1997 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 petrol
Cheap and cheerful
A headlight bulb failed. This turned into a surprisingly long winded task to replace as you have to remove the grille and other items. The engine rattles a lot when cold and is not very smooth above about 3000 rpm. A front door speaker requires replacement which is awkward because the door cards are difficult to remove. The oil filter is in an awkward position to replace.
It's a cheap (less than £2k for an estate) family load lugger. Plenty of rear leg room and I can carry a fullsize tandem bicycle inside. The clutch does not have a very progressive action (unlike my old Citroen), the gearchange is rather slow and the front seats are uncomfortable. It is economical on the motorway and rides / handles reasonably well. The detail design is not very good (see comments on servicing above) and some interior parts are cheap and flimsy, such as centre console and arm rest.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th May, 2006