Hi all. Just purchased a 2005 Mondeo TcCi130 Ghia from a non Ford dealer. Had it a few days and I was admiring it from my kitcen window when I thought I saw a dirty area on the rear passenger side door. Closer inspection revealed that it wasn't as simple as dirt it was RUST!!!
It's bubbling away virtually the whole length of the bottom of the door. assuming that Ford has an anti corrosion warranty like all other motor manufacturers and the car had FSH I rushed it down to my local dealer only to be informed that the service history means nothing unless the service book had the bodywork check stamps done as well. These were rather cleverly placed on a different page to the rest of the service stamp pages. These body stamps also have to be paid for as an extra to the normal car service. Never heard anything like that before as having always owned Renaults in the past the bodywork check is part of the main service. The Mondeo was previously a lease car so I don't know if they weren't aware of these bodywork check stamps or whether they just didn't want to pay for them. I've been in touch with the dealer where i purchased the car and I'm hoping that he may be able to sort this out for me. I appreciate the rust was probably there when I inspected the car but you tend not to look for it on a car which is less than 4 years old, (lesson learnt!). Anyway, just to warn you future Mondeo purchasers out there, check those stamps as FSH doesn't necessarily mean what it says.