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#61 OFFLINE   The Reverend Bluejeans

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 12:29 PM

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 £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.


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 12:33 PM

That is absolutely ace, top purchasing SKILLZ.


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 12:35 PM

Love it. Super pov!


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 01:40 PM

Wow, just wow.

 

Looks absolutely top notch. Hard to believe they are now over 20 years old, still a timeless design and very well built. It's been 11 years since FATHA cooked the head on the family Mondeo. He usually isn't fussed about cars but that one he kept for 8 years and looked after it very well.

 

*EDIT - the yellowing in the headlights is down to the plastic filter fitted to change the beam, these yellow due to heat and general old-ness. Can still be bought from Ford IIRC.


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 01:40 PM

Oil leak advisory has **dangerous*** on it on the paper MOT, they don't tell you that online!

Assume play in steering related to front suspension bush advisories.
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 01:55 PM

wow thats blue! id check the rocker cover

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 01:57 PM

The steering is likely to be the tracking. This could also be accentuated by perished void bushes in the bottom arms. At least with the silver tops like this the thermostat housing was good old metal meaning it doesn't piss coolant out like later models do.
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 02:05 PM

Spend a few pounds on it. Keep it in good nick and you can still make money in a year when you become bored with it. Can you not just adjust mirror by hand or would you break it. I mean by pushing the mirror itself.

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 02:11 PM

Nice. The Mondeo was a strange vehicle in name- supposedly Ford's first car-for-all-markets, using dog-latin for "Worldly".

America got it as the mk2 in 1995, after keeping the front and totally redesigning the back. And renaming it "Contour". Then, whilst the mk2 was enjoying huge sales to hire firms, a complete facelift was introduced, making it quite ugly. After that point I think they dropped the platform. You don't see many about, and those that are around are usually in chronically bad shape having reached "giffer beater" kind of status.

I did not really like the Mondeo after the Sierra but they've aged really well. Would.

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 02:14 PM

That's lovely! I think you can get replacment headlamp diffusers and pop the lamp apart in an oven if I remember rightly.

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 02:37 PM

Love this very much. Good buy. Don't see how something as an advisory can be dangerous, surely that would make it a fail?



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Posted 06 February 2016 - 02:42 PM

That's better than most of Arnold Clarks retail stock
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I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 02:48 PM

Actual chunks of house carpet carefully laid into the footwells is always a good sign. How else would oldies protect the mats which are protecting the carpet?
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 02:52 PM

Ace.

I'd like to know that when it comes to stuff I like, my brain is on a 20-30 year delay. I was old enough to pay attention to cars when the Mondeo came out but hated them, now I think that's quite desirable. I've even started liking 80s music lately, which makes me worry that one day I'll be listening to 90s music in some kind of boring modern for fun!


Defo best version of the Mondeo.
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 02:54 PM

I had a L reg 2.0 glx back in 2003 that had 273000 mi!as on and it drove like new. I've never thought they were good looking compared to the 405 though. That's defo a keeper as its a rare sight nowadays. Great buy.

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 02:56 PM

I might have got the HBOL in the loft for one having had Mondeos for 10 years now, it ought be my specialist subject on Mastermind.

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 03:13 PM

Love this very much. Good buy. Don't see how something as an advisory can be dangerous, surely that would make it a fail?

An oil leak is a non testable item, therefore it can't fail.  I tested a BMW recently where the prop shaft joint at the gearbox was about to fly apart, the worst I could give it was an advisory with the dangerous box ticked.

 

Those early Mondeos are the best looking, that blue is lovely, keep on top of the repairs, maintenance and bodywork and you'll get years of cheap motoring out of it.


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 03:56 PM

I remember at launch the magazines all saying the 1.6 was probably the best to drive. Since yours is a stripped out base model (let's call it a Club Sport) with less kippered bushes I reckon it'll drive gloriously.

 

Also a big thumbs up for the standard fit model 2005 stereo. Really nicely made piece of kit and pretty decent sounding, with a dead sexy power assisted eject function.

 

Seriously, give this a bit of Vulgalourization and in a couple of years this will be MASSIVELY VALUABLE.


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 04:03 PM

IIRC the early 93/94 ones had cable clutch. Shit useless fact of the day.
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 04:15 PM

IIRC the early 93/94 ones had cable clutch. Shit useless fact of the day.


They did - when snappage occurrs brace yourself for a new clutch.

To be fair they are an excellent car - my dad had one, I drove various company ones, I even had a contour for a hire car during my holiday to Canada in 1996. Not the ideal choice - a 4 pot auto works hard going over the canadian rockies.

Does anybody remember that metallic pinky/ orange the first ones were available in?

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 04:35 PM

 I even had a contour for a hire car during my holiday to Canada in 1996. Not the ideal choice - a 4 pot auto works hard going over the canadian rockies.

 

 

We had a Contour 2.0 GL auto in Florida in '95. US Fords are specc'd in a different way to ours, on the Contour you started off with GL, LX or SE and then chose option packs, so you could end up with really odd mixtures of kit. Ours (LQA49H...ahem) had electric windows all round, as well as illuminated door handles, and alloy wheels. But no rev counter.

 

Also the interior finish seemed massively cheaper to the touch than on the Mondeo.


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 04:54 PM

Clutch change is a real pain on these, not a driveway job at all. Can be done but not easy. I had one done about 5-6 years ago come to £350 at a garage so not all the bad if it goes. Can remember a copper type colour they did them in when they came out up to the facelift. By far he worst colour was the very 1990's purple you got the mk2s in. Absolutely hideous.

A citrine one is a good buy if you can find one now as they only did them for a limited time. Usually as an Si or 4x4.

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 04:58 PM

Awesome buy - I had a 1.8 lx of similar vintage.

They eat lower arms, replace with genuine Ford ones (assuming they still exist) and do tracking

They also eat HT leads, decent brand a must

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 05:15 PM

Proper time warp is that. That rear screen sticker is worth a repro "Muff Ciller", see if anyone notices

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 05:30 PM

One of those cars that seem to have disappeared overnight. Not seen a mk1 mondy for ages, never mind such an early one, and perfect colour too.
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 05:44 PM

One of those cars that seem to have disappeared overnight. Not seen a mk1 mondy for ages, never mind such an early one, and perfect colour too.


They are going the exact same way as the Cortina before it, the banger boys love them for unders meetings, and they're pretty much worthless. This ones a really nice one and look how much it sold for! A scruffy one (most by now) or one with little or no MOT is worth what it weighs.
A shame really as they are really good cars, even now they make perfect dailys.

If only I had a big barn somewhere there'd be a space in it for one of these, keep it dry and solid until they're extinct then dust it off and it'll be the new Cortina!
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 05:54 PM

It was a clutch that killed mine. Or rather, the second clutch - had one, started slipping a week later, garage said they would strip it down to see if it was part failure but if it wasn't they would want the labour for dropping the subframe. Suspect it was hydraulic issues but just scrapped it, CBA.

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 05:56 PM

In this months Practical Classics in 'Staff Car Sagas' Matt George has bought an L reg Mondeo 1.8 GLX. His airbag light was flashing and web research says it's quite common. It is the airbag squib or 'clock spring' that needs replacing. They did the job, but that didn't cure the flashing. He found there is a multiplug for the airbag at the bottom of the steering column - this was loose and not making a good connection....


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 05:57 PM

Top purchase! Dealer sticker is from my local Ford dealership. Known locally as Muff Killer.

That plate could be worth at least the purchase price too.
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 06:03 PM

Dad's old work had one of these as a pool car, it was on about 250k. Couldn't fault the thing.


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