2002 Ford Mondeo Ghia 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Far more than a shed


Not much.

Central locking occasionally locks the car by itself.

Rear caliper sticking.

General Comments:

This car deserves to be more than a shed. Very cheap to buy, cheap to run and dependable.

It's also a surprisingly good driver's car that clearly was designed and developed by people who enjoy driving. The feel and weighting of the major controls would befit a premium car. Steering in particular is excellent, allowing you to place the car very accurately.

The rest of the chassis lives up to expectations. I have enjoyed owning and driving some fine performance cars and believe me, as a driving tool the Mondeo does all that you could expect a family four door saloon to do. It has the rare ability to feel more composed the faster you go, while remaining astonishingly wieldy.

Comfort is not quite so impressive. My Ghia rides on 17 inch wheels with a 45 tyre profile, leading to a ride that, while not jarring, is on the firm and occasionally crashy side.

Most serious flaw are the front seats - they may be leather but are rock hard and set far too high. How Ford could get this wrong on a car designed to travel long distances I do not know.

Refinement is therefore best described as average. The 2.0 Duratec engine may be willing and give decent performance, but it is harsh and rattly. A V6 model would be my choice another time.

In conclusion, a borderline brilliant car that would be near perfect with more refinement and a better driving position.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2016

3rd Oct 2016, 23:35

Assuming fuel consumption was OK, then that was 33k miles of cheap motoring.

5th Oct 2016, 12:26

The only thing at MOT time was a sticking rear caliper; this was freed off and has not been a problem since.

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?