2001 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 from Spain
The perfect poached egg on the perfect piece of toast
Nothing at all yet - everything working as it should.
As Jeremy Clarkson said "The perfect poached egg on the perfect piece of toast".
This sums the car up well. It's a machine - like a fridge or a microwave. It does exactly what it is supposed to do, and does it well. It's a motorway mile muncher and that's what I bought it for. It's comfortable, quiet, well enough equipped, reasonable on fuel.
I should explain, I collect cars and have several Porsches and powerful BMW's. But I wouldn't use these cars to do a 300 mile motorway trip. They are garage queens. So I need something practical that works properly - the Mondeo fits the bill. I had (still have actually) the old mk2 1.8. Here's how they compare in my view:
1) Steering and suspension - better on mk3, more stable and firm. Less understeer.
2) Brakes - marginally better on the mk2 actually.
3) Engine performance - mk2 has slightly more low down performance (despite 10bhp less), but the mk3 is smoother and quieter.
4) Clutch and gearbox - a real girls clutch in the mk3; the mk2 feels more purposeful. Gearbox in the mk3 is much nicer to use, although with a fair bulk to carry around and only 125bhp, it's wise to use the gears to the full.
5) Body and interior - mk3 all the way. Larger, more modern looking, better road presence, much nicer more Germanic cabin, none of the curvy stuff from the mk2, which now looks very dated, as do most things which were ultra modern looking when released: the mk3 is more timeless.
I would recommend this car for someone who needs cheap, reliable and comfortable transport. But if you are a petrol head, you'll need something else in your garage for that fun factor.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th October, 2011
Slight ticking developing on the engine. Used daily. Comfortable. Door bottoms already going rusty despite living in a hot dry climate.
Find the whole clutch and engine package very "remote" and woefully lacking in torque, unless you really go through the 'box, but I guess that depends on what else you drive. Definitely consigned to the hard-work side of life.
Having not used it much for the first year I owned it (it was bought for my girlfriend, who hated it and said it looked like a taxi - it is white!) I have started using it for work, and it's, well, okay.
Thank you for your review. I too have both a mk2 and mk3 Mondeo, and your comparisons are bang on, although the curvy characteristics of the mk2 I personally like. Overall I believe the Mondeo definitely played a significant role in preserving Ford's future.