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Currently driving a 1.8TD Ghia model. It has electric sunroof, mirrors, heated front and rear screens, electric seats A/c and enough to keep you busy. But thats only superficial stuff because it adds nothing to the driving experience. I always feel the Diesel engine hard work to drive when its cold, tough to engage in gear and struggles to gain the acceleration after having first start up in the morning unless you rev the nuts off it. I always let the turbo wind down before i turn off the engine by leaving it idle for 30 secs to let the oil continue to feed the turbo to hopefully make life for it last a bit longer. The car's performance when up to temperature is not too bad and provides a little bit of excitment when the turbo kicks in at about 2500 rpm. Rev limits are not as high on diesels so it feels like it dies out pretty quickly. It has a pretty narrow power band and out of the power band (economic driving) its not all that exciting. Comfortable - yes, not really made for handling and feels like it, but the diesel engine has the torque to carry heavy loads easily enough and provide a good return in fuel economy. I don't get anything worse than about 32 mpg and thats with a very heavy right foot but normal is about 45 ish. All in all a reliable car and engine is tough and very resistant to problems if looked after, just replace the usual consumables and you should be fine
I bought my 99 V6 2.5l 24v Mondeo Ghia X a few months ago as a runabout for work and it has been excellent. I have had a few Fords and this one doesnt disappoint! The mpg averages around 28mpg (motorway driving) which isnt great but it is a 2.5 v6l! I've got full leather, heated seats, electric everything, traction control, cruise control...i could go on the spec is excellent! The drive is good and whilst it wont fit into every space as its pretty big, it is worth it. I can fit three kids car seats (all for less than 5yrs old) comfortably which is a surprise, a welcome surprise though! Inside there is a lot of room on the whole and its pretty spacious up front too. Great car on the whole, cant go wrong with a Ford! Very reliable and highly recommended, mine has done over 110k miles but still drives really well!
***FORD MONDEO*** Well where can I start? Undoubtedly the Ford Mondeo offers style, size and quality. It has been top of it's class for many years now and has not yet been knocked of the podium. That's quite impressive. 350,000 Mondeos were sold in the UK last year. The Mondeo is a well known family car, it has definitely made it's mark in the motoring world. If you mentioned the name Ford Mondeo to anyone in any European country I'm pretty sure they will know what you're on about. We had a Ford Mondeo for almost 3 years, it was an R reg and had done 90,000 miles. Up until we bought our new car it was still very healthy for its age. If the car was a Daihatsu or a North Korean produced car it would of been scrapped years ago. The Mondeo was reliable and never broke down, it really does have a 5 star rating for reliability and build quality. But what would you expect from probably the best car company in the world of motoring. ***INTERIOR*** The interior on our car and nearly every model which I have seen has never been poor quality. Wood trims with leather seats are great in the Mondeo and offers a luxurious ride in a car. The seats are very comfortable on standard models especially when you are able to adjust the drivers seat angle, they offer great comfort, especially on long journeys. The interior really does give the feeling of cosiness and does not let you down. You also have the very nice leather steering wheel as standard which is comfortable to use. These days. the standard sound system from Ford is OK in some cases but sometimes not. You can get nice sound out of the speakers on some models but on the lower range models the speakers arent great which when you turn the bass up rattle and vibrate. But this can all change, there are many CD and Cassettes players on offer by Ford to make music fun in the Mondeo. I have nothing against the Mondeos interior as it is almost perfect - apart from the speakers. But who said a great car had to have decent speakers.... unless of course youre a boy racer - no offence guys. ***MECHANICAL*** Looking at the engine, the 2.0 16v model is the best engine in my view. If you dont believe me have a look under the bonnet of one or even test drive it! Youll know what I mean, It doesnt even feel like a 2.0, it feels bigger, more like a 3.0. I hate to think how powerful the 2.5 v6 is! The great thing about Fords are that they are very easy to by parts for, therefore cheaper insurance. The Mondeo cruises around corners effortlessly - and so it should do. If you want even more power youve got the 2.5 v6 engine that I mentioned, it is a famous engine in the motor racing world. Now when you buy from Ford they tend to put nice new tyres on em. But theyre not that nice as they are if not all Budget tyres, I dont recommend them. The Budget tyres increased noise in the cabin and the dash board tended to vibrate so much it was unbelievable. It made such a noisy ride. After buying Michelins the problems were solved and it was a dream to ride in. After having older cars before hand which made so much noise this was incredibly quiet. Engines