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!!!

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

9th May 2015, 15:02

Sorry to hear of your problems. I had 3 Mondeos back in the day (all 90s models), both petrol and diesel, never once had problems. The more modern cars (2001 onwards) especially the diesels seem to have lots of problems. No just the Mondeo, but Mazda 6 and other various diesels, even "high end" cars like BMWs and Mercedes I've heard nothing but trouble and costly diesel repairs about these cars. In short, I think the last 10 years or so of cars in the UK, there has been a real "diesels are better" attitude, but it just doesn't make any sense anymore. The cost to repair them far outweighs any savings made by diesel fuel economy.

I know it sounds illogical, but it may be true - get an older petrol car. It will be cheaper in the long run once you factor in the initial purchase price, lower repair costs (no DMF clutches/fancy injector problems etc) and overall outlay. Do your homework - I've ran older petrol cars for a while now and they have proven much more cost effective than a modern diesel. Example - average miles 2007 Mazda 6 diesel - £3000. Petrol equivalent - £2000. Used prices right at the time of writing. I know what I'd have, and I know the petrol would be cheaper in the long run.

20th Jun 2021, 21:55

Review and comment pretty much says it all. The diesel engine in this car was an absolute nightmare; I believe the Mazda 6 from the same time period used the same engine as in the Ford, but I could be mistaken. I can comment as I have owned both the Ford and the Mazda, both diesel, both a disaster. Early and mid 2000's cars with diesel engines are to be avoided, unless you like spending all that money you saved in economy on repairs like injectors, dual mass flywheels, turbos and DPF's. To be fair it probably applies to most diesel cars from the time period, not just Ford and Mazda.

In recent years they got more reliable; a friend has a diesel 2015 Skoda Octavia as a taxi that seems to be holding up well. Myself I drive a 2013 petrol Toyota Avensis. Boring car, but for petrol it is excellent - Does over 40 mpg and is quiet and smooth, no problems so far, doubt I'll ever go back to diesel.

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


Good bits, but the whole package is unconvincing


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!