2001 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Good handling and Comfy, unreliable
The car had problems starting at 15,000 miles. Took it to Ford Dealership who plugged a computer into the car to find the fault. Said that they re calibrated the engine management system. Same fault occurred again at 20,000 miles and regularly since then - never really fixed.
25,000 miles - Windscreen wipers.
30,000 miles - Rear windscreen water jet no longer working - repaired.
50,000 miles - Front suspension.
61,500 miles - Rear axle.
62,000 miles - Clutch.
The Mondeo is a fine and comfortable car, but is a bit unreliable at the moment never out the garage. But I am left a bit dissapointed with everything that has gone wrong with the car.
I had a Ford Focus before the Mondeo and nothing went wrong with it. I think I will go for another make of car next time.
Quite thirsty on fuel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th June, 2006
16th Jul 2006, 12:58
The Mondeo is a front wheel drive car with fully independent rear suspension. I would love to know where you think the rear axle is on this car, and bearing in mind it doesn't actually exist, how on earth it could have gone wrong.
Mine's done 120,000 and had none of the problems you mention. The original clutch is still holding up well too.
19th Aug 2006, 16:28
You must be the only one who thinks this as they're built like tanks. They will do 200k easy with not many faults. They were built for hard fleet use so you must have thrashed it and burnt the clutch out yourself as they seldom go.
12th Sep 2006, 08:14
I agree with the comments above.
My 2000 mk2 has racked up 120,000 miles and I have just had to change the first non-consumable part. The water pump started to weep causing coolant loss.
My gripe with this car is not its reliability or build quality (both superb) but the cost of parts. The local Ford dealer wanted just over £100 + VAT for the water pump which seemed extortionate to me. I opted for a known brand pattern part for £70 which came with all the same guarantees. Looking at the part, I can't see why it costs this much. A simple metal casting with an impeller and a pully just like every other water pump, yet twice as expensive as on any other car I've owned.
But £70 in unscheduled maintenance over 120,000 miles is still a phenomenal achievement.