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    Any Mondeo drivers out there?

    I'm looking around for a new car ATM, and have set my sights on either a Mondeo (2006-ish model) or a VW Passatt running on diesel. You can get a very well specced Mondeo (alll the goodies) with about 56k on the clock for about £4000. For a Passatt of similar age and spec you can add 2k on top of that. I had a rental Mondeo for a feew several years back and was very impressed with it, particularly the milage I got, and so I'm just asking here if anyone has a similar age/milage one and can let me know of any faults or things I should look for when shopping around and test driving etc. as it would be of great help, especially if I have to factor in a new cam-belt for an initial service.

    Cheers.

    P.S. I also like the HUGE boot on the Mondeo!

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    hi,

    a friend has a mondeo that he is looking to sell, ill have a word with him tonight and sort out some pictures or something for you.

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    Why are Mondeo bumpers always held together with gaffer tape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Why are Mondeo bumpers always held together with gaffer tape?
    The older ones had a design flaw apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Why are Mondeo bumpers always held together with gaffer tape?
    Mine is because people keep backing into it and the design is awful: a thin hard (easy to crack!) plastic shell over some sort of crumple material (a bit like that stuff they use in flower arranging). The slightest impact and it's shot to hell and given the price of other parts I have had to buy (+ the size of the blasted things) I suspect replacement is a waste of money. Not to mention time.

    The huge boot is great, btw.

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    nearly every mondeo I have seen (including newer ones 58/08/59/09 plates) have gaffer tape on the bumpers and mirrors...build quality is shocking on them!

    Go for a Skoda fabia or a hybrid if possible...most Honda's are hybrids now and are built solid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pr1vate_piles View Post
    hi,

    a friend has a mondeo that he is looking to sell, ill have a word with him tonight and sort out some pictures or something for you.
    It's going to be a few weeks yet. Once we have Philly out of the way I'll be looking around. Any offers are always nice though. PM me the car details etc. if you can.

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    Go for a Skoda fabia or a hybrid if possible...most Honda's are hybrids now and are built solid!
    A Fabia! And once I get the server-room-in-a-box in there, where am I supposed to sit? There is a reason I need a big boot y'know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    P.S. I also like the HUGE boot on the Mondeo!
    ....giggidy ;-)

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    LOL!! ok. Well Honda's have big boots, the Insight has the same "space" (in terms of litres) as a mondeo.

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    Might be also worth looking at the octavia mII which is the same car as the passatt/a4/seat but a bit cheaper.

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    The problem I have with Honda's is that they are so amazingly dull both inside and out. Great build quality and reliability, but dull, dull, dull.

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    Look out for the dual mass flywheel, they need replace around about 70-80k miles apparently. IIRC the cost is about £800 a time.

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    I had about six mk2 mondeo lease cars:

    1st one was a 2.0 Zetec petrol - which was great!
    2nd one was a 2.0 Tddi Ghia X diesel... a bit tractor-y but great. Didn't like the "wood" on the steering wheel though - I found it slippery, but then maybe I just had sweaty palms!
    3rd and 4th were 2.0Tdci Zetec-S diesels - both were great... but one was definitely faster because it was colorado red.
    5th one was another 2.0Tdci Ghia X... which was made on a Friday afternoon and broke. A lot. Clutch went after a couple of thousand miles, it constantly stank of diesel and the turbo had issues.
    6th one was a 2.2Tdci Titanium X and was my favourite! Lovely alcantara trimmed seats and just generally lovely. Quite brisk too... and economical... didn't get less than 42MPG no matter how it was driven!

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    I used to have a diesel Mondeo (now a Focus). One thing that I like about the Mondeo (not sure about the petrol version, but I believe it's the same) is that they don't use a Cam-belt, rather they use a "Cam Chain" - they're normally good to (and over) 100,000 miles

    -ken

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