2006 Ford Mondeo LX 1.8 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
A slightly different beast to the Mk2
Rear wheel bearing.
Clunking from rear, possible subframe bushes.
After my beloved Terrano finally succumbed to the dreaded red rot, I was in the market for another motor, and after a positive experience with the previous incarnation of Mondeo, I took the plunge and bought this 1.8 LX, one of the last of its model. Initial impressions are that it seemed bigger and unwieldy, yes it's pretty much the size of the old Granada and rearward vision is pretty poor, and it also seems lower even with the seat raised to the max. Standard equipment includes cruise control, air con, and a trip computer, but strangely no front foglights, although most of the wiring is there.
The biggest difference is under the bonnet with the old Zetec engine replaced with a Duratec badged Mazda unit with a chain instead of a timing belt. This is an engine that thrives on revs, feeling noticeably happier above 3000 revs, which happily coincides with 70mph; trawling along at 60mph will give 40 MPG, 70 gives 36 MPG, town mileages is mid 20s at best, but it's not really a town car, being at its best on motorways where it is in its element. It does use a bit of oil, which I'm told is pretty normal with these engines.
Comfort wise the car is pretty good, quiet on the motorway, good lights, decent heater, air con works well in summer, seats aren't brilliant, and the usual massive Ford stereo, which makes fitting an aftermarket unit a pain.
Reliability isn't helped with the move to the dreaded dual mass flywheel, even on a petrol engine, but touch wood it has been OK thus far. Clunking from the rear sounds like subframe bushes, which are a pig to do, but hopefully I will have it for 4 years like its predecessor.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2016