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micloi

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Well, it was about time to start a thread with the whole story of my car, documenting everything since I bought it around 7 months ago.

The reason I got the ST220 is because of the birth of my lovely daughter, needed something significantly larger than the Mitsubishi colt I had before for longer trips.

I started looking at a few different cars but did not have many choices with the criteria I set:

1. Had to be the 3rd and last facelift that includes: wider side skirts, red stitching on the steering wheel, on the hand brake and on the gear stick, black floor carpets with red bordering, ST220 badge on the front grille and limited 155 mph top speed (older cars had top speed of 151 mph).

2. Had to be in the lower TAX bracket too, which limited me to cars between Sept 2005 and Mar 2006

3. Had to have the parking sensors, Alcantara recaro seats and, most importantly, the Navigation system

4. Had to have less than 60,000 miles on the clock (this is something personal, I never buy cars with more miles than that if I can help it).

One car just over an hour from me caught my attention and I went to have a look.

It had 54k, was the 3rd facelift, had all the extras I wanted and was within my budget.

When I got there I checked the car with the help with a mechanic friend and except from some of the common ST220 issues, it seemed very straight so I made an offer and I found myself driving back in my new ST220 

Since then I took care of everything that needed to be done on the car and a lot more:

1. Changed all 6 Spark plugs
2. replaced Cabin filter
3. replaced Fuel filter
4. changed the Aux belt
5. replaced rear calipers/disks/pads with original Ford items
6. replaced front calipers/disks/pads with ST225 (ASBO) ones
7. replaced all brake lines with HELL braided ones
8. replaced Oil/oil filter 2 times in 7 months which only covering 800 miles
9. replaced thermostats and put fresh Antifreeze

10. fixed the rear hanging bumper and put the required foam inserts


I also used plastidip for covering the front and rear FORD emblems and debadged the rear (still have a set of emblems in case I change my mind).

I have 2 sets of original ford 18” alloy wheels:
- Winter set in silver with Pirelli Winter 240 Snowsport front and Maloya Winter DOT 2008 Cresta 300 rear
- Summer set in anthracite grey with Pirelli Pilot sport 3 front and TOYO Proxes rear

0-60 (just one try) was 6.53 with 2 people in the car and a full boot

Some photos:

















S10GTA

4,386 posts

50 months

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micloi said:
punch

GreatGranny

4,720 posts

109 months

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Looks immaculate but why blank over the Ford badge?

Just looks like someone has nicked it!

Six Fiend

5,551 posts

98 months

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S10GTA said:
micloi said:
punch
Yep, looks a bit cheap when the rest of the car looks so good.

Silver on black badge would suit it, well in my mind, but feel free to disagree smile

430T

933 posts

17 months

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Rather like that, the navs are quite rare in these arent they?
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Dave^

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136 months

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Six Fiend said:
Yep, looks a bit cheap when the rest of the car looks so good.

Silver on black badge would suit it, well in my mind, but feel free to disagree smile
I'd smooth over the badge altogether...

micloi

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It is just plastidip over the ford badges, can remove and put it back any time I feel like it but rather like the completely debadged look at the moment.

Six Fiend

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micloi said:
It is just plastidip over the ford badges, can remove and put it back any time I feel like it but rather like the completely debadged look at the moment.
Fair enough and hey it's your car so you can do whatever you like with it smile

S10GTA

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Six Fiend said:
S10GTA said:
micloi said:
punch
Yep, looks a bit cheap when the rest of the car looks so good.

Silver on black badge would suit it, well in my mind, but feel free to disagree smile
My "comment" was aimed more at the Dad Taxi sign...

Marneus

134 posts

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We're expecting our 1st child in June & I have been looking at the estate ST220's (Baby things & a fully grown Chow Chow take up a surprising amount of space) so will be watching this thread with interest to see how you get on.

One question though is what's the MPG like? I had a 2007 Focus ST-2 & that liked to drink, how does the V6 stack up?

Cheers

Jamie

Six Fiend

5,551 posts

98 months

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S10GTA said:
My "comment" was aimed more at the Dad Taxi sign...
Oops! Sorry boxedin

But seeing as you mention it... wink

Podie

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Surprised you haven't done the "black eyes" mod...

Windymiller

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micloi said:
It is just plastidip over the ford badges, can remove and put it back any time I feel like it but rather like the completely debadged look at the moment.
Eh? But that's not debadged though is it? Debadging is removing the badge. I debadged mine using a plastic scraper and a heat gun as I like the clean look.





I know it's a tiny thing, but I personally think it stands out at looking a little odd - as someone's said, it looks like someone nicked your badges! Have you considered the black Ford badges on ebay, or possibly modifying one so the chrome is smoked like your wheels?

Back in my chavvy Max Power days we used to sand the back off the badge and repaint it body-colour... which was red on my RS Turbo! laugh

Looks tidy otherwise though!

micloi

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S10GTA said:
My "comment" was aimed more at the Dad Taxi sign...
Guilty as charged but playing the silly dad card smile

micloi

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Marneus said:
We're expecting our 1st child in June & I have been looking at the estate ST220's (Baby things & a fully grown Chow Chow take up a surprising amount of space) so will be watching this thread with interest to see how you get on.

One question though is what's the MPG like? I had a 2007 Focus ST-2 & that liked to drink, how does the V6 stack up?

Cheers

Jamie
Better than I expected to be honest. I average between 32 and 34mpg if I take it easy for trips. Around 24mpg in the city.

micloi

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Podie said:
Surprised you haven't done the "black eyes" mod...
Did it on halogen lights but when I put xenon ones I decided to keep them as is

AndyT77

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Looks really nice, but i agree with some of the others regarding the Ford badges.

Mastodon2

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48 months

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A nice car, but looks like someone has nicked your badges, and the "Dad Taxi" sign is a bit cringe-worthy.

KingNothing

1,173 posts

36 months

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I agree with the ford badge thing, should replace them with some black ones from DMB, have some on my focus, looks good.

kwakus

259 posts

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That looks really tidy,I don't think the badges look too bad to be honest
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