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Fast Ford - - Buyer’s Guide Mondeo St220 -

Rust is a big con­cern. In­deed, many ST220s were re­paired and re­painted un­der war­ranty due to body­work cor­ro­sion.

Pre-2005 Mon­deos are es­pe­cially sus­cep­ti­ble, es­pe­cially around the door bot­toms, which are poorly flanged and trap mois­ture, lead­ing to se­vere rot. The rear whee­larches may also suf­fer, so check them care­fully, along with the bon­net edges, in­ner wings, tail­gate, be­neath the fuel cap, around the wind­screen and back lights.

Sa­loons and hatch­backs have trou­ble with their rear bumpers sag­ging after a while, which can be cheaply rec­ti­fied with new foam sup­ports to re­place those that are ei­ther miss­ing or bro­ken.

The choice of bodystyle is down to pref­er­ence, and th­ese days makes lit­tle dif­fer­ence to the pur­chase price. The hatch­back is prac­ti­cal and plen­ti­ful, the sa­loon of­fers lit­tle more than a mildly stiffer shell, while the es­tate is enor­mous – if a lit­tle slower and fea­tur­ing a slightly in­fe­rior rear sus­pen­sion setup.

Colour can have a strong ef­fect on de­sir­abil­ity, while some folk pre­fer the fair­ground chrome trim and back lights fit­ted to 2005 mod­els. Xenon head­lamps are a worth­while op­tional ex­tra to look out for, as is the rare elec­tric sun­roof.

Beware of white ST220s, which were gen­er­ally pur­chased for po­lice use, although other colours were avail­able ( es­pe­cially sil­ver). Such cars had hard lives, so look out for dam­aged and scratched body­work, po­ten­tially hav­ing filler in the roof.

Most im­por­tantly, buy your Mon­deo based on con­di­tion rather than look­ing for the low­est price. It will prob­a­bly save you a packet in the long run.

“The leather is durable, and even high­mileage ma­chines show lit­tle wear”

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