2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec TDCi 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Rear doors leaking
Passenger side window broken
Front suspension replaced
Alarm never works
Set of tyres in 6k
Air com furred up.
All I can say is I am sorry I set eyes on this car. My Accord was written off whilst parked so I was desperate for a car. A trader friend of mine recommended the Mondeo as a brilliant car. I was slightly apprehensive through previous ownership of a Granada and Sierra, both were money pits. I took the plunge and went for a 2002 TDCi.
Really things just went from bad to worst. The car was unreliable from the start and I hated driving it. I always had that feeling, 'will it get me there?', 'what was that noise', 'quick avoid any bumps of the suspension will fall apart again'.
I had to park it in a certain direction on the driveway because the back doors leaked and flooded the compartment. The diesel engine was rubbish, kept stinking of fuel due to it popping injectors. Fuel economy was woeful, but probably down to faults. My family wouldn't ride in it as the smell of diesel coupled with a furred up air con made them feel sick. I had to ride round with the windows open to try and dry it out. It spent a month in the workshop having the flywheel rebuilt and injectors replaced.
It was a victim of a break in one night when the alarm decided to fail, unfortunately even the crooks wouldn't take it. It also depreciated like a stone so I had done my entire purchase price in repairs and loss of value in 12 months.
Couldn't bring myself to sell it on privately so I took the plunge and whacked it through an auction. Lost a fortune, but I have now purchased a beautiful Primera in exchange. Totally happy with this car some 3 months on.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th May, 2007
24th May 2007, 04:28
Sounds like you picked up an ex-taxi or it had been the subject of an insurance write-off. Never deal in a rush.
29th May 2007, 05:43
Sorry to hear about your problems, but one word for your car - lemon. I've had Mondeo's a lot older and with higher mileage and have never had to replace a clutch, etc. Also tyres at 6k??? I think your car also had suspension problems...again, problems it shouldn't have had at that age and mileage.