available: 2.0i 16V 145PS 5-speed manual 2.5i V6 24V 6-speed manual 2.5i V6 24V Durashift 5-tronic 2.0i 16V TDCi 130PS SIII 6-speed manual 2.0i 16V TDCi 130PS SIII Durashift 5-tronic Different models available: LX Zetec Zetec S Ghia Ghia X ST220 Fuel consumption: Manual transmission: Urban 24 mpg Extra urban 47.9 mpg Combined 35.7 mpg Automatic transmission: Urban 22.4 mpg Extra urban 39.2 mpg Combined 31 mpg Fuel tank 12.8 gallons (58.5 litres). ***COLOURS*** There are many solid and metallic colours, obviously we all have different colour tastes so I cant really rate 'em, but here they are: Diamond white Colorado Red Stardust silver Platinum Metallic Panther black Octane blue Magnum Grey Honour Green Deep Rosso Red Ink Blue Machine silver ***INFO*** If you want to see more go to www.ford.co.uk and build your own dream Mondeo (new style). Add all the luxuries you want and then click buy! You save £1k buying online, so it is definitely worth it. What would you rather do, Put £1k in a lazy dealers pocket or put it in your own? I know what I would do! Prices start from around £14,000 and 2 years free warantee is as standard depending on which model you choose. I think many Mondeo drivers will agree with me, the Ford Mondeo is worth every penny you pay for it. If you don't want to buy brand new and like the older style, why not buy your local Auto trader or like we did, check out your nearest Ford Dealer's Forecourt for 2nd hand cars. Well I think Ford have gone a very long way with the new Mondeo, The new look Mondeo is looking very nice and the ST220 is excellent. I cant complain, Ford are undoubtedly great at making cars. I hope you enjoyed this review, Thanks for reading - Sav90
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My own Monde o is a 1999 model and as you would assume from the title and category, I am focussing on this as a second hand car purchase. I have owned my Mondeo now for a little under a year and feel that now I have had time to weigh up pros and cons, it is a good time to share an opinion. I purchased my Mondeo from a Ford dealership as this was the easiest way to guarantee a reasonable quality car and it made things easier with my finance arrangement. There are cheaper ways to get hold of a Mondeo though so choose the outlet that is right for you. I personally don't mind paying a small premium for the quality of service I receive from my Ford dealership. Previously I had been driving an Escort that was coming up to having 100,000 miles on the clock so I made the choice to change my car for something with a lower mileage. We now had a third child so something that offered a little more comfort and space in the back was also a consideration. Let me tell you I didn't jump at this car without considering other options. I spent weeks trawling around dealers and car yards looking at what was on offer but the most obvious thing to spot was in the large saloon market, the Mondeo represents excellent value for money as a second hand purchase. If you go to a Ford dealership the best buys, with other models as well as Mondeos, are the ex-mobility cars. These will on the whole have had extras installed at purchase, been well maintained and have a low mileage. This is of course a rule of thumb so do check for yourself. I waited a few weeks for the right specification and model to come in but it was an ex-mobility. My purchase was for marginally over £6000 and had at the time 22,000 miles. It was in superb condition and was to the day three years old. Let's take a look at the specification and features that my money bought. ENGINE My Mondeo came with the two litre petrol engine. Now, compared to a Passat say, this is quite an underspecced two litre engine. It is noticeably quicker and smoother than the 1.6 engine in my Escort and I feel quite a fun drive but I have had friends and colleagues advise me that the turbo diesel model is a better buy. I am satisfied with the engine performance but after an initial recognition that it was better than my previous car relatively unexcited by it's performance. FUEL As with most cars this takes unleaded fuel. Now, I foolishly thought that it would cost fractionally more than my 1.6 engined Escort to run as the engine was slightly bigger. It does not work like this ... my Mondeo is very expensive to run. This car laughs in the face of environmentalists and drinks petrol .... loads of it! My fuel bill has jumped by about 50% per month. The thing is ... I'm not convinced it's quite worth that much extra to have the larger engine. ELECTRIC PACK Here is where the Mondeo shines compared to similarly priced competitors. There is obviously the ubiquitous electric windows at the front but, catch this for a list of extras at the price quoted above: CD/radio as standard Electric adjustable driver's seat Front and rear heated windscreens Electric adjustable wing mirrors Now, other similarly aged and significantly more expensive saloons from other manufacturers just don't quite cut it when comparing the features above. THE DRIVE The car handles well. It is fairly low to the road and seems to revel in taking corners with pace. There is a very confident feedback and I feel far more sure that this car is going to 'stick' than I felt with previous cars. It may well be the low profile tyres that add to this sense of control. See below for more information on the