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. Listen carefully for rattles, too.
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 mistmatches in colour and wonky gaps between the panels are clues.
What are the most common problems with a used Ford Mondeo hatchback?
Some owners have reported problems with the driveshafts which have resulted in vibrations through the steering and chassis. These should have been fixed under warranty, but keep in mind that any untoward vibrations you feel on a test drive could be a sign of an expensive fault.
Other owners have experienced electrical glitches with the Mondeo, mainly to do with the climate control system; there is a Ford technical bulletin in place which provides a fix for climate control systems behaving erratically.
At the time of writing, there are two recalls in place on this generation of Mondeo, one a fix for headlamps which may turn off without warning, affecting almost 10,000 cars. Check that the car you’re looking at isn’t affected using the DVSA vehicle recalls website, and if it is, make sure that the work has either been done already, or get it booked in at a Ford dealership once you get the car.
Is a used Ford Mondeo hatchback reliable?
It’s still early days yet, but the initial signs are good, with the Mondeo achieving a creditable score of 86% in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey.