I've had this car from new for 2.5yrs, 27Kmiles. Good: Great engine, lots of torque, v.enjoyable on dual carraigeway.Feels very solid Combined 45mpg.Not too much wind noise. Very good car to drive. Bad: Ventilation, windscreen & side windows steam up and dont clear easily.Cant clear condensation from side windows. Revs go up on their own from 800 to 1000rpm. You can take your foot off the clutch and the car drives up to 30mph, without touching the accelerator Ride is firm and the seats a bit hard. Problems: boot locked & rear windcreen motor replaced,under warranty.Unfortunately 2 dealers and 3 attempts to fix the 'driving on its own' problem,but still exists. New front discs and pads, after only 25K. Replaced front tyres after 20K. Dealership Service: Poor. One dealership replaced rear pads(without asking).Problem actually lay with front pads and the car came out from the garage worse than when it went it. Would I buy another one? I'd like to, but I'm going to test drive others as I have a long standing back problem and the ride is a bit too firm. My left knee is giving me a problem, so I may want a diesel automatic. Ergo, will test VW and Citroens. Ford’s new Price List states they have a new Diesel Auto 'Powershift' gearbox , but my enquiry to Ford,via email,met with a resounding silence. Its a pity.The car has a great deal to offer and if I didnt have my back problem and a dodgy left knee, I'd certainly consider this car again.
J Macdonald, Midlothian, March 9th 2008