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No not really :roll:

 

My car related plans are probably more crazy than ever, and I should hopefully have a pretty potent Escort out for the shows next year, but with that sucking up funds, and a relatively large amount of time spent doing long journies on motorways, I decided I really needed to jack the 2.0 MK6 in and get myself a more sensible daily runner.

 

I was (and still am) hankering after a TDCI Mondeo, but this came up super cheap so I thought it was worth a punt as a friend used to have one and it was a decent enough all rounder, and good for the long haul stuff. I paid a criminally low amount for it, so can't complain at all. I'm sure some won't like it, but it's quiet, refined, economical, comfortable and very spacious.

 

Just the one pic for now:

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v242/massivewangers/My%20Cars/BD04%20GVG/DSC03019.jpg

 

It's a 1.9 CDTI SXI, 2004 model, has six speed box, SRI body kit, tinted headlights, 16" alloys, air con, cruise control, and a few other bits.

 

The body has a couple of untidy bits, and the mileage is on the high side, but it was very cheap, so I'm not going to complain. I either plan to tidy it up and use it, or tidy it up and sell it on and then buy a TDCI estate Mondeo, as a big load lugger would be nice really.

 

But, if I decide to hang on to it, I won't complain as it seems pretty decent. Can't believe how quiet it is compared to a Mondeo, engine barely whispers at cruising speeds. Very refined by comparison, though perhaps not quite so good to drive, or so handsome.

 

It will serve a purpose, and if I feel the need, a wheel change and a remap would undoubtedly transform it! Bring on the flaming :thumb:

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No not really :roll:

 

My car related plans are probably more crazy than ever, and I should hopefully have a pretty potent Escort out for the shows next year, but with that sucking up funds, and a relatively large amount of time spent doing long journies on motorways, I decided I really needed to jack the 2.0 MK6 in and get myself a more sensible daily runner.

 

I was (and still am) hankering after a TDCI Mondeo, but this came up super cheap so I thought it was worth a punt as a friend used to have one and it was a decent enough all rounder, and good for the long haul stuff. I paid a criminally low amount for it, so can't complain at all. I'm sure some won't like it, but it's quiet, refined, economical, comfortable and very spacious.

 

Just the one pic for now:

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v242/massivewangers/My%20Cars/BD04%20GVG/DSC03019.jpg

 

It's a 1.9 CDTI SXI, 2004 model, has six speed box, SRI body kit, tinted headlights, 16" alloys, air con, cruise control, and a few other bits.

 

The body has a couple of untidy bits, and the mileage is on the high side, but it was very cheap, so I'm not going to complain. I either plan to tidy it up and use it, or tidy it up and sell it on and then buy a TDCI estate Mondeo, as a big load lugger would be nice really.

 

But, if I decide to hang on to it, I won't complain as it seems pretty decent. Can't believe how quiet it is compared to a Mondeo, engine barely whispers at cruising speeds. Very refined by comparison, though perhaps not quite so good to drive, or so handsome.

 

It will serve a purpose, and if I feel the need, a wheel change and a remap would undoubtedly transform it! Bring on the flaming :thumb:

 

performace wise the equivilant ford model would likely pisss allover the vectra BUT.... for long runs, comfortable surroundings and a generally pleasant interior recent vauxhalls put fords to shame.

 

my last mk1.5 focus sounded tiny and felt cheap in comparison to my new shape astra which I got after only having the focus for 6monthes.....course the focus could actually turn corners which I kinda missed.

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performace wise the equivilant ford model would likely pisss allover the vectra BUT.... for long runs, comfortable surroundings and a generally pleasant interior recent vauxhalls put fords to shame.

 

my last mk1.5 focus sounded tiny and felt cheap in comparison to my new shape astra which I got after only having the focus for 6monthes.....course the focus could actually turn corners which I kinda missed.

 

Agreed. I do prefer the drive of the Mondeo without a doubt, but this is so so quiet inside when just cruising along, which is all I really use my daily for, so it's probably better for what I want. I'll see how I get on with it and can always change in a couple of months if I don't gel with it, but I have a feeling I will at the moment.

 

Mucho cheapness, understandable that you bought this then instead of spending more money on a mondeo of the same age

 

Does the S60 D5 not appeal? They can be had, as I found the other day, for the same cost as a 2003 TDCI 130 mondeo

 

I do like the S60, but in my budget there wasn't much about really. To be honest, this shouldn't have even been in my budget, but the guy let it go very cheap for some reason!

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I didnt mean getting the Volvo now, I meant when you get bored of the vectra and really want top switch to the mondeo (and pay the price they all command) then you should consider it, if you have the wonga for a mondeo you have enough for the much better volvo.

 

My mate got a vectra like that at the beginning of summer, got it cheap, it was fine on the test drive, on the way home after parting with the cash the engine started knocking,it threw a rod a week later..Because of his bad approach to dealing with it (he commuted in it daily)

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performace wise the equivilant ford model would likely pisss allover the vectra BUT.... for long runs, comfortable surroundings and a generally pleasant interior recent vauxhalls put fords to shame.

 

my last mk1.5 focus sounded tiny and felt cheap in comparison to my new shape astra which I got after only having the focus for 6monthes.....course the focus could actually turn corners which I kinda missed.

 

can't disagree more tbh. The 'equivilant' Ford model would be the Mondeo TDCi 115, assuming this is a CDTi 120..........that's gonna be a 2 horse race...???

 

as for interiors, they are the ONLY thing that would stop me buying the Vectra, with the tacky plastic. Mondeo's of the same year put it to shame imo.

 

My W plate mk1 Focus feels better built and far better than my mates 07 Astra SXi imo.

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performace wise the equivilant ford model would likely pisss allover the vectra BUT.... for long runs, comfortable surroundings and a generally pleasant interior recent vauxhalls put fords to shame.

 

my last mk1.5 focus sounded tiny and felt cheap in comparison to my new shape astra which I got after only having the focus for 6monthes.....course the focus could actually turn corners which I kinda missed.

 

can't disagree more tbh. The 'equivilant' Ford model would be the Mondeo TDCi 115, assuming this is a CDTi 120..........that's gonna be a 2 horse race...???

 

as for interiors, they are the ONLY thing that would stop me buying the Vectra, with the tacky plastic. Mondeo's of the same year put it to shame imo.

 

My W plate mk1 Focus feels better built and far better than my mates 07 Astra SXi imo.

 

I had a 03reg mk.5 Focus which I replaced with a new shape Astra 04reg and theres no way in hell the focus interior was anywhere as well made and nice to be in as the Astra's, plus the Astra's sound deadening was easily better than the focus, the tyre noise on the focus used to drive me nuts.

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