I bought this car (2001 model)when it was three years old and had done 57000 miles (I had previously had virtually trouble free motoring from a succession of three earlier model Mondeo diesel estates each covering well over 200000 miles). When the car was bought the top of the range radio could not be properly tuned to any station (a fault which has never been corrected). Front tyre wear has been excessive unless the tracking is very frequently checked and rear suspension problems caused a motorway blowout when both rear tyres wore through on inside edges. Its now done 125000 miles and in the last eight weeks I have spent £2900 on repairs made up of starter motor (£400), clutch and flywheel (£1100) and diesel pump (£1400). The latter is apparently a dealer only repair. After continuous problems with the handbreak I am now told two new rear calipers are required (£175 each side). When its running properly its a great car but buy another!!!!!!!!!!
Ive had the car for 3 weeks(as a courtesy)I think that people who buy fords dont know that there are better cars,for the money,out there.Ive been driving diesels for a while and this is the most powerful but definetly the least economical.My mums B5 passat hasnt dropped below 50mpg since she got it in ‘01,the mondeo struggles to break 40,38 is probably its combined figure,which, for a brand new tdci engine is very poor.The dual mass flywheel,which this car is fitted with,causes it to stall if you try to release the clutch in first,without adding some revs.This has happened to me a few times and each time the low fuel warning light has come on??Driving at night,the heating element in the windscreen causes car headlights to blur and refract the light substancially,which doesn’t help concentration,im glad i wont be using this car over the dark winter months.The headlining at the tailgate aperture is not fixed to the roof and is hanging with no obvious way of re-attaching it.There are bolts missing from the front armrest. The ashtray between the seats is opening of its own accord.The stereo is too bass biased(and i used to be a DJ!).The rain sensitive wipers dont reset themselves if a sudden downpour suddenly stops.However,the car handles very well for a big car,it pulls into roundabouts like something half its size (but theres way too much lift in the suspension on acceleration).It could afford to trade some power for increased economy,but its not refined..it’s a Ford.
First impressions are excellent, have the Estate and it carries huge amounts of goodsandlots of room for passengers. It is a verylarge motor. 2L petrol is powerful and runs up to 100mph too easily,where legal, petrol consumption can be high if you use the power and air con. But near silent running is great. I bought a year old average miles, so got it below list by over £8K, so don't buy new! So why spend a fortune on a 'luxury' car?- British snobbery keeps the Germans in business.
I have had this car for 10 months and have done nearly 20k miles and I still love it. Firstly it drives and handles really well, it also looks in my opinion one of the best looking estates on the road. Yes it is expensive to run but I was fully aware of this beforehand as it is a 3.0L petrol. I brought mine second hand less than a year old with 8K on the clock off Ford and saved over 10k off the list price. Basically brilliant model with all the spec you could need, don't buy this model brand new and expect to fill up a little more often.
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