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Old 27 February 2014, 05:01   #41
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I have had the pleasure of two ford mondeos a 1993 and a 2001 modeks. both petrol both very good. I have heard of a lot of problems with the rwd one though, stick with the fwd models

no one where i live would touch a rwd mondeo
I'v had no problems with mine it will also be better on a slipway !!

Plus the cars you mention are 21 and 13 years old now
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Old 27 February 2014, 05:28   #42
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Cracking cars just watch those swirl valves.....
....and the particulate filter! The attachment to it was loose on my 320d 184bhp touring sport plus (mouthful). Replaced rather than fixed under warranty but 1700 for a new unit and 350 to fit it if I'd had to pay. Though I don't think they break unless you do short journeys for years.

Oh and two rear run flat tyres done through the lease company were 388........ each!!! (retail at 276 each but effectively bought on finance)

Incredible car, average 49 mpg driving at all speeds, no problems at all in 2 years and 50k, but if they do go wrong, its big
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....and the particulate filter! The attachment to it was loose on my 320d 184bhp touring sport plus (mouthful). Replaced rather than fixed under warranty but 1700 for a new unit and 350 to fit it if I'd had to pay. Though I don't think they break unless you do short journeys for years.

Oh and two rear run flat tyres done through the lease company were 388........ each!!! (retail at 276 each but effectively bought on finance)

Incredible car, average 49 mpg driving at all speeds, no problems at all in 2 years and 50k, but if they do go wrong, its big
I don't understand:

Was that over 2k to sort out the DPF,

OR was it

No problems at all in 2 years?

Can't be both surely.
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Duno I can only dream of such figures unless he is telling porkies I get 350 m out of 75 L in the Defender
Yer flogging that poor yoke!

I reset the odometer on my 300tdi at refill, as I don't overly trust the lower end of the gauge. At 400 miles I know I need to refuel. Generally that means 60-65 liters to brimfull again. That's very mixed milage, but no driving over 60mph... Funny enough - that is pretty much spot on for her official figures - circa 27mpg
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Yer flogging that poor yoke!

I reset the odometer on my 300tdi at refill, as I don't overly trust the lower end of the gauge. At 400 miles I know I need to refuel. Generally that means 60-65 liters to brimfull again. That's very mixed milage, but no driving over 60mph... Funny enough - that is pretty much spot on for her official figures - circa 27mpg
That is what I got with my Disco also !!
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Yer flogging that poor yoke!

I reset the odometer on my 300tdi at refill, as I don't overly trust the lower end of the gauge. At 400 miles I know I need to refuel. Generally that means 60-65 liters to brimfull again. That's very mixed milage, but no driving over 60mph... Funny enough - that is pretty much spot on for her official figures - circa 27mpg
It's my feet there a bit big for the pedals
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Old 28 February 2014, 03:23   #47
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I don't understand:

Was that over 2k to sort out the DPF,

OR was it

No problems at all in 2 years?

Can't be both surely.
Kind of.

It wasn't mechanical failure, I think I'd banged it on a curb and damaged the attachment to the exhaust. Dealer said they couldn't understand why the bracket had failed so replaced it. but I was using its replacement to illustrate that if the unit failed, the bill would be big.
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There is a profuson of grey Mondeos out there at the moment...... Found a 1.8 TDCI. (didn't even know they made them as a 1.8 oil burner!!!)

Anyhow, price is good, toys all present & correct, and the paperwork implies the same torque and a mere 10 less HP than my current lump. (i think I detect an electronic "gearbox protecting" power cap) - and it weighs as good as the same as my current.

Allegedly runs on air according to the official figures. (if true I can put up with loosing a few gee gees)


Anyone had a hire car or own one and got some real world data?
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75% of getting good mpg's is down to how you drive, the other 25% is down to how easily some cars can driven economically.

Most cars struggle to get anywhere near the quoted "lab test" figures, its usually 60-70% of them, a few however can achieve them quite easily. VAG diesels seem to be quite easy for example.

However if you want cheap motoring you have to buy reliable cars & there are very few of those about these days especially those that are 4-8 years old. There are so many complications that could write a car off with one failure.
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However if you want cheap motoring you have to buy reliable cars & there are very few of those about these days especially those that are 4-8 years old. There are so many complications that could write a car off with one failure.
I agree about high value second hand cars being potentially very expensive. I have also come to the conclusion that you need to run either new cars still under warranty or old cars that can be scrapped if a major expensive fault occurs.
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