1997 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Nice to drive, but far too many faults for me to consider buy the same marque again
Transmission noise which in spite of new drive shafts, clutch and gearbox strip under warranty still persisted.
Two new thermostats and temperature sender.
Coolant leak unable to bottom out.
Faulty remote petrol filler cap.
Erratic temperature gauge.
Could sometimes be difficult to start from cold if engine was run for a short space of time.
Plenty of power.
Good motorway car and comfortable.
Handles well. Good solid feel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th June, 2006
6th Jun 2006, 15:13
Sounds like you just got a bad one. Every Mondeo I've had or heard of from friends has been reliable.
12th Jun 2006, 05:55
I agree with the comment above. My father has a 1994 2.0 model that he bought direct from a leasing company with 91,000 miles on it back in 1997. It's now almost on 200,000 miles, uses about half a litre of oil between services, still goes well and still does 32 mpg. He's had only two things go wrong with it in 9 years and 100,000 miles - a split vacuum pipe (£3 and 20 mins work), and a duff alarm sensor (the standard Ford alarm is crap, so we disabled it permanently). It's even still on its original clutch believe it or not.
On the strength of this, I bought a 2000 1.8TD this time last year. 101k on it then, 115k on it now, and it's had one service and a set of front brake pads. Will need a pair of CV joints soon, but you expect this stuff at this mileage.
Mondeos are good for 200,000 miles easily if looked after.
28th Jun 2006, 04:34
Agree about the long term reliability of Mondeos. I bought mine over five years ago with over 100K on the clock. It's now covered over 180K and has given me very few problems. If they are properly maintained, you should be fine.