2003 Ford Mondeo Ghia Estate/Turnier 2.0 TDCi turbo diesel

Summary:

Very underrated large saloon

Faults:

After purchase, had to replace reverse light switch.

Had a rattle at idle; went away with clutch action. Replaced clutch/flywheel, clutch was fine, but flywheel was in bad shape at around 190k km.

Coolant hose leak around 193k.

Front stabilizer link bad around 196k.

Rust starting to form on all doors.

Hood/bonnet would not open at 199k.

General Comments:

This is in my opinion is a very comfortable car.

I have the Ghia edition, and the seats are very comfortable, and clean up easy.

Unlike some of its class competitors with the same mileage, it burns no oil and has no leaks.

I drive on the autobahn for 100km every day, regularly average between 5,7l/100km and 6,2l/100km as long as you don't have a heavy foot. It has a 55 liter tank, and I regularly get 850-1000km per tank.

Definitely not the best handling, but very secure. Do not feel a lot of roll, and the steering is not too light, not too heavy.

The backseat is very roomy with plenty of knee and head room.

Trunk/boot area is very big, and the seats fold down almost all the way flat, so it gets big in a hurry.

The above mentioned repair issues I consider to be nothing more than wear and tear. The service records were last updated with 67k more than 4 years ago with the first owner, so what was fixed until I bought it is a mystery. Underneath it is very solid, easy to work on, and parts can be found easily for reasonable prices. No joke, at least in this area of Germany, mk3 Mondeos are rare in junkyards.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2013

1996 Ford Mondeo FLH 1.6 16v

Summary:

Affordable, comfortable car well suited for long voyages

Faults:

Dead battery - it was 8 years old, so not a fault of a car.

General Comments:

I got the car as a fine bargain in October 2004. After my Ford Ka it was feeling 1000 times better, much more comfortable and consuming only a very little bit more. The 1.6 engine was enough for cruising, but 90 hp was sometimes too little for a comfortable acceleration. The seats were reasonably comfortable, but in summer I was desperately missing the air conditioner. On the highway, speeds up to 160 kmh were OK, over 160 the vibrations were getting not too comfortable. Anyways, it was a very good car, affordable, comfortable and with reasonable performance. It was in top condition, without any rust or scratches.. I would have driven it for a few years longer, but a few weeks ago I have crashed it due to very icy road downhill. Repair cost proposal was higher then the price I have paid to buy the car, so I am selling it, and getting either the same Mondeo with air conditioner or a Scorpio.

The Ford service was just great, making me absolutely satisfied, its one of main reasons for me to stay with Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2006

1993 Ford Mondeo Ghia 2.0 Gas

Summary:

Great used car -- don't buy new!

Faults:

All of my problems started happening around 145,000 KM.

Exhaust rusted at 135,000 KM and needed replacing.

Leather seats cracking (since I have had the car).

Stereo died (155,000 KM).

Windows are VERY slow rolling up (135,000 KM).

Brakes and tires wear out extremely quickly (of course, that may partially be my fault :) ).

General Comments:

The car was lowered by the previous owner. For a heavy car, it handles very well -- superb on the autobahn.

On the autobahn, I cruise at around 180 KPH (108 MPH) without a problem.

Passing ability is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd July, 2001