Bought 2.5V6 GhiaX Estate in 2003, 5k miles. Though pleasant to drive, my experience is not good.
Uses rear brake calipers, disks + pads like they are out of fashion. 2 sets under warranty + 2 more at my own expense since,3 wheel bearings,2 handbrake worm gears,2-off Fuel Sender units, and a fuel pump, all many hundreds of £. I can go on - rusting doors fixed under warranty, water leaks at drivers door - all seals replaced and problem never fixed. 6000CD radio/CD is rubbish with 2 replaced under warranty, latterly failed again and now have Clarion which was another £300 I didn't want to spend.
Don't forget numerous cigar lighter fuses going charging my mobile, cutting out when backing off downhill and rattling heat shields all of which are well known design faults on this car, all with 14GB of Internet space dedicated to them, but strangely completely unknown or unsolvable by the 3 Ford Dealers I have used. I still have these problems as I say bye to the car.
Another issue, to be aware of, is Ford never have the parts in stock, or dont seem to be able to get them in under 3 days so prepare to walk (37 days in 4 years).
All trouble could be my driving, but I don't think so as car replaced was a previous model Mondeo I had for same time and never had problems with brakes,bearings,handbrake or anything actually. At the end of my ownership but I can say that I am not having another.
Bought this car three years ago. It was three years old at the time, had 23,000 miles on the clock and I purchased it for only £5700!!! It has now done 50,000 miles, and I have had only the rear bushes and rear brake pads wear out on it. Thats cheap motoring! It is a 51 plate, so is the orginal version. But thanks to parts being similar with the facelifted versions and being available on a certain online auction site, I have been able to keep it fresh looking(e.g latest rear lights, etc.) If I hadn't, I think this version may look very outdated. The cabin seems solidly put together, with the occasional rattle which is normally easily located and fixed. The engine is the entry level 1.8 123bhp version. Its ok round town, but keeping up with accelerating traffic on motorways pushes it hard. It struggles if the car is fully loaded with passengers too. Also, at motorway speeds the wind flutter round the mirrors is irritating - thank goodness for loud music!!! Most of my travelling is around town, and the ride is firm but not uncomfortable, but the 17" alloys don't help this. On the upside though, its a great car to drive, and gives me pleasure each time I'm driving on a twisty B-road. Would I buy the mk3 Mondeo again - yes. Firstly the new Mondeo is just too large for my needs, and the Focus maybe too small. Secondly, they are a bargain when bought 2nd hand. Only difference next time would be the engine size. Maybe the 2.2 diesel would be more exciting .......
I paid £7800 for a 12 month old 1.8LX with 12k on the clock. 3 years and 55k later i can say this has been the best family taxi/haulier and work commuter i have owned. It will easily swallow a double buggy and shopping bags.
Not the quickest car in the world or the best for fuel consumption (Ave 34 MPG) and the engine doesn't like a full load, but alone and kept in high revs it will perform well enough to keep a smile on your face. It also handles well for a large car.
Service costs have been good and in its 4 years of life has had a new wash wipe motor and a air con recharge.
The only thing stopping me from buying this car agian will be a 12 month old new shape Mondeo next year (Hopefully at half MRRP like mine was)
This is the first car that's broke all my own expectations! I bought a Ford Mondeo 2.0 T.D.C.i. 130 b.h.p. 5 door hatchback...it's great! it does near 50 m.p.g. on a run & about 38 m.p.g. running local it's roomy I love the stereo controls by the steering wheel my Mondeo is on a 55 plate bought on px for a Hyundai Accent on a 52 plate my cost with px from Brunels of Bristol? £8,500 what a bargain...the staff too really went the extra mile too, my wife took our Mondeo in to refit fuses under guarantee, no quibble they were Brilliant! we've had the Mondeo for about 6 weeks now & love it more each day...I have been in friends Beamers & Avensis's but they don't come close to the Mk3 Mondeo...to our family at least, the best family car in Europe!...it has many extras temparture gauge....How far you have left to go in miles...etc...Heated windscreen & rear window automatic wipers...automatic headlights & dip-beam & more...staggy The best family car in Europe....
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