low profile tyres. MAINTENANCE Now, I'm not an expert on how cars work so I've been more than a little disappointed at the costs incurred by this car. As mentioned above it has low profile tyres. F or those not in the know these are significantly wider on the road surface but thinner from tyre edge to wheel. Consequently they often look flat even though they aren't. They seem quite cool and I'm told it is good to have them. I'm not so sure ... the cheapest replacements in Kwik Fit are £120.00 each. This car has needed three new tyres so far this year on a mileage of just over 10,000. This strikes me as quite expensive rubber. In addition, it'e first MOT cost a staggering £150.00 as the front wishbones (something to do with the suspension) needed replacing. Prior to the summer, the air conditioning needed recharging and that was a further £70.00 bill. The suspension by the way, so the guy doing the MOT tells me, is a common fault on these cars and I shouldn't have been surprised. Now, they never told me that when I bought it. OVERALL The car is a large and confortable family car. The CD player, air conditioning and other electric toys are fun in the short term but if I'm honest I could probably live without them. (With the possible exception of the air conditioning ... that was a real breeze, literally, in our baking summer road holiday to Europe.) I was delighted with the purchase price but for such a low mileage and relativiely new car it does seem to have brought with it a fair few expenses. The tyres by the way are not even available on the continent so when I needed a replacement in France I had the choice of buy four different tyres or cruise at 50mph on the spare tyre ... great! Overall, I do still feel like I have an enjoyable car but I have to say I'm not many bills away from feeling like it could be an expensive mistake. I would definitely go for turbo diesel in future not so much for the power as for the fuel cost reduction. I hope this opinion is helpful and look forward to your feedback. (NB - The content of this is almost identical to an opinion I have posted to Ciao, but in both cases is entirely my own opinion.)
As I have mentioned in earlier opinions, the Ford has a special place in my repertoire of Motorised Horseless Carriages. Having driven every model of Ford, manufactured and sold for the UK market, in the last 5 years, I feel I have an understanding of the product slightly higher than average. Therefore, when starting my own business, almost 1 month ago, guess which Manufacturer I choose as my company car provider? That’s right, Lada! No, no, only pulling your leg, I had great pleasure in buying myself a Mondeo Ghia X 2.5 V6 5dr Hatchback, in Electric Current Red. Naturally, being a small dealer, with a stock of only 15 cars, even my company car has to be up for sale, so I found a reasonably price automatic version at my local auction house (SWVA). I knew when purchasing the car, it had problems, hence the reason I picked it up for almost half the current trade value. I then spent three weeks having the head gasket replaced and tickled about with various other aspects of the car, enabling her to meet the required standards that I strive for. So she proudly sits on the front of my forecourt every morning, with myself, hoping, no one wants to buy her just yet. MODEL INFO The Ghia X was the luxury version of the Mondeo, with all-singing, all dancing extras. Really though, this car is like inspector gadgets right arm. Still the same size and shape as the standard Mondeo, and not noticeably different, unless you have the skirts and spoiler fitted, as mine has. Also alloy wheels make this one stand out from the crowd. Now the body-kit, as spoilers & skirts are called, have the name RS attached to their design, a well-known name in the world of rallying and custom motors. Their purpose is not only to make the vehicle look nice, but also to aid road handling and performance. This is done through wind resistance and drag etc, but I wont go in to all that, as it is slightly long winded and I will resist (!) The Mondeo has been around since 1993/4 and can be found from K registration upwards, although the early models did tend to suffer some teething problems, including the well publicised wish-bone defects. Other models include: Aspen Verona LX GLX GHIA SI GHIA X ST200 They all have their own features, and it would take the whole day to explain them all. So moving on. FEATURES The Ghia X has: 10 stack multi CD system, located in boot, operational from stereo, which includes a cassette player. Air-conditioning, operational from left hand side of drivers console. ABS, cuts in when your wheels are likely to skid, and enables a smoother braking system. Traction Control, similar to ABS, when your car goes into a skid, such as sliding on ice or oil, T.C. cuts the power to the engine, enabling you to regain control and then accelerate away smoothly. Electric windows, both front and rear, including a lockable catch, in case you have children in the back. Remote central locking, located on your key fob, and can be used from a distance of some 20 yards or so. Power steering, to make parking and turning much easier Sunroof, or Moon roof, as I, the hopeless romantic, prefers to call them. Automatic Transmission. Including a sports mode for fast acceleration, which can be used to gain the required