Bought as a service vehicle, it's been driven hard, mainly rigged as a fully loaded van. 130'000 miles in four years. I treat it badly, a typical rep-mobile, but it still drives like new. The Dual-Mass flywheel let go at 90,000, taking the starter with it. c£1,000. The injectors and pump went at 118,000. c£1,800. Alternator died at 124,000 c£230 and thats it. It's still going like a train, mainly on Cruise Control. Never get less than 50mpg. 60mpg is normal when the weather's warm and 70mpg occasionally available on straight, flat motorways. I have, on very rare occasions, following filling up at motorway services, seen the mpg guage go right off the clock, at 99.9mpg, for many miles at a time. I have photos to prove it. The seats are a very tight fit in the cabin. If you drop money or pens down the side, they're gone for good. The doors and sun visors won't ever stay where I want them. They are designed to stop at just a few hard detents, none of which are ever in the right place. The latch pin, for the tailgate, sticks up enough to damage expensive goods when sliding them in or out of the back. Best covered with a blanket. Oh, and I wish the alloy wheels didn't have six spokes. Only odd numbers look right. But now I'm being picky! And that's it. This is the best car I've ever had, and I've had many, far more expensive ones, in the past
Overall, this is a reliable decent car.
But why oh why oh why wont Ford admit that the rear brake calipers are prone to seizing and are not cheap to replace. £350 is not a nice repair bill to end up with just before you go on your summer holidays.
Come on FORD,own up and help outthe guy who was told it's a reliable car.
My service agent has replaced 3 this month.
He now has it as a STOCK item.
My last two cars were an Audi A4 Cabriolet and and AAudi RS4. Now I have a black, 2.0tdci Mondeo Estate. Well, it's not all bad. This is really an unsung hero and does everything asked of it without complaint. It's huge inside so extremely practical - furniture, rubbish tip, bikes .. all no problem. The family have plenty of room although the girls would like to wear brown bags over their heads when turning up at school so no one sees them in a 'Mondeo'. Living in Germany this car has a hard life. I average 40mpg .. but there will be no Mondeo in the UK that is driven as hard as those out here. It has to be worked hard but will cruise at 130mph (210kmh) and given a good run hits around 235kmh / 145mph on the speedo (honestly!). If you have to slow on a hill it takes time to build up speed again. It can bit a little noisy at speed but at 75mph is really is first class. Interior trim rattles less than both Audi's and my old 'new shape' BMW 5 series did. Reliabilty is very good although brake discs seem a tad fragile (warping ?). It's so easy to keep clean inside (no leather etc) and considering the price it is very very good. It is no RS4 ... unfortunatly but it 'does what it says on the tin'. Have just ordered a new shape 2.2tdci Titanium S instead of an Audi or BMW. Good Quality for a great price.
My x reg mondeo estate,1800 petrol with manual box,is without doubt the best car i`ve had this car has had a hard life as a taxi and is now coming up to 360,000mls,as a taxi it has a taxi MOT every 4 months and oil etc change ever 10,000mls,I have never had a spanner etc on the engine in all this time and still returns about 30 mpg and still very quite (I sometimes check the rev counter to see if I`ve turned it off)if this is unbelievable well it still has the original mild steel exhaust!!!!!I have had 3 cats fitted over this time though. It pulls steady through the range when fully loaded but I`ve haven`t any points on my license so it`s a done deal. I am looking for another and I might try the 2 ltr petrol
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