1995 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Ford mondeo the best car I ever got, love it


Nothing up to now.

General Comments:

The best car I ever got, when get rid of it be looking for the new ford mondeo, used to have a ford fiesta I was happy with that to,

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2003

1995 Ford Mondeo GLX 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


First class quality, reliability and engineering


Rubber vaccuum hose perished causing rough running at 130,000 miles. £3 replacement cured the problem.

Timing belt cover worked loose and rattled. 2 minutes with a socket and wrench cured it.

Original clutch started to slip at 135,000. Expensive job as front subframe has to come out!

That's 167,000 miles worth of faults!

General Comments:

Beautifully engineered car which just seems to go on and on. At 167,000 miles the engine is still smooth, sweet and oil tight, and still gives decent performance. It's a bit noisy over 4,000 RPM, but that said, the noise itself is quite purposeful.

The Mondeo's handling is a revelation. Admittedly, my previous car was mk3 Cavalier, a car known for having one of the worst FWD chassis' around, but the Mondeo's superb steering and body control still impress today. I recently drove my father's new BMW 330i and I reckon my 167,000 mile Mondy has sharper steering and better brakes (although I'd kill for the Beemer's engine!).

As a bike nut, a car is purely A to B transport for me, and I get my kicks on two wheels. My car criteria are simple - it has to be reliable, capable of covering large distances comfortably, and offer reasonable entertainment when I'm in the mood. This old, leggy Mondeo meets those as well as anything this side of that new BMW 330, and steers better to boot! Stonking car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2003

5th Nov 2005, 16:53

I too have have 140k miles out of mine with little or no trouble. I also had the vacumn tube perish at 130k. Great car, a real workhorse that just goes on and on.

1995 Ford Mondeo GLX 5dr estate 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Load of room, economical family estate


I had a persistent water leak into the front passenger foot well which it took several checks to reveal was a faulty weld near the offside wing.

After 70,000 miles The engine would cut out during acceleration. This was a faulty unit that measured airflow for the fuel injection system.

After 96,000 miles the engine cut out during acceleration due to prematurely worn HT leads and plugs. The garage said this was a common fault.

General Comments:

The cabin and load area are both very roomy.

After 97,000 miles the drivers seat is sagging a bit.

Overall it has been reliable and cruises well at 75-80mph.

Fully laden with 5 people, luggage and with windsurfers on the roof it does about 30mpg on long journeys.

The air conditioning is just about powerful enough for British summers whilst the heated windscreen is very useful on frosty winter mornings.

It should have many miles left so if properly serviced and not thrashed it should be a good second hand buy. Not sure they are worth the money new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th January, 2003

5th Nov 2005, 16:50

I too have a leak into the passenger foot well. I will take a close look at the welds on the wing. Many thanks.

1995 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Cheap as chips, a good deal of car and kit for your money


Starter motor beginning to wear out - it either refuses to crank the engine or does not release from the ring gear causing a loud screeching when the engine fires.

'Exhaust gas recirculation valve' broken causing engine to "kangaroo" under gentle throttle.

Headlamp lenses discoloured and failed MOT due to too faint a beam pattern.

Exhaust system (twice)

Front wheel bearings failed (twice)

Paint peeling off bumpers (OK, where I hit things)

Alarm doesn't arm.

Lambda sensor (DIY - £60 from Halfords)

General Comments:

Drinks petrol very heavily, especially around town.

Common as muck, but decently comfortable and smooth on long journeys.

However the more basic models' front seat lack support; and sag after a few years.

Drill holes in the bottom of the induction air box using a hole cutter, beneath the panel filter - it makes the car feel usefully pokier when given some beans - and sounds throaty too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2002

23rd Oct 2003, 03:57

Hi mate try using the front passenger door to lock and arm the car, it worked for me.