1995 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Excellent car, still going strong

Faults:

New thermostat at 80,000 miles. Broken rear window winder. That's it!

General Comments:

Had this car a long time and put many miles on it trouble free. For a car at 20 plus years old, it's still getting used as a daily driver. Why don't I drive something more modern you might ask? Well until this car dies I see no point replacing a reliable car that gets me about in comfort. The car was already pretty old when I acquired it, but looked like new and still does today apart from slight paint fade on the bonnet.

The MK1 Mondeo is not bad looking, but very 90s inside and out, however it is a comfortable and reliable car, which is its main appeal. Get an LX or above with alloy wheels and a nice colour to sharpen things up.

The 1.8 Zetec engine is an absolute belter in regards to reliability, using little to no oil or water whatsoever even as I approach 200K miles. It has been serviced on time, oil changes every 10K miles or less. Performance is only adequate and I would prefer the 2.0 Zetec or V6 Mondeo which are faster. It does manage 38 MPG on average though - for a 1.8 petrol engine it's pretty decent for its time.

Compared to my previous car (BMW 3-series) there are shortfalls in interior trim quality, but the Ford more than makes up for that with reliability. The interior is a nice place to be, I've always found it comfortable enough, and bright. I have biscuit velour with contrasting dark metallic red paintwork on the outside, and a nice set of alloy wheels. Electric front windows and a few other options may be standard on modern cars now, but this was well equipped at the time; if you want the lot go for the "Ghia" models. To drive the car is typically front wheel drive with understeer if pushed too hard, but feels very safe, balanced and predictable.

Overall if you are considering one of these cars, go for it, a 90s Mondeo is what solidified the Ford's now long running Mondeo as a world renowned car in overall ability. Try the 1996 - 2000 models though, they have a fresher appeal with updated front and rear design, which is much better looking in my opinion than the dull 1993 - 1996 models front and rear end.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2016

1995 Ford Mondeo GLX 2.0i Zetec from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

If you find a good example, keep it

Faults:

Head gasket issues/block cracked - I presume because of incorrect coolant and engine oil specs. Mechanics have no clue how to maintain (older) foreign cars in Australia.

There is an overheating issue after longer drives - suspect either a sensor or thermostat fails to switch the fan on time.

Noisy on rough roads - gravel.

Clutch and gearbox tend to be 'disobedient'.

Tacho few times failed to work on start up.

Clogged injectors from bad fuel - use premium if possible.

General Comments:

Decent quality for price.

Good performance (manual), low fuel consumption.

Maintenance is key - many drivers don't even change the oil nor service their cars on time, thus leading too bad rep of vehicle models.

Overtakes on highway like a Formula 1.

Electrics still working.

Top speed 205 km/h (tested).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2009

1995 Ford Mondeo Verona 1.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Slow, but comfortable and cheap to run

Faults:

The car was very slow to start, so I tried replacing the glow plugs and pre-heater, but that didn't help.

With hindsight and having owned another Mondeo 1.8TD, I believe that this car was suffering from compression losses.

Other than that, it was fine.

General Comments:

Quite a nice balance of features on this model. It may not have the air-con or alloys of the Ghia in 1995, but it did have velour seats, lumbar adjustment, central locking and a sunroof.

All in all, it did the job very well for me, in that I needed a cheap car that would give good fuel economy and no trouble. I did miss the air-con in the summer though!

My only concern was that it was very slow to pull off (see possible compression losses above), and so when I took a job in a built-up area on fast roads, I found it very difficult to safely pull into moving traffic.

Soon after I sold it for a 2.0 petrol Mondeo that had no such issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2009