2005 Ford Mondeo Zetec 2.0 TDCI from UK and Ireland
A total waste of money
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!!!
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