It's a beautiful powerful car with all the bells and whistles, and at 8 years old, it's only expected that a few faults like the above will appear.
I loved it to pieces - so quiet and sleek with a lovely leather interior, the sheer grunt of the Duratec V6, beating boy racers at the lights!
The automatic is so smooth, but it's a LUXURY rather than performance feature, as the torque convertor zaps the power and lowers the top end speed, but well worth it for a long cruise in the country.
The cruise control is another great feature (not on the ST24), and so are the heated seats and trip/fuel computer.
The starter was an inconvenience, but I lived with it.
The only reason I sold it was that it was SO THIRSTY ON FUEL it just wasn't funny! 19MPG round town and 33 MPG on a run, averaging 25 mpg on the whole.
Also, the Ford Dealers were so PIG IGNORANT and USELESS at giving good service - 6 weeks wait to get a duplicate PATS key, LONG QUEUES AT THE PARTS COUNTER - ONE MAN on, taking an eternity to get each part, and having the usual nonchalant attitude of "You have to use us or get another make of car!