speed to join a motorway from a slip road. Cruise Control, located on the steering wheel, and consists of 5 buttons that enable you to drive the car without using the clutch or accelerator. Works better in the USA where traffic is not such a problem and the roads are longer and straighter. Wooden effect dash and trim, I cant for the life of me remember which wood it is meant to be, so I will stick my neck on the line and say Walnut, as it matches my writing desk at home. PERFORMANCE WOOSH! That is possibly the best way to describe her. The 2500cc engine kicks into life as if you were starting a Boeing 747. I love the mild vibrations you feel when sitting in your drive, ready to pull away in the morning. This car is capable of over 130 mph, but don’t worry, I haven’t tried that yet! The acceleration is smooth through the automatic gear change and Kick down (a method where you put you foot down on the accelerator and she changes down a gear) is an instant jerk, with a feeling of G Force power. Handles extremely smooth when at low or high speeds, and corners very well. Does try to race away at pulling out of junctions, and you have to be slightly cautious with your acceleration. I am slightly heavy footed and often get the traction control warning light flashing at me, as if to say “slow down plonker!” Braking is almost an effortless task, with both the TC and ABS to assist you. COMFORT Not many cars make you feel like you are sitting in an armchair, but the electrically controlled seats ensure that she contours into the arch of your spine like foetus curled in the womb. Stretch you legs out almost straight, and don’t forget I am 6ft! The passenger space in the back is fairly good, allowing three adults to fit in, although arguments about who gets the hard bit in the middle are an often-heard topic. Headroom is just about okay, and I have to really open the moon roof to be able to sit upright with three adults in the back, but when empty, I can slide the armchair back, and have plenty of headroom. In the back, I notice that some people have to lean a bit, as the end allows scant headroom for tall people. ALL IN ALL This car is a snip at today’s prices. You can pick up a 5-year old version for about 4500 pounds, ( I know, as that is how much mine is up for) although the biggest catch is the group 16 insurance. Petrol consumption is also an issue here, with 20 mpg around town, and an easy 30-mpg if you drive sensibly on a journey. Parking can be strenuous around town, as Mondeo's are large saloon cars, and need a fair bit of manoeuvrability. But the comfort and features on this motor far outweigh the minor pick up points that you can find with her. If you are considering a purchase of this vehicle, make sure the cam belt has been changed at recommended intervals, and if there is any doubt, make the dealer change it as part of your negotiation tactics. It normally costs some 200 pounds to change a cam belt, and if it snaps, you will probably need a new engine, costing some 2500. Make sure that the engine is not smoking heavily, as this ay mean that the head gasket has gone, and a Ford Main Dealer may charge you 1500 pounds plus to put this right. If you are not sure, ask for a compression check to be carried out. Right, I feel I have given you enough information to consider, and on that note, I will say goodbye. If anyone ever wants free advice on their car purchase etc, please don’t hesitate to email or phone me, and I will assist in any which way I can. 01202 388642 Driven By Choice Angus
An opinion on the ford mondeo 2.0 Giha X Auto My Farther and his partner have run a 1997 R reg mondeo gihaX estate 2.0 automatic for over a year now and are thrilled to bits with it. They owned an early mondeo ultima(94m-reg) some 4 years ago now and have had two cars between that and this one, both of which were BMW's. The first was a 3 series coupe (96n-reg), which they had for about 2 years and did enjoy it, however they did have a re-occurring fault with the electric sunroof, it kept becoming loose and rattling. They changed this car when a learner driver collided into the side of it. Next up was a 5 series estate (1.8), what can I say "Big Mistake", I've seen scooters with more guts than this! And consequently this only lasted a year when it finally went. They picked the mondeo up for a pittance at our local Volvo dealer, £10,995 with a mere 7000 miles and 1 owner registered. You could not want for anything on this car, it has it all. Leather/heated seats, cruise control, abs, Elec windows & sunroof, 6 disk cd auto changer, air-con, dog guard, load liner and much more besides. At first they weren't so sure about the automatic bit, but they have grown to love it, comments like "so easy to drive & park" have arisen on more than one occasion. The box itself is surprising smooth, you hardly feel it changing gears. As far as driving goes, they have always rated mondeo's, even as good as the RWD set up on the bmw's, which cannot be bad!. They don't do many miles so have never really pushed the mondeo as far as reliability goes, but they have had no problems at all,they have just had to keep the servicing up to date and the car sailed through it's mot with ease. I think it'll be a long time till they replace this car, as they say "where else would we get this sort of car for the same money?", and that's very true!
