2000 Ford Mondeo ST200 2.5 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Affordable performance and comfort rivaling more expensive alternatives
Water pump needed replacement (nothing wrong with it, but they need replacing with after-market pumps due to a fault in the Ford unit)
Boot opens by itself (but not when locked)
Front seat clicks (faulty weld)
Picks up stone chips easily.
Fantastic car, easily the best I've owned.
Steering is crisp and sure.
Gear changes feel positive.
Performance is eye-opening when pushed, secondary inlets open up over 5K giving extra push.
Superbly comfortable ride in both front Recaros and rear (especially the leathers). Recently did a 1,500 mile trip with no discomfort at all.
Being a rare variant of the Mondeo, it's easily mistaken for a normal Mondeo and you don't get any head turning. But the people who know the difference will most certainly stop and look.
No hesitation in recommending this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th August, 2005
20th Oct 2005, 19:50
Not bad, but feels slow for a v6.
1st Apr 2011, 04:05
If you think a Mondeo V6 feels slow, try driving an MG ZS 180; that's slow for a V6, a very disappointing car in my opinion!!
The ST 200 had a significant modifications over the standard V6, taking it to 200PS (not horse power, a common mistake), they usually make around 195-197 BHP, which drops the 0-60 to just over 7 seconds from the standard 8 ish seconds, which isn't bad considering the size of the car, and for less than £3000 these days, a very worthwhile buy.
2nd Apr 2011, 06:17
The ZS is lighter than the Mondeo though, so it is just as fast. BHP for displacement isn't amazing on them though, that's true.
18th Nov 2011, 07:34
I did briefly have a ZS 180, and and used to work at Ford, so I've had experience of both cars, and I was not impressed at all with the MG. Top end was similar to the Mondeo, but 0-60 felt no where near the 7 and a bit seconds MG/rover claimed.
Also the engine had no real torque, so you were constantly up and down the gear box.