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.

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