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Ford Mondeo and ST220 (2000 - 2007)

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1.8i Zetec 5dr Hatchback

reviewed by Anonymous on 1 March 2019
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Overall rating
5
How it drives
3
Fuel economy
2
Running costs
3
Cost of maintenance and repairs
3
Experience at the garage or specialist
5
How practical it is
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How you rate the manufacturer
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Overall reliability

Roomy family workhorse that handles well

This Mondeo steers well. Mazda originated Duratec E engine is smooth quiet and pulls well at low revs. A lot of road roar over 80 but motorway cruising is its forte as off the line acceleration is a bit slow. The downside is mpg at 37 which is poor by today's standard. The twin blade rear suspension makes it twitchy on uneven surfaces compared to say a VW Passat. Irritating suspension faults: the preloaded coil springs get broken too easily in pot holed Britain. I suffered a total transmission failure at only 62,000 miles, with a sheared flywheel, clutch and gearbox failure, with no oil at all in the gearbox. Ford refused to accept responsibility even though it had been serviced entirely by main dealers. Best features are the engine, and its spaciousness with rear seats down: it handles the University run with big loads of student gear with ease. At 4.7 metres long it's a better size than the larger model that followed. Dashboard layout is excellent. Worse points are niggly suspension problems, poor bodywork details like easily broken glove box, jammed bonnet release, delaminating windows, faulty rear screen wash, failing tailgate struts. Some faults acceptable as its done 160,000 miles.

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