A serious car, these will fall into the wrong hands
This car is in sound condition and I am remarkably pleased with the way it has remained well screwed together despite the hard ride and mileage covered.
The only thing I could possibly complain about is the annoying squeaks that come from the drivers seat on bumpy roads. I've heard from other ST24 drivers that this is quite a common problem.
I paid £5000 for this as an ex-company car with Full Service History - I was a little concerned about the mileage, but this was unfounded. This car is as good a new (well, maybe not quite!)
Very hard ride perhaps too hard for use as a family car.
Handling is good, but not as good as you would like when pushed to the limit. This is after all a souped up family hatch.
Equipment is excellent nothing left out, everything you would expect.
Engine sounds superb and delivers a gutsy, torquey and enjoyable experience.
No sign of some of the engine problems reported by others this one is on song throughout the rev range.
Remarkably light on the petrol considering the monstering it gets. Normally returns over 28mpg (honestly).
Tyre wear is very light - I took advice and keep pressures at 33psi all round - I've done 6000 reasonably hard miles with virtually unusual wear.
This loves to be driven hard, but I find it tedious to drive around town.
Annoying engine management issue where engine revs don't die off between gear changes means you need to change your driving style to suit this trait. Probably a trade off of having air con and using the same mapping as for the auto version.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th March, 2003