2000 Ford Mondeo LX Verona 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Very average


Water leaks into the boot in heavy rain, there is also a water leak into the passenger compartment when the car is put through automatic car washes.

Steering faults developed at 38 000 miles. The Ford dealer has been unable to locate problem.

Leaks although minor are very annoying and persistent. They are sealed only to leak again in a few months.

Also usual Ford problem of worm "brushes" on suspension which cost approx £100 at MOT to have replaced.

General Comments:

Generally Mondeo is a sound car which is let down by minor faults.

Fuel consumption is good.

Performance is satisfactory.

Parts are generally inexpensive, but my experience of Ford dealers is not good.

Zetec engine is noisy and unrefined, especially at low-medium speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th May, 2004

12th Aug 2012, 11:55

Sorry, but you bought an "average" car, and not only that, but you appear to have bought the bottom of the range. What exactly where you expecting - a Mercedes or BMW?!

14th Aug 2012, 19:33

To the first commenter:-

How odd for you to comment on a review that is over eight years old!

Secondly, why do you open your sentence by apologizing to the author?

17th Nov 2015, 22:12

This is a free country!

2000 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 Zetec from UK and Ireland


The best car family I have owned


Struts on tailgate replaced 78000miles as they would no longer support the tailgate.

General Comments:

This car has a massive boot.

The towing capability of this car is excellent.

It just eats up the motorway miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2004

2000 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Good car, poorly built


Faulty petrol release.

Faulty rear seat belt.

Failed drive shafts.

Leaking boot.

General Comments:

I bought the car new in January 2001 and soon after-wards I discovered that the petrol cap release did not work.

Although the car has been 100% reliable there has been an ongoing problem with a knocking from the front wheels on left hand lock. This was 'cured' by the dealers when they fitted new drive-shafts. The problem still persists.

This year the boot has begun to leak around the rear drivers side lights. After a heavy downpour this can result in up to 2 inches of water in the spare wheel well. The dealer has informed me that 'water ingress' is not covered in the second and third year of the warranty. Surprise, surprise. The dispute is ongoing and the car is going when it is sorted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st July, 2003

8th Nov 2004, 06:26

The leaking rear light cluster can be re-sealed by removing and re-fitting with new gasket. The job should cost about 20GBP.

21st Jan 2005, 05:12

I had this problem also, and solved it very cheaply. Remove the rear light cluster, and put a bead of flexible instant gasket compound all round the seal, and then replace cluster. Tightening the nuts will squeeze the gasket compound making a water tight seal - the light cluster can be removed easily at a later date. Tube costs around £3 to £4.

22nd Jan 2006, 05:17

I too had trouble with water getting into boot when raining or washing the car thi was solved by using flexible sealer around light unit, just recently water has started getting into the rear seatig area soaking the carpets I am now going to sell because of this. The car is reliable,good on fuel and comfortable to drive, it's just the water problem.

25th Apr 2006, 03:42

The boot on mine (2000 registered) is leak free, although when I lift the tailgate I can see a bead of suspiciously aftermarket looking mastic around the rear light clusters. I think I have a previous owner to thank for that. Works a treat though. No leaks at all and completely invisible with the tailgate shut.

2000 Ford Mondeo ST24 V6 from UK and Ireland


Wouldn't buy another


I avoid driving the car in rain as the water enters the passenger compartment from the boot area. Dealer pointed the fault as "wrong type rear lights fitted by Fords", when complained to Ford Motor Company, Brentwood they went one step ahead of dealer blaming the fault on "WEAR AND TEAR", and asked me to foot the bill. (Can't write the words of what I thought about them.) The lights were never replaced, and now I my wife and kids carry SHAMPOO with us when driving my pride ST24 in rain.

General Comments:

No comments.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th July, 2003

14th Nov 2003, 18:35

I have the same problem easy cured with some silicone. Take the light clusters off and run some silicone round the rubbers.

1st Jan 2005, 16:40

I've had the same problem of water in the boot in both my st 24 and my wifes diesel mondeo and cured both with silicone.

30th Dec 2008, 14:37

I tried silicon, but it did not work. Easier was to put tape where the water came into the rear light. I poured water near the light and then saw precisely where the water poured in. Then I put some tape there. And now it is OK.