December 12, 2012, 11:00 am
EDIT: Can't seem to see if you've mentioned petrol or diesel, so all of the following is based on the assumpution it's the 2.0 TDCi 130 brake...
Agree with the above mate. Bushes and droplinks will cause a rattle going over speed bumps and the like, so will be easy to look out for. These should probably have been done on both those cars at some stage given the mileages. To be honest though, these are relatively straightforward/cheap fixes.
I'd be more interested to know about the mechanical issues mentioned above. Clutch and flywheel should probably have been done on both by now as well ya know. I got mine done under warranty shortly after I bought my Mondeo with about 80k on it, wasn't interested in buying one even at that sort of mileage if it hadn't been done, so the dealer said he's stand over it if it needed replaced.
I put 60k on my ZS hatch in just over 2 years and it didn't give me much bother. Sold it at 140k as I felt I had a good run out of it and was worried of picking up the bill for the injectors cos you could be looking at the guts of £800. This would be a major issue to ask any seller about. EGR valve is another one. Both of those should be Euro III cars though, so I'd blank it off with a little plate like I did on my own.
When going to look at them, try catch the seller early and give yourself a chance to start the car from cold, as blue or white smoke or struggling to start can be a tell-tale sign of these issues.
With a Ghia X you'll get plenty for your money as they're a great spec. Probably heated leather, so check that the seats are working ok. Need to sit on it for a few mins as they never really get touch warm to your hand. Also, if it has the Sony front loading 6CD, check ask that it's fully working as well.
Check the alloys, especially if they've a diemaond cut finish, for the common lacquer peel/corrosion.
Small niggly issues to look out for, that I experienced in my ownership, are things like the boot handle playing up (opening randomly, not opening at all - needed a new switch and lock mechanism to cure this), broken glovebox handle, my heated windscreen wouldn't work under 4degrees either so it wasn't much use! That's a long long story so won't go into it here!
Wheel bearings was another...you'll be able to hear these no bother on a test drive too, but think on the Mondeo you need to replace the whole hub.
Check the shocks for any signs of leaking, especially the rears on the estate as they're probably self-levelling and are a fortune to replace if you go for genuine like-for-like. I had to replace my fronts on about 120k I think, but I had Eibachs on for about 20k of that also. Replaced top mounts at the same time.
Track rod ends on the front.
Can't seem to think of anything else off the top of my head right now.
I must say, I'd be more interested in the lower mileage and full service history of the hatch. As BigD mentioned, the boot is huge and the whole car is really roomy. I loved my Mondie and really regretted letting it go, but my Focus came up at a bargain on low miles so had to take it. The guy who bought my Mondeo actually sent me a pic (see below) on the year anniversary of when he bought it! Near brought a tear to my eye, haha! He hasn't had any major issues with it and seems to enjoy it as much as I did, even though I had probably done most of the aesthetic mods to it already!