2002 Ford Mondeo Zetec TDCi 130 from UK and Ireland
Good car with even better engine
New Fuel Injector pump needed after 20k miles, repaired under warranty.
Drivers seat stitching came apart, again repaired under warranty.
Loss of power when accelerating, engine management reset and cured problem.
This car is comfortable on long journeys, after driving 500 odd miles in one go, my back and legs were fine.
The seat adjustment together with the steering wheel adjustment means you get the perfect driving position, plus there is good head room for taller drivers.
The equipment levels are very good, including that wonderful heated windscreen, great for those cold winter mornings!
Now the engine. Superb. Pulls like an absolute train and still returns around 42-46 mpg, (with a heavy right foot) 50+ on a long journey.
The masses of torque available make motorway driving a breeze - no need to change gear, this car will pick up nicely from 55mph in top.
Because of the power getting down quicker than a petrol, I'll most likely be buying diesel again. (Unless I can get my hands on a V6 :-D!). The only downside is the increase in noise under acceleration, although at cruising, you'd be hard pushed to tell it's an oil burner
Overall, I would recommend this diesel engine in any of the trim levels. It's quicker than the 2.0 litre petrol, with +10mpg more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th May, 2004