5 reasons to buy and not to buy Ford Mondeo IV


The root mond (“world” in French) in the name appeared not by chance: the model was developed on both sides of the ocean and tried to adapt to the needs of both major markets at that time – European and American. True, the goal was not achieved: for Americans, the car still turned out too small and expensive against the background of the same Taurus. The model saved a great success in Europe.

The second generation in 1998, too, turned out not particularly successful. It was not accepted in America again, and it was clear that it was time to change something. And the third Mondeo was totally different.

It appeared in 2000 and immediately became very popular due to its dimensions and interior. Mondeo became much bigger, and the main thing is that its interior has changed. It received strict German notes and more elements of passive safety: belt pretensioners, airbags, good protection from side impact. Finally normal rust protection has been taken care of – the previous Mondeo rotted too quickly. In addition, this Ford had a good range of engines: gasoline engines began with a volume of 1.6 liters and ended with V6 engines with a volume of 3 liters. There were also diesel engines of the Puma family, developed jointly with PSA. The car turned out to be successful, and it was much easier for the fourth generation Mondeo to fight on the market for a place under the sun. The funny thing is that again everywhere except America.

Ford Mondeo 2000–09 третьего поколения

The fourth generation Mondeo just got even bigger. There is no more. The platform has become completely new – EUCD, developed jointly by Ford and Volvo (so close relatives of this Mondeo are, for example, Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Freelander, Volvo XC60 and Volvo S80). There were even more engines: in-line four 1.6-liter (almost like in Focus), four 2-liter (145, 200 or 245 hp) and 2.3-liter (161 hp), in-line five 2.5-liter from Volvo (220 hp). In addition, there were diesel engines with a capacity of 2.0 and 2.2 liters (140 and 175 hp, respectively).

There were also many transmissions: two manual, six-speed automatic Aisin and robot PowerShift, which appeared after the restyling. In general, there was a choice. Besides in Russia these Mondeos were assembled in Vsevolozhsk near St. Petersburg (but only sedans), so there were no problems with popularity. And what were there, we shall learn about it from reviews of owners of these cars.

Hate #5: ground clearance

I do not know what people who buy Mondeo and drive it for fishing think. In my opinion, it is quite obvious that with a base of 2850 mm the ground clearance of 130 mm is very ridiculous. It is like a dachshund, only the car. Therefore, it is not strange that many people write: “The main minus is ground clearance. It is CATASTROFISHLY small. It constantly clings to the front skirt and sills”. By the way, the front skirt is also often broken. Then, of course, you realize that you should not drive off-road… this car is not for that…”, but it is already late.

By the way, pay attention to a suspension when choosing a car at secondary market. It is generally reliable, but they put all sorts of spacers and springs from some S-Max.

Love #5: front seats.

I’ve never thought that I would seriously speak about the fact, that owners of some car admire seats so much, that they write about them in almost all reviews. Besides, they write them in a way that could make the court poets of some monarchs jealous: their comments are too far from some reviews of Mondeo owners: “nice seats: long, legs are not hanging down, soft, and you can drive about 900 km a day and get out alive, not half-dead”. Naturally, it does not do without comparisons: “The seats in Mondeo are no worse than in Volvo, I’m 180 cm tall, weigh 92 kg, I sit down remarkably well”.

Certainly, the convenience of seats is appreciated in the first place by those who spend a lot of time on a freeway. The Mondeo disposes to this in principle, so there are many such reviews: “… 1700 km with stops at filling stations – no problems”.

However, it is necessary to make an important remark. And I shall make it not by myself, but with another’s lips: “Front seats are normal only in Titanium, in assemblies below they are stiffer and there is no lateral support”.

And one more thing: front seats have a bad habit to creak. Usually the skids are guilty, and their greasing often solves the problem.  Otherwise they are really good.

Hate #4: The trunk.

The size of the fourth Mondeo is really regal. And 486 liters of trunk volume in a sedan is a lot. But… Read: “The trunk seems to be big according to the papers, but it is very inconvenient because of a narrow opening”. Or a little bit more emotionally: “The trunk is big, but it is useless – long and narrow”.

5 reasons to buy and not to buy Ford Mondeo IV
Ford Mondeo 2007–14

Yes, there is such a problem. In general, the quotes above describe it completely: it is difficult to reach the rear wall of the trunk, and it is even more difficult to cram something into its narrow opening. As a result, it turns out that using the whole volume is somewhat difficult. And if the owner is not tall, sometimes they say that it is simply impossible.

