Stephen, ours is a regular old-fashioned 6 speed torque converter automatic, with paddle-shifters for the sport mode. So yes, paddles work on this type of transmission.
Some manufacturers experimented with Dual clutch set-ups on larger cars with limited success - Maserati Quattroporte from 10 years ago, for example. They learned their lesson and the current model uses a regular automatic. BTW, you can pick up an early Quattroporte with low miles, excellent condition for around £15,000.00. There's even a 2004 on eBay right now, asking just £14,500.00 - definitely way less than new Mondeo money!
Just paid EUR 122.39 (22 labour, 100.39 for 0.35 liter fluid) plus tax as part of my regular service. Apparently the fluid is needed every 60,000 km but the dealer has no way to measure the remaining amount. That makes this stuff EUR 286.82 per liter!!!!!!! Yes, at a Ford dealer.
Karoline, I found mine on the 2006 model (same as yours) at the front of the left wheel well. It's a real faff. Best to remove the wheel first. Then unscrew all of the screws holding the plastic splash guard and remove it completely. You'll see an odd shaped black plastic box standing vertically. Unscrew the torx bolts (4, maybe 6) and remove the cover to get to the ECU. Mark
It feels a little bigger than our Accord and it is but only by about an inch for length and width. I got used to it quite quickly as I'm used to driving wider cars. It's actually quite nimble on it's feet once you get moving and seems to grow smaller the faster you go.
I can tell you exactly why it's taking so long to get the Euro version. The current Mondeo is or was made in Belgium at Ford's Ghent plant. Ford was unable to reach a satisfactory agreement with the unions, so the plant will close. I live partly in Belgium, so can definitely empathise with Ford. While no expert, from a historical perspective, it seems like the union situation in Belgium is similar to that of the UK's in the 1970s.The Valencia plant in Spain which currently builds the 2.0 EcoBoost for the worldwide market (correct me if I'm wrong) is being tooled-up to build the Mondeo. All of which takes time.