You don't realise how truly terrible the design of the Mk3 Mondeo is, until you have to do anything semi-major to it. Everything is inaccessible. The radiator hoses - there is absolutely no need for them to be anything more complicated than a flexi hose with a jubilee clip at the end to hold it onto the radiator. There is no reason for them not to use a decent sized bolt on the rad mounts, given the pressure needed to remove them. I don't care what the Haynes manual says - the radiator fan does *not* fit between the crossmember and the back of the radiator - it will *not* go out of the bottom of the car. It just won't. There is no reason for a radiator to *not* have a drain plug on it. There is no reason for the radiator and aircon radiator to be bolted together with nothing else supporting the aircon radiator, except for the metal coolant pipe at one side, which will not take the weight of the unit by itself.
Everything about this car, is just wrong. Stupid, and wrong. I bet Henry Ford is in his grave, spinning like a top at what his namesake has become.