KEY POINTS

Fast Ford - - Buyer’s Guide Fiesta St150 -

EN­GINE

Beware of nasty noises, smoke, coolant leaks, or en­gine mis­fires – a hefty bill could be com­ing your way.

TRANS­MIS­SION

Clutch slip can be costly. Vi­bra­tions – from a dodgy DMF - may be more costly still.

SUS­PEN­SION

If it’s not taut, it’s not right. Sa­loons and hatches suf­fer from rear sus­pen­sion bush fail­ure.

BRAKES

Rear calipers stick and seize, ex­pect to re­place them ( and wheel bear­ings) fre­quently.

BODY

Rust can be a big worry. Check the door bot­toms, rear whee­larches and tail­gate for cor­ro­sion.

ELECTRICS

Beware of dash­board warn­ing lights. A knack­ered al­ter­na­tor is very bad news.

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