My uncle has one of the first versions of the mk4 and he swears by his. It's a 2.0 diesel though and I don't think it has much 'poke' but from what I can see he has had not one bit of bother with his and that's through well over 6 years of ownership. He does say that front tyres go quicker than usual due to the engine being so heavy but then again that could just be in the diesel version. Another thing was a door locking mechanism failed but that's it.
Oh. I was under the impression the engine are the same but I know for sure the fuel and exhaust systems are different. Hence why the Focus comes with that extra 15bhp. I'm excited to try the power shift though. From what I've been reading (at work, all day, instead of actually working) it seems to be quite enjoyable/comfortable. With the option of using S/Sport mode makes me think maybe I wouldn't miss how involved a manual is i.e.. using the clutch. Push up for downshift and pull back for upshift. Imagine all that power being so effortless to use? Plus, now Superchips are doing a remap for the 240 mondeo. Up to nearly 270 I think!
Hmm, Through reading what little information there is on the reverse camera for these cars it seems that yes there is a module in the boot area that houses the appropriate wiring/connections for the reverse camera. the head unit should have 4 Fakra connections: black/white/blue and a beige/cream one higher up, this is for the reverse camera. It has been mentioned that all the facelift Mondeos (MK4.5) have the connections for the reverse camera if the unit came with satnav so it would just be a case of buying the camera and plugging it in but again, I don't know how much truth there is to that. Would be interesting if the dealer where I'm going would let me see behind the head unit lol I doubt it though.