Comfortable when it works
I bought this car second hand with a fairly high mileage, so of course it is going to have problems.
Car vibrated/shook at idle - replaced 3 of the engine suspension supports reduced the problem significantly approx. $300 (AUD) each, this is just for parts.
Boot hydraulics would not hold up the hatch tailgate; needed to re-gas, approx. $60 (AUD) each, just parts.
Water pump broke, $1000 (AUD) to replace, including labour.
Radiator started leaking, cost $600 (AUD) for a non-genuine one, again just the part.
Needed to replace parking light (my fault) $320 (AUD)
The interesting thing is that Mazda 626 parts (same car) are cheaper than Ford parts; it's as if Ford buys from Mazda and then resells to the consumer.
Overall, a comfortable car, good for city driving. It is not a fast car by any standards, but will suffice in day to day driving.
Fuel wise, I got 10.5-11L/100km in the city and about 8L/100km on the freeway.
The car is fairly roomy for a medium sized car of that generation, and is very well equipped.
Parts however are extremely expensive, and that's the main problem with this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th November, 2007