1995 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Excellent car, still going strong
New thermostat at 80,000 miles. Broken rear window winder. That's it!
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
11th Jun 2016, 20:45
Original author here. Thanks for the comment. A newer one might be a slightly better car mate, but watch for the Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF) on those 2000 onwards Mondeos :) Anything around £1000 is the cost to replace, though most modern cars have them nowadays, not just the Mondeo. Even some petrols, not just diesels. I hear what you are saying about disposable cars, but I'd still take a chance on a 90s example than a more modern cheap car, for the sake of avoiding DMF, injector problems, etc. All which cause most people headaches on 2000 - 2005 "cheaper" cars.