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!

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.

General Comments:

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