4th Oct 2002, 10:36

Glad to hear such a positive review. I hope to take delivery of my ST220 next week so looking forward to a similarly pleasant experience - will keep you posted.

14th Oct 2002, 03:31

Test drove & ordered my ST220 on Saturday. Is great to read some very positive reviews, very impressed with the first service report (especially after 14,000 miles, which is more than I drive in year, or used to).

Would be good to hear if your 2nd service is a lot worse.

23rd Oct 2002, 06:12

I quite agree! I've had my ST220 for two months now and it gets better every day! Brilliant balance of pure driveability and performance with not-too-bad fuel consumption either. No downsides as far as I can tell yet. Even the big tyres aren't as expensive to replace as the Beemer's (not that I've had to replace any yet!). The gearbox is the best I have ever driven.

13th Dec 2002, 15:33

Not disappointed with my choice in any shape or form. Have now had the ST220 for 3 months, and unlike other contributors, only get the opportunity to drive what is an excellent car at weekends. Nothing bad to report so far.

15th Dec 2002, 09:52

I've had my Saloon ST220 for 3 weeks. I like it a lot, Just finding it hard to keep it on the road. If first failed 3 hours after I picked it up (100 miles on the clock), dashboard lit up like a xmas tree. Was put down to a poor connector on the alternator, which caused the alternator to die and also a sub-harness with an in-line fuse to blow. After 4 days of the road I got it back. 3 days later, and to cut a long story short, all the steering fluid emptied onto my driveway. Diagnosed to a poorly torque connection in the steering fluid system.

I've had it back now about a week.

Any other owners notice some "groaning" from the steering, I'm putting it down to those big 18 inch wheels, anyone else heard it?

5th Jan 2003, 14:28

Had my ST220 for 3 months now and it just gets better and better. The Recaro seats are the best ever (heated in winter is the icing on the cake) and the build quality is superb. Lovely roar from the engine when pushed and super traction from the 18" Continental rubber. It just gets better every day!

30th Jan 2003, 03:37

Great review's... I like the comment regarding your dealer cleaning your car.

Count your self very very lucky, when I collect my car from my main dealer they certainly "NEVER" clean it, in fact they cannot even be bothered to remove the plastic seat protection, the same applies for the paper floor cover too.

How times change it's all quantity certainly not quality, attention to detail is everything, well at least for some main dealers it is !

25th Mar 2003, 03:43

I have just ordered an ST220, and having read such great comments on the net, can't wait to take delivery of it. I've got a funny feeling it's going to be a long month.

I have searched for any bad reviews I could find on it and haven't been able to find a single one.

I'll let you know if it lives up to my expectations once I've had chance to drive it for a while, although I don't really expect it not too.

31st Mar 2003, 13:27

I have had my ST220 for only 4 weeks.

I have problems selecting 1st, 3rd and 5th.

The car was checked by my dealership today and some adjustment made. Problem still there, so I will be calling them tomorrow.

I am obviously disapointed as I have read all the other good comments, particularly the ones about such a smooth gear change.

12th Apr 2003, 15:33

Sounds like a badly adjusted linkage - not serious or difficult to fix.

Shame to get the problem on such a new car though. Unfortunately some Ford dealers are totally hopeless which doesn't help.

26th Apr 2003, 16:22

Thanks all for your reviews - It's made my mind up to order a new 220 ASAP.

I surprised myself (and the family) last time I changed cars by buying a "W 2000" plate ST-24 rather than the Audi / Volvo's I had been looking!

Needed a bit of additional reassurance that getting another "Mondeo" was a good idea!

8th May 2003, 14:04

Ordered my ST220 on 1 March 2003 and I'm still waiting for delivery?! How long did others have to wait? I'd be interested to hear. Every review I have read about this car has been really positive, which is good as I haven't even seen one in the 'flesh' yet! There are certainly no more about in my part of Somerset. Performance blue certainly looks the colour to have. I'll post a report after I have had it for a few months.

22nd May 2003, 06:33

Fell in love with the ST220 and ordered the car back in summer last year. Took delivery on 30 Sept 02. Since then I list the following complaints

Knocking noise when you pulled away. Sticky throttle. Car recalled for faulty power steering cable. New throttle cable also fitted. Parcel shelf fell to bits, now the motor on the sunroof needs to be replaced. The jacking points cover keeps falling down - new one needs to be fitted. Still unresolved items so have logged a complaint with Ford now and have a case no. Maybe we just got a bad one of a good bunch! Very unimpressed with the level of service and help from our local dealer.

3rd Jun 2003, 05:26

Will be ordering a st220 in the next month. Just looking for opinions on the following questions:

1) 4dr or 5dr - purely on appearance???

2) Performance blue or black???

Have seen a lot of nice blue ones, but the black st220`s have more of a subtle aggressive about them. Anyone agree?

All comments welcome.

6th Jun 2003, 07:06

I'm collecting my Performance Blue 5 door ST220 next Tuesday. The 4 door on appearance does look the cleaner of the two, but is not as practical as the 5 door so it's a toss up between practicality and style. Although I'm sure if they put a windscreen wiper on the back of the 4 door it would be hard to tell the difference.

I test drove the ST in black and it looked very smart, but by some quirk of fate there was a blue one in for a service at the dealership. The quality of the paint seemed far better than the black (could this be why it's an additional cost) so I plumped for the blue one instead. If you order in black remember to treat yourself to a new bucket and chamois, as you'll be cleaning it a lot more regularly!

23rd Jun 2003, 16:46

Update. Decided to order 4dr in performance blue. Thankyou to the guy who responded to my question about colour and door options. Would be interested to see how your finding the car. That's assuming you got it last Tuesday as planned.

26th Jun 2003, 09:42

Update - Guy who just ordered the 4dr in Perf blue - you made the right choice!!

I collected my car on the 10 June as promised by the dealer. On inspection I found that the driver seat came with the 8 way power adjustment although I did not order this as an extra, who am I to argue!! The dealer did say that from time to time the factory gets "confused" with what should be added and what shouldn't (very re-assuring).

Anyway no problems so far and the power seat is lovely!!