2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 Duratec
Reliable, reassuring, a trusted friend
Clutch needed replacing at 180,000 km, only after I towed an overloaded trailer up a steep driveway. Was still the original clutch, although the design with a dual flywheel meant it cost NZD 3,500 at a Ford dealer to replace.
The air conditioning on some days seems to go back and forth from cold to hot, and takes a very long time to cool the car down on hot days.
Torrential rain on two occasions have overloaded the drainage points (subsequently discovered they were blocked with leaves). That causes flooding in foot wells from water entering through the air vents.
The open/close control for one of the dash mounted air vents over travelled and has become stuck open. $150 quote to replace/repair it - I can live with it stuck open.
Very reliable, with only annual servicing required.
Handling is precise, firm and reassuring, especially on narrow winding coastal roads.
Cabin and upholstery still feels modern despite being ten years old, and the seats have survived all the kids can throw at them in this time.
As with all cars, I wish things such as autumn leaves settling around the air vents and under the bonnet below the window wipers would be factored into the design, to minimise the chance of them clogging drainage holes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd February, 2012
17th Mar 2016, 10:18
Thank you. My Ford Fairmont didn't like the trailer pulling either. Cost over 2 thousand to "Not repair it". Diagnostics can't find the problem, and after trying everything it still shunts after driving for a while, and the petrol gauge reads from half way and flies to the full mark after driving for 15 minutes. It's been horrible and put me right off Fords. However a Mondeo is available and is nice and tidy. But your review has given me the confidence to not write off Fords just yet! Thanking you.
20th Mar 2016, 02:39
I feel certain that you are driving this car too fast for the fuel gauge to settle at the right level on a regular enough occurrence to enable it to provide you with a true reading. Correct?