1995 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Perfect vehicle from simpler times
Overheating, entire cooling system was rebuilt, new thermostat, water pump, pipes, etc. Turns out it was only a faulty gauge! But while doing this I spent about 300 - 400 and also did the timing belt, so it was worth it; coolant system faults are fairly common on this car so rebuilding the system gave me peace of mind anyway.
Misfire - replaced HT leads, problem solved.
Usual mechanical wear + tear - suspension springs, shocks, ball joints, exhaust, etc.
Oil changes every 10K miles.
Cosmetically, some paint fade, but no major rust. Interior wise the rear windows were a bit stiff, but they were rarely used. Radio was replaced with something more modern.
Bought this 1995 Mondeo back in 2009 and had it 10 years. Was very surprised it lasted this long; these cars are very durable if you look after them, despite what anyone says.
LX model is mid range and had electric windows in the front, not much else. Power steering and central locking with immobilizer are common place with cars now, but I suppose they were options on this car when new. Seats were very comfortable, among the best I had sat in, velour like material, arguably better than leather and certainly didn't have the feel of cheaper seats expected in these cars. Dull with grey colors everywhere, but it was the 1990's and this was a trend that was starting on middle of the road cars and is still pretty much here today.
Outside I liked the look of the MK1 Mondeo. I put on nice alloy wheels with good tyres and that smartened things up a bit. I did prefer the look of the later MK2 though. Mine was blue which suited it just fine.
1.8 petrol engine managed high 30's MPG, with 40 MPG possible on longer drives; was not a fast car, but moved when it needed to, I had no problem keeping up with modern traffic. There were fast 2.0 and V6 versions if you wanted more performance. Gear change was slick and the handling was very nice and sharp, and can even give modern cars a run for their money.
I'll never forget the adverts for this car during the 1990's, very nostalgic for myself growing up back then. They have quite a following and were once a common sight on the road, but now early MK1's are rare, you do not see many. In the end with this car it was time to move on for me, sold it last year to an elderly gentlemen who needed a run about for a fair price. Still was passing MOT's easily with no major rust even after 25 years! This particular basic model will not be worth much, but low mileage sportier Mondeo's are now going for higher prices due to rarity. Overall it was a great car for me and I might buy a more modern one next, but I will miss the simplicity of cars from this time period.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th December, 2020