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I recent purchased a newer Ford to replace my ageing, but ever so reliable Escort. I decided on the Ford Mondeo with a little help from my insurance compnay. Im with a company called Ford Insured , whom only insure Fords.
I came across the N reg old shape model when my friend came across it when it was put in part exchange at a local dealer. At the price of only £1375 for a 1996 four door Turbo diesel family saloon I decided to buy it as a bit of a brucy bargain. The car has had a bad life and shows several minor battle scars, but Im sure with a bit of tending loving car I will get the car it back into good condition.
The engine in this car has got 119000 miles on it, but it still pulls well. I find the car slow when starting from stand still on a steep bank until the Turbo cuts in at about 3500rpm. The Turbo diesel models I feel do not drive anywhere as good as they petrol counterparts which are far more lively.
Today Ive had it in for an MOT to find it failed on two rusty brake pipes( easy to fix), back lights because of a wiring fault and a leak in the power steering rack which I already knew about so Im quite happy even when I know its a complete pig to change the racks. I was worried about engine smoke as it does seem bad, but it passed the omissions test so Im very happy.I forget that Turbo diesels are normally smokey anyway.
The car drives very well, and I find I can get a good seating position bacause of the tilt and slide steering colulm and the height ajustable drivers seat.
One thing that was upset me, is that I drove a Ford Escort which was a group 6 and now Im on the Mondeo which is a group 8. Im shocked that a rise of 2 groups has resulted in a rise of £210 which means Im paying £550. SO MAKE SURE YOU CHECK INSURANCE FIRST BEFORE BUYING A NEW CAR.Last year I moved from a group 8 to a group 17 and only paided £90 for a longer period. Ive found out about the vast increase in car insurance the hard way. Today I read that last year the average motorist paid £350 for the year, this year it will be £650 .....totally shocking and what a Rip off...
Very informative review.
For information, you can improve the smoky exhaust on the Ford TD engines.by disconnecting the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve and plugging the pipework. This is a common mod which I reckon about half of Mondeo and Escort TD's have had done. There are also various adjustments that can be made to the fuel pump to improve performance and low end throttle response.
Google Endura DE EGR for more info. This is an old mechanically injected engine, so everything can be adjusted manually! Don't attempt it without the info to hand though.
Sheep_Lover 28.01.2003 17:04
Sorry to go against the grain and only rate H, but I would have liked to have seen information on the cars handling in different conditions, fuel economy and what possibly a bit about the cars value over the longer term. Cheers. Rob
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