Should I buy my old company Mondeo to use as a commuter?

I've lost the use of a company car, have never bought a used car before and I was thinking of spending £1000 - £2000 on a car to get me 10 miles each way to work and other very short trips. My biggest problem is that I'm 6-foot 3-inches with a bad back, so the car needs to be a reasonable size. I have also been offered my old company car, a 2003 Mondeo 2.0TDCi Zetec S with 120,000 miles, for £600. Is it worth going for? I know it's been serviced but think the DMF is going as it rattles and clanks badly. Any advice would be welcomed.

Asked on 28 January 2012 by JL, Huddersfield

Answered by Honest John
Problem solved. Buy the 03 Mondeo for £600. Has a chain cam engine so no timing belt worries. It doesn't have a DPF. And, no guarantee, but I’ve received two reports of this model reaching 200,000 miles on its original Dual Mass Flywheel.
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