With news of the Mondeo’s impending demise emerging this particular month, we thought we would pick something topical from the classifieds
A week ago, we learned that Ford is to kill off the Mondeo . Production will result in 2022 as Ford looks for to refocus its attempts on – you suspected it – SUVs plus electrification. There are rumours from the badge one day being resurrected for a crossover (an una The puma corporation ), but the Mondeo as we know it will soon end up being dead.
Once a huge deal intended for Ford, the Mondeo chalked up over five mil sales in Europe considering that its introduction in 1993. Demand has been on a down slope for years, though, along with demand first hit with a big chunk of regular Mondeo customers looking additional upmarket, and more recently from the rise of SUVs. A year ago, Ford sold just 2400 Mondeos in the UK, a body the Kuga crossover often takes two and a half months to suit.
If something, it’s a surprise that the Mondeo has survived this lengthy, and yet its demise remains a bitter pill in order to swallow. Happily, consolation could be sought via a few keys to press in the direction of the classifieds. Instead of do the obvious and select something like an ST24, ST200 or ST220, we want to extol the virtues of that much more humble Ghia-X on eBay.
It’s the facelifted first-generation car (confusingly referred to as a ‘Mk2’ simply by Ford geeks), and it should be said, the price of £3250 is eyebrow-raising considering you should be in a position to get a tidy ST200 available. But we love that will someone’s gone to the effort plus expense of preserving the ‘lesser’ model. A rspectable and worthwhile pursuit, given that this is one of only a number of non-ST first-gen Mondeos we’re able to find for sale.
Under the bonnet is a second . 5-litre, naturally-aspirated Duratec V-6 providing around 170bhp along with the opportunity to bore your mates regarding its Porsche origins . Oh yea, and for additional bragging legal rights, the cylinder head had growth input from Cosworth.
Considering the type of car this is and the twenty two years it’s lived in the world, the Mondeo’s 117, a hunread forty two mileage figure is reasonably lower. Being a Ghia X it is fitted with cruise manage, a full leather interior by having an electric driver’s seat, electrical mirrors and much more besides. Based on the advert, all of that works.
It’s also claimed to become rust-free, but we’d wish to go over it with a fine-tooth comb to confirm that ourself, given how badly Fords of the era tended to be suffering from rot. One of the three proprietors is described as a “meticulous Ford Test Technician, who seem to kept a large paperwork path, ” which includes a record associated with whenever the car was refined. A little needless, but comprehensive!
It recently had a brand new battery and four brand new tyres, although, on the last mentioned front, we can’t very see if the boots under consideration are any good.
Cheaper plus faster ways of celebrating this particular iconic Ford are on the market, but since the Mondeo’s trump card was how excellent even the ‘normal’ ones to operate a vehicle, perhaps this is the most appropriate way to do it.