We had been driving around a 1987 Ford Fiesta for the last 9 years and so we decided at long last to buy a new (used) car. We wanted another Ford because in our experience they are so cheap to fix when anything goes wrong. We started looking originally at the Ford Escort, but my husband was of the opinion that these cars were a bit dated. We also discovered that the Ford Mondeo was as cheap to buy as the Escort (good old Parkers online). I am told this is because the UK market is flooded with used Mondeo's because they are used a lot as company cars and then sold once the lease has expired. An example of how cheap they are second hand - our car new sells at about £16,000 whereas 1 1/2 years later we have bought it for £6,800 (although the mileage of our new car is quite high - 42000 miles). Who would be mad enough to buy one new, I ask myself?! After considering the above, the choice was easy. We found our car at a local Hyundai garage, where it must have been part exchanged. It came with a 1year warranty. Although only an LX version, it has air conditioning, power steering, electric windows, heated front and back windscreen, cd - you wouldn't get all that in an LX escort. The only thing missing is a sunroof, but if you are going to use the air conditioning you would not want to have a sunroof open anyway. Talking of air conditioning, it is great in the summer, but beware, it does use up quite a lot of petrol. I have also found that when the air conditioning is on, the performance of the car decreases. Having said that, I cannot bear getting into a hot car on a scorching day, so I can put up with the drawbacks of this feature. Size wise, I cannot fault this car. There is ample room for 3 adults in the back seat and I have even been known to squeeze three children's car seats into the back. The boot is so big we could probably fit our old Fiesta in it! This week I have been driving around with both a double buggy and a full size pram in the boot and there was still room for my Tesco shopping. With the Fiesta, the shopping had to be evenly distributed around the car if their was just one buggy in the boot. A drawback with the size is that I now have trouble parking. I used to have a handy little parking space at work that hardly anybody could fit into, but now I have to arrive early so that I can drive the car into a space which will allow me to drive out forwards again! When I first got the car, my boss met me in the car park to have a look. She stood and watched whilst I drove backwards and forwards into a space trying to park so that I could actually open the door and get out. After a couple of minutes of this, I had to ask her to go on without me and look at the car some other time! How embarrassing! It has got a bit better now and hopefully as I get more used to the car, I will be able to judge it's size correctly and parking will become easier. The mondeo seems a little expensive to run (about 26mpg urban and 40mpg on longer journeys), but that is only compared to our old fiesta, which when you consider the size difference, is understandable. Our car tax has increased also, because the engine size is 1.8L and the cheaper car tax only includes cars 1.4L and under. We found insuring it a lot more expensive as well but then when I checked how much a newer Fiesta would cost to insure, it wasn't a lot less. I am afraid I cannot really comment on the technical aspects of driving the car or it's design - I am a women, what do you expect (only joking, so no feminist comments please). All I can say is that it is very comfortable to drive and looks great. Our car is silver - my husband's choice. I would have preferred Blue but silver is fine as colours go. My hubby is very proud of our car and likes to clean it constantly. He has asked me to try and keep it clean but unfortunately clean cars and toddlers do not go together. My philosophy is th at cars are like houses - if they are a bit mucky it just shows that they are loved and lived in. All in all, we are very pleased with our new purchase. If anybody out there is looking for a reasonable priced, reliable family car, then look no further than the Mondeo. UPDATE: We have just crashed our new car! Thankfully not my fault but my husbands, otherwise I would have been in trouble. Only a bit of cosmetic damage but the cost of repair is extortionate. Thank goodness for insurance. My next op will probably be about Direct Line!
