2004 Ford Mondeo Base model 2.0 Duratec petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Ideal work hack/family hauler that doesn't attract thieves or police
Slight coolant leak around waterpump area noted 1 month after private purchase.
Thermostat failed recently (Jun 09). Non-genuine replacement part not an option in New Zealand, $440nz for a genuine Ford replacement! The design of this component appears to be a money making attempt; thermostat assembly consists of metal spring/valve secured by plastic housing, which also incorporates the temp sensor. As the thermostat is routed between radiator & engine inlet (lower hose), had I not addressed this fault sooner, the metal valve & spring could well have caused extensive damage to waterpump impeller... I wouldn't expect change for $700nz+ for a waterpump!
Generally a good reliable car, economical although parts are expensive & non-genuine alternatives are not plentiful.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st June, 2009