Besides, the trunk has one more peculiarity: the wires, which go in the harness through the trunk lid, rot away. The rear lights and lock stop working. It is easy to treat, but it annoys for sure.

Love #4: Cost of maintenance.

I shall tell honestly: the cost of maintenance has occupied in this list the honourable fourth place with a little stretch. It happens that it is necessary to invest in Mondeo abnormally much money. But if the car is well-groomed, if it has no robot Powershift, the maintenance of Mondeo will not be much more expensive than of Focus. People express it rather cautiously: “… it is not expensive for service”, “it does not demand much of investments”… Certainly, so, but it is important to remember two moments: service of Focus not always turns out budgetary too, so this cheapness is not absolutely kopeckish. Well, and secondly, Mondeo has expensive items in repair. So, if you are not lucky, it is possible to forget about an accessible cost of possession.

5 reasons to buy and not to buy Ford Mondeo IV
Ford Mondeo 2007–14

But if to buy the car with 1,6 liters engine and automatic transmission, with 2,3 liters engine (or two-liter diesel engine without excessive mileage) and classical automatic transmission, it is possible to count on more favorable outcome. It’s a pity that the majority of Mondeo of this generation is already much ridden and bumped. But there was time when the owners advised on forums: “I can recommend this purchase to thrifty people, if one wants a moderately solid car”.

Here it is important to find a good service, where these cars are not only known, but loved. Some breakages that many solve for very obscene money are actually repaired for very modest sums. So there is a way out, but you have to look for it.

Hate #3: The steering rack and the cost of some parts

It is logical that after the previous “love” there should be a corresponding “hate”. Yes, there are some things in Mondeo which break almost necessarily and cost abnormal money.

First, we shall note the steering rack. It is with usual CPS, but it does not mean that it is simple and without problems. The rack knocks, CPS hums, and money from pockets flies in tens of thousands. When repairing the hydraulic system, many people advise to change the tank: not very good valve becomes the reason of insufficient fluid pressure. The compressor hums and hums, and then dies. The original one is expensive.

5 reasons to buy and not to buy Ford Mondeo IV
Ford Mondeo 2007–14

The situation with the rack is slightly different: it can be repaired in time for a reasonable amount of money. If this moment is missed, “…it is quite possible that you will have to replace the rack assembly, which is quite expensive”.

Secondly, I have added one more reason to dislike Mondeo: obviously overstated cost of some spare parts. I have not allocated it separately for the simple reason: these expensive things break not at all and not always (unlike a rack), but if they break, they infuriate incredibly. And then people remark: “Cheap consumables…even very cheap. Although, there are little things that cost as much as a helicopter”. And a bit of figures from those who are not lucky: “… some details cost very expensive, for example: a motor of a rear wiper – 10 000 ruble, a button of heating of a seat – 8 000 ruble”…

At that analogues are not always much cheaper. So from time to time a lot of people have to go to the moneybox.

Love No.3: the body.

This generation should be grateful to the previous generation for a quality body. In preparation for the transition to water-based paint, Ford experts worked very seriously with the body, trying to protect it as effectively as possible against corrosion in the future. And they succeeded. The third Mondeo resisted rust quite firmly (now they are mostly of course already rotten, but here the blame and time, and not very high quality repairs after the accident), the fourth in this regard were no worse. Reviews on this subject are numerous, and they are almost all the same: “The body does not rot even in Moscow, but, really, if it was not beaten, and the car is galvanized”, “… During the operation appeared about a dozen chips from pebbles on the hood, wings, doors, did not treat them and did not paint, rust has not appeared anywhere, the body is treated just fine”, “paint chips in the front arches, but the iron does not bloom.

5 reasons to buy and not to buy Ford Mondeo IV
Ford Mondeo 2007–14

And one more important note: a lot of people appreciate not only the quality of the paintwork, but also the metal itself: “The car body is made of good thick steel and covered with the same layer of paint. Yes, the metal in Mondeo is good. But don’t think that all these cars on the secondary market shine with fresh paint. After all, they are not very young, and if the chips and scuffs are not removed in time, the iron will rust. Sad, but true.

Hate #2: Electrics.

Unfortunately, the electrics are not the strongest point of the Mondeo. What is wrong with it?

I have already told about a harness in a trunk lid. I was not the only one to say: “At about 90 thousands of rubles, my trunk stopped opening. The problem is in the wiring from the body to the trunk lid, the braid is pretty tough and over time, if you often use the trunk, the wires simply break. The best part is, to open the trunk, you have to get inside the trunk from the cabin and disassemble the lock. I put the wires on, and all is good.” As you can see, there is not only a problem, but also a way to fix it.

