2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 Duratec from Australia and New Zealand


Reliable, reassuring, a trusted friend



Clutch needed replacing at 180,000 km, only after I towed an overloaded trailer up a steep driveway. Was still the original clutch, although the design with a dual flywheel meant it cost NZD 3,500 at a Ford dealer to replace.

Air conditioning:

The air conditioning on some days seems to go back and forth from cold to hot, and takes a very long time to cool the car down on hot days.

Water ingress:

Torrential rain on two occasions have overloaded the drainage points (subsequently discovered they were blocked with leaves). That causes flooding in foot wells from water entering through the air vents.

Air vent:

The open/close control for one of the dash mounted air vents over travelled and has become stuck open. $150 quote to replace/repair it - I can live with it stuck open.

General Comments:

Very reliable, with only annual servicing required.

Handling is precise, firm and reassuring, especially on narrow winding coastal roads.

Cabin and upholstery still feels modern despite being ten years old, and the seats have survived all the kids can throw at them in this time.

As with all cars, I wish things such as autumn leaves settling around the air vents and under the bonnet below the window wipers would be factored into the design, to minimise the chance of them clogging drainage holes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2012

17th Mar 2016, 10:18

Thank you. My Ford Fairmont didn't like the trailer pulling either. Cost over 2 thousand to "Not repair it". Diagnostics can't find the problem, and after trying everything it still shunts after driving for a while, and the petrol gauge reads from half way and flies to the full mark after driving for 15 minutes. It's been horrible and put me right off Fords. However a Mondeo is available and is nice and tidy. But your review has given me the confidence to not write off Fords just yet! Thanking you.

20th Mar 2016, 02:39

I feel certain that you are driving this car too fast for the fuel gauge to settle at the right level on a regular enough occurrence to enable it to provide you with a true reading. Correct?

2002 Ford Mondeo TDDI 115 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Mediocre when it's not breaking down


Clutch and DMF.






Suspension coils.

Exhaust fallen off.


Lots more.

General Comments:

This is my fourth Ford, I have had three previous Mondeo's, all diesel, and a Focus. My girlfriend had a KA, and to say the least they have all been unreliable.

When I bought the Focus, it needed a thousand pounds spending on it, and it still broke down twice before I got rid.

Mondeo 1 (Alternator and Clutch DMF) = £1000

With 80,000 on the clock, sold at 100,000. 2002 TDDI.

Mondeo 2 (Alternator and Clutch and DMF and Injector) Pretty much traded it in for scrap, 108,000 on the clock - sold at 120,000. 2003 TDCI.

Mondeo 3 (Alternator went yesterday, stereo and all the list of the above have gone wrong).

Bought at 130,000, now done 160,000. 2002 52 TDDI.

First couple of times, I thought oh I have just bought a lemon, or the last owner must have thrashed it. But there is a common theme, the same problems go wrong, and they are not that good to drive at all. I have a backup car (also called my girlfriend's car hehe) which is an 02 2.2 SRi 150 Vectra. Yeah, the inside looks like it has been built with Lego. But I have had it since 70,000 miles (now on 140,000), and never had a problem.

I will never buy a Ford again, Mondeo's are cheaper than the rest for a reason. I have researched and fixed most of the problems myself (due to money), and it turns out most of the problems above are common issues.

I wouldn't mind if it wasn't so expensive, if it was a known belt issue or something cheap to fix, I would be fine with that. But I have spent more money fixing Ford's than I have buying Fords; it astounds me how Ford can release cars knowing they have these sort of problems.

Well good riddance to bad news.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th November, 2010

4th Dec 2010, 09:44

2003 Mondeo TDCi 130, my company car from new. Bought off the lease company at 3 years old, still have it now. 160k. One injector recalibration and a MAF sensor. Still goes well, very reliable etc. Even with 160k on it, it drives better than a Vectra would have when brand new. Serviced once a year, and that's pretty much it.

Had an old mk2 TD that wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding, but I punted it on at 140k to a minicab firm who are still using it now with 300,000 miles on it. Still on the original engine (second gearbox though).

You can't buy a 130,000 mile car with no idea of how it has been treated or driven, then complain when it goes wrong. Also, if you have such repeated lousy experiences with Fords, why keep buying them?

13th Dec 2010, 11:53

As the original reviewer, in response to your comment.

Good for you, but just look around. A lot of people are not that lucky.

I won't buy one ever again.

I think your completely wrong about the Vectra, the Mondeo is a crashy, wallowy thing.

Everyone is a critic. This is written to share my experience of owning Fords. If you want to praise them, write your own review.

17th Mar 2016, 10:42

I agree with both of your comments. And the reason why I would have bought another Ford was because even though I had the crappiest time with repairs on my Ford Fairmont, 'Big Red' was a 1999 model, and just because he sucked doesn't FORD sucks. And for that reason my dislike for them based on one old Ford could be swayed. However, after reading your comment I'm back to basics. You reminded me about how terrible the repairs were, and a lot of them were expensive and unnecessary. Fix one thing, then something else needed fixing. It was like some kind of "Christine" or "Carrie" car. When things hurt, you shouldn't go back for more! So thank you for that honest to goodness review!