1999 Ford Mondeo Si 2.0 16v petrol from UK and Ireland


Ridculously good car for peanuts


Throttle cable started to fray at 70k. Changed as a precaution (UKP 18 for a genuine Ford part)

Otherwise faultless - consumables/servicing only.

General Comments:

One of the best bargains on the road.

Great to drive, fantastic handling, gutsy (if slightly noisy) engine, confidence inspiring brakes and solid build quality. As an all rounder you really can't do better without spending significantly more.

All day comfy thanks to great seats and more driving position adjustment than I have ever seen on any car.

More reliable and just as well screwed together as my previous 1998 Passat. Much more of a drivers car too. Excellent ABS which doesn't cut in unnecessarily - most mainstream manufacturers (including VW) can't do this.

Some shiny plastics let the interior down, but there's no faulting the design, ergonomics or construction quality. Bombproof mechanicals have needed no attention between services and if this engine didn't breeze 150,000 miles based on current feel at 77k I would be astonished. Run it on good semi synthetic 5W/30 oil and it will go on and on.

33 mpg average with low insurance costs. Depreciation if you buy at 4+ years old is negligible. A very cheap car to own.

A safe, solidly engineered, great handling and utterly dependable car available for absolute peanuts. Cheap parts, helpful and reasonably priced dealers if you put the effort into finding them, and it owes me in total, with depreciation and maintenance factored in, about four months PCP payments on a new mid spec 3-series. I guess it depends how much "image" is worth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2006

1999 Ford Mondeo Si 2.5 V6 from South Africa


Stonking performance sadly let down by dealers!


I bought this car with a FSH from the agents.

After only 4 days the front right shock BROKE! The aircon didn't work and after having it repaired under warranty, it still did not work (and still doesn't).

Various other small things have gone wrong with the car. The water coolant bottle cracked open, the water pump failed and all the auxiliary belts snapped (in close succesion) leaving me stranded on the side of the road on more than one occasion.

At around 156000km the engine appears to have reached the end of its life. It idles very strangely and occasionally backfires. There is a complete lack of power and the car stalls at various times.

Ford lives up to its poor name (even in SA) and the service leaves much to be desired. I was once charged for various filters that I was told were replaced (fuel, oil, cabin air filter, etc) only to discover that they were old filters and soime werent even there! There appears to be no Mondeo mechanics employed by Ford SA!!! They simply do not know how to service/fix this car at all.

General Comments:

Generally (when the car was working) this is a good car. It has lots of power with a very flat torque curve providing plenty of smiles!

It handles as if on rails and is very stable at high speeds.

Fuel consumption is horrendous even at legal speeds and seems to get worse as time goes by.

Great refinement all over, but poor service backing from Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th April, 2006

21st Jun 2007, 18:47

Ford Dealers in the UK are absolutely diabolical as well, I have got rid of my 1999 Mondeo 2.5 Ghia X and bought a Renault Laguna. The Dealers just look down their noses at anyone who comes in for parts for a car older than 7 years, they keep you waiting ages at the parts counter while they go for a coffee in between getting each part! Then come back and charge an absolute fortune for a rubber hose or a blower resistor, that's after its had to be ordered,cos they never keep anything in stock cos "It's a V6!". Get used to the drawn in breath and the finger waving "It's Gonna Cost You!" and "Come back Tomorrow"

I got SO sick of queuing for 45 minutes on one occasion at the parts desk to be told by some condescending, nonchalant prat that I should consider "Updating my Vehicle, because its 8 years old" and that Fords only have a useful life of "7 years".