1995 Ford Mondeo Verona 1.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Slow, but comfortable and cheap to run
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.
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