay attention for a noise like a diesel engine because the chain relaxes. Additionally pay attention for ticking cams and uneven idling when scorching. Be vigilant for rumbling low down on the entrance from the underside crank pulley and for a mooing noise attributable to a worn air bypass valve.

GEARBOX: With the automotive in second gear, draw back. If it stutters and misfires, the flywheel is on its means out. As soon as beneath means, really feel for notchy adjustments.

SUSPENSION, STEERING: Clonking and looseness on the entrance could possibly be worn backside arms, strut prime mounts, drop hyperlinks or dampers. Pay attention for clunking or banging on the rear attributable to worn rear subframe bushes. Test the high-pressure energy steering hose close to the bulkhead, the place it could actually rub by way of. On the property, look out for oil leaks from the self-levelling rear suspension dampers.

WHEELS, BRAKES: Pay attention for worn wheel bearings buzzing through the take a look at drive. Launch the handbrake after which elevate it along with your fingertips. If it rises with out resistance, the cable could possibly be seized or on the best way out.

BODY: Test the underside of the entrance bumper and the corners at both finish for cracks. Search for rust on the underside of the doorways, wheel arches and across the windscreen. Underbody rattles are prone to be a free heatshield.

INTERIOR: Test the air-con and heated seats work and the battery mild isn’t on. 

Additionally value figuring out: 

If the ST220’s urge for food for gasoline leaves you sweating, take a look at its diesel equal, the ST 2.2 TDCi. This model may hit 46mpg however was no dullard, with an eight.4sec Zero-62mph dash potential from its 150bhp engine. Round £3000 buys a really tidy 2007-reg hatch with 60,000 miles.

How a lot to spend:

£1000-£1495: Tatty runners with an MOT and a few bargains, together with a £1495 2004 hatch with 113okay miles and 11 service stamps.

£1500-£2495: Some good examples, comparable to our ‘One we discovered’ (under).

£2500-£2995: Combined bag of dear 2003-04 chancers with highish mileages.

£3000-£3995: Features a clear 2003-reg with 64okay miles and full historical past for £3499 and an 05-reg with 70okay miles for £3995.

£4000 AND HIGHER: High-money territory, with £4999 being requested for a 2005-reg automotive with 82okay miles and full Ford historical past

One we discovered:

FORD MONDEO ST220, 2004/04, 130Okay MILES, £1995: Described as being “completely lovely with an ideal inside”, this blue ST seems to be bang on. It has a Cobra chrome steel exhaust and a contemporary MOT. That the non-public vendor is candid sufficient to confess it has half service historical past is surprisingly reassuring, too. 

John Evans

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