I reckon you've absolutely nailed it buying this, it's an ace looking car for a proper bargain price. In fact, I'll stick my neck out and say these are the best looking Mondeos they ever made.
Not only that, but you could drive it anywhere/everywhere and it would still feel like a modern, useable car. These were the first Ford for yonks that drove properly. I used to hire these for work in there early-mid nineties and after a Mondeo, a Cavalier felt old and wonky and a 1.8CL Passat* absolutely dire. If I couldn't get a Mondeo from Hartford Motors (Ford), I rang the Peugeot dealer in Biscsecsester and got a 405 instead.
The 1.8di LX was a great motorway car and true 1.8i LX the perfect compromise.
Know what I'd do with the blue one? A toothbrush valet and Ebay classic cars Â£1295 buy it now. Chance your arm, there's a grand in that if you're patient.
*Probably the worst car I have ever driven.