2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec S 2.0 TDCI trubo diesel from UK and Ireland
Great car, but there's just something not cool about Ford
Sorry nothing has gone wrong with my car yet...
Went to England and bought a Zetec S Mondeo; great car, looks good.
Can't help thinking I miss my GT TDI Golf though, even though the Mondeo is a nicer drive and bigger. There is something not cool about owning a Ford. I don't know why?
PS I wish they made high spec cars available in the Irish Republic. Would save myself having to travel to England to get one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd September, 2006
2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec TDCI diesel from UK and Ireland
Don't be fooled, it's an average car, nothing special!
Tyres, various engine failures from perished hoses, brakes and poor build quality issues. Heavily corroded alloy wheels after just two years.
The car is a typical Ford. How many times do you read "Ford's best car yet" or "Incredible improvement over previous models". It's a Ford Mondeo which is by far less reliable than it's German and Japanese rivals.
The diesel engine performs well however gives little economical advantage over it's petrol equivalent (36-40mpg). Interior looks awkward and boy racer-ish. Exterior is bland and looks nothing more than the rep-mobile it is.
The car suffers from constant niggles however the dealer often puts them right free of charge. The gearbox feels fragile and I don't have much faith in its long term reliability.
Talk to anyone about your concerns and they just want to blow sunshine off its behind. The UK is still Ford crazy, not sure how or why with this very, very average car!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th September, 2006
21st Sep 2006, 03:42
Can't agree with any of this.
Acquired mine as a company car in June 2003. Put 96,000 miles on it in three years during which time it needed nothing apart from routine servicing, tyres and a couple of bulbs. Bought it off the lease company for a very good price and decided to opt out of the scheme. Still using it. Now on 102,000 miles and still running fine.
Worst Ford car I have ever owned. Will never buy another ford. The car is slow and handles very badly.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th August, 2006
29th Aug 2006, 04:49
The faults are one thing, but if it's "slow and handles badly", why did you buy it?
Besides which it is one of the best handling cars in its class. It sounds like you are allowing your bad ownership experience to cloud your views.
15th Nov 2006, 04:27
I have a 1.8 LX. My previous car was a saab 900 2.0L. I have had many different cars over the years, and I would not say that the Mondeo is slow and handles badly.
It is slightly slower than the Saab, but handles MUCH better. It has excelent weight distribution and balance The steering gives plenty of feedback. Regarding Slow, Well 'slow' is relative. It has just enough power to break traction on a slightly greasy surface, but not enough to ruin the front tyres in the dry. It is a good setup.
Perhaps the reviewers quality problems have poisoned his overall impression of the car.