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mclwanB

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251 posts

133 months

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Much against my better judgement I'm getting close to buying a Ford again. 2.0 Peugeot diesel engine has a good reputation, owners reviews generally good. But..

Previously had an 04 1.8 tdi Focus estate which in 60k miles needed new turbo (at 17k miles), 4 alternators, suspension collapse at front (once) back (twice), new engine management system, injectors and door locks (!); parental 1996 Galaxy company car from new spent total of 12 months/ 5 years in the garage for various faults; GF 1999 Cougar failed powersteering, repeated fuelling problems, dashboard failure and premature brake failure etc (but it was 7 years old on purchase).

Any opinions gratefully received!

sim16v

860 posts

89 months

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I've had a company car 59 plate 2.2 tdci since new and covered 66,000 miles in it.

In that time it has had a split boost pipe from the turbo and 1 front wheel bearing.

I like it, it's big, comfortable and quick enough.

Reardy Mister

11,340 posts

110 months

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I had an '07 mkiv mondeo ghia. 140ps diesel manual.

I ran it for two years as a company car. I thrashed it, everywhere. Put 120,000 miles on it in two years going between Bournemouth and east London mainly. It handled well, with the seats down the boot is nothing short of cavernous, it was very well appointed for the cost, I could not get the mpg below 41mpg despite the on board computer showing an avg speed of 40mph and it never missed a beat or had a problem.

Comfy seats, 6 stack cd, voice control, Bluetooth, pleasant enough manual, heated front screen ideal for early morning starts in winter. Best all round car I've had. If I suddenly find myself a family man, I'll get another over anything else I can think of. Would probably get a Titanium X though for the slightly younger image(!)

smiffy180

4,149 posts

38 months

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Nope! hehe
10 plate 49,000 miles.
New engine mount replaced by warranty
New fuel filter which clogged and put the car in limp mode. Was aparently changed 12,000 mile ago.....
Had a few fuses go bang for no reason aswell
Edit: they are generally good though!

namelogin

25 posts

25 months

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A lot of the cab drivers around us are binning their new mondeos and getting Octavia's.

My current mondeo (2004) is the biggest pile of st ever. I will never buy another ford.
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Beardo

189 posts

67 months

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Been running a 2006 Fiesta Zetec-S since 2008. So far, so good - ECU needed reflashing once under recall, rear wheel bearing done a while ago, front suspension top-mount replaced under warranty. Otherwise, I batter it everywhere, keeping an eye on fluids and occasionally giving it a wash and it's been solid. Could really use a service and there's a nasty scrape on the rear offside wheelarch that could do with sorting, but still runs sweetly and returns respectable MPG considering the amount of stop/start rubbish it puts up with.
In the extended family we also have a Ka (flawless), a C-Max (brilliant) and a Mk2 Focus (impeccably behaved). None of our cars owe us much other than fuel and servicing, basically. Solid vehicles that handle decently.

rumple

5,034 posts

39 months

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I've got a mk1 Fcus, its the most reliable car I've ever owned, my brother bought a mk 3 Mondeo ST diesel put 100k on it, the car never suffered a single fault, my mate has just bought a Mondeo mk3 TDCI and spent a couple of grand on it, I love Ford's but buying them is a lottery, a good one is awesome a bad one is........wellbiglaughbiglaugh

mclwanB

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251 posts

133 months

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Vag products out completely! Octavia 1.9 tdi company car catastrophic engine failure at 2.5 yrs/63k miles, colleagues golf with same engine same failure at 3.5 years/ 55k. In neither case did fiddling vw or skoda want to know and personally know 3 other people with similarly affected vehicles and no vag interest. Google bxs or bls and Vag tdi.

2.0 Vag cr also meant to be pretty problematic from forums/ various friends experience but to be honest given vag's behavior with the 1.9s with a known fault I just don't want one even if they were ok.

Other thing in the running is an older e61 520d pre April 2007 (to avoid chain cam problems) but all the sensibly priced ones seem to have sold and running costs would be higher even with use of indys and judicious breakers for parts.

Edited by mclwanB on Thursday 8th November 07:49

Megaflow

5,016 posts

113 months

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I bought a three year old, 2.5T Titainum X in January, and apart from a CD player which had a moment and tried to put two discs into tray 5 only 7 days after I took delivery, which Ford replaced under warranty with no questions asked, it has been faultless.

  • Grabs a large piece of wood*
Damn fine car as well, handles very well for what is a very big car, comfortable, excellent seats with alcantra centres (I hate leather), well equipped, massive boot and the best bit? Mine cost £10k including a full 12 month Ford warranty.

8potdave

1,391 posts

101 months

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We have an 04 focus cmax tdci. Had the car just over 2 years and its never missed a beat! Gets a hard life too with short journeys, tip runs, carting 2 dogs around and its been completely fine. Hardly very flash but wouldnt consider it unreliable at all.

DennisTheMenace

15,580 posts

156 months

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Running a mondeo titanium x estate (163ps), other than the thing needing a bit more pokeit is very hard to fault, other than servicing its needed nothing. 11 plate and 49k up. i have had a few fords over the years and none of them have had any issues, Compared to stuff from the VAG stables they are a lot better on the reliability front.


Hudson

1,482 posts

75 months

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DennisTheMenace said:
Running a mondeo titanium x estate (163ps), other than the thing needing a bit more pokeit is very hard to fault, other than servicing its needed nothing. 11 plate and 49k up. i have had a few fords over the years and none of them have had any issues, Compared to stuff from the VAG stables they are a lot better on the reliability front.
Defiantly. All 3 mondeo's i owned i ran for years with barely any servicing and they were 100%, the TDCI mk3 i (stupidly) sold is still trundling along at 180k, whereas the Golf does nothing but fk up.

Off to the classifieds i go...

trickywoo

4,277 posts

118 months

motco

5,917 posts

134 months

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Waddya mean Fords NOW reliable? I have had since 1983: 2xCapri 2.8i (both new), 2x Granada (one new, one used), a Sierra (used), a Mk1 Mondeo TD, a Mk3 Mondeo TDDi, and now a Mondeo in a ball gown aka X-Type 2.2D. In all I have covered about half a million miles in them and there have been no problems beyond niggling minor ones like an intermittent central locking motor, and a couple down to high mileage: brake cylinder, turbo hose, etc. Ford is the world leader in high mileage experience with its company car history.

Megaflow

5,016 posts

113 months

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trickywoo said:
Why did I read that?

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LuS1fer

31,796 posts

133 months

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09 Mondeo 2.0 Edge Petrol. Bought brand new for £12k in May 2009 with a good px AND scrappage - it's got just over 30k on the clock and has never shown any sign of any unreliability at all bar the sill rubber seal falling off (it doesn't seem to do anything anyway so we left it off).

It will certainly be good for another 7 years by which time it will have depreciated less than £1000 a year. Can't say fairer than that. In line with economy, we get it serviced by a local garage, not Ford as the full service schedules are available on line.

HustleRussell

6,804 posts

48 months

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Mondeos are generally reliable- they can rust, particularly up to mk3. TDCI engines however, like pretty much all common rail engines, can munch through injectors, fuel pumps, EGR valves ETC and dual mass flywheels
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