The Mondeo is a midsize front-wheel-drive built in Europe that is based on a Mazda platform. It loses out to the Japanese with a combination of engines that lag behind in power, its smaller size and its expensive dealer maintenance charges. The Mondeo actually a good family sedan, but its image is also diluted due to fleet sales as taxis. The Mondeo is a tremendous success in Europe though, simply because its handling is outstanding, rivalling more expensive cars like Alfa Romeo, all for a very affordable price. The interior is fairly attractive and put together well. The Mondeo does have a sizeable interior for its size. The base Mondeo is powered by the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, available with either a manual or an automatic transmission. A 2.5-litre V6 engine is coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission in the higher model. The sporty Mondeo ST220, a great car, is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The Mondeo can also be had as a wagon.
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Various major problems with 4-cylinder engine and gearbox leading to breakdown, so check thoroughly. Leaky door seals. Coolant system failures. Corrosion around doors, subframe and rear brake pipes in cars exposed to wet weather. Special technique needed to replace fluid for V6 auto transmission.