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RE: Shed Of The Week: Ford Mondeo ST220

RE: Shed Of The Week: Ford Mondeo ST220

Friday 19th May

Shed Of The Week: Ford Mondeo ST220

A fast Ford for less than a grand - Shed's keen



Shed's dog had to go to the vet's the other day. Unfortunately the poor creature didn't manage to fall ill during normal business hours. The result of a 10pm vet visit was a bill for £500 instead of the £200 it normally costs to cross the practice's jewel-encrusted threshold. Even that was a narrow escape. It would have been £900 if Shed had left the beast on the premises until 7am the following morning, as was being suggested.


This episode has got Shed thinking about how to make his fortune. The idea he has come up with is to set up Sheds Now. This would offer all the usual Shedly advice, but only between the 'anti social' hours of 10pm and 6am. His thinking is that people desperate for late-night car buying advice would be delighted to pay 250 per cent over the odds for this service.

It's all about perception. We perceive something to be more valuable even though, in reality, it isn't. In this case the only inconvenience would be to switch to the night shift, which for Shed would actually be a highly appealing prospect.

This perception thing affects cars too. Used Ford Mondeos are viewed with the sort of sneering disdain normally reserved for politicians, pond slime or Piers Morgan, and yet even the briefest dip into the road test archives will tell the tale of a great-driving hatch that generally wins any group test it's put into.


Of course, there's a difference between a new Ford and a used one. Factor in the huge numbers involved and the result is a raft of perfectly serviceable Mondeos that seemingly can't be sold even at ridiculously low prices. Normally these are non-glitzy 1.8 diesels or 2.0 petrols, but it seems that the madness is now extending to the rather more special ST220. This one in particular, anyway, a tempting 2003 number in metallic blue.

Well, mainly metallic blue. Even the most Mr Magoo-ish ones among you will have noticed something unusual about the bonnet. The faded blue is almost arty, but could signify the after-effects of things having gotten a bit warm at some point. Mk 3 Mondeo bonnets were key-operated, which would have been a good idea if the lock mechanisms hadn't been made out of shortcrust pastry. As it was, they acquired a well-deserved reputation for not unlocking. Picture the scene: smoke issuing out from under the bonnet while the distraught owner hops desperately from foot to foot trying to a) swing the Ford badge out of the way and b) stick his horrible brassy ignition stick-thing into the hole.


Anyway, a genuine replacement bonnet from the scrapper's will cost you under £40 and you could even make a virtue out of it by getting one in a contrasting colour like Panther Black. Once that's fitted, you've got yourself a comfortable, spacious and practical five-seater with good crash strength and a massive boot - and that's just the regular Mondeo we're talking about. This is an ST220, a relative rarity in Ford terms with fewer than 4,000 left running on British roads.

Although the 220hp or thereabouts 3.0-litre Duratec V6 was a typically heavy-cranked Ford affair, it was good for 151mph (or 155mph in this facelifted car). The 6.8 seconds 0-60 quoted in the ad sounds a bit optimistic, but something beginning with a seven wouldn't be. The 2003 update introduced a six-speed gearbox too.


If you're the sort of Shedman who doesn't mind spending cash on oil changes for long-term peace of mind, well done. Unfortunately you won't enjoy the process on an ST220 as removing and replacing the undertray that protects the sump plug is a swine of a job. This is one of those we-don't-care-about-you, get-yourself-into-our-dealership designs that are all too common in the automotive industry. It's a particular shame here as ST sump leaks are not unknown, along with leaks from the main crank seal behind the flywheel. Dirty, unchanged ST oil can lead to major seizure, and the engine can be awkward to work on.

The MOT is long on this one but there are a lot of advisories, with an oil leak (doh), quite a few hoses on the way out and quite a few mentions of the word 'corrosion'. Perhaps too many, unless you're an ST admirer.

Having said all that, a well-maintained ST can provide sterling service as it is unlikely to be stressed in normal use. However, there are some other areas to be aware of like aux belt tensioners, MAF sensors, splitting breather hoses, idle control valves, dropping back bumpers, rear subframe bushes, rear wheel bearings, rear brake parts generally, non-heating seats, rusty door bottoms and, of course, the dreaded dual-mass flywheel.

So there you have it, a comfy cruiser with leather, loads of kit and a pretty decent look about it, bonnet apart. Finally, if you have read any of this between the hours of 10pm and 6am, please send £10 to Shed. Thank you.

Here's the ad.

For sale is my much loved Mondeo ST220. I bought this car in 2006 when it had two previous owners. It has since been used as the family car. This car is a joy to drive, combining the usual Mondeo practicality with the brilliant 3L V6 engine. This car recently passed its MOT (Apr 2017) requiring very minor work (wipers and a light) and has just had a replacement battery fitted (also April). This car is in great condition for its age and mileage. As you can see from the pictures there are a number of bodywork issues which are accounted for in the very competitive price. The ST220 is a rare car and you won't find many examples, let alone at this price. Anti-Lock Brakes, Leather Upholstery, Driver and Passenger Airbag, Power Assisted Steering, Alarm, Alloy Wheels, Central Locking, Electric Windows, heated front seats, electric driver seat, 6CD changer, full service history.

 

 


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JMF894

Original Poster:

2,027 posts

74 months

Friday 19th May
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BOOM!! In first!

Seriously though like these good shed.

