1997 Ford Mondeo Aspen 1.8 turbo diesel
A very reliable family or work horse car
The seats started to wear at about 70,000 miles and lost any support that they had.
At 140,000 got rattle when turning right took a while to fix as it was because of the engine mounts.
New clutch at 65,000 miles due to previous owner.
Very economical, especially on motorways. I have got nearly 600 miles out of a tank.
Very reliable, it did not have to go into the garage except from services from 70,000 to 130,000. After that it only went in for things that could not be fixed on the service, due to lack of parts.
You have to find a good dealer as there are some that are not so customer focused, but generally I have found them to be good.
There are some good bargains around now. You could pick one up for £4000 with 70,000 miles and run it to at least 160,000 from my experience.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th April, 2003