Bought an '07 Edge Estate (1.8) last week, with 7500 miles on the clock for £9500. I thought this was a bargain for a big car that is less than a year old. The Edge version is based on the base model (LX) with added goodies - alloys, parking sensors, auto dimming mirror, and rain sensing wipers.
It also has an MP3 connector in the glovebox, but it could have done with a 12v connector in there too for the iPOD itself.
I was pleasantly impressed by the ride quality, engine quietness and not a single squeak or rattle from the internal fittings. I was a bit worried that the 1.8 engine would not be powerful enough (based on other reviews), but is fine for me and pulls strongly at the higher revs...
One downside is that the CD\radio would only appear to be attached to two (front) speakers, despite the fact that there would appear to be speaker fittings in the rear door. I know the car is based on the LX, but I feel it wouldn't have taken much effort to connect all four.
Overall, though, I am very pleased with my purchase - I'll keep you posted.
My estate is a company car - 25 k per year avg mileage.75000 on clock now, poor points - lack of lighting in back seats on lx model - in winter - this is a real pain - you cant find nowt! this is a classic Ford scamping exercise - you would think ford would have wired in the back light on the estate to come on when the back doors opened wouldnt you, but no! Also extra wipe from wipers 5 secs approx after spraying washers is annoying - you get smears all over the clean screen - you cant stop this - its a pain ! Engine, well, this mis-fires now on three cylinders when started ( very occasionally ) - but soon chirps in on 4 cylinders after about 20 secs, worst when hot though. Ford dealer cannot find problem ...... good points, electric heated front window - brill ( £ 218 for new window though when it was hit by a stone on M5) - elecy heated mirrors - brill - fuel consumption - ditto- I towed a 1200 kg caravan to Devon - got 40 mpg avg - 6 speed box is superb - 5th gear is good for towing at 60 -70 , and I get 49 mpg typical, during motorway driving without van, you cant complain about this , a Yaris one litre petrol is about the same! - so would I buy this car with my own cash - yes - but next car will not be a new Ford Mondeo, it will be a Mazda 6 estate - take a look at the spec v cost .. say no more.......
I have had this car from new in 2004, I have just done 58k miles and the turbo has blown (£1300)
I am fed up with this car, tyres are too low profile (205/50 17) and easily suffer damage from potholes etc - I have lost four so far at £130 each.
The alloy wheels have oxidised. The boot release button has packed up, it suffers from siezed hand brake cables, 2 sets changed so far, it has had new brake disks front and back, it is on its 4th set of brake pads and I do most of my driving on country roads, not stop start city driving. The front brake calipers have siezed.
The bonnet lock has failed and had a new lock and grill, the dash board clock rattles and requires to be pushed in daily. The exhaust now rattles, but it did not do that before.
When cold, the car does not select reverse, again dealership say nothing wrong and it is my fault and not the car, but my wife cannot select reverse either. The reversing sensors have an intermitant fault, which the garage cannot find.
The passenger electric window is now sluggish.
I have spent a fortune on this car always Ford serviced on time. I suspect the 12,500 mile interval is too great,
I am now using my third Ford dealership and the service reliability has not improved.
I had hoped to keep this car for about 150,000/200,000 miles but I doubt it will last that long. My last three cars have been Ford, but this is the last Ford I will own.
My 04-plate is now exceeding 82k. Sadly its leaving my life shortly. What can I say? I've had trouble-free mechanical motoring for 3 years, mostly very minor issues efficiently rectified by the local dealership.
Cavernous interior for muddy dog caravanning and walking gear which will be much missed. Some stone chips but nothing more than any other of my previous 7 company cars. The clutch gets warm queuing when towing and stuck in road works on gradients in the mid-Wales mountains, but has never let me down. Driving solo it is an economic motorway cruiser and has plenty of punch for quick overtaking.
Don't go near the next to useless, waste of money Blaupunkt Travel Pilot Ex monochrome sat-nav, which played up from day one. Repeated crashes and initially days off road at the dealer. I soon learnt to disconnect the battery as either this or complete removal and disconnection from the dashboard was the only way to reset it. The disc was out of date from day one, so it didn’t take Father Christmas long to send me a Tom Tom.
The running costs have been built into a lease-hire agreement but the cost of regular servicing and tires seem pretty much average for a car of this calibre. Depreciation is of course high but is, I guess, factored into my monthly repayment.
As I now approach semi-retirement and a period of self-employment I am looking for a new car of my own. I shall be starting with the Ford Mondeo because it and the local dealership have sold themselves!
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