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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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46 reader reviews for Ford Mondeo Estate.
  • 2.2 TDCi ST 5dr

    MALCOLM PARSONS , DEVON . Date: 05/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had this Mondeo ST TDCI Estate for 12 months, having bought it via Ford Used Card Direct which saved me thousands. The scheme, like the car is excellent, why buy new when you save money and get a better warranty once the car is 8 months old?

    I traded in a Subaru Impreza WRX for the Mondeo, and don't miss it one bit. The TDCI engine has more every day driving torque, making town and motorway driving a pleasure, it returns 45mpg with ease, the Impreza struggled to return 21mpg. Handling is top notch for such a large car, the diesel engine is a bit noisy from cold start though it becomes quite once warm, and has bags of power through the mid-range. Heated seats, windscreen and washer jets are great for cold frosty winter days, no scraping, no chilly moments wait for the car to warm up.

    The estate boot is massive, turning the car from a comfortable cruiser to a van in for those DIY tips!

    My dealer, unlike others, is also very helpful so much so I bought my wife’s car from them. The car isn't without fault, the radio remote and cruise control buttons could do with luminance, the sound system could do with a couple more speakers to help the excellent Sony sound system, the roof mounted sun glass holder can be tricky to close sometimes and there's a slight flat spot @3000rpm (though this has been smoothed out by an after market tuning chip).

    Over all, a great car, and I’m likely to buy the new shape Mondeo, shame there's no ST in the line-up!

  • 2.2 TDCi Ghia X 5dr

    Paul Bird , Staffs . Date: 27/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This was a six-month old Ford Direct vehicle. It was okay at first, but after two weeks, while on holiday, it developed an intermittent fault. It would stall around town and would lose drive under load going uphill. There was also a very bad smell, which a local dealer said was caused by a new clutch lining that Ford were using and there was nothing to worry about.

    On return from holiday, I took it back to the dealer who said he could find nothing wrong.

    A couple of months later it jammed in neutral and had to be towed to the nearest dealer, who said it was a worn clutch and flywheel. He claimed it was normal wear and tear, and issued a bill for £1000 on a car that's done 20,000 miles and is less than 12 months old! Ford was no help at all.

    As for the rest, there's loads of luggage space, plenty of room for passengers, the engine is very responsive, but fuel economy is disappointing. There's lots of toys but it feels so flimsy, e.g. plug an accessory into the cigarette lighter and it's likely to drop out of its housing.

    To sum up, if you want a car which is unlikely to give you trouble-free motoring, where the dealer will shaft you and the manufacturer doesn't care about its customers this could be the car for you.

    However, if you demand reliability and value for money you should avoid this Mondeo like the plague. I have had five previous mkI and mkII Mondeos, petrol & diesel, and all gave years of trouble-free motoring, but I will never buy another.

  • 2.0 DCi Ghia X 5dr

    Brian Kean , Cheshire . Date: 26/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    In many ways, this is possibly the best car I have driven on a regular basis (it's over three years now since the 03 registration). As a caravanner and golfer, it has ticked all the right boxes for space and performance. That's the good news.

    On the down side, the current car was a hard-fought-for replacement from Ford, as the original vehicle kept cutting out at low revs. Despite countless attempts, the Ford agent could not rectify what was a potentially a serious accident waiting to happen.

    The replacement car has been plagued with an annoying growling noise at low revs and has required four attempts under warranty to rectify the problem, which is apparently some piping vibrating against the sub-frame (or so I am told).

    More seriously, though, after 63,000 miles and outside the warranty period, I am told it requires gearbox bearings (very noisy), which requires engine removal and could cost around £2000. Additionally, water leakage is prevalent in the driver's footwell and is currently being investigated.

    So in terms of performance on the road, it is a great car, but due to the aforementioned problems, I am glad that it is on a company lease. At the end of the day, we all want economic and trouble-free motoring, and for that reason its overall rating must be low.

  • 2.0 TDCi 130 Ghia 5dr

    John scarborough Date: 15/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had the car from new, and have now done 90,000 in four years. It's a cracking car, all in all, with great space, a great engine, and great economy. It averages 48-50mpg without trying too hard (a good deal of that is motorway, however).

    I am thoroughly impressed by the overall package, particularly the engine and the boot space which is fantastic for the family - it swallows all the holiday gear you could need with room to spare.

    Running costs have been low, and the only mechanical glitch I have had in four years has been a cam-belt timing sensor, which caused the engine to simply cut out and not restart. It was quite disconcerting, but was fixed in one visit to the main dealer which has been great.

    Overall, I am struggling to find a better package of space, quality, gadgets, engine and economy that is not £200 per month more expensive.

    I'd buy another, particularly the upcoming new model.

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