I'm on my second zetec-s, it's as faultless as the first one was, day in, day out. Are you sure you have a Mondeo Tdci and not a VW diesel??
I just put my 53 plate zetec s tdci 130 past 50k not an ounce of problem with the engine, but a whine from the 'box. I have heard of the fuel pumps going, but they had done 80k plus, and one guy foolishly put red diesel in it when the seals are basically dissolved in the stuff. Anyone had g/box trouble?
I know of someone who runs red diesel in his 2005 TDCI, and he never had any problems with it at all.
Sorry to hear about your diesel saga; you mention C-Max as an alternative -- I just had a 35000-mile engine destroyed by a faulty turbo. It was still under warranty; lots of hassle, phone calls, holiday wrecked.
So another unhappy customer here.
Issues with the fuel system on Ford's 2.0TDCi Mondeo / Transit engine are both well documented and well known.
I was told by a diesel specialist not to touch one with a cattle prod. He's seen 03 platers go to the scrapper through faults costing more than the value of the car to put right. Also, the dealers don't understand them and are defeated by even the simplest problems.
Great engine when it works, but thoroughly awful the rest of the time.
I have just bought the same car with 104000 on the clock, has never had any problems according to the detailed history, only handbrake cables at 92000 which is normal for a mondeo anyway. Not going to slate its rivals, I am just hoping it stays reliable.
My wife was driving our 2002 Mondeo Ghia when the car ahead braked hard. The ABS unit failed and we lost one brake circuit, so the car veered hard to the left. We hit a bridge at over 30 mph and the airbags worked, but my wife's foot-well became small. This is a good car with some strange faults.