1998 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 TD diesel from UK and Ireland
Mun-dane-oh turbo diesel
For the MOT it needed a new exhaust (cat back).
New pads & discs.
Passenger window switch unit failed.
Not as cheap to run as I expected it to be, but acceptable.
Power steering is good, although the turning circle is a bit naff.
Plenty of room for a family of 4/5, including a large boot.
I would suggest this car is ideal to purchase as a family car (or 2nd car, maybe for the wife to do the school run / general chores in).
Don't expect lightning performance from this, as you won't get it top end. It's good for just over the 100 mph mark. 0-60, well it does get to 60 (eventually).
Realistic everyday town driving gives around 30 mpg, which isn't bad; just not the 50mpg some tout about the car.
Motorway miles around 40-45 mpg (at best).
Buy a decent coloured one; the paintwork has a surprisingly good finish.
Watch out for the rear bumper crack & flap; the front bumper goes brittle in cold weather!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th July, 2007
Done 35,000 miles in mine now. Worst I've had is 34 mpg (three hours queueing to get into an airshow, followed by 75 miles absolutely flat out home in the height of Summer with the air-con on). Best is 51 (gentle motorway run at 60-70 mph. The car averages around 43-45 with a mix of short A to B running about, and a motorway commute. Fuel light normally comes on somewhere around 550-570 miles after a brimmed tank.
If you're only getting 30 with normal driving around town, there's something wrong with it.
I agree that low 30s is all you get urban from these engines. Ford's figure was 36 I believe.