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.
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.
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.
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.
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.