Looking to win friends and influence people? Nope? Well why not consider a used Mondeo? Lets face it, at 19-Grand when new, a less than 2 years old “Ghia” with all the toys you’ll ever need, could be yours for only 6 and a half - tops! But will you still be smiling into your illuminated vanity mirror with a years worth of “chucky” left to pay? Can you live with the niggles? After all you may be signing up for a 3-year relationship! Let me explain. My Mondeo 2.0i Ghia Automatic Hatchback is now almost 2 years old with 34,000 miles up, regularly serviced and always driven conservatively. In fairness, it’s been a pretty good car and I still give it the odd glance over my shoulder when I walk away, although, more often that not these days, to check that the Key ring “plip” has activated the locks. Here’s what spoiled my day. Air Conditioning (A/C) In my experience, the Ford unit is not powerful enough. On a British summer day, with an outside temperature of around 24 degrees, you will have to keep the unit on recirculated air (air being cycled from the cabin interior, through the A/C and back into the cabin again) for at least 10-15 minutes in town (about 10 miles at 70MPH motorway) with the fan set at top speed. You will find it takes even longer if you have been parked in direct sunlight. Admittedly, it’s not exactly a huge problem, but, believe me, the fan is noisy, so, if you are a fan of classical music, be prepared to crank up the volume. Back Seat Drivers Rear legroom is no problem in a Mondeo, not that there’s loads of it, but a 6 footer will have no problem, so, plenty of room for your mother-in-law. The real hassle, particularly in the Hatchback, is headroom. If you have a toddler and use a car seat, take it from me, you will regularly bang your kids head – oh yes you will! There is a comfortable central armre st, which, unfortunately, affords no access to the boot, which would have been handy if you needed to reach into the boot for children’s books, towels, etc; TIP: If you have a baby/toddler seat in the back, keep the armrest folded away – it could keep the seat trapped in place in a side Electric Sunroof In reality, and with A/C, it’s not something you will use very often. What will annoy you driving with the sunroof fully open – wind squirts into the space between the roof lining and the outside metal. Result? Vibrations that will drive you mad – sounding like you have a helicopter in the back. Do manufacturers really test their models over millions of miles? Steamy Scenes In the winter, even with the A/C fully on, I found it extremely difficult to demist the rear window. I’ve often found quite a lot of moisture under the boot carpet and cannot be sure if the steamed up window is caused by a leak. At this sort of money, though, should there be leak at all? Tradesmen’s Entrance If you are shorter than 5ft 3inches you will have difficulty in reaching the Hatch door to close it, other than that it has a great boot, built for Sales Reps golf clubs you see! Motion Lotion Fuel economy is definitely a contradiction in terms.. As an example, around town, 15 quid will get you about 100 miles and that’s a meagre 23mpg (based on 78.9p/litre.) having said that, you will get much better results on a longer run. Manchester to Edinburgh averaged around 35 mpg for me. If you do a lot of town travelling, one thing to note is that the Auto gearbox does not go into top gear until 37 mph – so, if economy is important to you, mind that child! Summary Forget, understeer, oversteer, cornering ability, top speed – you got all that out your system years ago, right? Though, in all probability, the Mondeo will perform better th an you will, with more than enough action under your right foot. Brakes on the automatic need a shade more bovver than the manuals though. In the right colour, the Mondeo’s a lovely looking car that is as comfortable to drive as it is to be driven in. It’s low maintenance, and parts, being Ford, are easily available and relatively cheap. (Labour seems relatively dearer than it was on a Sierra though.)Unbelievably, it backfires occasionally! You are going to get a shed-full of gadgets, Electrically heated windscreen, CD Player, Electric mirrors, electric drivers seat adjustment, electric roof; but, do bear in mind that they can be expensive to repair/replace should you have to. And finally, if you can live with the rattles and squeaks – and there are many, very many – get down to your local dealership and do the deal. At 6 and a half G’s, it’s worth the gamble!
