2005 Ford Mondeo TDI 2.00 disel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

OK

Faults:

Both sets of rubber grommets in rear susepension had to be replaced at 100,000 which is common.

Between the windscreen and roof on most cars is a rubber seal, this seals windsreen and provides some protection. In my case stones have chipped the paint and caused bubbling. Ford know about this, but have not changed the design.

General Comments:

Compared to previous VW.

Service from garage is not as a good and the car is no where near as good on MPG.

It also only comes with one key to get another is very expensive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th January, 2008

2005 Ford Mondeo Titanium X 2.2 TDCi from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Very practical with a nice bit of performance

Faults:

Had to replace the glove box lock.

Fuel problem at 1500rpm.

Started pulling to the left, and wearing the tyres unevenly.

General Comments:

I bought this car for space, and space is what I got, with a few things thrown in for good measure.

The interior of the car is great; not the most modern now, but better than most with its titanium inserts on the dashboard and doors.

The exterior is nice also, with chrome front top and bottom grills, and nice ST fog lights.

The best part about the car for me (second to the space) is the performance of the 2.2 TDCi engine.

The car has a six speed gearbox that goes with the engine nicely. In sixth gear the torque is huge. The torque is limited in the lower gears till you get to 4th and the full whack is available.

The only thing is that the turbo kicks in at 1800rpm, and then the power fades at 3500-3800rpm, but as long as you shift around the gearbox, you will be fine.

Safety wise it's got all the airbags, front, passenger, sides and curtain, pretensioning seat belts, ABS.

Great car, but loses value quick, so buy nearly new and enjoy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2007

2005 Ford Mondeo LX STEEL 115TDCI from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Its so good I'm not sure why anyone buys anything else!

Faults:

Very early days, but absolutely nothing, feels like its been built from sold granite!

General Comments:

Fantastic car. I do 1100 km/week and she just eats them up. I'm now getting just over 52mpg which I think is truly amazing for such a big car.

I do a lot of motorway driving, but 30% of my driving is also on back roads, but wherever it is that I drive this car it just thrives. Extremely comfy, with good levels of equipment, but i'd rather have a trip computer than an electric seat on the LX STEEL version I own!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2007

2005 Ford Mondeo Zetec-S 2.0 TDCi 130PS from UK and Ireland

Summary:

The world's most unreliable diesel engine?

Faults:

No 2 Fuel injector failed at 11000 miles. Replaced under warranty.

No 3 Fuel injector failed at 13000 miles. Replaced under warranty.

No 2 Fuel injector went out of calibration at 16000 miles. Recalibrated under warranty.

No 2 injector again at 19000 miles. Metal shards discovered in fuel system.

Fuel pump failure at 24000 miles. Was told it was caused by misfuelling and the warranty wouldn't pay. Luckily as I use the car for business, I keep my fuel receipts and was able to document every litre of fuel ever put into the car alongside mileage. Warranty claim eventually accepted.

General Comments:

Great car completely ruined by the world's most unreliable diesel engine. I had a mk2 1.8TD Mondeo which was gutless and noisy, but clocked up 150,000 utterly reliable miles. This has given me constant problems, and nobody can tell me why the injectors keep failing, or why the UKP2000 fuel pump failed at just 24k despite the car only having been run on quality brand diesel and being serviced exactly to Ford specs by a Ford dealer.

The car's strengths are in its performnce, refinement, fuel economy, build quality and comfort. Sadly, this Ford diesel engine is a joke. Every problem I have had is well known and documented, and Ford seem unable or unwilling to take responsibility. The car has only managed a maximum of 5000 miles between fuel system failures.

I am selling the car this year. I wouldn't entertain owning it anywhere close to its warranty expiry date. After three fantastic Fords, it pains me to say that my honest advice would be to avoid this car at all costs. If you must have a diesel Ford, buy a Focus or C-Max with the Peugeot developed diesel engine.

Bitterly disappointing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th January, 2007

22nd Jan 2007, 11:03

I beg to differ mate as the diesel in the Mondeo is as good as any Volkswagen diesel. Fuel injectors aren't part of the engine hardly.

26th Jan 2007, 10:27

I agree it's a great engine when it works.

Injector problems are a known issue, as are pump failures.

Injectors are part of the fuel system which is part of the engine. Try running the car without injectors and see how far you get.