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Ford Mondeo (1996-2000)
Member Name: oatmeal
Ford Mondeo (1996-2000)
Date: 22/11/00, updated on 22/11/00 (495 review reads)
Advantages: Good quality car these days
Disadvantages: Dull image
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.