2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec TDCi from UK and Ireland


Very practical a car even VW couldn't compete until recently


Washer dip stick broken into the bottle. Had a problem with the glow plugs not aligned or something, causing failure to start engine. Fixed under warranty. Brake calipers replaced under warranty around 45000 miles.

General Comments:

Great handling, much better than the V6 4motion VW Bora I had before. Amazing considering the size of the car.

Acceleration on 1st is OK, from 2nd onwards above 2000rpm is almost as quick as the 2.8l 4motion I had.

I get about 45mpg doing 1/2 motorways, 1/2 country roads.

Everyone comments the boot is massive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2005

2002 Ford Mondeo Ghia -X 2.5 Duratec petrol from UK and Ireland


Very good


At 23000 miles service, handbrake automatic cable adjustment mechanism was found to be seized.

At the same service, rear crossmember bushes were found to be separating from inner metal core. (Bushes are an integral part of crossmember and cannot be replaced separately)

Both faults were repaired under warranty by substituting new parts. (New handbrake mechanism in first instance and new crossmember in second)

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable and handles well.

Tiptronic type automatic gearbox reduces available power considerably compared to manual gearbox version.

Seating and general finish are both excellent.

Rear hatch lid is very heavy, with inadequate counterbalance in my opinion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2005

2002 Ford Mondeo 2.0 from Singapore


Loved it



Only owned for less than a year; had to re-locate.

General Comments:

Excellent car. A much better improvement (huge evolution, if not, revolution from the previous Mondeo).

Good value for money.

Extremely comfortable. Good for long distances.

Could do with better materials for its dashboard.

Good airconditioning.

Brilliant stereo.

Good noise insulation.

Dealer was a little dodgy. Found some personal belongings (including cash) missing when I sent the car for servicing once.

Average residuals.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2005

2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 TDCi 130 from UK and Ireland


A quick and economical big car


Interior door pull paint bubbling and peeling.

Electric height adjustment failed on drivers seat.

Clunky steering when on full lock.

Trim loose in the boot.

Rear suspension sub-frame bushes failing.

General Comments:

In spite of the problems I've had with this car, I'd still buy another one. All have been fixed quickly and efficiently by the dealer and a courtesy car provided whilst the work is completed.

The TDCi engine is quick and economical. I've seen 42-48MPG over the last 10,000 miles. The engine is quiet and refined when warmed up, but is a bit clattery when cold. The facelift cars (late 2003 onwards) TDCi 130 engine is slightly revised and is quieter when cold and a bit more refined.

Interior trim is off good quality with no annoying squeaks or rattles. Only criticism is the seat fabric marks easily if it gets wet - solved by spraying with Scotchgard. The dealers recommend you have this done at a cost of about £100, the same stuff is £4 a can and 2 cans will do all the seats and the carpets - once treated water and other spills bead up on the surface and wipe away with a damp cloth. The seats offer lots of adjustment and are very comfortable. Rear seat space is acceptable, but not as roomy as the Citroen C5 I used to drive.

The handling is excellent for a big car with lots of feedback from the controls. The ride is well controlled on the Zetec with sports suspension - some say its firm, but I find it's a good compromise because you don't get body roll to same extent you do in a Passat or Vectra, and its still not as firm riding as a Focus.

Spec on the Zetec is good, but later cars come with climate control, cruise control and a trip computer.

The overall running costs of the Mondeo are fantastic - average 44MPG means the fuel bills are low, but insurance is also cheaper than its competitors, the servicing costs are under half that of a Passat at my local Ford dealer, front tyres last nearly 30k which is excellent for a FWD diesel car and parts and labour rates are much lower than other makes. Depreciation is an issue buying new, but there are loads of nearly new Mondeo's in car supermarkets that make much better sense.

One thing to watch is the Mondeo is a big car - it's a fair bit longer and wider than the previous model and it can be tight to park in narrow spaces found in multi-storey car parks. Rear visibility isn't great when parking so parking sensors are well worthwhile going for.

I will almost certainly be buying another Mondeo TDCi when I come to change - the new 2.2 ST TDCi is excellent and should make an excellent used buy at 2 yrs old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2005

5th Apr 2006, 02:54

Good review... Good Car!