Ford Mondeo (2000 - 2007)
Last updated 3 October 2014
Report of 2.0TDCI 130 estate running to 215,000 miles with no trouble except new alternator and new exhaust back box.
You'd be hard pressed to complete even the shortest journey without seeing a Ford Mondeo. It's one of the most popular models in the UK and with every new version it has improved to become a superb all-rounder. Comfortable, good to drive and spacious, the Ford Mondeo out-classes most other cars of its size and plenty that cost considerably more.
The design may not be that striking, but when it was first introduced in 2000, it was a huge departure from the rounded look of its predecessor. And this Ford Mondeo was a big improvement on the road too, managing to blend great handling with refined comfort - not an easy feat for any car, let alone a family hatchback.
Of course, it's not just available as a hatch. There's a (rather unpopular) saloon and a superb estate version. The latter is a great load lugger and offers an absolutely enormous boot that can swallow huge amounts of kit whether it's luggage, boxes or the odd bit of furniture.
Most drivers prefer the economical yet punchy TDCi diesels (introduced in 2001) with the 2.0 TDCi with 130bhp the most popular. For performance, there's the Mondeo ST available with either a thunderous 3.0-litre V6 or a more sensible 2.2 TDCi.
There were several changes throughout its life, including improved quality and more equipment in mid-2003 while the biggest alterations occurred in 2005 when it was given a mid-life facelift with upgraded engines and a fresher exterior appearance with new light clusters and bumpers.
Unreliable money pit. A roomy motorway mile muncher with a lovely ride that should've been great but has mechanical problemsOn 24 November 2014
Surpassed all expectations. Best car I've owned.On 4 August 2014
Fun to drive, gargantuan load capacity, modest running costs.On 6 June 2014