Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ford Mondeo hatchback?
There’s not a great deal to be wary of with regard to the fifth-generation Ford Mondeo. However, as with all cars of its ilk, it’s a good idea to have a thorough check through the entirety of the interior for scuffs, scrapes, and other damage that may have been brought about by the rigours of family life.
Keep in mind, too, that some of the materials used in the Mondeo are lower-quality than those in more premium rivals, so might be more easily marked.
The Mondeo’s quite a big car, so check carefully around the exterior for scuffs and scrapes. Also, keep a keen eye open for any poorly repaired accident damage – slight mismatches in colour and wonky gaps between the panels are clues.
What are the most common problems with a used Ford Mondeo hatchback?
Headlights may switch off without warning
Some early examples made up until 22 December 2015 and were fitted with optional adaptive LED headlights might suffer from a software glitch that can switch the headlights off. Any Ford dealer will be able to upload the updated software to prevent any future problems, free of charge.
Clutch pressure plate fracture
This recall relates to vehicles fitted with either the 1.0 or 1.5-litre petrol engine and were built between 30 June 2016 and 30 May 2018, where the clutch pressure plate may fracture. You may notice a burning smell and the vehicle slowing down, accompanied by a loud thud or bang. Contact your local Ford dealer to find out if your car is affected.
Oil sump may crack
There is a potential problem with some Mondeos manufactured between 19 September 2014 and 28 September 2015 where the engine oil sump at the bottom of the engine may crack in extreme circumstances if the engine overheats. Revised software is available for affected vehicles that are affected that is more able to detect the engine overheating sooner and take action to prevent this.
The clutch that engages and disengages the air-con compressor from the engine (basically, switches your air-con on and off) could fail on Mondeos assembled between 1 September 2014 and 20 April 2018. Find out from your Ford dealer if your car is affected because it'll need to have a new clutch fitted if it is.
A problem with the 12v battery fitted to some examples made from the start of production until 11 February 2019 could lead to a fire in extreme circumstances. Check with your local Ford dealer if your car is affected since it'll need to have a new fused wiring loom fitted to prevent future issues.
Is a used Ford Mondeo hatchback reliable?
Ford as a brand came in 18th place out of 31 manufacturers in the same survey, with BMW finishing ahead of it according to our latest results.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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