1999 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Ford, make them again!
Minor cosmetics - slight rust on rear arches. Usual consumables - brakes, suspension, etc.
Excellent car - Ford got the 90s Mondeo spot on. Good to look at and fun to drive. The only bad reviews I've heard come from people who maybe picked up unserviced poor examples. Had mine over a year and put around 40k miles on it without any issue. Shame the newer models are plagued with complex electronic and injector problems apparently. Ford need to take note and go back to doing whatever it was that made the original Mondeo so good.
Not many left now, but pick up a good one and you'll have a year or two's trouble free motoring.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th September, 2015
6th Sep 2015, 21:32
You are right about this car - it was a tough act to follow. I think the problem with newer cars in general is too much regulation - fancy injectors/DPF filters and so on causing a headache for a lot of owners, at least diesels anyway. What I liked about 90s cars is that they are balanced, even petrol ones - decent performance, economy and reliability that makes them practical for use even in the current year of 2015 with no fancy stuff to go wrong. The Zetec Mondeo was a looker thanks to Ford's "new edge" design at the time. I still think it looks fresh, it's funny I never thought I'd see the day we would call these cars "classics", but this one truly is. £600 buys you an old Mondeo that will be a damn sight more reliable than some £4000 or £5000 cars. Still see the odd one about, usually in basic LX spec, but a nice Zetec with the Cosworth alloys in a bright colour always stands out, almost touring car like!
28th Sep 2015, 14:57
This review and comments here are spot on. Have modern cars come a long way in safety and fuel economy improvement? Of course, but at what cost? And given the recent VW scandal regarding emissions, things only look like getting worse. The 90s was the best time period for cars, no argument. A good balance of economy and performance, plus running costs. Most smart people I know, myself included, choose to drive older cars because they are reliable enough and don't cost the earth to fix.