1996 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Excellent workhorse for little money (so far)
The most annoying fault is the leak into the passenger side foot-well.
The heater fan switch has failed.
I have also had the problem with a broken pipe to the rear washer jet. Mine has broken somewhere above the 'B' pillar so when the rear washer is accidentally pressed I get an in car shower!
Otherwise no real problems outside of the routine maintenance you would expect from a car with this sort of mileage on it.
The turbo lag under 2500rpm makes those quick getaways out of junctions that bit more exciting.
The leak in the passenger foot-well is appalling. Seems to be a common problem as I have two neighbours with Mondeo Estate's as well and we all seem to need our wellies when in the passenger side. My car doesn't have air con and the standard de-mister struggles to keep the screen clear with the damp atmosphere inside.
The seats are a disappointment, especially when compared to the Scorpio Ghia I replaced with the Mondeo.
Overall the car has been a bit of a contrast (possibly a disapointment) to what I had expected, however, the diesel is very cheap to run and the gearing is exceptional with the turbo when towing my car transporter or caravan.
It is quite heavy on brakes although they have to work hard with another car on the back! I cured the brakes pulling by replacing both front arms using the later version with the revised bushes.
All in all, a fairly pleasing experience so far.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th October, 2001
13th Jan 2002, 16:28
Yes, that tickled me about the turbo lag, I have more miles on mine than the Mir space station and I am sure my Mondeo should be renamed the Ford Common Fault, at least that's what the mechanic keeps calling it.
At 168,000 miles so far, a battery, rear drop links, discs, pads, front arm bushes (put the bolts upside down to avoid engine in/out), exhaust, windscreen, heater control, clock, clutch, rear parcel shelf supports (Escort rubber ones are the answer, plenty in the scrappers), fuel filter fun (would not restart).