I had bought my 1998 registered ST24 for £4000 from trade, I was particularly impressed by the mileage (37,500) and it also came with full service history. I really enjoy the ride as I do a lot of motorway mileage and being the size it is it makes a great comfortable car to drive.
Fuel economy is what you would geninuely expect from a 2.5 V6.
There has been a slight concern with the airbag light repeatedly flashing, and the suspension on the rear nearside knocking, which I have not yet had checked out.
I would certainly recommend any buyer who is intrested in the ST24 to fully appreciate what you are getting for your money.
I have had a few problems with the engine-management system but it's sorted now. Other than that, it's a fine roomy car and handles very well.
A fine driver's car. It keeps up with a 3 Series through the turns. The ride and feel are excellent and, with decent boots on, it sticks like glue. The cabin is a very attractive place to be, but only if you have the aluminium style dash surrounds.
Altogether it's a very good car from Ford and one I would recommend. The dealer experience was, I suppose, average - not overly helpful, just giving me the required info to get the sale, no real passion for the product they were selling. Dealer service costs could be cheaper, but compared with some models, it's not too bad.
I purchased the car at one year old. The drive shaft failed at 15,000 miles, the front spring and also rear shocker at 25,000 - I had to fit a new spring. It went again at 33,000, not under warranty.
At only 16 months and 8000 miles I tried to see if Ford would help with the cost - no chance on earth.
I was looking to trade up to a ST220 but not now.
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