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#151 OFFLINE   tommytwo

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:19 PM

I also have a Mk3 Mondeo estate and I reckon the Mondeo is a great value for money car. Mine is a 2 litre petrol with 168k on the clock but still runs perfect. Its very quiet inside and a great motorway cruiser.But what do I know?

 

Put my car up for sale recently and nobody was interested. Seems they are put off by the recent rise in the road tax from £270 when I bought mine, to £305 for twelve months. People would rather buy a cheaper tax motor and spend hundreds or scrap it when it goes wrong. Or go PCP. No accounting for taste!


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:20 PM

Sierraman, Ive only done one change, but its Bosch all the way. Theyre cheap enough.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:23 PM

I knew TDCI Mondeos were problematic but just reading the last few posts of this topic they sound utterly horrendous, are they really that bad?


Not really, certainly no worse than any other diesel from around that time. Given a lot of them have probably done 150-200k by now, anything could be trouble. You'd be very unlucky to have all the problems that they suffer from. If it's any consolation the 1.8 petrol is prone to the rings going which isn't cheap either.
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 08:08 PM

Actuator killed mine.

 

Or rather, scared me into selling it. It's since done 40k or so after being fixed by someone not scared of getting involved with it.

 

But yes, there are literally so many working TDCis for sale with long or full test about now for considerably south of a grand that you can probably get a year's motoring and 25-30k of motorway trundling for nowt per mile. And they're ace. The 130hp engine is simply immense.


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 08:21 PM

Even better chipped. That one I had went like a train, it just pulled and pulled.

A lot of people say they are shit, in a way they are, you are always fucking about cleaning the EGR out or trying to iron out the lumpy as fuck idle. But then there's an awful lot that have done 15 years and probably 200-250k. I saw one for sale recently that had done 320k, it'd obviously done someone a good turn.

Not sure if I'd have another, I've had a Mondeo petrol since and spent far less time pissing about on the driveway. In £'s it didn't save me all that much at all, it's saving grace was the mid range grunt if anything.
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:26 PM

This is a forum that encourages people to buy Laguna2s. Im not expecting it to last forever, and I'm well aware that catastrophe is potentially always just round the next bend.

Till it all goes arse over tit, I'll just keep driving it round.


The neighbours diesel mk3 Mondeo has just died, but it did make it up to 270k do you should have a while yet.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 10:55 PM

my mate has an tdci 155 st which has a larger zorst fitted and the blow off valve gives a pistonheads type noise as standard so its quite hard not to drive it like a bit of a chav sometimes :mrgreen:


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:36 PM

Even better chipped. That one I had went like a train, it just pulled and pulled.

A lot of people say they are shit, in a way they are, you are always fucking about cleaning the EGR out or trying to iron out the lumpy as fuck idle. But then there's an awful lot that have done 15 years and probably 200-250k. I saw one for sale recently that had done 320k, it'd obviously done someone a good turn.

Not sure if I'd have another, I've had a Mondeo petrol since and spent far less time pissing about on the driveway. In £'s it didn't save me all that much at all, it's saving grace was the mid range grunt if anything.

 

Not necessarily, fine if its done 320k with not a lot of work needing done, but i suspect it hasnt.

 

A lot of people fall into the trap of "its done 400k miles and its still going, it must be reliable" well true it could mean that, or it could also mean its been owned by someone whos thrown a shitload of money at it to fix all its faults, taxi drivers for example, who are less likely to be put off spending £1500 on something when the rest of us would say "fuck that, scrap it" because it couldve had a lot of other work done previously or its saving them spending £15,000 on a replacement for a while longer. 

 

My car for example has done coming up on 155,000 miles and its just over 8 years old, when you tell people that they say "bulletproof" or "reliable" or "good old VW quality" or other shit and im like nope, its a bag of shit, its still going because everytime its broke its had money thrown at it. A high mileage is no guarantee of reliability or trouble free motoring is what im saying. 


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:26 AM

Not necessarily, fine if its done 320k with not a lot of work needing done, but i suspect it hasnt.

A lot of people fall into the trap of "its done 400k miles and its still going, it must be reliable" well true it could mean that, or it could also mean its been owned by someone whos thrown a shitload of money at it to fix all its faults, taxi drivers for example, who are less likely to be put off spending £1500 on something when the rest of us would say "fuck that, scrap it" because it couldve had a lot of other work done previously or its saving them spending £15,000 on a replacement for a while longer.

My car for example has done coming up on 155,000 miles and its just over 8 years old, when you tell people that they say "bulletproof" or "reliable" or "good old VW quality" or other shit and im like nope, its a bag of shit, its still going because everytime its broke its had money thrown at it. A high mileage is no guarantee of reliability or trouble free motoring is what im saying.


I agree that high mileage is no guarantee but there are cars that with regular maintenance do seem to just go on and on. Yes there will be components replaced but most owners won't keep throwing money at an older car when big bills come along.

I think a lot of it is due to regular maintenance, driving style, i.e. lots of longer journeys, and a bit of luck.

My sharan is now on 210k and feels fine. I have no service history for it but suspect that it's been looked after in the past. I doubt it's had any major components replaced.
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:07 AM

I don't doubt it's probably had 3-4 DMFs and sets of injectors but I'd doubt it's been a lot of trouble. If you relied on a car enough to do those sorts of miles you'd fuck it off if you had no faith in it.




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