Can't agree with the expert review on this one. I would recommend Mondeo estates to anyone! I bought my 1997 from a local taxi company at 3 years old with 206K on the clock. FSH of course which I have mostly maintained and it's just the best car. I've been all over the place in it - down to the south of France for one trip and up and down the country for work and 7+ years later we're at 350,000 miles and she still goes great. I can't agree with the mpg figure of 40 either - well maybe now but when I bought her, she would do 510 miles on 55 litres which I make out at about 46mpg. Not so good now though. I throw loads in the back. I can get 5 plylinings for a berlingo or astra or combovan with generator, toolboxes and associated kit in no problem or 3 kits for the old dispatch/expert/scudo - driving with my knees under my chin but it all fits. Rust is showing now so her days are numbered but she only cost £211 for the Mot this year. I repeat. Just the best.
I bought this car is March 2007 for £212 off ebay, for that i got a 1993K 1.6LX estate with 129000 miles, some service history, half a tank of petrol, 5 months mot and 4 months tax. I have put on 4000 miles since getting it and all the car needed for the mot was a tyre and the bulbs adjusting.
The car still does 30mpg around town, cruises at 70mph at ease, and is more comfortable than my fathers 2002 ford focus. Parts are cheap, its easy to service yourself, the space with the seats folded down is tardis like, and insurance is dirt cheap (£117 fully comp for a 27 year old man, courtesy of morethan).
The only problem i can see with mondeo estates is the rear arches rust badly, but replacements are only £15 each :)
I bought the car at two years of age with FFSH and 90,000 miles on the clock. Since then over the last 5 and a bit years I've taken its overall mileage past 163,000.
Problems have been non existent barring replacing the rear brake pads. It's been totally reliable, great at load lugging, good to drive and since the birth of children 3 and 4 it's been adapted to a 7-seater.
I previously had a Merc E-class estate and had problem after problem. Give me my ford anyday.
I bought this Mondeo estate car for £400 from a relative. The car is ugly to look at and my family all hate it. My wife can't drive it and wants me to get rid of it. I said I would as soon as it fails the MOT or falls apart - but it just will not die.
If you are a tradesman and need a big solid workhorse you can't go wrong. It's huge and will lug anything, it has been hit buy a bus and rear ended by a new Beamer that disintergrated. My mondeo is still going strong.
It's a 94 reg and has done 165,000 miles and has just passed its fourth MOT test in a row, It has not needed anything doing in any of them. Oh, sorry, it did need a number plate bulb once.
Other than that the clutch cable has just recently snapped. It cost me £12.90 for a new cable and took me half an hour to fit with no tools and I'm not a mechanic.
Oh, and by the way, the insurance company paid me out £425 when they wrote it off for economic reasons and let me keep the car. If that's not free motoring, what is?
At this rate I'll never be able to get a new car.
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