RE: Shed of the Week: Ford Mondeo Titanium X

RE: Shed of the Week: Ford Mondeo Titanium X

Friday 21st December 2018

Shed of the Week: Ford Mondeo Titanium X

Big Mondeos with big engines have been a Shed staple for aeons, and with good reason



Taking pictures is a skill. Some of us have it, some of us don't.

Shed definitely doesn't have it. Whenever he's out with Mrs Shed, communing with nature and wondering where it all went wrong, Shed might take a picture of a passing thrush. The result will be terrible; a dim and blurry brown splodge in completely the wrong place in the frame.

Mrs Shed will then take a picture of the same bird, using the exact same piece of kit, and it will be a masterpiece of framing, colour, exposure and depth of field.

Shed has no idea why this should be, but this week at least the annoyance he feels about it has been reduced by the discovery of someone even worse at photography than he is, namely theowner of this enticing Mondeo 3.0 Titanium X.

Well, we say enticing, but it's hard to be sure from the pictures, which appear to have been taken over a 30-second period in the middle of a London rainstorm using a Kodak Instamatic, if anybody remembers those.


Let's try and turn the old adage of a picture being worth a thousand words on its head by filling in some of the missing detail on this moody but potentially rewarding motor.

There have been a couple of 2.5 V6 Tit Xs in Shed of the Week over the years, but even old Bert in the subterranean PH archive can't remember a 3.0 litre dropping into the net. The 2.5s are kind of meh, and even in 2,967cc form the Duratec V6 engine wasn't the last word in economy, zinging performance or light weight. The 3.0 Mondeo weighed in at not far short of 1,500kg - compared to the 1.8 four's 1,360kg or thereabouts - but it had a relaxed sort of vibe that, if you squinted a bit, screwed up your face a lot, and took some mind-enhancing medicine on the side, almost took you back to the old Essex V6 mills of yore.

Shed might be in a minority here, but he really likes the look of the second-gen (not counting the Mk1 facelift as a second-gen) Mondeo. He once drove a press car to Seville and back, and still has fond memories of the Mondy's great cabin and boot space, chiselled looks and accomplished dynamics.

This one is a saloon rather than the hatch, which compromises the practicality a little, but at the same time the four-door body seems somehow appropriate for a 149mph motorway bruiser. Imagine keeping up with the big German lads on the autobahn. Schweinblaben!

You'll pay for it at the pumps, mind. The official combined mpg was 27.4 but if you expect low 20s you won't be too disappointed when it dips into the teens.


So, what you've got here is a five-seat family motor with an unnecessarily large engine, road tax at £315 a year and about the same per week for your fuel. Not really. It depends how far you go, and how you go far.

The vendor is right to say that these 3.0 Titanium Xs are getting rare. How Many Left's model-naming protocol is a tad fuzzy, so it could well be that there are more than the 20 they suggest remain on UK roads, but how many have you seen recently?

Even allowing for HML variation, they're a lot less common than (and some might say just as classy as) the more expensive ST220s that run a slightly rortier version of the Duratec 30 engine. Even allowing for its lower power output, this low-mileage, recently serviced Titanium X is still a superbly equipped 200+ horsepower machine. If it all checks out, it's an interesting shout even at the top end of our Shed budget.  


Faults include the famously 'moosing' idle control valves and more unusually ESP/ABS failure, but the coil packs that commonly fail on the 1.8 and 2.0 Mondeos are generally OK on the V6. Vacuum and coolant-related problems aren't unknown. Expansion tanks crack, as do radiators and hoses, but this sort of stuff is usually on higher-mileage cars.

Do you like the colour? Black with the half-leather interior is cool if you can keep on top of it with the bucket, Fairy Liquid, and gritty chamois. Given a choice, you might think they look best in the mid-metallic grey shown here. But there is no choice. You had your chance to pick a colour when they were on sale new in Ford showrooms. Here and now, you can have any colour as long as it's black - a fitting testament to Henry Ford's probably mythical pronouncement.

Here's the ad.

 

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alorotom

Original Poster:

5,557 posts

124 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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This is my favourite shape of Mondeo and a saloon to boot! Seems strong money though considering most have succumb to rust and ruin and at the end of the day is a Mondeo hack

I expected more from the penumltimate shed of 2018

Brompty

139 posts

81 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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No, I disagree: this is a great car for the money. Fast, practical and looks good - what's not to love?

Sparky137

470 posts

118 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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Disappointing. For me the ugliest shape Mondeo ever made. Distinctly average performance that can be bettered by many current rep spec diesels.

Expensive to tax and expensive to run. For me, about £1k over priced for a 14 year old repmobile that is irrelevant nowadays.

Limpet

3,197 posts

98 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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A much more handsome car than its replacement, in my view, and they drive really well. This particular one looks like a good example. Clean sheet at the last MOT, and nothing scary in its history either (just the usual boots and balljoints. Not a single corrosion related fail or advisory anywhere, which is pretty unusual for a 15 year old Ford.

That said, as rare as the car might be, the seller is asking strong money, IMO. This looks more like a grand to me.

Futse

126 posts

122 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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Strong money... What's the difference between 1.300 and a grand? I mean, someone who wants this, will pay 1.300. Or haggle a bit. Someone who wants to sell, will take a grand ;-)

And expensive to run and tax? To run maybe, but come to Belgium and talk about 'expensive to run' again... Wish we could pay 315£ for a 3.0. Will be more like 900£/1.000€ here
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s m

17,042 posts

140 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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I like this apart from it has no sunroof - 6speed manual, 3 litre V6, handles really well and roomy if you need to carry people

Jamescrs

93 posts

2 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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I had one of these for a while albeit mine had a full cream leather interior, I bought if for around £1200 from a back street garage with a rough idle, I found a split hose and bought a piece of silicone hose to replace it and it ran great for years.

