2005 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 TDCI from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A total waste of money

Faults:

A week after owning this car, it started driving very sluggish and had quite a loss of power.

Had a look under the hood and it turned out to be the top turbo hose that was split (yet another common fault on these)! £150.00 later it was fixed and driving like a dream.

A month later it started getting very sluggish again, and assumed it was another turbo hose. It then started going into limp mode, and then cutting out completely; not fun in the outside lane of a motorway.

Had a look under the car and the exhaust pipe from the cat had sheared off at the flexi. £100.00 later and this was fixed.

A couple of weeks later, back to sluggish again and cutting out again. Took it to a mechanic friend (note I said mechanic, not a modern mechanic who just follows what the electronic diagnosis machine reads)! Left it with him for a few days, stripped and cleaned the turbo vanes, checked the fuel pump, fuel filter... all OK. Played around with the injectors and this was found to be the fault. Injectors needed replacing. £800 for all 4 + fitting and then having to be programmed to the car.

It was at this point I've decided to cut my losses and am now selling the car.

Such a shame, as when it's driving as it should, it's beautiful to drive and so responsive. I was averaging 525 miles to a tank, which is pretty impressive.

My biggest regret, having read the reviews before buying, was that I wish I'd listened to them!!!

I'm going to be roughly £1,500 out of pocket, but I'm not plowing a thousand pounds into a car, which in all honesty, still might not solve it!!!

My advice to anyone wishing to buy one of these... Don't waste your hard earned money, read all the reviews and believe them!!!

General Comments:

A lovely car to drive, when it's not breaking down!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th March, 2015

2005 Ford Mondeo Zetec 1.8 125PS petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good bits, but the whole package is unconvincing

Faults:

This is an initial review - so I haven't had the car long, but as a result of the test drive, it needed a new throttle sensor, which the dealer fitted.

General Comments:

The cabin is a nice place to be - the controls are well laid-out, and it's easy to gather the information you need. The CD/radio is intuitive and easy to operate, giving a good sound.

However, rear visibility in the hatchback (which this is) is very poor indeed, and reversing is as much a matter of luck as judgement!

It feels very underpowered, and much gear changing is required to extract any sort of performance from the car. The brake pedal is very heavy, yet the clutch is very light. Throttle response is quite slow.

The steering and suspension are pleasantly communicative and crisp, giving reasonable handling, yet given the large, unwieldy feel of the car, I wonder if a softer feel to the whole setup might not actually be more appropriate. This is of course a matter of personal preference, though.

The car has returned 35 - 36 mpg, and this is mostly on my wife's very leisurely driving. I compare this with my Clio 172, which, whilst it is a smaller car, is a bigger, much more powerful engine, and is driven fairly hard. It gives 37 - 38 mpg. This doesn't reflect well on the Mondeo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th November, 2011

7th Jan 2012, 16:39

An update after 2000 miles more: just that I have found what this car is very good at: motorway cruising! Not enough power, but that aside, it eats up the miles with great assurance. Highly recommended for this!

2005 Ford Mondeo ST220 3.0 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Not bad for a Dagenham Dustbin

Faults:

Nothing ever gone wrong.

General Comments:

The day I had to give up my XK8 was a sad day indeed, but I needed a car with a big boot. The XK8 was an extremely tough act to follow, and at first I didn't much like the ST220. After a few months, it started to worm its way into my good books, and now I can say that I like it very much.

For me, the practicality of this car is hugely important, there aren't many cars that you can fit 3 meter lengths of timber into. The hatch back is quite unusual on a car this size, and has allowed me to fit all kinds of things into it (building materials, sofas etc, etc). Couple this with surprisingly good speed and handling, and this car really starts to make sense.

You have to work the six speed gearbox to get the most out of the 225BHP engine; below 5,000 rpm things seem tepid. Once you're past the magic 5,000 mark though, it unleashes hell! The acceleration in 3rd gear can embarrass a lot of much sportier cars on the road.

I have driven this car very hard over the past 8000 miles, and it has never shown any sign of going wrong. Also, the economy isn't too bad if you drive light footed, around 32MPG on a run.

I don't love this car, and never will. In fact I'm putting it up for sale as soon as my need for a practical car expires; my passion lies with low slung 2 seaters. I have been forced by circumstance to own a big practical 4 seater, but I firmly believe that there is nothing else out there that can offer as much practicality without compromising performance. For that reason, I would have to say this is a very good car that has served its purpose perfectly for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2011