1994 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland


1st class!



General Comments:

What a car - smooth & quiet ride.

Auto change is smooth, seats are comfortable on a journey, corners well, good audio system.

Large boot area, plenty of front nooks & crannys for storage.

Good looking car with dealer supplied body styling options available.

The car is a 1994 model and shows no sign of wear at all, looks like a brand new car out of a showroom!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2001

1994 Ford Mondeo GLX 2.0 from UK and Ireland


A damn good workhorse, much better than the Sierra and would definitely have another


Very little, got an RAC warranty when purchased and this covered a new radiator damaged by stone and a starter motor.

Also the car alarm would go off without any reason so I replaced the unit.

Recently fitted a new radio.

Apart from that it's been an excellent motor. I've always looked after my cars and regularly changed the oil every 6 months. This way I have had no engine related problems. I reckon the car would go to at least 200,000 without any major problems, it still purrs along. Most of my mileage is motorway, on average 550 per week.

General Comments:

Can be uncomfortable on the thighs on long journeys, could do with a little more torque at lower end revs.

Body has remained in good nick over the time I've had it.

Carpets are begining to wear on driver's side.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2000

1994 Ford Mondeo LX TD 1.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Timing belt pulleys (camshaft and jockey pulley) started to break up at 60,000 miles.

Leaking diesel cut off switch.

Alternator failure and the starter failed twice in 1,000 miles (apparently caused by diesel leaking from the cut off switch into it).

Water leak in the boot due to a missing rear light seal!

General Comments:

The car performed well, was very economical but was let down badly by its dubious built quality.

On the other hand it was probably built early in the production run so minor problems were bound to occur. Our Ford dealer was generally very good to deal with, especially when the problem with the timing belt pulleys occured, which they fixed free of charge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2000

13th Sep 2003, 14:04

I myself have the same car the manual specifications for this model recommends that the timing belts and power steering belts should be renewed every 30000 miles. The manufacture of the belts only guarantee them for this amount of service. I do find the belts and related bearings expensive at around £70 to £100 per kit.

1994 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Second hand bargain


Required a new front nearside suspension arm approximately 1 week after purchase. Caused by the disintegration of a rubber 'bush'. Fixed promptly for £120 by a Ford dealer.

General Comments:

Decent car with a lot of life left in it. Only worth about £2500, and yet drives like new.

Is fast enough to easily keep up with motorway traffic, sharp handling, starts well and confident brakes. A sound car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2000

1994 Ford Mondeo ST24 2.5 V6 Duratec from UK and Ireland


For 2nd hand money, it's a monster. Don't buy new - depreciation is a killer


Rear anti-roll bar bushes replaced by the dealer at the 60,000 mile service. Also both rear brake callipers and handbrake cables had seized and were replaced(luckily under extended warranty).

Front door locks internal locking mechanisms broke - this also switches off the alarm system - I have replaced the driver's side lock but as yet not the passenger side.

Water pump failure at 76,000 miles - I had to strip both cylinder heads off it on the drive and replace the gaskets - Ford quoted 20 hours labour plus parts for the job. I would advise a check of any higher mileage V6 water pumps as they are a particularly cheap and nasty part which is relied on to cool several thousand pounds worth of all-aluminium engine. The pump itself consists of a steel shaft with a plastic impeller pressed on the end. There isn't even a pin through the impeller to stop it turning on the pump shaft. The impeller on my pump cracked and stopped turning, seriously overheating the engine.

Both exhaust catalytic converters changed due to a manufacturer recall - check yours has been done.

Rear and centre sections of the exhaust have been replaced - can't really complain about that one due to the mileage - apart from the fact that I had to dealer order the rear section as the aftermarket exhaust dealers did not have the part listed at that time.

New front discs. Rear diskc now need replacing, as do the fronts again, due to warping.

Started pulling to one side under braking and full power on mode. I ended up changing the front lower suspension arm bushes on both sides. TIP - if it happens to you check the bushes in the rear of the front arm on both sides first. They are of a split design, presumably to absorb some movement. The lower arm bushs in the front of the arm are solid and tend not to fail.

Started stalling and not idling - I replaced the idle air valve.

Started misfiring under load - I had to get a new set of leads - dealer part only of course.

General Comments:

Despite the list of faults above, and the fact it has been the most unrelible car I have ever owned, it is also the best car I have owned. It blends in nicely, but 323's can't keep up. It will exceed the stated max speed (on the speedo)quoted by Ford, and it corners wonderfully.

I have added some bits to the car as below:

The car sucks through an after market Escort Cosworth K&N Cone filter - it makes the most wonderful induction roar and is supposed to give 8bhp. Body mods are limited to 16" RS 7 spokes and a twin headlight kit.

I have read other reviews of ST24's on this page. One states that tyres cost £130. I use unidirectional Toyo TS1 Proxes 205/50/16's on mine and they cost less than £85 per side fitted and balanced. A very good tyre both in the dry and the wet.

My car is a Nov 94 model and one of the early V6 models. Therefore it seems to have shown signs of aging before the aftermarket has geared up for spare parts. Consequently most of the spares I have had to purchase have come from my local dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2000

4th Dec 2000, 07:57

I own a 1994 Mondeo 2.5 litre, 24v Automatic. Water pump has just failed at 72,000 miles and as a result of the overheating means that the head gaskets have to be replaced.

I bought the car in November 1998 with 45,000 miles on the clock, full service history would appear to corroborate this mileage.

Obviously the performance of this car is not so great - having the automatic gearbox and relatively small wheels and tyres for such a powerful engine means that cornering hard is not a pleasant activity.

Previous car: 1987 Rover 827Si Automatic (Honda engine and gearbox). No cat - 4 star petrol - very quick motorcar in a straight line - cornering hard was also an unelegant experience!