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    I'm considering buying a Mk II Ford Mondeo (Old shape after the facelift in the late 90's) Diesel and wondered what people oppinions were on them.

    The reason for buying them is that my Ka is waaaaaaay to small for my needs, the next car up, in my price range is an escort and i really don't want one of them. and diesel because i travel up and down the country frequently.

    I have also finished uni and i'm over 21, so insurance is no real biggie :p:
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    Fair enough. Usual checks for corrosion in the usual areas. Bodywork is harder to fix than mechanicals.

    Before you make your mind up, why not look at models from other manufactures in the same class?
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    (Original post by JC.)
    Fair enough. Usual checks for corrosion in the usual areas. Bodywork is harder to fix than mechanicals.

    Before you make your mind up, why not look at models from other manufactures in the same class?
    if im honest, im really unsure what to look at, i know that the defining factor is that it must be a deisel.

    any suggestions?
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    Budget?
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    up to £1000 although this could increase as time progresses
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    Erm.. don't know bothered you are about power but the Mondeo didn't really have a great diesel until the TDCI in the Mk 3. The TD only has less than 90bhp, which is OK, just don't expect great performance, and it'll be fairly noisy too. I was looking for a similar thing a few months ago, but got put off.

    Other cars:
    '97 Passat: Probably perfect, the 110 or 115 TDi engines are much better than the old Ford diesel and build quality is better so you should be able to run it into higher miles. You'd probably have to stretch the budget £200 or so though.

    Mk1 Vectra: Not as good as the Mondeo to drive, 2.0/2.2 DTi engines are better than the Ford though.

    Mk1 A4: Same engines as Passat, and looks classy, but insurance might be a bit pricey.

    Peugeot 406: I was told this was a really good car to drive, diesels are only average until the HDi was introduced.

    Mk1 Renault Laguna: Looks pretty good for an old 5dr hatch, and DTi/DT diesels aren't bad if the Meganne is anything to go by.

    Once you find you can live with the old diesel engine clatter, then performance doesn't sound bad on most of these considering their age.
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    Citroen Xantia? One of my Lecurers has one and swears by it. Best car he's owned, he says.

    OT - Don't run mondeo TD's on neat chip fat (so i'm told). They have a rotary fuel pump and it just foams up.

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    I don't want a french car. so citroens, renaults and pergeots are out of the window i'm afraid
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    German is probably your best be then. Mk 3 Golf? The old cliche....
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    Also, derv-drinking saloons like Mondeos are prime cabbie fodder. Look for signs that a meter and extra radio has been fitted, and avoid these examples. Sure it'll have been serviced regularly, but it'll also have been thrashed to within an inch of its life, 7 days a week, and also the interior'll be about knackered.
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    (Original post by Phoenix)
    I don't want a french car. so citroens, renaults and pergeots are out of the window i'm afraid
    If you want loads of space, then it's really worth seeing what sort of price you can get a VW Passat for, it'll be way ahead of most of the other cars in quality too.
    Otherwise as already mentioned, the Mk3 Golf TDi wouldn't be a bad choice, but larger cars seem to be better value for money, the '97 Passat would be more modern than a Golf in your budget.
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    The mondeos, if they havent been used as taxis are likely to have been company cars and seen a lot of Motorway work.

    If you could find the money, the A4 is a nice car, especially if you can find the 1.9TDI. Insurance will probably be more than the ford, however shouldnt be too bad for you.
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    If you get a Mondeo check the clutch is good as the subframe needs to be removed to change it (according to HonestJohn), so it's a fairly expensive job.
 
 
 
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