This car has now covered 90,000 miles, and all of them have been horrible, partly because almost everything electrical has broken.
I have owned my Ghia 2.0-litre for three years now. I bought it for about £2500 when it was four years old and had covered roughly 86,000 miles. It was an ex-company car and was in very good condition.
Its tough, reliable and cheap to run, but best of all is the way it drives! It does a good impression of a sports car when I want to have some fun and cruises quietly on the motorway.
I like the way nobody notices it when parked or when making progress on the motorway. I always get over 30mpg and only spend money on regular servicing to make it run perfectly. My only worry is what I will replace it with. This is the best car I have ever owned.
I'm male,38 years old, with 7 yearrs no claims bonus and live just outside Durham city. I got the car from a local, small and test driven before buying of course.It's a mk2 2.0 Ghia.
In my first month I did nearly 3000 miles. A trip to Loch Ness proved more comfortable than I imagined. Being 6' 2", getting camping gear, two adults and my dog in proved easy. Its got my dogs seal of approval - he loves the backseat.It also got my work mate's approval when he sat behind me and he's 6 foot too.
Handling is good, as is performance which I expected from a 2.0 petrol.
Only one fault has occured which the dealer sorted immediately. The filler cap wouldn't open.
My last car was a 306 diesel. The difference is very noticeable - very quiet.
My only niggle with it is a bit of road noise from the tyres. But these are cheap radials at the minute. Even when at motorway speeds it sounds quiet.
Security is important to me also so deadlocks and immobiliser are great.
There are plenty of toys to play with on it too.
The power steering sometimes feels too light for me at motorway speeds, but is just right when running around town or country roads. Even Ford doesn't charge too much to service it.
I had the car six and half years and never had any major repair bills. Regularly serviced it ran to 205,000 miles before I had a minor crash and the insurance company wrote it off due to its age and milage. It was however still going strong with all its parts and I am sure it would have done another 100,000 miles easily. It wasn't the most economical car averaging 29mpg on the 2.0 petrol engine but it was smooth and fast, with a top speed of over 125mph (and yes I did check that out - but not often).
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