I have purchased a Mondeo 2.0 TDCi. After six months of driving the car, I have found it to be very poor on fuel performance. I am only getting an average of 32mpg - very poor performance.
Handling is very poor, too. The turbo pipe keeps coming off. I have spent over £1400 on repairs and recently the starter motor went, so I replaced it for £320 and then after three weeks it went again to be told that the dual-mass flywheel was filling the starter motor with filings, therefore I needed a new clutch and dual-mass flywheel at a cost of £1380.
Now they say my diesel pump has gone, as the ceramic bearings diminish with this new low-sulphur diesel - the cost £1470. This is a three-year old car fully maintained by a Ford main dealer and Ford has said all of my problems are down to natural wear and tear, and they feel having spent now over £9000 on a three-year old Mondeo that this extra £4700 is acceptable.
All I can say is I will never ever trust ford, or a Ford dealer, and I shall never ever buy another Ford diesel. I previously owned seven Vauxhall Omegas and never had problems like this.
Bought my 02 plate with 66k on clock with FSH. I was dubious about highish miles, but I neednt have worried. It just chews the miles, motorways, winding B roads - it doesnt matter. Its smooth, powerful (dont go for the 115bhp), with a great surge of power for such a big car as well as a great chassis. Lots of gizmos and gadgets as youd expect for the Ghia. It easily seats 4 adults, a rottweiler in the boot and an open canoe on the roof!Its cheap to run, servicing is reasonable and is reliable. Had one problem - needed a whole new clutch at 68k, covered under warranty, so it didnt bother me much. Im surprised to say this, but overall this is probably the best alround car Ive had.
I've run a Mondeo estate for 3 1/2 years now and I have to admit that it has excelled. It is roomy, handles and goes well, the 2.0l petrol regularly returns 38mpg on a run and averages around 32mpg. I've been looking at a replacement car and only Audi bettered the interior build quality (by some margin I'd admit), the new VW Passat isn't as good imho. My dealer has been excellent but then the car hasn't really gone wrong so I guess I've been lucky. My only gripe is interior lighting - Ford don't fit any in the back if you don't go for Ghia spec - a problem when buckling up child seats on a winters night.... If you can live with the badge (and I guess I can't anymore) then I'd highly recommend the car.
the car feels its size but handles quite well plenty of poke in the engine cabin quality good for the money and carries plenty.however the dealers leave a lot to be desired! warranty service very poor aparantly a seat belt only lasts 12 months! dealer does not want to know and ford themselves were very unhelpful and also apparently taking your car to a non VAT registered garage will invalidate your warranty i didn't think that was correct. overall nice car to drive and look after however dealers and ford rubbish will i buy another now theres a question.
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