As well engineered as any German car in my opinion
Clutch at 130,000 (expensive as the front of the car basically has to come off!!)
Four quid vacuum pipe at 152,000.
Original CD player quit at 160,000.
Outer CV joints at 172,000.
Front wheel bearings just starting to protest (in the last 2,000 miles)
As well engineered as any German car, and I have the evidence to prove it.
185k up, it still drives beautifully. Although it's no sports car, the 2.0 engine is lively and punchy, if a little coarse at higher revs. Frugal too, with 35 mpg easily achievable on the motorway, and 40 if you're gentle on the throttle. Oil consumption is nil, rattles and odd noises are nil, and has never gone wrong in 185,000 miles.
Handling is still sharp (although the shocks are past their best), and reliability is first class. It's a comfortable motorway cruiser, reasonable entertainment on B-roads, seats 5 in comfort and even still looks okay. Unless you're bothered about image (and I don't need to rely on my car to somehow validate my life), it's all the car you will ever need.
Bought off my old company just before I left, and it's only needed routine servicing, plus a few odds and ends to keep it running sweetly. I trust the car to get me anywhere reliably and on time, and it shows no signs of getting tired just yet.
If I had bought a Mercedes or BMW and had this kind of build and engineering quality I would have been impressed. Looking in the classifieds there are scores of Mondeos with 130k+ for sale which proves the durability of this one isn't a fluke. Behind the car's ubiquity and anonymous styling hides one of the best built, best driving and capable mass produced cars in recent memory.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th October, 2005