2004 Ford Mondeo Ghia 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Mondeo's dullest years
Lots, but most items I would class as general wear and tear you would get with any car.
Shocks and springs, ball joint and wheel bearings.
Brake discs and pads.
Rear exhaust box.
Oil and belt changes.
Electrically, I replaced the battery. The car has a habit of locking/unlocking itself. Apparently this is common on this car.
Cosmetically it looks awful. Black paintwork with so many stone chippings revealing the white undercoat. To be fair it is old now and high mileage, but the paint seems a bit thin and of low quality. Alloy wheels also need refurbished.
I like this car, but the mk3 Mondeo in my opinion was the dullest Mondeo. 2000 - 2006 models. The 1990s models have an almost legendary following, and the more modern 2007 onwards mk4 models seem to be good, but there was something about the mk3 Mondeo that was a bit off.
Do not get me wrong - this is not a bad car by any means. Comfortable and well equipped, my fully loaded Ghia model has all the electrical equipment you can ask for. Interior is way too dull and plasticky though. Obvious cost cutting. Ride is smooth and refined enough though. Handles very sharp.
2.0 petrol performs nicely. 35 mpg at best. Probably preferred to the 1.8 petrol. Avoid the diesel engine in this car - major reliability issues.
The fact you can get these cars at less than £1000 with low mileage and a full MOT says it all. They are not old enough yet for anyone to value with nostalgia, and not new enough to be worth anything. If you need a cheap modern run about for a nice price, take a look at these. I suppose it is better than a Vectra from the same time period, but that is all. To be fair I have had it a few years and it has been reliable for its age and mileage, so cannot complain too much.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2021