1997 Ford Mondeo Reviews from UK and Ireland - Page 4 of 11

1997 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 petrol

Year of manufacture1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carCitroen ZX

Summary:

Cheap and cheerful

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1997 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

I have never been so happy with a car, this is exactly what every family man needs

Faults:

My Brake Fluid pipe had split.

My back window seal has started to split.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable and it gives you that extra speed when you need it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2005

1997 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 16v

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired29700 miles
Most recent distance35800 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

Good looking and sensible. Will play if asked!

Faults:

The passenger side central locking unit seized and had to be replaced. Cost: £109.76. (Solenoid and labour)

The original remote key fob wasn't working when I purchased the car privately. Now I use a 2004 Mondeo remote key fob (3 buttons), and now I can open the boot with it too! (Only had 2 buttons on the 1997 key fob!)

General Comments:

I owned a 1990 Ford Orion 1.6 8 valve beforehand, which because of its engine type; had, or felt like it had more torque than the Mondeo. You have to really let the revs rise on the Mondeo to get it anywhere fast. That's the trade off between an 8 valve and a 16 valve I suppose. The Mondeo's ace card though is its smoothness and refinement. It's silky smooth, especially on my low mileage Verona model. The brakes are more than up to the job too, offering plenty of feel and feedback for normal road use. The boot space is phenomenal and the interior in general is very well put together. My only gripe is that my car never came with the P6000 CD system!...Hardly a gripe is it??

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2005

25th Jan 2005, 17:19

Your Mondeo has 16 valves too. Higher pull comes from that Orion lower weight.

26th Jan 2005, 16:51

Hello, I said the Orion had "8" Valves! Not "16" The power in the CVH lump came in earlier than the Mondeo giving it the feeling it was pulling harder/quicker. The downside was that the Orion ran out of steam at about 4000rpm, where as the zetec is still making power above 4500rpm!

Remember, the Orion CVH (Dual carb model) didn't come with a restrictive catalytic exhaust system (Which as we know restricts most engines by 10-15%) So the engine pretty much 'breathed' easier through low revs. With Mondeo's you can actually 'hear' the engine struggle until it starts singing higher up the rev range! (It would be interesting to see the dips and troughs on a Dynograph actually, to prove this)

Maybe Ford should take a tip fom Honda's V-tec engines, where as 8 valve are used in the lower revs, and then all 16 kick in afterwards (Usually from about 3000rpm)

Anyway, all this is relative! My Orion cracked 125mph down the M6/M1 last spring! (On the clock!!) Unfortunately when I slowed down the engine was pinging like mad. Orions aren't meant to rev at nearly 5000rpm in top for 40 miles!!!) It was never the same again, hence me buying the Mondeo. Funnily enough I only ever got 115mph out of the Mondeo! Maybe that's the weight, you were on about mate!

If your thinking that I have waffled on about my Orion, on a Mondeo review, then I apologise. Its just that the old girl gave me so much driving pleasure, that its hard not to sing her praises.

To everyone who knew her in the quaint village of Frodsham, she was known as the "H reg Minta!" RIP.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 44 reviews