1997 Ford Mondeo Ghia 2.0i


Good value family car with good performance hidden under an unassuming image


I've only had the car since June so its still early days.

It was in excellent condition when I got it. However with 2 boys (aged 2&6) it never takes long to get that 'trashed' look inside!

The only thing has been rattling rear speakers which appear to have resolved itself.

Someone stole the aerial when on holiday but it makes no difference to FM reception and have not replaced it yet.

General Comments:

Compared to my previous car this is like a limo. It is very comfortable and quiet on the road.

We travel on motor-ways a lot on holiday and it eats up the miles effortlessly so everyone is less stressed. Its so much less noisy on the motorway than the old Volvo. A car obviously designed for motorway travel. It cruises at 85-90 MPH without any trouble.

The boot is pretty big and enough for most family trips. We went on a camping holiday for a week and the boot managed to take most stuff although there is also plenty of space between seats and at feet etc. Even with this extra stuff inside my two sons were comfortable enough in the back.

I have been surprised at the petrol consumption. Our last car was a 1400cc and really ate up the petrol about town. This car is certainly heavier around town but no worse than the Volvo on the motorway or on smaller roads.

The air con is useful although you really need to use it to demist the windscreen.

Seating is comfortable and the height adjustable drivers seat means you can get an excellent driving position.

Off the motorway on smaller roads the car handles very well on corners and has bags of acceleration when you need it - although it sounds a bit gruff when you do. Otherwise the engine ticks over very quietly.

Full electric windows and mirrors is useful and the extras like front fog lights are welcome. However can someone tell me why you need more than 5 different time settings on the intermittent wiper setting?

There could be more storage in the cabin but it is adequate.

The car is pretty unspectacular and to be frank, boring, to look at but my model looks very sleek and uncomplicated which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned - a bit of a wolf in sheeps clothing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2001

11th Sep 2001, 06:43

I find the 5 wiper time delay settings great. The Sierra 2.0 GLX had a variable control which worked fine also. Both above types allow you to match the wiper delay to the rate of rain fall - the wipers are not wiping a nearly dry screen.

The Base Escort has only 1 speed intermittent and many times the rain is too light for single continuous, but too heavy for the single intermittent. Then when stopped at traffic lights, the single intermittent is then too fast.

1997 Ford Mondeo ST24 2.5 V6


Wouldn't buy another as I was badly let down by Ford's service


After my 80K service, the fuel consumption immediately got worse - from 380-400 miles per tankful to somewhere around 320. Also within days my speedo and fuel gauge started cutting out intermittently. The garage denied both had anything to do with them, but after I found they had fitted a tyre on the wrong way I'm not sure I believe them! (Polar Ford - Stevenage UK). 3000 miles later and several visits to Ford dealers and the problem with my dials STILL cannot be found!!! Most annoying - for me and my wallet!!!

General Comments:

Poor Ford dealer had a lack of interest in a problem seemingly caused by them in 1st place.

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

Review Date: 16th February, 2001

17th Feb 2001, 00:49

My Mondeo has also had tyres fitted incorrectly repeatedly. Again, this was at Ford garages.

27th Feb 2001, 04:33

I've also got a Mondeo 1.8 LX with alloys on it. It's a very nice car, but three of the directional tyres have been put on the wrong way! Ford need to get their act together.

25th Mar 2001, 03:26

I have had the same level of service from Gowrings of Newbury (Ford Dealer) with my ST24.

They fitted 2 front tyres the wrong way round and then insisted it made no difference to tyre wear!!

Also have had them change plugs for me but they forgot to do the back two!!

Maybe this is because they are hard to get too, watch for this if having service done!!

22nd Dec 2002, 06:26

I have an st24 and booked it in to my local ford garage in Uxbridge for what I considered to be routine work. This included a service and to sort out a problem of engine pinking at 3000rpm. I was shocked to find that when I got the car back only the front three plugs had been changed, it still had the old oil filter with new oil added and to top it off the pinking still remains. Needless to say that particular garage will not be seeing my car again!

29th Dec 2002, 09:46

Our Mondeo has survived well, but the Ford dealer that it was purchased from was less than impressive.

After it's first service, they appraoched with a bill of over £700. We only had essentials fixed, bringing it to £400.

The rest was done at a local garage for under £100.