Excellent all round car which is very user friendly
Biggest and most expensive fault was at 90,600 miles - Auto Gearbox packed up. Took to main Ford dealer, who repaired it in 8 days, at a cost of £1250.
Engine seems to misfire regularly around 2000-3000 rpm, but this is not constant. Took it to Ford dealer to investigate, they said it was the HT leads and plugs, which they then replaced (£37 total), and the car started the same misfire immediately! Have not bothered to get it sorted out since - it has gone 20,000 miles like it without breaking down, so if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
It has recently started to develop a flat spot when pulling away while the engine is cold. This is very annoying and quite dangerous in today's traffic. I will get it looked at soon.
Driving - A real pleasure. Responsive and flexible engine, very little road noise even at 70 mph, power steering crisp, suspension smooth, all in all very practical for a range of road surfaces and very good over long distances. Auto 'box gear changes can be a little harsh at times. A few squeaks and rattles inside the cabin. It doesn't handle like it's on rails though - smaller drivers might find it wallows around a bit.
Comfort - Very good. Leather trim gives a feel of luxury, all instruments and controls within comfortable reach. Remote stereo control is great.
Equipment - Fully loaded. All you could possibly want. Cruise control feature is a god-send.
Running costs - Major repairs aside, I reckon I have spent less than £50 on this car in servicing and parts (I service it myself) so I would say it's extremely cheap to keep on the road. Fuel costs are quite high though - I get an average 29 mpg. This only extends to around 35 mpg on a run.
I have heard a number of reports about the auto gearboxes failing in these cars - anyone else who has had this or know about it, please comment.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd February, 2003