Nuppy

92 posts

81 months

Friday 19th May
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Top Shedding, love these!
if I hadn't have just bought something else I'd be seriously tempted :-)

probably chalk

519 posts

111 months

Friday 19th May
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That's the most interesting Shed in weeks. Good work. Good car (probably).

grumpy52

2,576 posts

85 months

Friday 19th May
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I tend to go straight past any car with its plates obscured, what they hiding ?
As mentioned they had great write ups when new , unfortunately finding one in good condition is almost impossible at reasonable money . I keep looking at Fords but always end up walking away .

Spannerski

126 posts

30 months

Friday 19th May
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Like all Fords.
There good to about 80,000 miles then become money pits.

Edited by Spannerski on Friday 19th May 11:20

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corcoran

383 posts

193 months

Friday 19th May
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Spannerski said:
Like all Fords.

There good to about 80,000 miles then become money pits.
lol no - drove a Focus st170 for years without issue right up to 120,000 miles, sold it, bought a 3 series e46.. THAT sir, is a money pit.

only1ian

480 posts

113 months

Friday 19th May
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Why did they never make these era ST220 in estate form?

I always remember they reviewed well... Tempting for shed money

Toyoda

440 posts

19 months

Friday 19th May
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Spannerski said:
Like all Fords.

There good to about 80,000 miles then become money pits.
Agreed. That shed's on borrowed time and a trip to the great scrapyard in the sky is just an imminent bill away, hence the sale no doubt.

mrtwisty

2,222 posts

84 months

Friday 19th May
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If ever the maxim 'buy the best one you can afford' was to be heeded, it is here.

If this is the best example you can afford... you can't really afford it (unless you don't mind throwing it away, or have lots of spanners and time).

I do like these, but this one? It's a no from me.

culpz

1,631 posts

31 months

Friday 19th May
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A fantastic car for under a grand, for sure! I've always likes these. A friend's dad bought one years ago and he still has it now, i believe. A decent product from Ford and they're definitely something of a rarity.

I always seem to see alot of the diesel ones pottering about, which is a surprise, as they're known to be far from the most reliable things to own. I did look at the ST220's a few times but i hadn't realised how expensive some of the fixes and common issue can cost. I do like my Ford's but the older models and their tenancy to catastrophically rot always steers me away.

Challo

3,391 posts

74 months

Friday 19th May
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only1ian said:
Why did they never make these era ST220 in estate form?

I always remember they reviewed well... Tempting for shed money
Yep. They made these in estate form.

gdaybruce

688 posts

144 months

Friday 19th May
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I've owned my ST220 for just on a year and it's just received a clean MOT. During that time I've added some 25,000 to the clock, taking it to around 105K. Soon after I'd bought it I realised that while the previous owner had fitted new front dampers, he'd chosen Monroe units "suitable for all MkIII Mondeos". These were, of course, totally unsuitable for the ST220 so I replaced all four corners with Ford supplied units, thereby restoring the ride and handling. I also replaced a leaking brake master cylinder. And apart from oil, filters and brake pads, I've done nothing else apart from adding petrol and washing it periodically. As a birthday present I also gave it a polish last week. Incidentally, I don't recognise Shed's comments about changing the oil. On mine it's literally a 20 mins job. Perhaps I'm missing an undertray but if so, it doesn't seem to matter!

Those details apart, it's a great car to cover the miles in. In its day it was regarded as a fast car and while by modern standards there are plenty of others that are quicker, it's still pretty respectable. Mine has a stainless exhaust system and on wide throttle openings it makes a wonderful V6 noise as the revs rise. A retired policeman told me that he once saw 160mph while giving chase in an ST220. Mind, he also said that at that speed the vibration was blurring his vision...

Apart form the performance, it is also a truly refined car when pootling with lots of little luxuries like the heated seats and a very decent sound system. If values are now down ito Shed territory, I think I'll just have to keep on running mine until such time as something truly expensive goes wrong.

Edited by gdaybruce on Friday 19th May 09:40

YellowCar

51 posts

41 months

Friday 19th May
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I'm curious as to how shed knows of the MoT advisories without a full reg for the MoT History Check site?
Anyhow, the list of unattended advisories kind of goes against the idea of a 'much loved' car.
I get that the true spirit of shedding is to fix only what's necessary, but don't then use the wrong cliches in the ad...

Glasgowrob

1,477 posts

40 months

Friday 19th May
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love these, but would rather have a nice mk2 ST200


Zammy

400 posts

82 months

Friday 19th May
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Challo said:
only1ian said:
Why did they never make these era ST220 in estate form?

I always remember they reviewed well... Tempting for shed money
Yep. They made these in estate form.
Indeed they were and our local police force even had a couple. Speaking to a patrol officer at the time he said apart from looking great they were awful motors and no one in the force wanted to drive them.

s m

14,986 posts

122 months

Friday 19th May
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The Don of Croy

4,262 posts

78 months

Friday 19th May
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With a long MOT shirley any half decent car under the magic grand is bargainistic?

Given that it could spring some ugly numbers on you it's still only a cheap mota? Use, abuse, send to scrappy. No?

MadDog1962

708 posts

81 months

Friday 19th May
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Hmmm... a grand actually seems a lot considering the extent of the cosmetic issues.

What about this: https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

(Same platform, same engine, AWD, lower mileage, looks nicer and 200 quid less!)

MajorMantra

576 posts

31 months

Friday 19th May
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Shed said:
horrible brassy ignition stick-thing
This is the best description of Ford keys of this era I've seen. They are amusingly agricultural.

Having said that, the flimsy plastic cuboid not-a-key key for the Mk4 Mondeo I test drove the other week was even more underwhelming, it felt completely weightless and eminently losable.

Drew106

71 posts

64 months

Friday 19th May
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Saw this on my saved 'Shed' search on Autotrader. It's been about for a while. Very tempting I must say.