Fast Ford - - Buyer’s Guide Fiesta St150 -

Never a num­ber one for joyrid­ers or ringers ( it would take far too much ef­fort to fake an ST220 to be worth­while), the sporty Mon­deo nev­er­the­less needs a his­tory check if only to en­sure there’s no out­stand­ing finance. Sim­i­larly, it’s wise to make sure you’re not buy­ing a re­paired ac­ci­dent write- off that’s on the regis­ter, with ap­pro­pri­ately lower value. You’ll also want to en­sure the car you’re buy­ing is the spec you’re look­ing for. Orig­i­nal ST220s ( un­til June 2003) were fit­ted with a five-cog MTX75 gear­box, whereas the facelifted ver­sion gained a six-speed MMT6. Six-speed cars also fea­ture the up­dated fas­cia lay­out rather than pi­ano-black trim, and gen­er­ally boasted more kit (cruise con­trol, auto wipers and lights, multi-po­si­tion elec­tric seat ad­just­ment etc) and a bet­ter ECU.

Re­mem­ber that although all ST220s are pricey to run ( keen driv­ers av­er­age mpg fig­ures in the low 20s), cars reg­is­tered after March 2006 are in a higher road tax bracket, emp­ty­ing your pock­ets sub­stan­tially more each year.

Fi­nally, if you see a car with a noisy en­gine, un­re­fined ride/han­dling, cloth trim and sin­gle ex­haust pipe, it’s not an ST220 – it’s an ST TDCi. There’s no such thing as an ST220 diesel!

The es­tate ver­sion of of­fers a sim­ply enor­mous boot space!

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