2001 Ford Mondeo LX 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Looks fantastic and corners excellently, but the rest of the car is disappointing
Wind noise from drivers door.
Noisy engine, especially on tick-over.
Difficult to find 'comfortable' setting on heating system. Control set on maximum heat setting permanently.
Tendency to 'Freewheel' excessively. Car slows down very slowly meaning brakes are in use constantly in heavy traffic.
Automatic gearbox very snatchy at low speeds i.e. kicks down to 1st gear too easily causing the car to jerk.
I was so disappointed with the car, I asked the dealer to let me drive another car identical to mine (which they did without complaint) but the faults were the same.
If this car was car of the year then the Vauxhall Carlton should be car of the century.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st November, 2002
Thanks for your views on the mondeo auto, It has made me lean further towards the C5 HDi 110 Auto.
I have read most of the car Mags and thought they were nit picking at the things like, tyre roar, wind around door mirrors, auto box fault, but your comments have confirmed that the problems do exist.
When I asked for a test drive in an auto, I was told non on stock, but I could have a drive in a new 2.0 LX, the tyre roar was there and it will only get worse as the tyres wear.
My Mondeo ST220 is my third Ford in succession and I am incredibly happy with it, as with the previous two. I put 56,000 miles on a Fiesta Zetec-S, 60,000 on a Focus 2.0 Zetec ESP and have just clicked past 20,000 on the Mondeo. Can't say any of them have given me any problems, comfort or otherwise. Even the little Fiesta coped with 1,000 miles a week of fast motorway trips for about a year quite happily.
That said, all my cars have been manual, so can't comment on whether Ford does automatic transmissions well. As far as I'm concerned there is no such thing as a good slush pump anyway. I wouldn't have one of the infernal things on a car if you paid me.