2004 Ford Mondeo Ghia 130 TDCi from UK and Ireland


A superb all-round car, only let down by warp factor depreciation


Major water leak from new. Windscreen replaced.

Water leak from rear O/S door. Drain holes found filled with rust proofer.

Tracking slightly out from factory. First front pair of P6000's lasted 19,000 miles. After laser tracking, the second set lasted 26,000.

Slight uneven tyre wear: inside edge of N/S front and outside edge of rear O/S even after tracking.

General Comments:

I have covered 55,000 autoroute and motorway miles since new two years ago. The car has just been serviced and still has its original front disc pads, which must be good for another 12,500 miles!

Nothing mechanical has gone wrong with the car and it still drives and smells like new.

This is a much better car than you could ever imagine, only let down by relatively expensive servicing and shoddy workmanship at the UK dealers I have dealt with.

I have my car serviced in Northern France now, the last major (3 year) service with 100% synthetic oil and a new diesel filter (which was Euros 42 alone), cost Euros 202.00 including tax. A 12,500 mile service at my Ford dealer in Hesdin, France was only Euros 123.00. So why is servicing such a rip off in the UK?

My Mondeo is a superb and relaxing inter-Continental cruiser. I have surprised many a BMW driver with its acceleration and handling. Although the top speed is supposed to be 128 mph, I have on a few occasions exceeded and sustained 145 mph in autobahn conditions!!!

Fuel economy is amazing for such a large and fast car: 48 to 51 mpg if driven sensibly, but never less than 42 to 44 mpg.

The replacement model looks fantastic, so will hold onto my current Mondy until the new one is available in late 2007.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2006

2004 Ford Mondeo ST220 3.0 V6 from UK and Ireland


Superb long distance cruiser - effortless


Nothing too date.

General Comments:

Very competent cruiser, the 3.0 V6 makes for effortless motorway driving. Here it is in its element and will waft you long distances at speed with little effort.

This car will shove when pushed through the gears, however, its beauty and strength lies in its ability to put in a serious turn of speed without the need to jump or thrash through the gears - a demand that is required for smaller turbo charged engines. The result is effortless speed.

Nothing beats the deep growl of a strong V6 engine (other than a V8!). No need for a silly loud 'fake' exhaust note from the rear to compensate.

The leather Recaro seats are very comfortable, and the heated seats a nice luxury. The Xenon headlamps are a definite if you crunch long miles. The dual chrome exhaust pipes are a nice touch.

I own the estate version, due to 2 kids and 2 Labradors, however, I was suprised with its ability to handle with a tautness and poise I had not expected for such a big car. My nerve will give before this car does on a bend!

I am not a boy racer and never wish to be. There is something I like about driving a family oriented estate car that has a very serious turn of acceleration whether you are at 30 mph or 90mph, growls willingly at you, packs everything in, and yet handles in a way that should not be achievable for such a large estate car.

For the price, Ford ST works have done a remarkable job on the ST220 Estate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2005

2004 Ford Mondeo ST220 3.0 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Good solid fast cruiser that stands out from the norm


Reversing lights stopped working. New switch fitted under warranty.

General Comments:

I am "Mondeo Man". I've previously had a MK1 - 1.8 LX, MK2 2.0 Zetec and MK3 - 2.5 Ghia X. So I've seen it all and have done many miles in the Mondeo family.

The ST220 is by far the best of the bunch.

It is very fast when you need it and yet can also be civilised and relaxed.

The V6 is very refined and does not make very much of a noise below 3,000 rpm, but develops a lovely growl as the 24 valves cut in at 3,500 rpm.

The only gripe I have with the interior is the fact that the Recaro Seats seem to have too many adjustments on them, making it awkward to find a comfortable position, after another driver has altered it. Also, I have no idea why ford decided to give the passenger the same electrically adjusted seat - my passengers are constantly adjusting it, which I find annoying.

The Mondeo is a big car and therefore is not designed to be "ragged" everywhere. The handling is good, but you do know it is a heavy car on the windy country lanes. It likes the open roads and is particularly at home on the fast A-roads and the motorways. It is a monster on the motorways and I have found the cruise control is an excellent way of keeping one's license!

The dealers are acceptable, providing you do not have a problem too complicated for them! I am talking from previous experience with my other Mondeos.

Fuel consumption is around 27 mpg, but most of my journeys are local, so it is not too bad for a big engine.

The 6-speed box is a gem and easily takes block changing when not wishing to make too much progress. When driving round coutry lanes, the car can easily be left in 4th gear to as low as 20 mph and it will pull away happily, up to around 100 mph if required. Driving through 30 Zones, I always put the car in 5th gear. This is the first car I have driven with such in gear flexibility. Smaller turbo engines cannot compete for driver freindliness.

In my opinion, the Mondeo is the best value for money family sized car on the market. It just depends if you can live with the blue oval. However, the Mondeo is not as common as the 3 series BMW! Car reviews state that the ST220 is expensive to run - it's not! My 2.0 Zetec, used to return around 32 mpg, which is not exactly amazing. The ST220 will drink like a jet if you contiuously boot it, but why do you need to?!

I think me and this Mondeo will have a long and happy relationship - providing it stays as reliable as it has been!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2005

17th Nov 2005, 20:04

All 24v would be working from the word go, not from 3.5k rpm up.

8th May 2006, 04:05

Incorrect. As with the earlier 2.5 duratec the unit is effectively a 16v engine until the secondaries open at around 3,500 rpm.

23rd Jul 2006, 07:37

Eh..how can a 24v unit work as a 16v unit, please care to explain, I am an illiterate automoile engineer.