2003 Ford Mondeo Trend 2.0 TDCI 115 BHP


Dull, but worthy


Small rattle from the driver seatbelt holder.

General Comments:

Car's design (both inside & out) is very bland. The recent 2005 face lift looks a lot better and the interiors in sporty versions can be quite OK, but unfortunately this is just a run-of-the-mill 2003 Trend.

More on the interior:

- Seats are good if not the best (try a Volvo sometime) and driving position is well adjustable

- Plastics are actually not *that* hard, but just look very cheap

- Fit and finish is beyond reproach, very solidly built

- Came with a pack with auto wipers, auto lights and dimming rear view mirror - all are perfect except the lights which sometimes take too long to switch on (already dark)

- Obviously the car is very roomy (not to say huge), with good seating space for 4 adults and a generous boot

- Radio quality is OK, but the possibility to plug an MP3 player into the glove compartment and play it on AUX is fantastic

Road handling is good - excellent steering feel (many 'premium' car manufacturers, Audi most notably, could learn from this), very safe behaviour on the limit (really no need for ESP) and strong brakes. Mine lacks a bit of incisiveness at times, but that is probably due to 16" steel wheels.

Comfort is another strong point, somehow the card manages to combine good road holding manners with good filtering and firm, but comfortable suspension.

Engine is OK in 115 BHP TDCI version, with the 5-speed manual fun to use (plus as engine noise is OK and there is enough torque a 6th is not really required). Biggest complaint would be that they did not fit a variable turbo to this version of engine, which results in a very predictable turbo 'spike' somewhere over 2000 RMP, with very little on offer below. Not a storming engine, but perfectly reasonable for everyday (highway) use.

Summary: A car that doesn't appeal to your (or at least my) emotions in any way, but can't be faulted objectively. For the money, it would be hard to find a better transport. Note that I say transport, because as a car enthusiast this is definitely not a car I would get if it were my money (but (un) fortunately it is not). Still, the basics are so good that I would not be entirely unconvinced by a smart-looking, facelift 2005 2.2 TDCI (155 BHP) in Titanium trim (but then again, probably not).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st October, 2005

2004 Ford Mondeo ST 3.0


A high performance bargain, very luxuriously finished..


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

My new st 220 handles like it's on rails, gps navigation is very accurate.

A real wolfe in sheep clothes

Best car Ford has ever build in Belgium. Congrats for Genk factories are in order...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2004

12th Sep 2005, 16:17

I now live in Belgium, where is Genk in relation to the country and more to the point Brussels where I am situated? I might go and buy a new Ford from there if I can pass my test while out here... though the standard of Brussels' roads means it might have to wait until I "emigrate back" to England! By the way the ST is a fabulous automobile with a sweet-sounding V6, that is easily a match for any modified "boy-racer" Saxo, CRX and what-have-you, plus the added comforts of a family-saloon with all the practicalities. A car which you can buy in your early 20s (as I am now) and keep until your retirement day at about 60! (well maybe supplement it with a Bentley or such like after 40 years of hard work!)

1995 Ford Mondeo CLX Clipper 1.8 TD


Very good stable car!


My Airco went down when I bought.

I am losing a couple of hundreds of RPM when I turn on my Airco.

Normally I make +-900RPM, but when I turn on my Airco I get +-700rpm which is too low if you want to start driving.

I got powerloss.

Sometimes, my door blocks too and I have to close it again, but a little harder then normally.

General Comments:

I was very happy with this car despite the few malfunctions.

It's very stable in corners and that gives you a safe feeling.

My next car is also a Mondeo, but not a Clipper as this is too big for 1 person.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2003