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I remember the launch of the Mondeo in 1993 very well, still have the free promotional video off the front of What Car which was mostly Jackie Stewart saying how wonderful the all new Mondeo is, along with explanations of all the new at the time tech on it like Traction Control and Adaptive Damping. We had an early one in 1993, an L-reg 1.8 GLX hatch in Alberto Green, it jumped out of 3rd gear when giving it some, Ford refused to replace the gearbox even although it was well and truly still under warranty, they did offer to rebuild the box which we refused as we believed they'd make it worse, so we lived with it for a couple of years and changed it for a Laguna RTi 16v, which was less than terrific as well! That said though, what's left of the very early Mondeos must be getting close to becoming items of nostalgia, as I was a teenager in 1993 and remember getting lifts to high school in it and going days out in it as well, along with my dad using it for work every day.
im only 27 dont remember the launch of the 1st mondeo, but what I do remember was owning a Y-reg mondeo 2.0 zetec petrol a few years back.
Exterior was dull, but well proportioned. Interior was casual, but very comfortable (probably more comfortable than new 2013 bmws)
But the most amazing thing about my grey mondeo was the surprisingly quick pace, and brilliant handling.
That car was probably the best car I owned (right alongside my volvo s40). I would never have sold it, was it not for the dual-mass flywheel i shattered while decelerating from $$$Mph to 40Mph, for a speed camera, downshifting from 5 to 2 at $$$$ speed.
and concerning my comment about the new bmws, I have driven two brand new 2013 bmws, one 5-series, one 3-series - and apart from good looks, those cars are excruciatingly uncomfortable for their size, you can never feel settled in the seats, never enough padding.
And also note to BMW - your 2013 BMW 2.0d manual.... cluch pedal and brake pedal are waaaay to close. Im size 10 feet and while trying to clutch my feet are constantly hitting the brake pedal. S e p a r a t e them!
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