1999 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

One of Ford's best cars

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1999 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Ford, make them again!

Faults:

Minor cosmetics - slight rust on rear arches. Usual consumables - brakes, suspension, etc.

General Comments:

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!