Ford Mondeo (1996 – 2000) Review

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Ford Mondeo (1996 – 2000) At A Glance

4/5

+Facelift of original. Criticisms of original very good Mondeo overcome, fine combination of ride, handling, performance, economy, and cheap maintenance.

-Limited cockpit storage for odds and ends. Four-speed autos are short-lived. Manual clutches expensive to replace.

When you first drive the new Ford Mondeo it feels fantastic. Then it gets better. Quite simply, it out-classes everything else in its class, and most of the next class as well.

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What's the best way to start my standing 1996 Ford Mondeo?
"My 1996 Ford Mondeo been standing for three years. What is the best way to approach starting it again? I've fitted a new battery but it didn't start. The previous owner said it needed a fuel pump and I'm not sure what's the best way to proceed."
The first thing you'll need to do is check for leaks underneath the car - this will give you an idea of what's perished/leaking and what isn't. If you just want to get it running, then you'll need fresh fuel, a fully-charged battery, and a fair wind. Even though it's only been standing a few years, you could be at the mercy of a few things like a stuck clutch or that failed fuel pump. If it was a non-runner when you bought it, then I'll hazard a guess that the car needed more than a new fuel pump. You don't say whether it's a petrol or a diesel - if it's the latter, you'll probably need to bleed the system to get it going. If you're a bit out of your depth, then call in some help.
Answered by Keith Moody
What do we do about being mis-sold an ex-hire vehicle?
"We've just bought a used Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life from a Volkswagen garage. We were told the vehicle had one previous owner only. When the car registration documents came through, it turns out the car was owned by a car hire company. We called this company and ascertained that the vehicle had been hired out 47 separate times. The garage manager eventually agreed to give us our money back but I still feel we were deliberately mis-sold this vehicle and wonder what redress if any should be offered?"
Sorry, this is a "so what" complaint based on prejudice. The car has one previous owner that was a rental company and the fact is that a succession of different drivers driving the same vehicle is good for it, not bad for it. Hirers do not carelessly damage rental vehicles these days because of the Draconian penalties for doing so. To prove this point we bought an ex-rental Mondeo in 1999 and ran it for 9 years with no trouble at all apart from a union coming off the PAS reservoir (cheaply fixed).
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Ford Mondeo refuses to turn over
"I have a 2000 Ford Mondeo petrol that has no spark, no crank and no petrol pump pulse. I've done a diagnostic test, but the computer box is also not receiving power. What could be wrong and how can I fix it? "
When you say no crank, are you saying that the engine does not even turn over? Is the battery in good condition? Check all earthing points on the vehicle especially the main battery earth. If okay then check the immobiliser If the engine does turn over then check the CKP (crankshaft position sensor) We assume that you have checked all the fuses in the system.
Answered by Alan Ross
How can I work out my fuel consumption?
"I have bought a 1996 Ford Mondeo. Can you tell me how I can work out the fuel consumption?"
Use the odometer and the brim to brim receipts to work out the fuel economy.
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