The second common breakdown is the gasoline pump terminals: “…stopped on the highway and couldn’t start. The reason is the gasoline pump, and it’s not a breakage, it’s just a loose contact in the terminal block”. Let’s say honestly: the gas pump is also not notable for its vitality, and not always the problem can be solved solely by repairing the terminals. But in some cases it helps.

The third trouble is parking sensors wiring. A classic case: “… at 100 thousand, parking sensors refused to work ….. Wires from parking sensors go under bumpers and are practically not protected. Wires just rot away with time. You make a trip to an electrician, find the breakage, repair the wiring and that’s it. It would seem, the trifle, the penny repair, but still it is unpleasant. Though, these problems were also on the before-restyling version, but they have not been solved. Well, everything is clear here.

Of less critical glitches, let us note the boombox errors: “A couple of times the boombox hung up – there was no sound from a bluetooth device: it was fixed by removing the battery terminal for 5 minutes. This case is also not an isolated one.

The worst thing about electrical problems is that they are numerous and unpredictable. The window lifters can hang up, the head unit may malfunction, the instrument panel sometimes refuses to work (though, much less often than in Focus). Some people are annoyed with such problems very much. Though, there are owners, who have not even heard about them. Except for a gas pump – it dies at all. Except for those who drive a diesel Mondeo, of course. Those have enough problems of their own (for example, with eternally dirty air flow sensor and EGR valve).

Love No. 2: Suspension and noise isolation.

Yes, yes, these things are not connected with each other, but we have put them in one number. What to do, if they are praised equally often? But, frankly speaking, there is nothing to speak about: the reviews are monotonous enough and do not demand deciphering: “A soft suspension. It is definitely softer than Passat, Optima and Mazda. Noise is on the top. At 130 you speak without raising your voice”, “It drives on the highway as if it was stupendous, it doesn’t wiggle. Suspension is soft enough, steering is good”, “. The interior is quiet, the noise insulation is decent, the engine can be heard only when accelerating intensively”.

5 reasons to buy and not to buy Ford Mondeo IV
Ford Mondeo 2007–14

Especially brightly these advantages are shown on the highway. Very many owners scold Mondeo for immodest dimensions in a city and simultaneously praise its behavior on a highway. Many sincerely consider, that it was constructed exclusively for country operation. If your element is a country freeway, this is your car: “It is a huge capacious ship during trips. It goes smoothly on the highway”.

Hate №1: the robot Powershift.

Those who bought a restyled Mondeo since 2010 with a 6DCT450 robot, often believed that they will miss the fate of owners of robotized Focus. As they say, those boxes are “dry” and ours are “wet”. They will serve for a long time. There is a certain share of common sense in this judgment, and clutch on Mondeo lives longer. But this is where the good news comes to an end. Yes, there were usually no problems for the first tens of thousands of kilometers. But then people have suddenly realized that this robot is “… absolutely unrepaired c**t which costs almost half a million”. You could argue about unrepairable: they’re being repaired quite successfully now. But the term itself is correct.

5 reasons to buy and not to buy Ford Mondeo IV
Ford Mondeo 2007–14
5 reasons to buy and not to buy Ford Mondeo IV
Ford Mondeo 2007–14
The cost of repair, of course, can vary. Where you know these boxes, you can get away with not a very terrible amount, but in small towns, unfortunately, this box is still often feared.

And one more quote for reflection: “Buying a Ford Mondeo with a powershift – it was a huge mistake. I would have been better off buying another car. Any other car.”

Love No. 1: the size of the interior

I don’t think this feature of the Mondeo will shock anyone. I wish I could put reliability or something equally substantial in the first place, but no. The best thing that Mondeo owners find in their cars is its size. Combined with a successful suspension, this Ford becomes an almost perfect car for long family trips. There is plenty of room both in the front and in the back. Especially pleasing is the back row, where you can “sit upside down. Well, the rest of the space is excellent: “The seat in the back is comfortable, the passengers fall asleep, it lulls them to sleep when driving on the highway”, “A huge interior, a lot of leg room in front and rear passengers”.

So, despite some shortcomings, the Mondeo knows how to win the hearts of its owners. And probably deservedly so. And even if something goes wrong with it, its main advantage doesn’t go anywhere: “Lots of room in the cabin, lots of room!”.

5 reasons to buy and not to buy Ford Mondeo IV

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