That is true, the 1.2 isn't a bad engine at all. We are looking at getting a new family car now - looks like it'll be a tossup between the new BMW 320D ES Touring or the new Skoda Octavia 2.0TDI. Never thought I'd see the day!
Originally posted by MuFu That is true, the 1.2 isn't a bad engine at all. We are looking at getting a new family car now - looks like it'll be a tossup between the new BMW 320D ES Touring or the new Skoda Octavia 2.0TDI. Never thought I'd see the day!
I don't think it is -- like most European cars, the Mondeo is smaller and more fuel-efficient (Ford used to sell a version in the U.S. named Contour). The 500 fits between our Taurus and Crown Victoria -- as I mentioned, basically the Volvo S80 platform with cheaper steel instead of aluminum and a Taurus V6 engine. Car magazines here pan it because of its bland styling and less power than the Chrysler 300 Hemi, but mine is incredibly roomy and comfortable, perfectly capable of merging onto the highway, and gets pretty good mileage for a big all-wheel-drive car. I traded in a Mini Cooper for it, going from midlife crisis to midlife acceptance ...
Our roads are bigger. In fact, most things are, here. I'll never forget my shock upon visiting the UK for the 1st time, and seeing that cars couldn't pass each other on your side streets. One of them has to pull over and let the other pass. In america that would result in a fatality, most likely.
I noticed the same when we were out in Australia. We rented a Ford Falcon - bit bigger than a Mondeo. Build quality was way below what you'd expect from a Mondeo, and it was a tad bigger. However it did have a brutal 4.0L V6 and was substantially cheaper to buy!
I should post here since its the first post and CS got the honors.
Well I still have the black 85 full size manual blazer when the last OT forum was here, a rebuild later after doing a thousand homes of setting up cable in customers machines in one year. Really runs better now than those days, think it was running on 6 cylinders as it hit its last legs. Now I can go up a hill no sweat and crunch other cars with speed, ha.