I love the car because it's a real workhorse. It's great in mid revs and returns good miles to the gallon for its class. I recommend this car if you are on a budget and depend on a large estate.
No problems with the way the car drives or looks and as an estate it has a vast interior.
However my car has suffered from woeful reliability. Over the past 12 months and 25,000 miles the car has needed new fuel injectors to cure rough running (very common on the TDCI engine I am told), further attention to cure an underbonnet fuel leak after the dealer botched the injector change, attention to the turbo/intercooler after a pipe split nearly leaving me stranded on the M6, constant attention to wheel alignment to cure excessive tyre ware, grinding brakes (another common Mondeo problem) and various electrical faults.
The car has also just started idling badly again. Thats probably another new set of injectors needeed!
The car was also broken into via the drivers door. Police and insurers both confirmed Mondeo security is rubbish and the cars are targetted by thieves.
Returning to the local Ford dealer is like going back in time, never any courtesy cars and kept waiting for drop off and collection. The place seems to be run for Transit van fleets rather than private motorists. Not cheap either for routine servicing.
In conclusion this is the most unreliable car I have ever owned and the whole ownership experience has been miserable. Will I have another? What do you think!
I have just brought this car and the first thing I can say about it is that the mid-range torque is so, so strong. As long as you keep it between 1800 and 3500rpm, it will be as quick as most cars on the road today.
The handling so far is OK but I have not had the chance to explore. I know one thing though - the 225/50 R18 wheels had quite a bit of grip, even in winter conditions, so come summer I shall have a bit of fun.
The long journey is effortless with cruise control and lots of torque, but the seats are not the most comfortable at all. The interior is nice, as are the alcantara seats. Fuel economy is not what the book says, but for the performance is good.
I have just traded this car in for a smaller Fiesta 1.25LX, due to a change of job and a much shorter commute.
I enjoyed my Mondeo for around 18 months. The car (not the interior) was great for long-distance travel, easily eating up the motorway miles. However, it possessed possibly the most uncomfortable driver's seat I've ever sat in. The lumbar-support was never right; it was always too hard or too soft. The seat felt like there was a ridge in the metal seat frame, about midway down my back, which made my back ache after about 45 minutes or so.
The car performed well, even with a full boot and driver and three adult passengers on board. However, the clutch action was always savage, even after adjustment. It was either on or off, with no 'feel' to it and it was very easy to stall the car when pulling away from traffic lights.
For a large car, the handling was superb. It could be flung around corners like the Clio 172 I had before it! The huge amounts of torque running through the front Continental tyres meant that at 18,000 miles, they were due for replacement. At around £120 per tyre, this would have been an expensive exercise.
Overall, it's a large, load-swallowing car, with a flawed driver’s seat and clutch mechanism. Otherwise, it was a cracking drive, it handled brilliantly, and was even fairly economical, though not outstanding.
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