If variety is the spice of life I’m stuck with a dry piece of bread when it comes to cars. I currently drive a selection of five vehicles, one of which is a Fiat Tipo Diesel (So you can imagine how exciting that is!) and the other four are Mondeos. I own a 2000 model 2-litre Zetec five door bought with my own cash, not a company deal, so I did indeed have the freedom of the market place. At work I drive from a fleet of three 1998 2.5-litre Si five door models. Lets face it, the early Mondeos of 1993 and the following three years were nails. Great improvements have now been made in build quality, reliability and more recently handling. The latest Zetec model offers great value for money, no doubt in the face of the recently unveiled face lift car, prices have fallen greatly. The Zetec is loaded with metallic paint, alloys, CD, heated front and rear screens, electric mirrors &, chairs, traction control and, with a little negotiation at the garage, ABS and air-con. The new suspension introduced around 1999 is a delight. It follows from the technology that makes the Ford Focus so much fun to drive. The car sits unusually high but feels very firm and re-assuring when pushed. The huge low profiles give tremendous grip but this is at the expense of increased road noise and poor MPG. The cabin is comfortable for a family of four and the hatchback is very practical in size and shape. The running costs as you might expect for a Ford are very reasonable, one service a year from a Ford dealer is around £80. The V6 engine in the Si models sounds great and performance is pretty good. However, drive it with some vigour and you’ll see MPG returns of in the low twenties or even teens. The suspension on the 1998 models I drive is simply not as good as the smaller Zetec, they tend to under-steer in the wet and rely heavily on the traction control to reduce wheel spin. With that said, they are very stable in a straight line even in excess of 125mph and IR 17;m sure the latest V6 Si models will combine the best of both the V6 engine and the new generation suspension.
Okay I agree, the new Mondeo ain't half bad. It's a nice machine, and looks to have the kind of quality not usually associated with that of a FORD. We have seen Mondeos in the past as plasticy heaps of ****, but now they look, unless they just look, to be a good contender in the top of the family car market. I do not however think that if I was rep who now has to buy his own car, I would go for the Ford, oh no! I would invest my money wisely in 'What Car's' second hand overall car of the year, and second hand family car of the year, the mighty Passat 1.8 20V se, as a 98' with around 30,000 miles (delivery miles for a Passat), at about 10G it's a clearly a better buy, and will whopp a new mondeo anyday, in any aspect.
The Ford Mondeo is getting on a bit now and will be replaced very soon. The Mondeo is well known for helping Ford when it was in some difficulty, as it was a revolutionary design to replace the revolutionary Sierra. The Mondeo brought the expensive modern luxuries of expensive cars to a price affordable to all and seen in all cars today. The new Mondeo is a improvement on the previous one in all areas; design, refinement, handling, space etc. Also, the car is very cheap – as little as £8999 for a brand new Mondeo from one of these discount traders - Motorpoint, TradeSales. In the recent British Touring Car Championship season, the Mondeos have dominated the three top spots in the championship. The car is ready for replacement but will be missed.
I'm in the motor trade and have driven many cars and the Mondeo is a good car. If purchasing one be careful that it hasn't been a mini-cab all it's life, especially if buying a Turbo Diesel, by checking for no-smoking stickers on the dash board, heavy wear and tear on the upholstery and mega mileages. I have known Mondeos to do 150,000 miles and still be going strong, so don't be put off by 100,000 on the clock as long as the price is right. A couple of grand will get you a decent L-M reg 1.8LX with about 80,000 on the clock, so it shows you can get a lot of car for the money. Servicing is reasonable also, only if the car has a good service history though, otherwise it may need a lot of work.
I know Ford Mondeos are driven by those who have company cars, and they may be looked upon as being mundane because there are so many around. But when you look at what they offer, how they perform and what they are like to drive you just have to admit they are not at all bad. Driving a good number of miles a year in mine, it has never let me down, it is comfortable, and it handles well. Yes I agree it is not a Ferrari but there again it does not pretend to be. With air conditioning now standard on most models, a good level of comfort, good road holding it is definitely o good buy. When compared to the main opposition, I was certainly far more impressed by the Ford. More leg room at the back, more space in the front, and much more.
Question -should I expect a diesel engine to last more than 90000 miles? I have had my mondeo 1.8dlx since September 1995. Until this time last year I would have said that it was a great car. I had done over 90,000 miles with no problem. The car was service regularly at a main dealer - in fact only the main dealer ever touched it. Then horrors. One day with no warning there was this noise. "Listen I said to my husband the car's making a funny noise" "Don't start the car again", he shouted. Too late. The Crank shaft key had sheared. Absolutely ruined the engine. Cost me £1200+vat to repair! Never seen anything like it said the garage. Just one of those things said Ford when I queried it. They suggested I could expect no less having done all those miles. A diesel engine should go on for longer than that don't you think? Ah well. I had to pay out as I still had a loan on the car. But be warned