An expert’s view
“I’ve had my ST, a 2003 hatch, for almost 10 years. I got it when we were starting a family and I just kept it. Mrs G loves the practicality and I love the performance. Unfortunately, while I was away driving my BMW M3, my wife forgot to keep an eye on the ST’S oil. The crank self-destructed and I had to shell out for a recon engine at £1600 fitted. That was 20,000 miles ago when the car had some value. I’m selling it for £1000 now. I’d really recommend an ST220 but be prepared to get just 26mpg – if you’re careful.” the windscreen. Underbody rattles are likely to be a loose heatshield. Check the air-con and heated seats work and the battery light isn’t on. If the ST220’S appetite for fuel leaves you sweating, check out its diesel equivalent, the ST 2.2 TDCI. This version could hit 46mpg but was no dullard, with an 8.4sec 0-62mph sprint possible from its 150bhp engine. Around £3000 buys a very tidy 2007-reg hatch with 60,000 miles.