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Ford Mondeo Saloon 2000‑2007(20 reviews)
T111TRV | 23rd March '11
I had to downsize my car due to the recession. Plastic bits have fallen off inside and out, so quality is not good. But running costs and mpg were enough to swing it when thinking about cost and practicality.
paulL | 22nd March '11
For a growing family I needed more space to transport us around and on family holidays abroad.
The Mondeo estate had all the room we needed and on paper was reasonably priced.
It's been years since I owned a Ford. I remembered them as functional cars. Very plasticy, noisy, mechanically sound, but not refined. So expectations weren't very high.
I was astonished how much Ford has improved it's cars. I bought the car with 119k miles FSH. It had every possible extra I wanted, plus some I wasn't bothered about.
I'm still amazed at the build quality. The car now has 127k, and not a single rattle or squeak, with tyres being my only expense.
By modern standards, the 2.2 engine is very noisy on tick over, but hardly noticeable once cruising. 50mpg average is pretty good too.
I have to criticise the gearbox. Compared to BMW, or VW group cars, the 6 speed manual doesn't feel as good. I still find the change from 1st to 2nd snatchy as I have to pull the stick down and slightly away from me.
The ride is very well balanced. It grips very well round country lanes, but on A or M roads, it wafts nicely.
I shopped around for 4 months before this car caught my eye. The great thing about Mondeo's is there are so many, there's one for everyone if you are prepared to wait.
kalvinW | 15th March '11
this car is only being sold due to marriage breakdown the mot was carried out 22.01.2011 the car has always been very reliable and all work required has always been carried out for the latest mot the vehicle required two new front seat belts at a cost of £400.00
davidT | 11th March '11
VERY GOOD ON FUEL , NICE AND ROOMIE, GOOD LOOKING CAR, COULD LOOK BETTR IN SIDE, I HAVE ALWAYS HARD FORD, OUT OF ALL THE FORDS I HAVE HARD, THIS IS THE BEST ON FUEL FORSIZE
antonyL | 2nd March '11
THIS CAR WAS BROUGHT BY ME 3 YEARS AGO FROM A PRIVATE SELLER WHO HAD IT FROM NEW. IT HAD BEEN VERY WELL MAINTAINED.
THIS PARTICULAR ST220 IS VERY FAST AND HANDLES VERY WELL AT ALL SPEEDS. IT HAS A SMOOTH GEAR CHANGE AND TIGHT STEERING AND LOOKS VERY SMART ON THE ROAD.
OBVIOUSLY THE FUEL EFFICIENCY ISNT AS GOOD DUE TO THE 3 LITRE ENGINE, BUT ITS NOT TOO BAD ON LONG JOURNEYS.
I TRAVEL VERY RARELY NOW SO IVE BROUGHT A SMALL RUN-A-ROUND BUT I MISS THE ST220 FOR DRIVING COMFORT.
HAS HAD A NEW RADIATOR RECENTLY AND THE FRONT TYRES ARE NEW, BUT OTHER THAN THAT IT HAS BEEN PROBLEM FREE.
wayneK | 28th February '11
I didnt realy have a choiice when I bought this car and hoped it would fail the mot year after year six years four years later it has sailed through 4 mots and it has done 140k miles and has no sighns of failing everthing else is broken wiper jets locking mechanism is a joke power is slugish and a bit embasaing sometimes street cred there is none but I have been all over in this car and I have carried allsorts its a good work horse and a good family car, its laufhable its gaffa taped up looks a load of crap but has become my pride and joy would have another only probs have been blown pipe because of weather and locking is a daily problem .
steveB | 28th December '10
I bought this car in November of 2009 with 69,000miles on the clock, and it being a diesel i thought this was low for the year, within 3 months i had to spend £700 getting the sub-frame bushes replaced, rear calipers, and rear springs. Minor detail as now having owned the car for now over a year it has been great! then handling is superb and it is very spacious inside. i have upgraded the dash to the facelift model due to wanting to fit a double din. another good thing about this car is you can use a jaguar flip key if you get bored of the mundane standard key. the fuel economy isn't as good as you would expect considering it being a diesel, although i think maybe the on board computer isn't accurate.
1 problem i did have with this car is the turbo pipe gained a split and thus lowering the fuel economy but i got a pipe 2nd hand for £10 and was very easy to fit. overall this car has had a few problems but in the end has been a very reliable car, the depreciation is also very bad considering i paid £2795 nov 2009 now i'm lucky if i'll get £1200 a year later
alex87 | 9th December '10
Pleasure to own, wish I still had mine.
Represents great value for money. Very cheap to buy (especially 4cylinder petrols), cheap to insure, cheap to service(independent), 35 mpg average is quite good for a large car. Only expensive thing was tax.
At 95000 miles had to fix something to do with the suspension that was about £100 quid, other than that no problems.
Massive boot, seats fold down easily to make it even bigger. Loads of room and comfort for driver and passengers. Very little wind, tyre and engine noise. Heated windscreen is great in winter.
Drives superbly on all types of road, great around corners and engine feels plenty quick enough delivering power smoothly.
I don't normally like to buy the same car twice but seriously considering the ST.
ewanC | 29th November '10
I purchased this car after having read reviews (both by owners and the media) on just about every other car on the market in my price range.
There was no point.
I had always liked the Mondeo and to be honest every car review I read was being compared to those of the Ford in my head.
Yes - the styling may seem a bit dated now and yes, it does seem a bit conservative. However, its a really well balanced looking machine - everything just looks...right. It's the same internally as well, all the switches and buttons are in the right place without a stretch and it is well screwed together.
The 2L TDCi is brilliant - loads of torque - pulls really well from about 1700rpm upwards and keeps going. (0-60 - 10s'ish) The gearbox (I have the 6 speed) is good. A bit notchy into second but thats being really picky (and my brother's 5 speed doesn't do it).
I get approx 45mpg +/- 2/3mpg. My brother however has had high 50+ economy figures so it is very dependant on how its driven - but as you can see - it's still fantastic compared to similar sized petrol cars. The tax is also low due to lowish CO2 emissions, and the insurance is low too - I'm 21 with 3yrs NCB and I can afford it - thats all you really should need to know.
Well, the 4dr can be limited due to it being a saloon - the only thing I have not been able to fit was an adult bike. The 5dr is more practical due to it being a hatch.
The Drive Itself.
Again, fantastic. The car's size dissapears on the move and it feels very agile. The steering backs this up - its very direct at speed but not twitchy, and perfect around town. Country roads are great - stick into into a corner and (with good tyres) it will hold its line - letting you know everything you need to through the steering wheel. Rounabouts have neever been so fun. As mentioned though - good tyres are a must - and I have found a certain rain expertise tyre has worked brilliantly. Haven't been stuck in the snow yet either...
Good - economy, practicality, handling, performance (and safety - 4 star NCAP).
(Kinda) Bad(ish) - wind noise can sometimes be a bit on the loud side - but is a very small niggle. Will understeer badly in the rain with bad tyres.
jamieA | 28th November '10
Im going to keep this short and sweet.
the st220 is a awesome car you have all the practicality of a normal 4 door saloon but with the undersated add feature of a 225 bhp 3.0 v6 under the bonnet. This engine is definatly one of those great engines you never get tierd of listening to, i have had the car for 5 years and i still turn the radio of and open the windows and listen to the bellow of the v6. really is a great car.
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