2001 Ford Mondeo Reviews - Page 4 of 13

2001 Ford Mondeo LX TDDi 2.0 TDDI from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 TDDI Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Good looking, very fast, economical, love it

Faults:

Rear exhaust box fractured, fell off.

Squeaking clutch when depressed.

General Comments:

This Mondeo had led a hard life prior to purchasing it, originally an area managers company car, than used as a taxi for a year. It was however very cheap, I literally had to race to pick it up to beat dealers also on the road to buy it, they were not at all happy!

The car now has 127000 miles, the interior shows no wear, apart from the steering wheel, everything still works.

Being the 2.0 TDDI diesel it is noisy when cold, but I'm more than pleased with the performance, it overtakes very quickly without changing down, eats up the miles on motorways at high speeds with ease. Economy was a main reason also for choosing this car and I've not been disappointed with its 45 MPG even though I tend to drive it fast. The boot is huge, interior space very generous and even my basic LX is well equipped. My only problems have been the back exhaust box fracturing (forgivable at 124000 miles) and the cluch squealed when depressed, I was told it needed a new slave cylinder so I had a new clutch fitted too, this all cost £370, some garages quoted up to £680 so it pays to shop around!

Ultimately I love my Mondeo and plan to replace it with another diesel engined one, hopefully a TDCI 130 when this one bites the dust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2005

25th Jun 2007, 04:35

Hi I read your report. I just bought a 01 reg and notice the same problem with the clutch. Where did you get your slave cylinder? Thanks Sean.

30th Jan 2010, 19:09

Managed to get a dual mass flywheel from a breakers yard for a tenner. Wow, what a deal.

2001 Ford Mondeo Ghia X 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12900 miles
Most recent distance47000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Friday afternoon sloppy build quality, but good engine

Faults:

Initially when we got it home the reversing light didn't work. This required the dealer (under warranty thankfully) to pull the gearbox apart and rebuild it.

Drivers seat ran over its own electric adjustment cables, causing shorts. This happened twice before dealer finally rigged up the cables so they were out of the way.

Centre seat-belt in the back seats frequently stuck.

Rear sub-frame went quite early on and had to be completely replaced (rubbers had perished and you can't just get replacements, you have to change the whole sub-frame!). Sounded like it was on its way out again when we got rid of the car.

Ford replaced the boot after a hit-and-run crash and since then it's leaked like a sieve. Similarly with the rear side door.

Handle above rear door came out.

General Comments:

General build quality was cr*p. After only 45000 miles the car was groinching and creaking whenever it went over a speed bump.

Couldn't fault the engine though - it never once let us down. Had power when you needed it, and motorway driving was a pleasure.

Fuel economy wasn't great, but on long runs it could manage 35mpg.

The seats were the most comfortable I've found in any car. Long distances no problem.

Basically the interior just kept dropping to bits around us, and with the leak in the boot and the inability to get off our (steep) driveway without spinning the wheels we'd just had enough by the end. Cost in tyres alone stopped in being worthwhile.

We'll miss the heated seats and the fast de-misting windscreen though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th November, 2005

18th Dec 2005, 10:16

Had mine from new as a company car (2001 2.0 Ghia) put 98k on it in three years, and liked it so much I bought it off the lease company when they disposed of it.

I've since put another 15k on it, and it's been brilliant. It's always been serviced on the button, but the only non-consumable items that have needed changing are the tailgate struts and one of the seals on the rear light cluster. Had none of the wiring problems or other faults you mention. The original clutch is holding up nicely, the engine still doesn't need oil top ups between services, and the interior doesn't squeak or rattle.

My particular car was actually more reliable over 100,000 miles than the 2001 Mercedes C200 Kompressor Elegance my boss took delivery of at the same time. Had fewer squeaks inside too.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 39 reviews