I have now had this car for 3 months and it is superb to drive. It is a comfortable quiet car. When i first got it I was a little dissapointed that I could hardly hear the engine, but when you boot it you can hear it and it sounds good. However when you boot it the fuel economy is quite bad but if you buy the 2.5 v6 then you should expect this and it should not be a problem. There is a huge amount of room in the boot, I have had 4 golf bags in the boot and still had some room left over. All in all this is a great car.
I've owned this car now for 6 months and its seriously good. For a start, with the ST bodykit, its one of the best looking 4dr cars on the road - park it next to a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 and looks - wise there's absolutely no contest.
Its fantastic to drive in any situation, really comfortable on the motorway (the seats are fabulously comfortable), and yet its also electric to drive on a country lane - the steering is the best of any car I've ever driven.
The diesel motor is slightly noisy when its cold, but is fine once warmed through. Mid range this car is superb, overtaking slower moving traffic is a complete doddle thanks to masses of pulling power, and it does at least 45mpg on a long run.
All in all, I can't fault this car. Its roomy, practical, well equipped, goes very nicely, looks brilliant and has been totally reliable (so far...).
I could have bought a second hand BMW or Audi, but you see far too many on the road these days and though they are good cars, for me they were a bit too much of an obvious choice. There aren't that many Mondeo ST's about, which is partly why I like them so much. Badge aside, this car can match any similar 'prestige' car.
Would I recommend buying one? Definately.
I have two mondeos now, a saloon and an estate, both with duratorq 2.0 diesels. Very good on consumption, spacious, reliable and superior to others in so many ways. Even extremelly tall persons can sit in the back comfortably. It's also not at all interesting to thieves, as the passat for example. I have left it open many times and nobody has even bothered to open it.
However, I did have to change the flywheel like some other reviewers here, which was replaced together with the clutch. Otherwise great car, and I would definitely buy it again, even if I had to choose between this, the passat and the vectra.
This is my fourth Mondeo, previous models all being LX's (1.6, 2.0 & 1.8 petrol). Buying the Ghia 2.0 diesel gave me the same reliability but with added comfort and economy. I put in a lot of miles each year, and even after 16 months of ownership I still get a buzz driving it around. If I have one regret though it is that I bought a saloon instead of a hatch, but that is only a minor gripe. The interior trim is classy looking and very comfortable and I love the computer functions. When I got it I was getting 54mpg, but lately that has dropped down to 50mpg. I had a 37500 mile service today so I am hoping it will be back up. When I change it towards the end of the year it will be for a Mondeo Ghia Estate.
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