1999 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
One of Ford's best cars
Locks can be a bit temperamental.
General wear and tear - Shock absorbers, springs, exhaust back box, etc.
A little cosmetic rust here and there now, acceptable at 18 years old I think.
Cooling system rebuilt at 100K miles and a new timing belt.
All oil changes carried out at 10K intervals.
Ford were onto a winner in the 90s when they made the Mondeo. A great car to look at, this 1999 model has a sharp look in a nice metallic black with big alloy wheels I added.
LX model is rather basic, though there are electrics and the basics to keep you entertained. Interior is very comfortable, if a little dull with grey plastic everywhere. I like the dials and the fact there are plenty of storage areas. Seats are very supportive and I get out after long drives feeling great.
To drive the 1.8 petrol engine has average performance, however it can get close to 40 MPG if you drive carefully. The gear box feels slick and the car handles very sharply for a front wheel drive car.
The Mondeo was a popular sight in UK roads through the 90s and beyond. The updated model that arrived late in the year 2000 built on this cars strengths, however from what I've heard it was not as reliable. If you find a good condition 90s Mondeo at a great price go for it - you will have a reliable car. The 1.8 or 2.0 are the ones to go for, avoid the 1.6 they were slow. If you can afford the extra insurance and fuel costs, the V6 would be a good choice, but find a nice independent garage to look after your repairs that knows these cars well.
Realistically though there are not many left from this era, and mines is getting on at 18 years old with nearly 170K miles and I'll likely have to scrap it soon, but it has been one of the best cars I've ever had in regards to overall ability and reliability. I looked after it well and was worth every penny I spent on it, and never let me down.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th October, 2017