Hi folks I do not normally post but I have been a member here for a few years now. I posted when I first bought my ST think about 2012/13 and it had 7000 miles and still had the original continental tyres from new and even the plastics on the door strips which it still has.
Well, roll forward to 182,000 miles later, and it is still as beautiful to drive as day one. It still looks in great condition, no rattles, no squeaks, well I couldn’t live with these anyway so just as well. It passed the MOT last month without a single advisory. The tester commented that they have never seen one with so many miles let alone with no advisory.
So what have I done over the past few years?
The key for me is that the oil, oil filter and air filter element, are changed every three months without fail. The spark plugs are changed every twelve months. I have tried the both the ST and RS plugs and cannot say I have noticed any tangible difference, in fact I have not. Had the power steering and brake fluid flushed last year for peace of mind. (they were original). Wax oiled the underneath last year. For peace of mind I changed also the MAF it was the original one but perfectly fine. Well it was twelve years old at the time, so I thought id change it along with a perfectly working fuel pressure sensor, why not. Now, and yes, I fill up three times per week as my right foot is lead laden. And yes, the car gets driven at least 120 plus miles per day. You would think that because I only use Shell V Power, 99% of the time and the odd BP Ultimate/Momentum, coupled with the mileage I do that the throttle body would be mint. Nope, I took this off for a clean a while back, as I do to any car I have, and it was very gummed up and black. After cleaning the response from the pedal was noticeably smoother.
What has gone wrong?
One rear wheel bearing about five years ago. One reverse light switch again about six/seven years ago. Changed the original drive shafts three years ago. Mainly the driver side was gone but the passenger side had a slight play, so I just change both for peace of mind. Replaced with original Ford. The original air con pump went two years ago, no big deal really, so had that replaced. The original battery went two years ago, and I fitted a Yuasa with a five-year warranty. In October last year had a problem with cutting out a few times, not the nicest of thing in the fast lane and your pressing the accelerator and nothing happens and every single light in the dash is lighting up. Turned out to be the binnacle but it also cost me a new gas pedal as a result, not cheap. The MAP sensor went early last year, easy to change. Discs and pads of course are general wear and tear items, so I do not count these. No suspension parts changed.
The car is purely standard save for a change of back box from the cat, last year as the original was getting a wee bit rusty. I have had no issues with cracked block etc. so no block mod.
The car is a 2007 built and it is still on the original clutch at 182,000 miles. I wonder if it will make 200,000 on the same clutch. I have kept every single bill and document its history.
Jobs to do? Change all the water hoses to silicone
Change all the brake hoses to possibly braided or renew as standard.
I intend to keep this car until it dies as I use it even more than the Jaguar we have.
So anyone hesitating to buy an ST, go for it, find a good one first , service it well and in return it will serve you well with years of pleasure.
Oh! and they are made to be driven so drive it.
So! There you have it, the end. Till the next dose of encouragement.