I later sold it for about the same money and bought a far newer 3 series BMW and honestly I can't say the BMW was any better day to day, The Mondeo was a great car

Sten.

1,015 posts

71 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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Always had a soft spot for this generation of Mondeo. My dad had a new one at the time, albeit with the horrible TDCi transit engine. A couple of years back I bought a 1.8 zetec as a bit of a winter snotter, even though it was a terrible example and cost £400 it still drove quite well. Great sheds.

s m

17,042 posts

140 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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Sten. said:
Always had a soft spot for this generation of Mondeo. My dad had a new one at the time, albeit with the horrible TDCi transit engine. A couple of years back I bought a 1.8 zetec as a bit of a winter snotter, even though it was a terrible example and cost £400 it still drove quite well. Great sheds.
Autocar put their long termer 2.0 litre one up against the hot hatch elite on the Handling course back in 2003.

Did OK for a boggo saloon on the circuit
Finished mid-order


SD_1

6,801 posts

95 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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I really like that, it is a good spec too. Shame it is a saloon, I wonder why Ford even bothered to make one alongside the hatch?

Had a basic 1.8 years ago which was a fantastic car, the only one I really regret selling

alorotom

Original Poster:

5,557 posts

124 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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Futse said:
Strong money... What's the difference between 1.300 and a grand? I mean, someone who wants this, will pay 1.300. Or haggle a bit. Someone who wants to sell, will take a grand ;-)
A 30%(ish) premium is quite a lot - I appreciate it’s not big money but it’s still strong for what it is

cerb4.5lee

10,606 posts

117 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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This is my type of shed, and I've had three Mondeo's(earlier models) and I'm a fan. I ran a 2000 model 2.5 V6 Ghia X as a shed for 3 years and I loved it plus it was faultless while I had it.

Also had a ST24 years ago but I didn't get on with it at the time(It replaced my Xr4x4), and I much preferred the Sierra. Also had a 1.8 LX as a shed to run alongside my 200sx because that was pretty thirsty on my commute(I couldn't help but gun it everywhere!).

If this was a hatch it would be an ideal shed in my eyes, the 3 litre models are proper rare.

cerb4.5lee

10,606 posts

117 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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Jamescrs said:
I later sold it for about the same money and bought a far newer 3 series BMW and honestly I can't say the BMW was any better day to day, The Mondeo was a great car
This is how I feel and I've had three 3 series and as a day to day car I find it very hard to separate the two. The fan boys on here will say that the 3 series is far better because of the RWD. These cars are mostly used as motorway munchers though and in that environment they both do the same job for me.

greenarrow

1,490 posts

54 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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cerb4.5lee said:
Jamescrs said:
I later sold it for about the same money and bought a far newer 3 series BMW and honestly I can't say the BMW was any better day to day, The Mondeo was a great car
This is how I feel and I've had three 3 series and as a day to day car I find it very hard to separate the two. The fan boys on here will say that the 3 series is far better because of the RWD. These cars are mostly used as motorway munchers though and in that environment they both do the same job for me.
Yep I totally agree, whenever you get a Vauxhall or Ford SOTY the haters and BMW fanboys will be on here saying what a terrible car it is, RWD is better, blah, bla, blah to drive. Particularly with Fords, the experience of owners is usually very good however. The original 2, litre petrol was the pick of the range. Very quiet and a fairly light car for the size, by modern standards (about 1360KG). The diesel added about 100KG of weight, all in the nose and never handled as nicely. The Autocar lap times posted earlier on this post show what a fine handling car the petrol model was.

Anyone else remember the TOP Gear family car test in Series 1 of the new Top Gear, back in 2002? The 2 litre petrol Mondeo beat a BMW 318i around the top gear track by 2 seconds!! It was the fastest car of all actually, I did laugh at that! So much for RWD superiority eh?!

IanCress

4,385 posts

103 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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"Last serviced at 80k miles". Only 8000 miles ago.

Looking at the MOT history it's done very few miles in the past 5 years, so it looks like it was actually last serviced in 2015.

sgtBerbatov

855 posts

18 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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Hard to justify that money for a Mondeo when you can get smarter Saab's for a third of the price.

NorthernSky

419 posts

54 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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For a couple hundred more (or more like £1500 as it's been up a few weeks now...) there's this luscious looking ST estate. High miles but fairly confidence inspiring advert.

Massive, fold-flat boot, and 220ish bhp. Heated seats - think they all had this from Titanium trim upwards though. Surely this is a better SOTW if the list price wasn't just outside the SOTW limit?

I'm sorely tempted by this as a half year stop-gap car. Could just take it down the beach next summer and sleep in the boot... Not such a good fuel-saving commuter though...

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

Blackpuddin

8,614 posts

142 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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NorthernSky said:
Surely this is a better SOTW if the list price wasn't just outside the SOTW limit?
I like this C63 Estate, it's only £38,490 above the Shed limit wink
https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
Also I note that the ST220 Estate has the classic 'easily repaired' rust that hasn't been easily repaired so far.

tonker

55,188 posts

185 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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Compared to last weeks dog of an Omega...... great.

Gribs

168 posts

73 months

Friday 21st December 2018
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sgtBerbatov said:
Hard to justify that money for a Mondeo when you can get smarter Saab's for a third of the price.
A 2.0 mk3 Mondeo is better to drive than a 95 Aero. It's just slower and generally rustier. I say that as someone who has owned both and has had Saabs for the last 6 years and will probably buy another.