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!

General Comments:

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

2004 Ford Mondeo ST220 3.0 Duratec from Mexico


All in all, a super car. Love the looks


Sports suspension gives a harsh ride.

General Comments:

I am quite happy with the car with the exception of ride quality. From what I had read before purchasing the car, I expected a ride quality similar to the 3 series BMW, which I still own. Any suggestions for modifications to improve the ride?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2009

2004 Ford Mondeo TDCi Ghia X 2.0 6 speed turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Reasonably priced car, but costly engine repairs


Very costly injector problem after 2 weeks of purchase, repaired by main dealers but still runs rough when cold, smooths out when warm (they say there is nothing wrong with the injectors and it could now be the diesel pump).

Water pump leak (reasonable cost at local garage).

Knocking from rear of car over small humps (fault never found).

Excessive front tyre wear (just had tracking done for the 2nd time and a 2nd set of Pirelli tyres).

General Comments:

Being the Ghia X and full of toys, the car is a pleasure to drive and cruises on the motorway in 6th gear with little effort. Overtaking is a breeze due to the outstanding power the 2.0 common rail diesel engine provides. The cabin is fitted with very comfortable leather seats, and has plenty of room for all the familly.

Economy averages 38-40, and on the motorway I can get around 51mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th October, 2008

24th Oct 2008, 13:28

The knocking from the rear of the car is probably your parcel shelf. I have the same 2004 TDCI Ghia x model. Mine jumps up and down with a little knock every journey thanks to bumpy Irish roads. Can easily be cured by minor adjustment.

29th Oct 2008, 05:15

The knocking at the rear could be subframe bushes if heavy or handbrake cable on the suspension arms if lighter.

12th Aug 2010, 08:26

Definitely subframe bushes. You can check for yourself if the rubber looks worn or is coming away.

2004 Ford Mondeo ST220 3.0 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Brilliant all rounder


Nothing so far, but I've not had car too long.

The driver's seat has got some wear on side bolsters though, but not too much. I think that was down to last owner catching them, more than wear.

General Comments:

This car is great. Handles power better than my T5 Volvo, but not as quick off the line. Once it gets going, there is not much in it.

It goes round corners better and faster than the S60 (too soft).

MPG is not as good as the Volvo, but I expected that after reading reviews; 20 MPG around town, and I got 33MPG on a run, taking my time.

The car feels solid and tight after 40k.

Great sounding engine when you get past 4k revs, but you will pay for that with fuel, but who cares when you are having fun.

I bought the saloon; it looks a lot better than hatchback, but is not as practical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2007

2004 Ford Mondeo Ghia 2.0 Duratec HE 145PS from UK and Ireland


My confidence in Ford has been badly shaken


Oil pressure sensor failure before 2,000 miles.

Reversing light switch failure 25,000 miles.

Minor rain ingress since last service May '06, intangible at first, but in Jan'07 - heavy rain - 2 litres water to front /rear foot-well passenger side.

Disaster! - I suspect leak is via pollen filter.

General Comments:

Car is less than 3 years old.

Only 1 year warranty is offered for rain ingress.

This is very disappointing.

In every way this is Ford's fault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th January, 2007