2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec TDCI 130BHP from UK and Ireland


This car has proved unsafe


A week after purchase in December 2005 the car lost power whilst driving on the M5 in the outside lane and I was luckily able to get into the inside lane on reduced power. Could have been a dangerous manoeuver had I been beside a group of lorries. Had to be towed to my destination. Fault: recalibration of diesel jets.

On 19 April 2007 engine completely cut out on a busy single carriage road and I was fortunate that vehicle behind was able to stop. Had to be towed to garage. Fault: camshaft sensor and wire assembly.

General Comments:

I cannot risk keeping this car in case such incidents occur again resulting in a serious accident. I have owned many cars in over 40 years of driving and none have ever had an engine that has just cut out without any warning.

On the plus side the car is comfortable to drive, handles well and has plenty of power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd April, 2007

30th Apr 2007, 12:14

Welcome to modern diesels. The price for all that refinement and power is unbelievable complexity and patchy reliability due to technology that is still really in its infancy. Petrol injection was the same when it was launched, and common rail diesel injection is no different. It works on the same principle as petrol injection, but with unbelievable pressures and tolerances.

Old diesels were noisy, rattly and slow, but it took a minor explosion to stop them working.

16th Dec 2007, 08:13

Your petrol engined car won't climb up to 300 thousand miles plus, will it? (Unless it an old merc 6 or 8 cylinder.)

17th Dec 2007, 01:58

"Your petrol engined car won't climb up to 300 thousand miles plus"

Neither will a modern diesel!

17th Dec 2007, 02:21

And your diesel will not unless you spend lots of money fixing the fuel delivery system etc.

2002 Ford Mondeo TDCI Zetec 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Good and bad, I remain undecided


Injectors needed replacing one by one starting at 64k. They went all within a month.

Water pump replaced at 60K.

Front Suspension arms on first MOT.

Water leaking in from rear door seals. (Not fixed yet).

Heavy tyre wear on front making tyres last not much more than 10k.

General Comments:

Not a bad car to drive for a four door saloon. Modern diesel engine is powerful, fairly quite and more refined. Gearbox is smooth and changes nicely. Probably more of a drivers car than rivals.

Comfort wise the car is good although I think it would be better without the 18" alloys. The dashboard looks well equipped, but does feel a bit cheaper than the earlier Mondeo.

Reliability and build quality doesn't appear to match up to German rivals. Injectors are very pricey when they go wrong.

Service costs were higher than expected.

My friends who currently own Fords are very impressed with this car. I like the car, but I am not sure if I would buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2007

2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec-S 2.0L TDCI 130 from UK and Ireland


Cheap to run, reliable and it look great - 9/10


Heated front screen failed.

Dashboard lights flicker due to loose wires.

Rear right suspension making horrid noise.

General Comments:

Going on the reputation of the Mondeo, I opted for a TDCI 130 engine because I wanted a bit of fizz with good economy.

Handling is good, although in the wet the front end is a bit loose and the wheel have a tendency to spin if you floor it.

The beige interior is a bit 'different' (the words 'old' and 'man' came out of my mates' mouths) but the seats are comfy and for long trips they don't cripple you.

The stereo stalk on the steering wheel column is poorly placed if you have long legs (I'm 6' 3") but legroom is good and the adjustable driver's seat will suit most shapes and sizes.

The electrics are well placed and the dash and controls are well-placed and very tactile.

The heated front screen is a godsend in the cold (when it works) and visibility out of the front and side is good, although the rear quarter on the hatchback does obscure rear vision a bit.

On long journeys I'm getting about 45mpg and around town it's a reasonable 35mpg for such a good car- much better than my previous Vectra SRi.

The boot is enormous and rear legroom is superb.

Mine has the massive 18" wheels that do kerb easy (watch turning into the kerb) but they look great and it looks nearly as good as an ST220 with its big front and rear bumpers.

The exhaust sheared off after a day, but the dealer (Shepshed Ford) replaced it in 10 minutes, even though it wasn't officially covered by the warranty.

The rear suspension is making a funny noise, as if it's bottoming out on the bump stop, something that's made even more annoying because the suspension on the Zetec-S is hard - watch those speed bumps and potholes!!

All in all, I like this car and am pleased that Mr brown isn't getting too much of my hard-earned every time I fill up... an ST version is definitely my next buy!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2007

31st Jan 2007, 00:22

That's poor economy for a diesel, my Celica used to do better than that!