Well folks the title says it all. When I last posted I was at 200,000 miles. In the last few days i've just gone over 225,000 mark and the great news is I am still on the original clutch. And yes I know it will have to be changed at some point. So what been happening since my last word of encouragement? Nothing major I would say just my usual preventative maintenance. I've upgraded the rubber brake hoses to the braided ones, changed the header tank for a new Ford one although there was nothing wrong with the old one. I have changed the engine and torque mounts for new ones. The two at the front had perished slightly. The rear passenger nearside wheel bearing went, the only wheel bearing that has ever been changed on the car and this is the second time I have changed this, using original parts. I have made some modest changes to the engine bay purely for access purposes. I change the oil very regularly (every three months) and this just provided easier access to the oil filter housing. The car is not modded, no block liner issues, no suspension parts ever changed save for the dampers. (see notation below). I will try and get th
e pics up if I remember how. At my recent mot in March it was noted that both front dampers were beginning to mist ever so slightly. I figured if the originals can last 15 years I will have the same again please Mr Ford. It's a job that wasn't necessary right now but it would have bugged me so I just changed these with the same original Fords. They also picked up that my inside tyres were worn something I had missed. These by the way were Michelin Pilot 4 Sport which went on in March 2021. I got 23K out of these beauties and would have had the same again but got a great deal on the new Goodyear Asymmetric 6 that was too good to pass. My last addition was done last Wednesday this was to change the re-circulation valve from the original Ford plastic one to a Mountune alloy one. Again nothing wrong with the original plastic one just that its now 15 years old. By the way I entrusted this to the wonderful guys at FJRS the Mountune guys.
So, there you have it, As I have always said look after your St and it will serve you well. Anyone hesitating about buying one, or worried about high mileage, well here is a testimony on the subject of longevity of these cars. Maybe I just got lucky although I don't believe in luck. Of course if you are searching for one, find one that has been well maintained first. The end until the next word.