BC ST Driver (BC=Before Chavs)
At the end of the day it really comes down to personal preference. You test drove one and decided against it so fair play to you. Mk3 ST220s aren't everyone's cup of tea. In fact a Sound Engineer friend of mine owns a Mk1 ST24 estate and even though he doesn't doubt the power of 220, however; he hates the interior. He thinks it's too German.A18XJF said:Some good pros/cons for both cars. It seems a lot of people like the more refind approach of the 220. Cant fault that one bit, it is a lot plusher than the older model no questions but at the end of the day i have a 330D BMW with every option ticked so that not a concern for me. Ill also admit that my mk2 has fully adjustable suspension, custom roll bars, complete system, filter, chip, gas flowed manifolds etc etc. So its not exactly standard but still not as powerful as a 220 although im sure it will have better power to weight and is definatley faster in a straight line than a stock 220.
Im lucky enough to have one that does not suffer from throttle hang or moosing.
But i still think the mk2 is a more solid and better built vehicle. My wheels are 10yrs old and not one bit of corrosion. Nothing has ever fallen off or broken and i have 2 young children! Seriously, park a mk2 next to a mk3 and just compare things like the monkey handles and cubby holes you will see what im talking about.
How about this..... a track day or sprint event at Elvington, York is very reasonably priced and a great chance to drive your car to the limit. It also has the advantage of being an airfield so there is nothing to hit apart from grass should you make a mess of thing (just like hamster) If anyone likes the idea i could enquire about dates/pricing. Would be a great opportunity to compare cars back to back!
They're some nice examples of MK1 and MK2 ST24s knocking around here where I live - the drivers always give me a wave when I see them.
BTW, my monkey handles are fine - it's just the sh1t alloys that wind me up!