2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 TDCi 130 from UK and Ireland
Good mix of economy and performance
Rear suspension bushes - apparently a Ford known fault - fixed in last MOT.
One dash light has given up - will get it replaced at some point.
Exhaust box fell off - sorted at my local garage.
I hasten to add that all of these occured in a 6 month period in 2007, prior to this I have had no problems at all.
Following my previous car (Primera GT) I was looking for a slightly more economical car and, following much research, decided a Mondeo TDCi was the one, specifically the Zetec model. Luckily the dealership my wife works at took one as a part-exchange so I joined the fleet of Mondeo drivers out there.
Compared to the Primera (unfair I know) the acceleration is not as good, but as a stand alone car (and a diesel) the pull through the gears (specifically 3rd and 4th) is phenomenal - plenty of torque for overtaking
1st gear seems to get "bogged down" somewhat and the torque doesn't really seem to kick until 2nd or 3rd gear so pulling away has to be judged carefully!
Usually get 400-450 miles from a tank, although I live near work so main mileage is down travelling to relatives elsewhere in the country at weekends etc
Loads of luggage and passenger space - proper family sized car - mine is the hatchback (Primera was a saloon and as such had limited boot access) - easily carried 4 adult passengers
Altogether I would highly recommend this car and would buy another Mondeo when the time comes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th January, 2008